Last year I bought an outlandish floral jacket — fuschia and orange — on the The RealReal and declared victory over darkness.
In a time when night and day were reversed and home became work, the jacket didn’t simply seem right. It seemed like the way forward. So, I bought a second floral jacket.
This may have been excess.
In defense of myself, the fushcia jacket read brilliantly on Zoom: vibrant, cheery, non-threatening. It was a great idea.
But the question now is: How do these jackets read in real life?
This Dries van Noten floral is intense and realistic. The flowers have the detail and lifelike quality of botanical prints and the colors are saturated and vivid. The background is moody — and rather than muting these flowers, it sets them off like a spotlight would.
This jacket is loud and possibly crazy, but it’s also beautiful and it fit me perfectly straight out of the box. Seems like a clear win to me.
Today, I’ve dressed it down with classic stripe and action slacks, but it would also look good with black pants and a black blouse underneath.
Note: I tried the jacket with a men’s style shirt and this striped A-line top. Both were undefined through the waist and looked a little dumpy, so I added a belt under the jacket. I don’t know why, exactly, this trick works, but it does. Here’s another example.
I’ve included this photo because my expression is hilarious. I look like I’ve just finished explaining something that makes no sense — “and that’s how I came to own two floral jackets!” — but am trying to end on an authoritative note.
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One final observation: In the spring in Washington D.C., this fabric is a camouflage print. See how well I blend in with the azaleas behind me?