I feel guiltier than usual about the completely unoriginal title, because this blazer really does deserve a better intro for its inaugural outfit. It fits like a dream, and it makes me feel very European … which is to say: chic. I’ve long struggled to figure out why European women always look so much more chic than I feel. I’m not talking about willowy French magazine editors either; I’m talking about my own family members, none of whom are even remotely involved in the fashion industry. I’m starting to think that it has a lot to do with how the clothes they wear fit them. Fit is tricky. Some things are meant to skim the body; other things are meant to be slouchy (but not baggy). Figuring out the right proportions and the right balance in an outfit is tough. I think the retail industry here has gotten us so used to poor fits that we have a hard time knowing how the right fit is supposed to look. Well, I certainly do. This is where thrifting comes in handy; trial and error on the cheap.
Blazer-aside, I pulled this outfit together based on the colours in the print of this Rebecca Taylor top. That part was easy, anyway. Instead of a black bag, I went with a warmer neutral — burgundy. Overall, it’s a simple formula but one which, I dare say, fits me well.