January 1, 2014

Menswear-Inspired: Vintage Blazer & Bowler Hat

This maroon blazer is one of the many souvenirs I picked up while studying abroad in Paris last year. It fit me perfectly with zero alterations, and was in perfect condition - bargain! It's too small to button, but who needs buttons anyway? I love the subtle pinstripes, it adds just a touch of visual interest

After falling into an all-black rut, I've been attempting to add color back into my life, as well as texture and new shapes. I love this little round bowler hat, it's very on trend, being a hat, but it's different enough from the wide-brimmed hats I've been seeing around lately. It also reminds me of Magritte paintings.

It's so easy to layer more interesting pieces (such as a slim-cut blazer) over an all-black base - Add a square polkda dot and some baroque loafers, and the right balance is achieved. Not too boring, not too busy. I think this is my perfect outfit.

Gray Bowler Hat: Forever21
Maroon Wool Pinstripe Blazer: Vintage D├ęsir, Montmartre, Paris
Baroque Loafers: Nordstrom Rack
Black Ankle Skinny Jeans: BDG at Urban Outfitters
Polka Dot Blouse: Promod, Paris

P.S.: 16 Days until I depart for France! Still have some shopping to do!

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