Nautical-esque striped jackets are a current trend du jour, and yes, even I, the late jumper-of-trends that I am, tried one recently. The look is everywhere and oh-so-tempting to jump on, but, as trends go, it won’t last.
I wanted the look, but didn’t want to buy yet another jacket, that I don’t need, or that I’ll probably only wear for one season. Wasted money, right? Instead, I went for something similar. I wanted a cute, navy blue, striped blouse that I could pair with a timeless white blazer that I already had in my wardrobe. It would be the striped jacket look, only inverted.
Here’s why I think this option is better:
1. I’m adding a new blouse into my wardrobe, which unlike a striped jacket, is easier to mix and match with items I already own.
2. After the striped jacket trend is dead and gone, I can still wear the striped blouse in a variety of classic looks. Coco and Audrey know what I’m talking about:
This cheapie H&M blouse fit the bill perfectly.
Not only does the blouse fit small and drape nicely, but the neckline and bow is 100% silk. H&M fabrics can be hit or miss for me, but this blouse feels nice and soft, and I was sold on the silk bow detail. I also like the thin stripe pattern (I feel it’s more flattering on my frame) and classic navy color.
PS – We are moving to a new place (I feel like a nomad these days!), hence the new photo background. Be prepared for a general lack of photography skills as I figure out the new lighting and background choices. ;)
Do you compromise on trends that you like, but know won’t last?