Make Your Own Sun

 
I’ve never been susceptible to seasonal affect disorder. I actually like winter as much as the other seasons. I like winter more than summer.

 
 
But even I feel the need to make an effort at dressing more cheerfully — to compensate — when the sun disappears in the afternoon.
Compensatory dressing: here comes the sun

Jacket is a little loose, but that is/was intentional
 
 
I found this corduroy jacket on YOOX. For those who find YOOX overwhelming, here’s a tip. Use the color filters and search for things in uncommon colors: yellow, green, gold, purple. The universe will shrink considerably.*
 
The jacket may look striped, but what you are seeing is the textural pattern of a variegated corduroy. Interesting, isn’t it?
 
The jacket was too long, so I asked Fatima shorten it at the hem. I’ve never tried that before, but it worked because the jacket has no side or back vents and the pocket are on-seam. It was much less expensive than shortening from the shoulders — which I would almost never advise with a jacket.

 
 
I am thinking about a lengthy post on The Third Piece — explaining how and why two or three layers on top are best — but for now will only say that I felt this outfit needed more than a blouse and jacket to feel complete.
 
Enter the open cardigan, belted, over a dotted swiss blouse to add a little depth.
So deep

WWMOD isn’t even a question any more; it’s an exclamation
 
 
 
I’ve owned this cardigan for many years but had neglected it for the last two seasons because I wasn’t feeling the need for a drapey, open cardigan.
 
How foolish. WWMOD! A belt rejuvenates this cardigan, which has so many lovely details: a gently curved asymmetrical hem, a gathered lapel, buttoned sleeves.

 
 
I have many other ideas for this jacket.
Drawstring cinching the lapel is such a charming detail

 
 
You’ll have to keep coming back.
A black belt closes the cardigan

 
 
It will be worth the cost of admission.**
The belt has its own curves

 
Have a fantastic weekend!
 
Jacket: Rose a Pois from YOOX; Blouse: JCrew; Sweater: Nanette Lepore; Jeans: JCrew; Shoes: Coach; Bag: Orla Kiely
 
* Admittedly, this tip only works if you actually want a yellow, green, gold, or purple garment. If you want something black or grey, you may have to sift through a lot of merchandise.
 
** Admission is free.

7 thoughts on “Make Your Own Sun

  1. My favorite winter coat ever was a red wide wale corduroy coat to the knee. Got it at 16 and had it for years; reluctantly parted with it due to a hood that was attached permanently and I grew tired of wrestling with it. Fatima could have removed that and finished it with facing from the unused hood material. Always such a good idea to alter favorites first before giving up. I’d still be wearing it . Your sunshine jacket is now just right Love the sweater underneath as well.

  2. So lovely — the color reminds me of a Meyer lemon.

    Like Kate, I have regrets about passing on loved items in the days before I understood the power of a good alteration. I now contemplating dying a pair of white pants (altered to fit me perfectly) that have become dingy.

  3. A nice late winter pick me up.
    What exactly did you do to the cardigan? Is the little flourish at the shoulder a folded up collar, or did it already have some kind of detail there? I don’t recall seeing it before but I like the re purpose.

    • I don’t think I’ve shown the cardigan before, but I’ve had it for years, Rose AG. My only modification is wearing it with a leather belt rather than wearing it open (as designed). The lapel was gathered on one side with a small tie, original to the design.

  4. I never would have thought of belting a flowy cardigan! You are definitely opening my eyes to the Power of Belting. Also, great tip for surviving a YOOX experience. I tried it just now, and life was considerably simplified. (I love how “azure” is separate from both “blue” and “green.”)

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