One of the more difficult voids to fill in our closet is the role of “fancy-ish evening cover-up.” Something you can thrown on over a pretty dress or flirty top that isn’t business-like (like a structured blazer) or casual (like a knit cardigan). That’s where the silky shirt-jacket comes in. We saw a number of celebs — like Molly Sims and Rachel Bilson — rocking this style a few months ago, but couldn’t find an affordable version for ourselves … until now. Topshop’s Crepe Unstructured Jacket comes in three colors and would look perfect over a glam dress or a pair of jeans. Your shoulders will be warm without the rest your look suffering.
As luck would have it — it being Wedding Week and all — I am attending the wedding of a good friend from college this weekend, in the Napa Valley. I know, boo hoo for me, what a pain. What is a pain is that I do not have a cover-up of any sort to go along with the strapless cocktail dress I’m wearing. This is a common conundrum for the average female attending a wedding during the late-Spring. During the actual outdoor ceremony, the weather will be warm enough to go bare-shouldered — but at night, during the reception, the temp is going to take a dip. What’s a gal to wear with a fancy dress when her closet is full of heavy dark blazers and casual cardigans? Not wanting to drop a lot of bones, this softly structured open jacket is the perfect amount of dressy and gentle on the pocketbook. Best of all, it can be rocked with jeans and a T when wedding season is over. Sweet!
On Saturday, I went to the Salvation Army coat sale for the first time. It would have been quite an overwhelming experience if my “thrifting coach,” Patrice J. Williams of Living Fly On A Dime, hadn’t given me some pointers before we began shopping. You see, Patrice has challenged herself to purchase only thrifted, second-hand, or vintage clothing and shoes for a year. She’s four months into her challenge and knows a lot about where and how to thrift. Under her tutelage, I found seven coats and jackets and I paid less than $70 total! Keep reading »
Feathers are everywhere this fashion season. They’re on blouses, sweaters, skirts, and jackets, like this Peplum Jacket from Romeo & Juliet Couture. The feathers on this jacket are nowhere near the face or neck, so there’s no risk of looking like the Chicken Lady or Big Bird. But there’s still something off about this jacket. It looks as if Romeo & Juliet had an overstock of plain blazers and tried to update them with feathers for the current season. I can think of only one way to style this jacket — skinny pants or jeans. And that’s not enough styling possibilities for a look that will last only one season. So would you wear the Romeo & Juliet Feather Peplum Jacket? [Last Call By Neiman Marcus] Keep reading »
Thanks to the continuation of the military trend, the anorak is still big this season. Anoraks make staying warm in the fall a no-brainer because the drawstring and loose sleeves make layering easy. As Amelia has already shown, anoraks look hot with a girly dress, but of course are appropriate with jeans or even shorts. Keep reading »
We’re used to Topshop for excellent Brit fashion and making the ’80s OK. Now we’re loving it more for an edgier side that’s surprisingly soft—like this asymmetrical linen “Waterfall” jacket that looks like it walked off the Yohji runway. So many options: wear under a blazer for a flourished layer look, keep on the back of your desk chair as an office cover-up once they start cranking the A/C, or pair with tailored shorts and heels for a smart biz-casual style. For the long-haired ladies, we’d love to see this paired with a high, tight bun.