6 January 2011

  • Semi-Ironic Crazy-Buttoned Military Jacket: BCBG Max Azria Runway (“resort 2008″), gift from then-fiance D.
  • White and Yellow Striped Oxford: J. Crew
  • White Tank: Banana Republic
  • Boot-cut Jeans: Kut from the Kloth, via Nordstrom
  • Black Tweed Heels: Bandolino, via ShoeWoo!
  • Necklace: David Yurman, gifted

In our discussion about the rise of the skinny, the ever fabulous Other Emily mentioned that she really ought to keep a diary of trends she’d never wear, only to be able to laugh at herself a bit when she ends up wearing them. I’d add to this list another, slightly more daunting category: trends about which I was skeptical, only to end up buying something from them and never figuring out how to make it work.

When husband D. fell in love with this jacket at the BCBG boutique in New York all those years ago, I was right there with him, swooning over the whimsy and the detailing and all the ways I was sure I’d wear it. Flashback to now, when I’ve worn it a depressingly small number of times. The whimsy that entranced me felt overwhelming, it felt too goofy and strange to actually wear out in the actual real-life universe, and mostly, I was too big of a wimp to wear it.

As I’m trying to find new ways to style a number of these elephants in my closet, I’m giving this one another go. Here, I’ve styled it more or less as I envisioned wearing it most often: as a casual item with jeans, in this case over an oxford shirt and with high, feminine heels. The fact that I seemed to like it way more today than I have in the past may speak to the power of accessories: the fine silver necklace and feminine shape of these heels kept the jacket from seeming too aggressive or serious, preserving its goofiness and whimsy.

While I think this outfit gave this jacket a serious stay of execution, I need your help, style nation! How else should I style this jacket? How would you weave something so silly in to the more aggressive and serious military styling trend that seems to be in now?

6 January 2011

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  • Tina

    Hi, it really is a lovely jacket. I can see it belted over a simple (maybe black) shiftdress and those same beautiful pumps.

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Tina, and nice meeting you!

  • http://chicchemistry.blogspot.com/ Beth Ellen

    Okay, first off I’m enjoying the casual hair again. Secondly (there will be a lot of points today) I love love love those shoes and especially the name of the store where you bought them. I now want to buy all my shoes at ShoeWoo! Thirdly, that jacket is gorgeous, and it continues my worship of all things Max Azria.

    Now fourthly, how I would style it for you, I would say for a nice night out with D. or some such: those shoes, a really great pencil skirt and a fairly feminine blouse. I think it would take your classic style and toughen it up just a bit. Okay, that’s my idea. I’m done writing this comment I swear…

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Beth Ellen! I think that’s a great idea — pairing it with more aggressive-type items doesn’t seem to work very well, but I think it could go really well with something flirty or feminine.

  • http://lawmamaliz.blogspot.com/ Law Mama

    I like that jacket & the way you’ve styled it today. But I think it could look great over a dress, especially a flowy dress in the spring… kind of meshing the military with something very feminine.

  • http://sartoriography.wordpress.com Sartoriography

    That jacket is great. It’s super on trend but the little details give it some special qualities.

    I think I’d try pairing it with something a bit unexpected- a lace skirt or dress, something that’s frilly or dainty and doesn’t necessarily fit with the military style. If you have any dresses that have colors or, even better, prints that are similar to the lining of the jacket, that’d be killer. I love that green w purple, especially.

    I also love safari/military looks w animal prints (subtle ones, of course). Maybe a leopard print skirt or dress and some tough boots?

    My lady Kyla over at Blue Collar Catwalk does a lot with this type of jacket and vest. Maybe check out what she does?

    Regardless of what you choose, so glad you brought back this awesome number. I dig it!!

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Emily! You’re absolutely right that Kyla’s a great source on this — I’ve loved the maxis she’s been rocking with jackets like this in the last week or so! I think animal print could work really well also, for a more fun date-night type ensemble.

  • orchidsinbuttonholes

    Oh those shoes are gorgeous! I love the texture and thicker heels. And I love them with this military-inspired jacket. This outfit reminds me of just how much I love olive against crisp white.

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Sara! I’m still breaking them in, so they are, ahem, challenging on my poor feet at the moment, but I am loving the added texture they bring to an outfit.

  • http://the-new-professional.blogspot.com Angeline

    What a nice jacket! I love it on you, but seeing all the details and colors, I can see why it’s hard to style. I might try pairing this with a flowy floral dress? I don’t know why, but they go well with military-style jackets. Maybe one with some colors similar to the buttons?

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Hi Angeline: thank you! I do think pairing it with a flowy dress could work well to balance out the harshness of the jacket. I’ve tried it with an LBD in the past, which really hasn’t worked, but I’m exploring other options.

  • http://interrobangsanon.wordpress.com/ Katie

    Your hair is looking great, lady!

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks! This was dried naturally, which I think works a little better than drying with a diffuser….

  • http://lizzypunch.blogspot.com Liz

    OMG that jacket is fantastic! I’d wear it like crazy if I were you. You could always swap out the buttons for plain black ones, that would be an easy way of making it more traditional, but seriously I love it as is!

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Liz! I’d been thinking about doing that, actually, but I’m trying to embrace its offbeat goofiness, at least for a while….

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