the trend of the boyfriend blazer and 80's inspired accentuated shoulders seems to continue. the easiest way to rock the bf blazer is to get a jacket that has a sharp shoulderline and a straight cut, i.e. simply more masculine than the curve enhancing female blazer. looks good on everyone, but may lack a bit on the edginess.
as much as i love the chic look of the slightly masculine blazer on a womanly frame, going a little over-the-top adds the desired roughness and, i think, fun to the blazer look. additionally, despite effortless chic being something i admire, going slightly more fashion-forward feels better. today, that is.
unfortunately, attempting the fashionista may translate to a visually devastating trip. accentuating shoulders or going overly slouchy and large works heavenly on the runway, but in real life, doing oversize is tricky: if you're short, the result is easily midget-like and heavy. if you're tall, you may look overwhelmingly large sideways as well: skinny legs may save you, but the result may be a pinheaded popsicle. for someone mid-sized and not so skinny-legged – like yours truly – the result often just looks off-beat and wrong: wide, slouchy and droopy in all the wrong places.
since a huge part of my personal style evolvement (grandiose terms to uplift a less grandiose project...) is to try looks that i'd intuitively steer clear of, i'm gonna show off two little numbers that i love despite the fact that they are definitely oversize and over-shouldered. the trick saving me from ultimate disaster is a little piece of woven fabric. now that we've entered scarf season, i can pull the extra width off: my long and narrow neck creates an unfortunate resenblance to e.t when combined with necklines that do not fit just right.
the first coat is from a nostalgic trip to stockholm in 2007 when jaakko and i went tipsy shopping during the best festival ever, accelerator. i found this miami vicey blazer from downstairs the weekday store. instant ridiculous love with two layers of grey pinstripes, narrow collars, folded and padded shoulders.
coat second-hand c&a, sheer oversize tee by rick owens, necklaces by i know why no and my o my, leggings by pieces, boots and scarf by vivienne westwood, bracelet by bless.
for the chillier days, i've gone sloughier: this woolen martin margiela 6 blazer is humongous and humorous to an equal measure – therefore the grumpy face (i actually have no idea why i look so grim in the pic...). it's most flattering with a high heel creating an illusion of a catwalk cape crusader, but that will not stop me from wearing it with flats – i'm just a regular gal who needs to run to places, after all.
the dropping shoulder accentuates the fact that mine are naturally delicate and the length of the coat shortens me tremendously. perhaps the jacket allows me or provides an opportunity to explore the way i'd feel much shorter – something i always wanted to be.
everything as above, blazer by martin margiela 6.
both blazers are over two years old, but i still dig them out regularly and find myself intrigued by their possibilities. what do you think: do you fear the hulk-like shoulder? are you keen on sloughy potato sacks? open up and let me know...