The Shrunken Schoolboy Blazer


I've loved the shrunken blazer look for a while now, but just hadn't found the right specimen to add to my closet. I was out and about at some secondhand shops last week, and saw this wool blazer from afar. I grabbed it off the hanger and tried it on without really looking at it closely, only thinking that £20 seemed a bit steep for a thrift shop price tag. As I tried it on, I realised that in addition to fitting perfectly (for a shrunken school boy jacket) it had a lovely feel to it. It was fully lined, the wool was soft and substantial, it had what appeared to be hand stitching around the collar and pockets, and real mother of pearl buttons at the front and cuffs.

Upon closer inspection, I saw why this jacket felt a wee bit special. It was Oscar De La Renta special. Not only is this piece probably one of my more exciting vintage finds, I was over the moon to actually have the opportunity to own something by the late, great Oscar De La Renta, whose dresses I have swooned over forever; sadly they are far beyond my budget.

But suddenly that £20 price tag seemed well within the budget.






thrifted Oscar De La Ranta jacket, similar / Gap tee / J Brand jeans / Chinese Laundry shoes (old), similar / Judith Ripka heart ring (old), similar


Comments

  1. Wonderful find! You can wear this for the next twenty years, it will always be just right. xo

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  2. What a great find! Good styling too, and I like how you've echoed the silver in the buttons with the shoes.

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  3. OMG, what a find! I like the heart ring too.

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  4. Love the jacket. That style is a favourite of mine. And what a score!
    One question: is it warm enough to wear shoes without socks? (I speak as someone who endured -37c weather today.)

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    1. It actually is here, yes. We are right on the west coast and get the Gulf Stream. No snow, just wet, wet, wet, with occasional frost. Okay sometimes snow, but not PROPER snow like in the Northern USA. We get the wet, slouchy stuff. But right now it's in the 40s. Beach weather by Wisconsin standards in Feb.

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  5. This was a lucky find! and I like how you've styled it.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  6. I am so glad I am not the only fashion-blogger with natural nails. I have been worried about getting my hands in view. I can't do nails! And there is no use in going to a salon as I will mess them up within a day (small children, DIY, cooking, gardening, life). So thank you, your hands look absolutely fine with similar nails to mine!
    And I like your blazer, indeed a lucky find. And I am dead jealous of you being able to wear lovely shoes like that outside or was it only for the photograph? Reverted to warm boots and a big coat quickly after that? I mean, we have roughly the same weather here on the coast in the Netherlands and I can't be outside now sporting bare ankles! :-)
    www.fashionsabbaticaldress.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the nails comment. I have NEVER been a person who can do nails, and it is not for lack of trying. Through my teenage years I tried to do the acrylics, but they are jus tot impractical and I tend to pick at them. I do once in a while get them painted if I am going on holiday, but I don't really do color on my hands. Maybe a rare red or navy blue for a special occasion. Feet are a different story.

      On the day the photo was taken, it was warm enough (in the middle of the day) to go without socks, but today I wouldn't do it. Kind of a mixed bag here this time of year.

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  7. Yup! Totally you. Completely classic, and I'm thrilled for you as you enjoy this great find. Sleek and sophisticated as always!

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  8. I love the kitten heels! So pretty and the classic look of the blazer and jeans. You look great
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

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