- Turquoise blazer: thrifted
- Patterned blouse: F21
- Brown pencil skirt: NY & Co
- Red Wedges: Naturalizers, via DSW
- Necklace: vintage brooch, from grandmother
I usually expect blazers to be a neutral, and yet I couldn’t resist thrifting this turquoise velveteen blazer a couple of years ago, especially since it had elbow patches. How utterly professorial, right?
Perhaps because of its unusual color, I’ve tended to wear this blazer for more casual outfits, like jeans or bermuda shorts, never really considering it for more professional on-campus attire. But, I gave it a shot today, figuring that if anything was going to balance the stodgy-potential of a fuzzy, elbow patch jacket, it would be a slim pencil skirt and a blouse in an interesting pattern.
I do wish that a bit more of the blouse would have been visible, but I preferred the silhouette of the closed blazer better (though I did open the jacket when I sat down). Knowing that the mostly-hidden blouse wouldn’t be enough visual interest, I added a makeshift necklace, fashioned from one of my grandmother’s brooches, that echoed the swirls of the top’s pattern. And then I finished everything off with a kick of red in the shoe.
Oh, how I wish I had something more interesting to add, but alas, I’m juggling too many research projects this week, and I’m trying to figure out how to organize a paper on consumption, class, and the exotic in Second Empire France. You can go ahead and tell me whether I should lead off with idea A or idea B, even though you have no idea what either of those ideas are.
Or actually, maybe you should just let me know if you, too, own a brightly colored blazer? What color? How do you style it?