From May of 2015 — 2015! — one of my favorite jacket and blouse combinations. I’m going to wear this outfit this weekend!
Sometimes the oddest combinations come together very effectively. Behold the smock-like jacket and beruffled blouse that were matched unexpectedly.
Conventional wisdom tells us that we should: (1) shop with clear purposes in mind (I need a black jacket!); and (2) add garments to our wardrobe only when we have satisfied ourselves that they will relate to some arbitrarily-selected number of garments already in our possession (This jacket must go with three other things in my closet!). These rules are, in general, a good idea; if regularly applied, they will prevent the accumulation of a totally incoherent collection of clothes.
But sometimes, the heart simply wants what the heart wants — like this jacket with many pleasing attributes. The fabric is a linen-cotton blend that has enough structure to give the jacket presence without being too stiff. The pleated neckline stands up and away from the neck. Top-stitching in white highlights the construction.
The jacket was too big for me, but not available in a smaller size, so I asked my tailor to narrow it by simply moving the closures (a column of snaps hidden behind the placket) over two inches. A very lazy — but in this case effective and low-cost — alteration.
Despite these virtues, I wasn’t really sure what this jacket should be paired with when I bought it.
The blouse is harder to explain. I ordered it because I love stripes, but was perplexed when it arrived by its many contradictions. Billowing shape with deep v-neck? Pockets made of a fabric too light to hold anything more than a clean tissue?
But I was charmed by the ruffles on the shoulders and neckline which were too irresistible to let go.
So these two appealing, but somewhat useless, garments were co-habitating in my closet when I had an idea. I love this jacket and I love this blouse, so they should be together! [Warning: This idea sometimes works with clothes, but rarely works when you try to set friends up.]
The ruffles fill — really, nestle in — the neckline. And the jacket constrains the billowing of the blouse.
Have a fantastic holiday weekend!
Jacket: Alberta Ferretti; Blouse: Rebecca Taylor; Jeans: Lucky Brand; Shoes: French Sole New York; Bag: Coach Poppy Tote; Bracelet: Dina Mackey; Watch: Shinola; Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James
5 thoughts on “The Directrice Re-presents: Unworkable Blouse ISO Smock-like Jacket”
I liked it then and I like it now.
What a great reworking of the smock jacket! I still do not have an eye for imagining fashion possibilities like you do. What a gift.
Haha – that is so true about friend alignments.
Thank you for bringing back a greatest hit.
You aren’t thinking about pin at the neckline?
I think I would tuck the tail of the striped shirt into my black linen skirt as horizontal stripes at the hip aren’t my best look.