I bought this jacket years ago, at a time when appliqués and ruffles were on everything: blouses, sweaters, trench coats, oven mitts. Would that be c. 2010?
The ornamentation around the collar is neither an appliqué nor a ruffle — it’s always reminded me of origami — but it occurred to me when I bought it that at some point ruffles might go out of style (in a definitive way) and we would all be wearing very severe lines.
So, I envisioned an afterlife for the jacket: I could remove the origami-ruffle-appliqué trim and still have a useful little jacket. Sheila Bridges, the interior designer, urges people to plan an afterlife for furniture — e.g., “I’ll use these Eastlake chairs in the kitchen today, and when I buy the big house, they will flank a fireplace.” I think the same principle is helpful in deciding whether to buy a trendy or expensive piece of clothing. Someday soon, I will write about durability in clothing: the wisdom of purchasing clothes trimmed with beads, sequins, leather and suede or embroidery. [Spoiler: It’s fine, as long as you have a plan.]
The jacket is short and boxy, so I like it paired with a longer top and slim pants.
As you can see, one top wasn’t enough; I’ve actually layered three. A mandarin collar white lawn blouse — so useful — and a pair of identical, printed tank tops. You may wonder how I came to own two of these tanks. Well, I ordered the top in two sizes and when it arrived, I realized it was so sheer that it couldn’t be worn alone. (It’s totally see-through.) So the XS became the camisole for the S. One might say that the XS was singularly qualified to serve in this role, and because the tanks were on sale, the solution was highly rational.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Jacket: Rebecca Taylor; Tanks: Patterson J. Kincaid; Blouse: JCrew; Pants: JCrew: Shoes: French Sole New York; Bag: Coach Poppy Tote