Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Not-A-Man's Jacket

When I have the chance to wear women's clothing, I rarely pick pants or jackets.  The reason is obvious -- why would I wear the same drab clothes I have to wear as a man?  Dressing up is a treat for me and I want to savor the opportunity with feminine frippery.

There are, however, exceptions to every rule, including this one.  Browsing the racks of my favorite thrift-store, I spotted a jacket that spoke to me.  "Ally!  Over here!", it called.  I gamboled over and saw what the fuss was about.  Not only does this beautiful jacket have striking polka-dot design, it sports hot pink piping along the edges.  It may be a jacket but it could never be mistaken for a man's jacket.

The Not-A-Man's Jacket makes its debut here, with matching dress and peep-toe pumps.  Whatever you think, this is not something you'd see in a Men's Room.  Then again, what are you doing in a Men's Room??


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

39 comments:

  1. The jacket is so feminine it looks great on you <3 and I love your eye for details- the jacket has some hot pink details in it, the exact same color as the dress, the lipstick and the shoes. Plus, the necklace harmonizes all 'cause it matches the polka dots!

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    1. Thanks. And what you can barely see are my earrings which echo the polka-dot theme.

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  2. What a beautiful jacket. It's incredible feminine with the polka dots, the pink trim and the general shape. I love it how you brought out the pink in the jacket and wore lots more pink! When clothes speak to you from across the store, there's just no choice but to buy them, right!? I also love it how you decide to wear such feminine outfits, definitely wonderful... Oh and I adore your necklace too.

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    1. The heart-shaped necklace was among the gifts just sent me by Jazmin.

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  3. Oh, I love this on you! The shape is perfect, and you really suit that bright pink.

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  4. LOVE IT!!! ;-) I love it. It looks even better on you than it did in the store (and it looked pretty fab in the store). That outfit!! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    Sorry. I'm done gushing now. (No I'm not- LOVE)

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  5. I'm in the men's room to try on these men's jeans, why? LOL!!

    That jacket is so perfect. I love how your dress matches your shoes and your lipstick!

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  6. Lovely silhouette and thorough coordination, Ally! I find piping irresistible, myself. :)

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  7. Ooh, this is such a well put together outfit. I love that dress on you, and the jacket is such a flattering shape! The necklace, dress, jacket, and shoes tie together so well without feeling too matchy. I love this outfit on you.

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  8. Okay this jacket? This jacket here might be your soul mate. It looks perfect on you! And those shoes are so great.

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  9. Beautiful as always! I adore that necklace! The shoes are amazing. Okay, Okay. I love the whole outfit! :)

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  10. I love that jacket and especially the way it looks with that sassy pink dress!

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  11. That jacket is adorable. And you are SO right about the Clintons!

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  12. Out of topic here but you look really sweet in pink. I don't know sometimes when I see other people wearing pink they look tacky. Definitely not you.


    Nadya
    eyeshadow illustrator

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  13. hot pink is charming on you! Very nice lipstick! Lovelovelove!
    The jacket screams about femininity. what a nice shape!

    by the way, what lipstick did you use here? the shade is perfect!

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    1. Just a generic store-brand. I need to find new and better makeup.

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  14. I love how you still get a feminine fit with the jacket open.... teach me your secrets!

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    1. Okay, here it is... Because of my size and odd shape (for a woman), I frequently need to perform tricks on my clothes to make them look better. My jacket is too small to close and button, so I needed to find another way to hold the front parts closer together to give it normal structure.

      I pulled the jacket together just under the bust and visually connected the 3-inch gap between the button and button-hole by tying those sides together with nearly-invisible fishline. It's an idea similar to what bikers do when their non-stretchy leather vests get too small: they add a chain to connect the front pieces.

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  15. That jacket is awesoooooome! I love pairing blazers with dresses :)

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  16. Gorgeous outfit--you look fabulous in pink.
    The fish line idea is fantastic!!

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  17. Great jacket! That is one of my favorite styles, it is very feminine! And pink and black go so well together!!

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  18. I love the polka dots jacket, it's perfect with those fuchsia details ! It is very feminine and you styled it very well :) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies

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  19. OMG, I love it! It is PERFECT for you! It matches your blog so well!

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  20. I think that the jacket you chose is beautiful, with its polka dots and piping. And I can't get enough of peep toe pumps. Feminine frippery indeed!

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  21. Such a long time...
    <great dress and even better jacket.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  22. So elegant and cute. Love the jacket and the pumps.
    Daphne.

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  23. The jacket is so elegant! The polka dots look lovely against the pink :)
    x
    Bel
    b-by-bel.blogspot.com

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  24. I absolutely LOVE IT!
    if you ever get tired of it, send it over :)

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  25. Not being a jacket girl I saw straight past the jacket to that amazing hot pink dress and the shoes literally jumped off the page and knocked me in the eyes!!!! You look gorgeous!!!! Oh and the jacket looks nice as well.

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  26. Fabulous outfit! Oh my word! I love not only the colours and garments themselves, but how you've constructed this pretty, fashionable look. A long sleeved dress under a short-sleeved blazer is brilliant! I don't own short-sleeved ones, or I'd follow your lead in a heartbeat.

    Have an awesome long weekend, dear Ally!
    ♥ Jessica

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  27. Oh my! I LOVE that jacket. (About to throw a sulk because everyone has so much nicer jackets than me). Polka dots, fitted and pink piping. Gorgeous. And it looks great with that outfit!

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  28. Fun! Love the itty bitty piping and the shape gives you such a nice little cinch in the middle!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  29. The shoes and jacket are just to die for...I'm lusting over those peep toes : D

    -Jazmin
    http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com

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  30. Coming a little late to say this outfit is fantastic! Such a lady jacket. And your necklace is perfect. You remind me of my awesome knowledgeable colleague, she is always well-dressed as well as well-informed xx

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  31. This is what I meant by your lady lawyer look! :)

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  32. "Frippery" and "gamboled" in the same post. A fine daily double.
    Pat
    PS: I love the outfit

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