Monday, September 21, 2009

Weeklong Style Seminar: How to Style a Boyfriend Jacket, Part I

On my frequent forays through eBay, Etsy, and other online retailers of vintage clothing, I've noted a substantial increase in the number of vendors who style and shoot their lots as though for a fashion editorial, with a talented model, carefully chosen accessories, and top-notch photography.

I think this is a fantastic development for buyers, because it provides a fingertip visual resource. Stuck for a way to wear that vintage piece a different way? Keyword it in, and see what others are doing with it.

A case in point: this gorgeous black double-breasted Cacharel jacket, being sold by Australian vendor ClaireInc (whose de la Renta blouse is pictured in the entry below).

I would never, in a million years, think of styling a jacket like this with horizontal striped hose, a mini-dotted bow tie, and nude oxfords, but here it is, looking absolutely brilliant. It's a look that a young, slender woman could pull off effortlessly. Put on a skirt, lose the hat, and an older/larger woman could wear it as well.

I'm going to spend the rest of the week showing different ways vendors have styled the same sort of garment, with the aim of addressing a range of ages and body types. Hopefully, it will inspire you to get more wear out of what you have, or find a piece with a similar sort of versatility.

(Thanks again, Belinda, your site looks great.)

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