Polka Dots in my Pocket


Can you believe this is a boy’s blazer? Refresh your memory with the before post, and marvel at the difference just taking in three little seams can make.


This pocketsquare was dug up in the melee of Century 21 (that place is a mad house!). Century 21 puts any discount retailer we have here on the West Coast to shame!



Outfit detailsJ.Crew Crewcuts blazer :: Banana Republic shirt :: Rag & Bone jeans :: unknown brand pocket square (from Century 21) :: Ann Taylor belt :: Valentino handbag :: Christian Louboutin shoes :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/0)

Altered – J.Crew Crewcuts blazer has been slimmed :: Banana Republic shirt has been tailored (to be shown in a future post) :: Christian Louboutin shoes have had foot and heel pads added :: Kate Spade watch has had the band changed


  • Reply November 18, 2012


    Wow the blazer looks fantastic! And such an innovative idea – buying a boy’s blazer and then altering it. If you don’t mind me asking, how much were the alterations?

    • Reply November 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Caroline! I’m not exactly sure because the cost was lobbed into a bunch of other alterations I had done, but I’m fairly certain it cost $24. I’d expect this alteration to cost anywhere from $20 – $30 depending on your tailor and where you live. If you can find a cheap boys blazer either on sale or at a thrift store, a $24 alteration for a nicely fitted blazer is a steal. =)

  • Dearest Kelly,
    Love your herringbone tweed blazer! Especially the back part has been altered perfectly, it fits you so well. Great combination with the jeans and the navy blue.
    Hugs to you,

  • Reply November 18, 2012


    love the blazer!! feel like i have to take in all mine now – lol. =D

  • Reply November 18, 2012

    New Petite

    Polished and sophisticated after the alterations! Love how the back looks in the pics!

  • Reply November 19, 2012


    Have you ever considered having the front panels of the coat altered so that it has an equally feminine silhouette as the back? Without view of the back (from certain angles), the coat would still look boxy/boyish because of the front panels (which make up the front of the coat).

    • Reply November 19, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Hi! The blazer actually has a nice nip at the waist just from taking in the back seams (I don’t have any photos straight from the front to show you, but taking in the two seams off to the side really did help to nip the waist), which I’m quite happy with. Unfortunately, the front seams can’t be taken in without having to remove the pockets, which gets costly and complicated. If someone really really wanted to, it could be done, but I’m not interested in having it done since the back seams did such a good job at shaping the blazer as it is.

  • Reply November 19, 2012


    the blazer looks very nice in the back after the alteration. I love it Kelly. I wish I have a good tailor like you.

  • Reply November 19, 2012

    Alissa Futhey

    Oh my gosh that is so awesome the difference between the before and after!

  • Reply November 19, 2012


    dang girl, look at those legs! They look fabulous :)

  • Reply November 19, 2012

    anu dean

    wow that is impressive tailoring work


  • Reply November 20, 2012


    Love the jacket! The tailoring is perfection. Being 5’1″ I’m familiary with needing just about everything tailored!


  • Reply November 20, 2012

    lisacng @ expandng.com

    Looks great with just 3 seams! Can’t believe it’s a boys size! Great texture.

  • Reply November 21, 2012


    Ok so this is why I really enjoy you blog–I would never think to look through the boy’s section! I love that blazer on you and can’t get over how the tailoring made such a difference. Love it Kelly!!

  • Reply November 23, 2012


    So so cute! I just found your blog (in searching for a style of BR pants that might fit my tiny butt) and I am in LOVE! Your blog is great and SO helpful! I’m tiny (but not as tiny as you) and I have a terrible time finding clothing that fits… especially pants. I just ordered a pair of chinos from BR that I know will have to be hemmed but maybe will fit my hips. My challenge always seems to be the hips to crotch length…

    Anyway, question for you. I’m looking for navy patent heels for my wedding. I love Vince Camuto’s vickiey but they aren’t making it anymore and I adore these Louboutins… http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Christian-Louboutin-Filo-Patent-Platform-Red-Sole-Pump-Navy/prod150880084/ … is it worth it? $800? Do you find yours very comfortable? Any other navy patent pumps you recommend?


    • Reply November 23, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! Too bad those Vince Camuto’s aren’t being made anymore. I think $800 for those Louboutins is a little steep (I’ve never paid over $625 for Loubs), but if you really really love them, there’s no better time to splurge than you’re wedding. =)

      As for comfort, it really depends on the shoe and the person. You’d have to try them on. My Simple Pumps are my most comfy heels, and my Decolettes are my favorite looking heels, but definitely not as comfy. As for alternatives, there are lots of great suede pumps out right now if you’re not married to the idea of patent leather:



      • Reply November 26, 2012


        Thank you thank you thank you!!! :) Just dropped a blazer and 2 pants to be altered… Thanks for your great blog!

  • Reply November 25, 2012


    the pocket square is such a cute detail!! that’s how you take an outfit from good to great… the little details. i’m really considering added a rockstud bag/shoes into the collection. i love your bag!

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