Summer-Weight Tweed & Polka-Dot Shoes

minty-zara-6Finding blazers and jackets that fit in the shoulder is one of my biggest challenges, and when they don’t, it can be a $100 cost to fix at the tailor. So when Jean tweeted this little chain detail tweed jacket a while back from…get this…Zara Kids, I was curious enough to order two sizes.

Kids clothing is notorious for not only kiddish details that can look horribly wrong on adults, but also for unflattering boxy shapes. Knowing this, I figured if all the jacket needed was a de-boxing with a little tailoring, and it didn’t look too little-kiddish, it could easily be worth the relatively low cost to get it altered. Well, I liked it enough to keep and alter, and now I have a little summer-weight cream tweed jacket to play with. I’ll share the alterations in an upcoming post.

minty-zara-4Tweed jackets just look better with a brooch, don’t ya think?

These shoes have been sitting around since 2009 (!) without being worn. I love them, but just couldn’t walk in them. The heel is 4 inches tall, which if the back isn’t form fitting to the heel of my foot, makes it very easy for my heel to slip right out. Every time I would think of wearing them, my heel would slip out a few steps later and I’d end up wearing something else. The dot cut-outs made it a little more time consuming to figure out how to place a heel liner, which I never got around to playing with. Poor little shoes just sat, collecting dust. Shame on me!

Recently, I got fed up seeing them just sit there and finally gave it one last go to figure out how to keep them on my feet. After some careful snipping and placing of a few heel liners, I think I figured it out! Nearly an hour on my feet with no slipping is a good sign, huh?

minty-zara-5And now…at the height of the polka-dot trend…I have (hopefully wearable) polka-dot shoes. =)

And, a very happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Outfit Details – Zara Kids jacket, size 9-10 (altered) (same cut, different color) :: J.Crew tee :: 7 For All Mankind jeans :: Jimmy Choo shoes :: Chanel handbag :: Kate Spade watch (customized) :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o) (in silver) :: Vintage brooch :: Lux Accessories necklace :: Banana Republic rings

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