Allison M.

Thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and (oh yeah) dressing up from a full-time male who's a part-time female

Allison’s fashion summary (8/20/2016 edition)

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DP0404201617025203MI haven’t written a new post in a few days, and I haven’t written about fashion in a long while.  So with the urge to resolve both of those situations, I thought I’d spend this Saturday morning at home and surf a random fashion website.  Like, say, the women’s section of JCPenney’s website, in particular the jackets and blazers subsection.  The blazer you see on the right is part of the Black Label by Evan-Picone collection JCP has available.  I love the color combination in this particular photo; black is a perfect accenting color, and especially with the spa color of the blazer.  (Yeah, the website’s entry for this item describes it as “spa” though I tend to call it light blue or aqua.)

You notice that though the blazer is designed for a woman in mind (well, of course!), it is clearly inspired by a men’s style blazer, from the notches on the lapel to the twin buttons on front.  Note, too, that there do not appear to be any front pockets or offsetting trim that demand attention (like, say, those on this blazer).  It also gives an image of professionalism to the bystander.  That makes this blazer and outfit perfect for, say, someone running for public office.  Indeed, if I were in charge of a certain presidential candidate’s wardrobe, I’d add this to her closet.  That is, of course, if it’s not in her closet already.

DP0627201617083978MWhile that blazer is clearly professional in style (especially with it being buttoned up like that in the photo), other blazers and jackets are well suited for a more casual atmosphere.  JCP’s website, for one, has so many options that fit a casual style.  This particular one, which is also from the Black Label by Evan-Picone collection, really caught my eye, and for more than just the color.  First of all, there are no front buttons, meaning any hint of professional stuffiness is gone.  Secondly, there’s no lapel but instead is a shawlneck.  That shawl style drops down on the front all the way to the front edge.  Speaking of the front edge, what I also really like about this jacket is the hem.  Note how it starts at the side but goes across and up to the middle.  I like it for how it doesn’t draw attention to the waistline, unlike this particular jacket JCP also has that has a hem going downward, leaving the undershirt hanging out and suggesting a slouchy style and posture.

Back to this particular one for a second.  What really attracted my eye to it is the marigold color of the jacket.  It’s a pretty nice color for a blazer, perfect for not just summer but early autumn as well.  Plus, the combination of the color along with the short sleeves (3/4 length), hem cut, shawl front, and color allows it to not overshadow the black shirt and slacks that make up the rest of this outfit.  Indeed, marigold and black pair quite nicely.

So, what do you think about these jackets?  Feel free to comment below.  Thanks for reading!

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Author: Allison M.

Full-time middle-aged male. Long-time overworked office drone. Part-time female fashion plate. Amateur fashionista (emphasis on "amateur"). Admirer and supporter of those who are fashionable, fabulous, and friendly. A little bit silly. Absolutely nowhere near perverted. I am a real human being, just like you. Able to share thoughts about my life experiences, fashion sense, and the world at large despite middling grades in high school creative writing class (but at least I do look cute when I'm writing, so that has to count for something).

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