25 March 2010

March 25th, 2010 § 7 comments

25 March 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Fuchsia top – Banana Republic
  • Pinstripe blazer – Gap, thrifted
  • Jeans – thrifted
  • Flats – Palladium
  • Purse – Liz Claiborne, thrifted
  • Coral bangle – J.Crew, thrifted
  • Scarf – J.Crew
  • Flower pin – H&M


When I found this pinstripe blazer at my local thrift store, I was at the end of my time on campus and ready to head out for my year-long research stint abroad. So this item that was meant to be a conference staple never got to live up to its destiny but it has surprisingly become a great alternate for the usual (rather predictable) cardigan paired with jeans.

E. has already shown how versatile the pinstripe blazer can be and how it can be worn in ways that don’t necessarily smack of stuffy professional engagements or work related formal events. I have also worn my pinstripe blazer in more casual ways than not. . .

I have paired the pinstripe blazer with jeans and dark cords; over a belted dress; with jean shorts (!); and, in an attempt to really dress it down, over a navy hoodie. Rolling and cuffing a blazer’s sleeves also makes for a more casual and every day effect, as does belting it, adding embellishments, or using it for some bold pattern mixing.

Flower and Pinstripes, originally uploaded by academichic.

But when I looked at these photos of my past stylings of this item, I noticed that I was in somewhat of a neutrals rut. While I have been comfortable pairing the pinstripe jacket with all sorts of quotidian garments, I was clearly nursing some kind of phobia when it came to wearing it with color. So I challenged myself to change that for today and pulled out some bright pinks and fuchsias to go with the blazer, worn-in jeans, and ballet flats. And just in time for spring, right?

Do you own a pinstripe blazer and, if so, how do you find ways to incorporate it into everyday wear? S .

25 March 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 7 Responses to 25 March 2010"

  1. Tina says:

    A fun coincidence: I’m wearing the same flower today. Your outfit looks good!

  2. D says:

    I mix blazers with more casual wear, but only if their cotton. I find blazers made of rayon, or ‘fancier’ textile difficult to intermix casually.

    Love the fushia and grey, looks great!

  3. Sally says:

    I do, and it’s in a shade of brown that is VERY hard to match to anything. But I tend to pair it with office-y stuff – pencil skirt and pearls – more than casual wear.

  4. WendyB says:

    The color of the top looks great with pinstripes.

  5. Jenny says:

    Duly noted. I have a pinstripe blazer and I never thought of adding a broach or flower. I love it and I’m definitely going to try now.

  6. That is the way I often wear blazers! With rosettes, too.:)

  7. Hell├┤,
    I liked of your blog.
    I love flowers.

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