I wore this outfit during the last week of October.
That makes it, de facto, a fall outfit.
But the crisp blue and white stripes of this blouse suggest that this is, de jure, a spring outfit.
But orange = fall.
You can see how this debate might go back and forth for a while.
And seasonality is not even the point of this post.
There are two lessons today.
Lesson No. 1: Good things come to those who wait.
This Vanessa Bruno blouse is from SS2015. I saw it on Matches then and loved it, but felt that it was too expensive to buy full-price. The blouse sold out before it was marked down significantly.
But remember: It’s not over until it’s over. The blouse popped up on YOOX in early October this year. Only one, in my size. At 1/3rd of the original price. It was a bargain and a miracle.
So many things to notice: stripes on the diagonal, mandarin collar, graceful gathering that defines the waist.
You may also notice that I failed to straighten the sleeves after taking off my jacket. The Photographer . . . He is an artist, but his media are light and color. He does not notice clothes askew.
Come closer for a better look at the my square knot. It’s only purpose is visual interest, but it fulfills that mission well.
Note: I am wearing a pale pink camisole under the blouse because I can’t seem to knot these pointless — I mean, visually interesting — ties without creating a little gap. If I had been Vanessa Bruno’s fit model, we would have sorted this out in the workroom.
Lesson No. 2: A distinctive blouse with a pair of old khakis and smart flats is a chic outfit. Isn’t that good to know?
I don’t usually include pictures of outerwear, but I am making an exception for this jacket, which is probably about 10 years old.
I found it an Anthropologie and was attracted to its neat collar and beautiful horn buttons. I had mixed feelings about the puffed sleeves, but after a decade to mull it over, I think they’re fine.
Hopefully I will never lose one of these buttons.
As great as these details are, the best part of this jacket is its lining.
Finishing things off, my green/purple iridescent patent leather bag. Everyone needs one!
One of you dubbed it, so cleverly, “the oil slick” and that is how I refer to it now.
I do like the orange-blue-purple combination.
Blouse: Vanessa Bruno; Khakis: Ann Taylor; Bag: Car Shoe; Shoes: Coach; Jacket: Anthropologie