Outfits Imitating Art.My Blue Period.
An outfit imitating L'ascete.
Recently, whist enjoying a pleasant stopover at the blog of the stylish Terri Meadowtree , A 2ND LOVED AFICIANADO, I spotted a comment that piqued my interest. My blogger mate Anna of Mutton Years Style had a 2nd Loved gold jacket. Hmmnn, thought I, there's a 2nd Loved blue jacket lurking somewhere in my archives … And thus, a collaboration was born.
I picked up this jacket at a jumble sale in the 80s. Someone had chucked it out then so I'm unsure when it was made, but it has plenty shoulderage, so I'm guessing very early 80s (or perhaps 40s!). I used to use it as outerwear over black evening dresses. And nothing more.
Then in the 90s I found myself an M&S black tux and this poor little thing was history. The tux went (and still goes) with everything. But I couldn't chuck out this blue jacket because
1. It's silk.
2. It's a beautiful electric blue.
3. It's handmade and someone put in the hours quilting and lining this baby with love.
A few weeks ago I searched for the jacket for the collab and it was in the first bag I chanced upon.
An omen? Meant to be?
I also found my missing yellow cardi, which Anna then decided would be her collab inspiration; I also found my estranged coral jersey dress (both featured recently) and a whole host of other stuff which I'm just itching to wear this summer.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, being a hoarder is like having my own personal charity shop. I go a-rummaging and find things I haven't worn in a few years (or decades) and it's like they're new to me all over again. I 2nd Love them.
The blue is the same as much blue I have found and loved in the shops this summer, so my vintage jacket's colour is perfectly topical and on-trend (not that I care too much about that!).
So, I took my bluey and put it through its paces.
With a simple black jersey dress (as it has black buttons); a hat is really an outfit's game-changer eh?
A simple ivory linen dress. My blue top - isn't the match amazing?! I really do think that 2018 is the start of my Blue Period, which is good as I think it works beautifully with grey, blonde or silver hair, the colour spectrum nature has chosen for me.
The lace cami didn't work, too transparent. I'd have to wear a cami under my cami!
So I switched to a more opaque white cami, cutting out the middle man.
I felt jeans would be an obvious choice for this jacket, though I don't really have the tummy for the tucked in look, which I think it needs.
From this little try-on I realised that there's more to this little vintage jacket than simply worn over an evening or cocktail dress. And the blue and white was definitely filling me with happy bunniness and outfit was forming.
Have you found that you have items of clothing that you'd become a bit tunnel-visioned with, then after a fun little girlie try-on session, your eyes are opened to infinite possibilities for it?
If the answer is no, then head for something you haven't worn in a long time and just try it out with a few staples in your wardrobe. It can bring life to your wardrobe. Trust me.
Then shortly after my try-on, by sheer coincidence I stumbled upon a pic of the lovely Susan of SUSAN AFTER 60 wearing bright blue and white, and I was inspired to up my game. Her look with the strappy heels and little bag really would up my jacket's game, no? Of course, I don't have the looks, the slimness, stylishness and everything else that Susan has in abundance, but one has to give it ones best shot, eh?
So here I give you my "polished" version, bringing my 2nd Loved 40s/80s jacket into the teensies.
I switched from white jeans to some "posh" Per Una white trousers, which I haven't worn for a while.
Adesso strappy taupe heels.
A cute clutch bag from TK Maxx.
A silver pendant, similar in length to Susan's.
And with Susan's inspo, I created a look that was worthy of taking to a celebratory drinks party.
So that is what I did.
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A la perchoine.