Vintage Haul: The Happy Jacket


I took an exam today for this course I'm trying to put behind me once and for all. Granted, that is certainly not a reason to bust-out the happy clothing, but the fact that simultaneously, there was a vintage fair going on at the University certainly is. And that is how this lovely jacket came to live in my closet. I bought it from a vendor named Karen Darragh who also has a lovely online shop called Vintage Point. 


This is one of those things that I was drawn to in spite of myself. I thought that the kelly green colour and the big, bold flowers lent it an almost preppy, summery vibe that would work well with distressed jeans, navy shorts, a denim skirt, or even something striped or polka-dotted!  Admittedly, I had to surgically remove the (massive!) shoulder pads through a 1 inch keyhole-incision in the lining of both shoulders (yes, it's fully-lined), but it was worth it, because it fits me absolutely perfectly.  I was going to change the buttons for something a little less plastique, but decided against it.

I venture to guess that the vintage of this vintage piece dates to somewhere in the 80's, based purely on my scientific assessment of the molecular weight of the shoulder pads I removed, and the look of the brand tag inside. The brand is Eastex, which is a UK brand of ultra-conservative clothing really targeted at women who are much older than yours truly. You know, mother of the bride stuff. Calf-length skirts, boxy jackets, big hats. You know. I have no problem with this. This is a testament to the fact that clothes are all about what you do with them.  They do not make you who you are.





The Stuff

Vintage jacket: Eastex

Comments

  1. You are so right about making the clothing work for you -- you could not be any less mother of the bride! Great look (and I checked out the shop, very nice!). Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

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  2. What a fun jacket, and I love it with the plaid belt. I had one in the same shape in the early 90s, in taupe - can't remember the brand, but I bought it at Nordstrom Rack in Seattle. I gave it up when the shoulder pads would have made me a laughing-stock. I should have been patient enough to take them out - it was worth it for yours!

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  3. You look pretty awesome after a test...I usually look like I was run over!! The jacket is such a great look...good job! Have a wonderful week!

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  4. I love what you've done with the jacket! It's true; it's all about how you style it.

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  5. I love this! It's so cute, especially with the belt and cuffed jeans! I can't believe it's vintage! I love vintage and am amazed when people find such cute stuff!!!
    xox ~Chloe @ popcosmo.com

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  6. WIN! I love that on you and I'm glad you kept the buttons and ditched the football pads - if it's from the '80's they qualify as sporting equipment. I can't wait to see what else you style it with!
    I recently rescued a pair of vintage jackets from the thrift store that both needed shoulder-pad-ectomies ;-)

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  7. I just did a whole post on floral jackets and why I feel I can't wear them and then you come along in this and look perfect!

    I think I need a better fit on my jacket. You look fab!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. Ah! Love your vintage jacket! It's so pretty - such a great color on you! I recently got a vintage plaid blazer. =) I'm looking forward to styling it. =) You're super gorgeous. And I love how your ring matches the buttons on your jacket!! Total epicness!!
    Stopping by from Plane Pretty. =)
    ~Callie
    www.creationsbycallie.com

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  9. You look wonderful--that green jacket is lovely. I like the print and fit. You paired it beautifully with the belt and jeans. Theses colors look pretty with your hair!

    blue hue wonderland

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  10. So well said, clothes are all about what YOU make of them. You just made this vintage jacket so modern and hip, especially wearing the plaid belt with it, very fun!

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  11. Hi there! Just saw you on Patti's visible Monday, love this post and your jacket-such a great find! I love thrifting and vintage too, it would be great if you stop by and follow me, I am now following you! Have a good week!

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  12. You're right about Eastex but that vintage jacket looks fab with jeans. Funny isn't it how something that would've looked totally naff in the eighties can have a fashion moment decades later?

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  13. Cute jacket--love it with the plaid belt and jeans!!

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  14. Fabulous pairing and that vintage jacket is a great find! I LOVE vintage but I am so picky that I get to bring home some only once in a while!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  15. I bet that jacket originally came with a matching knee-length pencil skirt. Can you imagine a dowager in all that? Most proper!
    I'm glad you're keeping the buttons -- they "suit" the jacket, which you very nicely mixed with the jeans. The plaid belt is a clever touch.

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  16. Great floral jacket! Love how you styled it with jeans.
    Definitely spring-worthy!

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  17. The jacket becomes you and I agree the colors are fabulous. What a lovely find.

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  18. "This is a testament to the fact that clothes are all about what you do with them. They do not make you who you are."
    So true and a brilliant reminder to us all to be more creative with clothes. I love how you've styled the jacket! Thanks also for the tip off about JCrew and neon skirts!

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  19. Beautiful jacket. I love how you paired with the jeans. Very fresh and crisp.

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  20. Gorgeous! I love the colour of this jacket, the style and the way you mixed it with jeans!

    Annette
    Lady of Style
    now on Facebook

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  21. That is so cool the way you made it current second time around! xx

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  22. Floral blazing and plaid a waistin'- what a visual delight you are!

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  23. Love, love, LOVE it!! I most especialliy love the madras plaid belt with the floral jacket, that is great. Veshoevius said it best above.

    xo,
    Alyssa

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  24. You put that outfit together so very well! Second-hand markets make my day, as well...especially when you discover a great find!

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  25. Boy, you really get it together. The whole outfit just works. Now could you please get me together?

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  26. What an incredible jacket! Looks great on you, fab outfit.

    Popping by as a fellow Visible Monday blogger, do pop by my post and let me know what you think!

    Emalina
    www.kikiandthegypsy.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. And here, ladies, is a great lesson on how to wear serious lady-like and rock it hard! Very good idea about the shoulder pads , and I agree about the buttons. They give it an instant place in history and allow a little fun-loving irony. You look maaahhhhvelous. Great buy.

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  28. A little late perhaps but I could not agree more, we are not defined by our clothes or what we wear, it merely serves as a method of expressing ourselves and how we perceive style. Nice jacket!
    FF

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