Casual Friday: Anchors Aweigh!

Stripes are always fresh, the perfect thing for Fridays.

Casual, but still projecting some authority with shiny bag
Casual, but still projecting some authority with shiny bag

The stripes on this canvas jacket are busy, so it looks best with a quiet blouse underneath. I am wearing it with a sleeveless tank in ivory lawn, but navy blue would work well, too. A patent leather tote puts this on the dressy side of the casual continuum and dark purple patent leather flats complete the look.

For the weekend, a striped canvas bag is an alternative. And though I just said that the jacket was busy and need a soothing partner, I think a striped bag works because the patterns aren’t confined in close proximity. A striped blouse would be too much.
Abandoning all pretense of authority
Canvas bag, abandoning all pretense of authority

This jacket came from JCrew a few years ago.  I think we (that’s you and I) should ask JCrew to re-issue it.
The details are fantastic. The fabric for the pockets was cut vertically for contrast — and the pockets actually drop below the bottom edge of jacket body.  It’s a terrific, graphic effect. The jacket closes with over-sized, brass hook-and-eye fastenings.  And, a trompe l’oeil collar is picked out with top-stitching.
Let's petition JCrew to bring this charmer back
Let’s petition JCrew to bring this charmer back

Eye-popping pocket
Eye-popping pocket
The eye is fooled
The eye is fooled

I poked around a little on the Internet looking for a current season jacket like this one and didn’t see anything that was quite right — but trust me: white/navy, ivory/navy, and navy/white stripes are a classic combination and pop up every spring/summer. So keep your eyes peeled.

Jacket: JCrew; Blouse: Anthrologie; Jeans: JCrew; Patent leather tote: Coach Poppy; Canvas tote: Les Toiles du Soleil; Shoes: Tory Burch Reva flats

5 thoughts on “Casual Friday: Anchors Aweigh!

  1. As someone who loves to sew I’m drawn to details like your jacket has. It’s a great look, thanks for sharing.

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