Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fun With Basics, vintage navy jacket Edition


Sometimes a sweater is what I want and then there are times.......
a trim little jacket is it...

Start with a basic navy jacket, a 70s wool blend...because the quality is fabulous, and the dominant style was cropped, nipped waist, and pockets !
yes, these are both listed in my etsy shop.

A cropped style is great on almost all bodies....it doesn't hug the butt like a longer jacket might, or gap over the butt, or cut you off at an unflattering line.....a jacket will only be your new best friend if it fits right.....
this style just skims the hip bones and has panache!





A pearly necklace, a few pearly necklaces would be fab too......a perfect basic to play with....the steampunk queen of romance is only one way to style this.....but it's my favorite.
so I paired it with a white lace dress...which is so sweet
(get out your wedding dress and wear it! kidding.) to start with...

Then I tucked a white millinery rose in the hanky pocket...along with some pink netting from an old hat ....and hung a pair of 50s vintage pink gloves from one pocket.

These brassy buttons have Crowns, and Elephants and Dinosaurs embossed on them....(look!)


Here it is in its plainness........so many things to do! A plaid skirt would look nifty with a white lace blouse...or a print skirt for a feminine look.
Pair it with stripes for even more steampunk Victoriana ...

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And another look from a simple navy jacket....also a 70s one but this one has puffy sleeves. Beware! if you are over 40, it might be too juvenile...or not.

This style is more hunting jacket and the front has nifty pointy hems and I really love the tiny buttons.
I tucked a knit lace doily in the hanky pocket here, and pinned a huge vintage red velvet chrysanthemum on a lower pocket.
For a schoolmarm in the wild west I added an Indian blanket vest. (a rhyme!)
This look would be smashing with a golden brown suede or velvet skirt or dark grey leggings and chunky boots....



It starts with a simple jacket....and the romance, the style, that gives it a fairytale aura is all in the details....
A trim navy jacket is more polished and formal than a sweater...
more "lunch in a fancy restaurant jacket", instead of "brunch on late Sunday with a hangover sweater".

1 comment:

Nathalie said...

The right jacket can really add such a great touch to an outfit. Really like this classic look
*Nathalie