|The French fashion magazines are calling it a “veste bustier” so who am I to call it a blouse? By any appellation, I think it’s absolutely beautiful. By Haider Ackermann.|
Today I’m participating in one of my favorite blogging endeavours, collaborating with my great pal, Pseu, the creator of Une Femme. (She’s la femme in LA; I’m la femme in Paris. But you knew that.) We decide on a subject and no further elaboration ensues. I’m looking forward to reading her post.
|I’m shocked. I love this black and white bolero jacket by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy and yes, I would break all of my rules and wear it.|
One can quibble over styles, embellishments and construction, but I think we can all agree about function: Jackets are the single article of clothing that “finish” an ensemble.
They set the tone. Think about it. Let’s say, for example, you’re wearing a pair of dark wash jeans or black gabardine trousers with a classic white silk shirt, let’s choose the strict classicism of Equipment to set the mood. Now what? You need or want to add a jacket. What’s your mood? What’s your intention? What image do you feel like conveying? What statement do you need to make for a particular situation or occasion — serious, playful, elegant, fashion-forward, professional. . .?
Depending upon one’s vestimentary objectives, it’s a jacket’s role to set the tone, add tailored polish or unstructured insouciance.
Instantly a message is conveyed by our choice: blazer, jeans, tuxedo, bolero, kimono, safari and on and on with all the nuances on the themes.
|Let’s see. . . I’ll take the one on the upper right and the two in the center. There, that’s perfect.|
By a certain age, we know which jackets are our best friends. Mine are the ones with construction, slightly shaped into the waist, and sufficiently long enough to cover my derriere without being too long. I discovered to my surprise that too long is counter-intuitive. Curious.
When I interviewed many Frenchwomen for my book I discovered that they tend to buy the same jacket (or jackets) over and over. They know what flatters their figures and they stick to those shapes. No one knows they’re wearing the same model because the fabrics, embellishments, colors and perhaps, for an exceptional coup de foudre, a pattern.
I’ve done my due diligence by visiting the spring/summer 2015 ready-to-wear collections on-line to see what the designers were offering. I discovered the usual suspects, i.e. blazers of one sort or another, and the apparent revival of safari jackets and kimonos plus myriad variations on denim.
Two blazers from Theory that fall into my definition of perfect.
Here’s the thing though: Mostly I don’t care what’s on the runways except for liking the idea of being au courant about fashion trends. I’ve never liked safari jackets — waaay too much going on, I have a couple of kimonos, but am not that crazy over them and I’m well-covered in the blazer department, if I weren’t that’s where I would seek out something new.
|One of my favorite definitions of a jacket, this cashmere version from the Eric Bompard spring collection. (I would probably buy it in the other color on offer, navy blue.)|
I’ve discovered, because of my mostly country life, that I am far more likely to pop on a sweater jacket. I don’t consider them cardigans because they are cut like jackets and give me the right pulled-together look that makes me feel comfortable and, one always hopes, stylish.