I got new stuff, you guys! The skirt is old Anthropologie via eBay, and the blazer is thrifted J. Crew. It’s the Super 120 blazer, and it looks unworn – a real score for $8. The cut is fantastic. Here is a weird outtake that gives a better sense of the way the blazer fits:
In other words, like a glove. I have fairly broad shoulders and a comparatively smaller waist, so that is no small feat. Here’s the really weird thing: the blazer is a size 0. I almost didn’t try it on because, let me tell you, a size 0 I am not, even at J. Crew. (The skirt I’m wearing here is a size 6, to give you a sense of my actual proportions.) And yet, this blazer fits. ‘Tis a mystery. Has vanity sizing really gotten so far out of control? The only things that took some time to get used to are the rather high armholes. At least, they feel, um, high. I’m pretty sure I don’t have armpit fat, so this must be a quirk of the style. That reminds me of something I’m almost certain I read somewhere (with a 5% chance I may only have imagined I did): Coco Chanel used to cut the armholes of her jackets high, because the result looked … Better? More chic? I forget. Anyway, the moral here? Before you pass on a thrift find, try it on because you never know.
This was an outfit I wore during the Christmas-to-New-Year “break” when I had to go to work. Considering how quiet the office was, I figured I could get away with more, um, creative outfits. So I threw together a bunch of old pieces that normally don’t get a ton of wear and, hey presto! An outfit everyone loved. Hmm …
The silver shoes are at least 6 or 7 years old, purchased for $5 at the old C’est Cera outlet on 111th St. (Who remembers that?) The dress came to me from the lovely Lou, and it’s one of the best constructed shirt dresses ever. I highly recommend checking out Boden on eBay to look for something similar; secondhand prices are (or were) quite reasonable. The jacket is about 5-year old Anthro, one of the few pieces I’ve ever bought in store. I had never worn it much, and it was the wrong size for a while, so I tried to sell it for ages … without any luck. Must be a sign. It goes perfectly with my most recent beading project.
I’ve been looking for a thistle brooch for a long time (don’t ask me why), so I eventually decided to make my own. It turned out … interesting. Well, at the very least, it looks like a form of plant life, right? Right.
I don’t have much to say about this outfit except that its sole reason for existence is the butterfly-on-butterfly action. I couldn’t resist. I love a good butterfly motif like nothing else except florals, so I’m actually considering re-rebuying this J. Crew sweater (and the yellow butterfly version too, maybe) in a smaller size. Too bad that prices on eBay are kinda ridiculous, especially after factoring in the exchange rate. All the sighs.
(Sidenote: did J. Crew use this butterfly print for any other pieces? Asking for, uh, a friend …)