Among the sale items that I found at Need Supply Co. at the end of the year was a charming lace blouse.
It’s not the sort of thing that I usually wear, but it spoke to me and was signficantly reduced, making an experiment in Victoriana a low-risk undertaking.
I paired the blouse with these old friends: a black corduroy blazer and pinstriped suit pants.
I should have taken a photo of the blouse without the jacket! It’s pretty on its own.
That will have to keep for another day.
I haven’t had a blouse like this since I was in high school. I wore a similar high-necked blouse (though made of cotton lawn with lace trim — not all-lace) with an Eileen West (remember Eileen West?) jumper* for several of my college interviews. This was an extremely appropriate outfit — for the occasion and my age — in 1987. I remember realizing with shock just 10 years later that no seventeen year old would be caught dead in such a look. Times changed and they changed quickly.**
You may remember that this jacket was slated for possible give-away in 2018 when a belt injected new life into it.
Now it is getting lots of wear. This corduroy is fine-wale — so fine, that it feels like velvet.
Without a little humor, this outfit might seem almost stuffy. Fortunately, the pinstriped bag is bringing it. Who could resist this puffy top handle? Plainly, not I.
The Photographer thinks this bag looks like a business suit that folds up and doubles as a purse. Not a bad idea.
One of my colleagues recently ordered a couple of long puffer coats to try and each came with a pouch roughly the size of a Zip-loc sandwich bag which the coat (allegedly) could be stuffed into for packing. A very clever idea!
For those who want a closer look at the blouse, step right up.
* For our friends in the Commonwealth, a jumper (in the United States) is a sleeveless dress, to be worn over a blouse, jersey or turtleneck.
** Not that I need to set the Internet on fire today, but . . . how did teenagers go from dressing like girls (when I was a teenager) to dressing like very mature women (in the late 1990s) to sad leggings all the time (which are not pants). It seems an odd arc. But more importantly, do you remember what you wore to your most important college interview? Please share.
Jacket: Theory; Blouse: Angie Lace Top (only $35, also available in black); Pants: Nanette Lepore; Shoes: Fratelli Rosetti; Bag: Dries Van Noten Padded Pinstriped Wool-blend Tote