During the last two weeks of 2015, I bought some new things. I warned my husband that a number of large boxes might be arriving in rapid succession. He asked, “How many? How large?” I told him, The neighbors may think we’re re-doing our kitchen.
To some extent, I was taking advantage of pre- and post-Christmas sales to round up things that had been sitting in various, virtual shopping carts during the fall. But some previously unseen (and even unimagined) items also caught my eye and I will be presenting some of them herein in the coming months.
I had been looking for a pale grey work jacket and found this on YOOX. It’s paired with some favorites from my closet: a red and white silk top and dark grey wool pants.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we? The fabric is a coarse weave of wool, cotton, and linen fibers, and the edges are frayed.
The jacket is very fitted through the shoulders, bust and waist, but then has a cutaway peplum — which provides ease.
Moment of truth: The jacket closed with three snaps, but the last one (at my waist) felt a little snug, so I got rid of it. The belt does the job of holding the jacket closed.
I also had to have the sleeves shortened (at the cuff) by two inches. I thought it might be hard for the tailor to replicate the frayed edge, but he assured me that it was easy (and no more expensive than a regular sleeve). So, I share with you a reminder that it’s always good to ask a professional rather than assume.
Here is the jacket as it looked on the YOOX model. She is wearing the belt tied in the back.
Note that there are flaps on the chest pockets. The flaps seemed both bulky and busy to me, so I had them removed; this type of alteration is very inexpensive and if I’d been feeling a little more enterprising, I could have done it myself with my stitch-remover.
I also elected to wear a shirt under the jacket, as a bare stomach is never appropriate at the office. Never.
The back has very clean lines, in case you were wondering.
Jacket: Dondup from YOOX; Blouse: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: French Sole New York; Bag: Coach Borough bag