Theory Amanda B. blazer, size 00 :: Banana Republic linen vest, size 0 (altered) :: Ann Taylor shell, size xxsp :: Paige Blue Heights jeans, size 24 (hemmed & slimmed) :: Ann Taylor Factory belt, size xs :: Timex watch :: Sears silk pocket square :: J.Crew Edie Purse :: Cole Haan shoes, size 5
I must’ve been a dandy in another life, because this just feels right. I think I’ll switch out the grey jeans for my dark blue skinnies next time…but I’m still really loving this ensemble.
I’ve been drooling over this linen, blue striped vest from Banana Republic ever since it first appeared in stores earlier this summer. It didn’t come in petite sizes, so I tried to put it out of my mind…but every time I stepped foot in a BR store, I went straight up to this little guy to fondle the crisp linen.
Then, the stars aligned…the vest went on sale with an extra 40% off, I received a $15 birthday coupon, and I dug a few Rewards Cards out of my wallet. I found a size 0 on the sale rack and paid a grand total of $2! Of course, it was going to need quite a bit of alterations, but by getting it for so cheap, I was willing to shell out the cash to get it tailored.
It needed to be slimmed and taken up at the shoulder, which meant a good deal of the back panel needed to be re-cut at the back of the neck. I didn’t care about the cost…and I knew my tailor could handle the job since he specializes in custom menswear. I was too excited to take before photos and do a proper alterations post, but $60 worth of alterations later…here she is.
Totally worth it. :)
PS…Vicky also picked up this vest and is challenging her readers to help her style it! What a great idea!
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