- 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.
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 .