Finally! Spring is here and within three days, the cherry trees have gone from bare to bloomed. To share a little of that with you, I’ve trotted over to my neighborhood playground to take a few photos.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record: Jackets are the foundation of a professional wardrobe. When you put a jacket on, you are automatically dressed up and that’s true even if the jacket is cotton poplin. A safari style jacket dresses up jeans and allows you to enjoy the esprit de corps of Casual Friday with a little polish.
What looks good with navy? Navy and white is an unbeatable combination. But in smaller doses, I also like yellows (lemon yellow and yellow-orange), turquoise and robin’s egg blue with navy, as well as certain pinks under certain circumstances. Circumstances like this fantastic Indian-print scarf.
Whenever I wear this scarf, I get compliments from strangers — in the street, on the Metro, in elevators. I think the pom-poms compel these little connections, because they are pretty irresistible. Come closer and check out the details:
Don’t forget your big sunglasses! I ordered this pair from Illesteva this spring and was very impressed with both the quality of the product and customer service when I had a few questions about the fit.
A little bit about the cherry blossoms . . . They are enchanting. If you haven’t seen them, you must come visit.
A number of years ago, the Park Service was thrown into a low-level panic when it was discovered that some industrious beavers were implementing an ambitious redevelopment plan for the Tidal Basin.
After leading the Park Service on a merry dance for a week or so, the beavers were trapped and relocated. Several years later, the Park Service launched a new campaign to discourage tourists from taking souvenirs from the trees.
Can you imagine how incensed the beavers would be if they could read? Their image appropriated to sell a campaign that is antithetical to their work ethic . . .
Have a terrific weekend!
UPDATE July 15, 2015: To see more of this splendid scarf, see Casual Friday: For the Urban Safari.
Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Shirt: JCrew Perfect Shirt; Jeans: JCrew; Scarf: Tory Burch; Bag: Coach Legacy Duffle; Watch: TechnoMarine Cruise; Shoes: French Sole New York; Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard Classics in Clear/Tortoise
Similar jackets: Talbots Safari Jacket; JCrew Downtown Field Jacket; Marc by Marc Jacobs; See by Chloe; RVR Lardini; Brema
5 thoughts on “Casual Friday: Spring Is Bustin’ Out All Over”
Yes, but would the beavers look as chic wearing this scarf on their casual Friday gnaw-fest? I think not.
LOVE this scarf. It doesn’t take itself too seriously.
I agree: I love jackets. But long arms + long waist + narrow frame = frequent jacket fail. Perhaps I should look into alterations?
I see the problem. I would do two things. First, look for jackets that are more amenable to . . . self-help. Jackets with belts or adjustable tabs at the waist. Even if the tabs on their tightest setting leave the overall fit loose — buttons and tabs are easy to relocate and a tailor could do that for you. Second, look for jackets that will permit more intrusive alterations. For a jacket that doesn’t have adjustable settings, a tailor could take it in along the side seams or could even create darts on the back to create a better fit. Such alterations will depend on the overall design — whether there is a set waistband, pockets, etc. — but are worth discussing with a professional. I recommend Fatima at Bespoke Tailoring, 1100 New York Ave NW; she’s helped me figure out how to alter many things and she has a great sense of fun and appreciation for clothes, too. Tell her I said hello!
Love the jacket – I’ll have to check the Talbot’s in my NJ town. And the cherry blossoms are such a beautiful setting! Unknown to most people, NJ’s Branch Brook Park has thousands more cherry trees than DC! Google it for gorgeous pictures 🙂
What a stunning casual Friday outfit. The scarf is really that magical ‘third piece’ in this ensemble. It completes the outfit, and the yellow bag is perfect. The ballet flats are a nice choice of footwear. I have to confess to being just a little over the look of sneakers with everything 😉
It is so helpful to see such chic, fun, grown-up looks. Also, I LOVE your hair!