Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jackpot!

Well, I was wrong - my new blazer goes with tons of stuff in my closet!  I took a little look in there the other day and was able to pull eight dresses that go with it.  I didn't even move on to tops and pants and skirts in an organized way, but I've been able to come up with some ideas just in my head.  I'm really happy to know that this make won't be an orphan.

I was also very psyched to discover that it goes perfectly with three of my older and most beloved dresses that I rarely wear because I had nothing to pair with them (none of them have sleeves)!  So today I did a little dress-up session while waiting for the laundry to be done.  Please ignore the fact that my legs are unshaven and my makeup is hurriedly slapped on!  Actually, you probably can't even tell because my camera is so lousy at focusing!

First up is a deep brown halter dress from J. Crew, circa 2007.  Don't you love how they put the date on the label?  I do!  Because it's a halter and there's pretty much no way to wear a bra with it, I always felt too exposed in this dress.  So even though it looks pretty great on, I never really wore it because I just didn't feel comfortable.  But I love it with this jacket, and I think I'll actually wear it now!


I paired it with these old Sam Edelman shoes (Delicia, from about the same year as the dress) - all the interest here is on the heels:


While I had on this outfit, I took some extra pictures to give you an idea of the fit.  Remember, I made a size 4, which is where I fell on the pattern envelope based on my bust measurement.

back

It's a teensy bit fitted on me in the shoulders and across the upper back, but not so much that I can't move.

lapels and cuffs

and my cute lining!

Next I have a silk dress from Anthropologie's "We Love Vera" line that I bought a few years ago.  I bought as many pieces as I could from that line, because I also LOVE Vera - this one was called the Changing Canopy Dress.  I love the colors in this dress but was never sure how to wear it.  Enter the Victoria Jacket! (And some leopard print pumps.)


Sadly, my camera isn't showing you that the jacket is a perfect match for the pink patches in the print of the dress.  The other colors are grey, brown and orange - lovely!

And finally, one of my all-time favorite dresses, also from Anthropologie many, many years ago.  I have worn this one several times to weddings and such (and our 15th anniversary a few years ago!) but it's great to have a little something to put over it for cooler weather. 


This is a gorgeously floaty turquoise silk chiffon with a white and hot pink floral motif and a beautifully draped bodice.  I always feel like a princess when I put on this dress!  Again, the jacket is an exact match for the pink of the flowers!

And just because so many of you suggested denim, here's one look with "skinny" jeans, and another Anthrolopologie "We Love Vera" top - this one is called the Bubbly Parfait Blouse.  I think it looks OK with the jacket, but not stellar - the pink is a little off.


And I'm not convinced that wearing a cropped jacket over a longer top is quite "me."  I think I'd feel a lot more comfortable if the jacket were the longer version for a look like this. 

I'm hoping that my next Victoria will be the longer version, but I bought the fabric with the cropped version in mind, so I'll have to do a layout and see.  I felt like I had a fair bit of fabric left over from this jacket, so I'm hoping I can squeeze it out.

And now, a funny from Hubby.  When I showed him my finished jacket the other night and said, "Look at my new blazer," he answered:  "Oh - it's a shrug* blazer!"  Hahaha!  He's right!

*the back-story is that several years ago, after I'd knitted a shrug, he said, "Don't you have like a thousand of those?"

24 comments:

  1. Sashay, chante! Fabulously chic pairings with that cute pop of color, especially the prints.

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    1. Hehehe, yes, I am sashaying a bit, LOL! Hard not to in a swirly skirt!

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  2. I think it fits nicely in your wardrobe! Husbands are funny, aren't they?!? I have always joked that I was going to start a *Stuff* My Husband Says site!

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    1. They are funny! I think it's so cute when mine uses sewing/knitting lingo!

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  3. Gosh that looks adorable with ALL the pairings!
    Don't you love when that happens:)
    The blue chiffon dress is my fav

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    1. Thanks, Bec! Yes, that is my all-time favorite dress!

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  4. looks great! glad you found so many things to pair the blazer with. love the funny things our husbands say regarding our makes-- today i wore my saltspring dress and my husband said: "that dress is cute on you! it looks comfy... not that i know what makes a dress comfortable, but that seems like it.. " yes, dear, comfy indeed!

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  5. CUTE!!! This looks so sweet on you, and all your outfits are so great! This is a total win!

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  6. That's the most practical garment that ever there was! It's ridiculously versatile. What's weird (given that I usually prefer a jacket with jeans to any other styling) is that I actually like it more with dresses. I mean, it's awesome all the ways - but it's amazing how well it works with dresses.

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    1. I'm thinking that I prefer the cropped jacket with dresses and skirts, and a longer one for jeans and trousers - unless the pants are high-waisted (which none of mine are). Just a personal style preference!

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  7. It's amazing how well your new blazer goes with everything you've paired it with! I also like a cropped blazer or cardigan better with a dress, and yours are all very beautiful.

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  8. It's fantastic with all of your looks!! I love it in pink, too. Who knew it would be SO versatile!

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    1. Thanks! I certainly didn't know it would be this versatile, and I'm really glad it is!

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  9. All of those look cute with the jacket. Think my fave is with the turquoise dress but I love how the jacket can be dressed up or down. Win-win all round!

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    1. Thanks! I agree - it can dress up or down. I really think I need Hubby to take me on a date so I can wear one of these looks - these are not outfits I can wear in my day-to-day life of doing laundry and cleaning and cooking!

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  10. How great that you found so many things to pair it with. I love it with the turquoise dress, and in my opinion it looks really good with the longer top and skinny jeans. That type of look might just need a few wears for you to get used to it.

    Also, those Sam Edelman shoes are to die for!

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    1. Maybe . . . I'm not in love with this combo partly because the colors aren't exactly right, so I need to keep going through my things and find another top to try this look with.

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  11. Oh it does go with so much! Yay!!

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  12. Love the hot pink Victoria!! Who knew such a bright pink would go with so many things in your closet! I especially love the first look and the floaty chiffony one, so pretty :)

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I guess I should have known - my wardrobe isn't exactly subdued! LOL!

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