Perhaps if we try to think about dressing for work at home in a more positive mindset, we’ll feel better about it.
Pan-dressing: The Power and the Glory!
I feel better already.
I have said more than once that smart jackets are the foundation of a professional wardrobe. Thus, you will not be surprised to know that I have many. Through the spring and summer, they languished in the closet. But I realized when the weather turned to fall that I should wear them because: (a) they’re warm and (b) they will literally collect dust in the closet if not worn for a year or longer.
But I must admit sweaters are cozier.
I pulled this remarkable jacket out of the closet and realized that it was all the things at once: sweater, vest, jacket, security blanket. Plus, chic.
You can see in these photos that the back of the jacket is a little longer than the front. I think that is a very flattering cut and, where the sides and back have a little fullness, very feminine.
Come a little closer so you can see how this jacket was fabricated.
The vest (a gilet!) is made of a plushy wool flannel with very deep armscyes. The sleeves and sides of the of the jacket are knit.
These photos may better show the contrast between the two textiles. They may also show cat fur.
Historically, I’ve worn this jacket buttoned. It is a single-button jacket and the button is right around my actual waist . . . which I think is a little low. I realized two things when I took this jacket out of the closet last week. First Thing: I need to ask Fatima to make a add a second button and buttonhole, two inches higher. At that height, it would be perfect. Second Thing: I can wear a belt with this jacket and side-step the button issue entirely.
Because I planned to appear on Zoom, I added a brooch.
I love this literal brooch.
Come closer and appreciate this cheeky bit of business.
So delighted was I, to be reunited with this jacket, that I wore it three days in a row. Pan-dressing: A Memoir of Madness? In my rhapsodies, I heard myself say, “Wasn’t I lucky to have the best jacket in the world in my own closet?” which is close to Tootie Smith’s appreciation for having been born in her favorite city.
We were looking for some light entertainment last weekend and watched a film adaptation of Cold Comfort Farm — the version with Kate Beckinsale, Ian McKellan, and Rufus Sewell. It was completely charming. I had forgotten the name of the resident bull: Big Business. I think that will be the name of my next male cat.
If you missed Sunday’s micro-post, take a look now.
Jacket: Hanii Y; Shirt: JCrew; Pants: Talbots: Brooch: Sonia Rykiel from The RealReal