WIW: Still current?

Today's outfit  centres around a jacket and silhouette I've sported for a couple of years now. And as much as I love this jacket, I haven't reached for it very often in the last six months and am wondering if this silhouette is still stylish.

I started my outfit with my warm footless leggings (very cold here) and on top of that, popped on a black ponte knit dress. On top of the dress, I added my purple Amber Sun jacket (waving to jacket twin MsMary!) . Knee high Blondo boots for more leg warmth, citron handbag, black/white specs and silver jewelry finish off the outfit.

What are your thoughts ladies? Does this FFBO still work or does it look tired? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

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  • UmmLila replied 5 years ago

    I like the purple and yellow color pop. I think you might be right about the jacket shape. It almost creates a square on your front, and usually you seem to go for a longer line.

    I saw your Blondo boots in person the other day at Lord & Taylor while I was out shopping with my daughter. That woven piece on them is such a nice touch. If I had not just bought black knee boots, I would have done a copycat!

  • donnat replied 5 years ago

    I understand why you would think this is tired. Your style has evolved. This outfit is actually very nice. In fact I like it alot. It looks professional, and the bag gives it an unexpected pop of colour. Definitely still current.

  • Quietgirl replied 5 years ago

    I agree with UmmLila. It might work with a column of color IF you have the same color pant. But I think you answered your own question. You haven't reached for it much in the last six months. Your fashion intuition is speaking to you!

    I love the color combo, very fashion forward!

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I've got a long travel day, but I popped on for a moment, and I'm always so happy to see your morning post!  The pop of citron is awesome, and I love the texture in the boots.

    I still like the jacket, Shannon.  It's a sugar-eye color for me, of course!  You've mixed it with classic pieces.  What about playing directly into it's retro possibilities?  It could read either as a 50's silhouette, or as a late 80's 90's look, too.  It might be too much boxy volume overall, but you could try it with your drape front trousers, or with a more tapered pencil.  As I type this, I realize that most people would style these with tall boots and/or high heels for the perfect proportions.  Still, even though you're petite, you appear taller and longer legged -- it might be fab!

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    I love the citron, as always, and I give you huge kudos for sporting a skirt if it as cold or colder by you as it is by me. We have another Polar Vortex here after a week or so of relatively mild winter weather.

    As for the jacket . . . It has a very 80s vibe to my eye. No idea why. I feel like it is not as current as so much of your wardrobe. I have no idea if it is still current or on trend. I can say, it is not one of my favorite of your outfits. I feel like it is boxy (which is current, I think) and cropped, but doesn't offer enough structure for you, if that makes sense.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    I think you ladies are quite right - the jacket is a shorter boxy shape, which I used to love, but now not so much. I also think the jacket isn't great paired with this ponte dress. I'm learning that I really prefer a tapered pencil skirt or dress - not body con, but tapered toward the knee to reign in any volume on my lower half. So regardless of the fate of this jacket, I think I'll take this dress to Wonder Woman and have her take it in a bit - I find it a bit too wide and bell shaped on the bottom.

    Thank you for your wisdom - I do like the color combo of the outfit though.

  • kimlee replied 5 years ago

    It seems the other ladies have already addressed the question, so I am just popping in to say that I am drooling over both the boots and your handbag!

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    The jacket gave me a retro vibe also. Not in a bad way at all, but less in line with your current style as far as I can see. Still looks good though!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    The citron bag really spices things up, and the gorgeous boots keep things modern. If you were wearing this outfit with black pumps and carrying a black bag, the outfit would look very different.
    I am wondering if short boxy jackets are returning like shorter boxy tops. Also, how does the jacket look worn open with your outfit? A purple jacket may be hard to replace.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    The jacket is still plenty current, Shannon. You - and me - have been reaching more for knitwear the past 6 months, so that's probably one reason the jacket was unworn. Now that you are back to wearing dresses, you've rediscovered your jackets. 

    Looks fabulous. xo

  • Adelfa replied 5 years ago

    To me the outfit looks good. But IKWYM because I haven't worn a blazer once this Fall/Winter. I only have two--a navy Gap Academy, and a gray Theory--but I wore them quite a lot last winter. Not sure what's going on, except I'm loving the oversized cardis.

  • replied 5 years ago

    This is a bit of a puzzle - which I enjoy :)  I'll admit my eye is drawn to the sleeve length of the jacket , and I realize it's part of the retro cut/look, but somehow it seems like they need to be pushed up, or perhaps shortened even more.  There's something there that's looking off to me.  I may be just musing aloud .  I think your instincts are right about tapering your dress - and it's just being magnified by the boxy cut of the jacket.  Pair the jacket with something else and you may get a completely different feel for it. I actually think it would be great with jeans.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Shannon, I am totally with you on the tapering of the skirt. I don't know what it is, but for myself I also prefer a distinct taper. I still love this jacket, though, and think it deserves a place in your wardrobe! 

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Nothing wrong with the jacket, and I love, LOVE that citron bag!!!! Stay warm, and fabulous, my dear!:-)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Joy - the jacket actually is being worn open - it's just hard to tell with this style.

    Angie - thank you for your input. Maybe I just need to tweak the supporting players with the jacket in order for it to feel better?

    Adelfa - I hear you about the cardigans. Aren't they delightfully comfy and cozy?

    Lisa and Suz - the more I look at this outfit the more I'm convinced it's not the jacket in and of itself that's throwing me off - it's the bottom portion of the dress. I need a slimmer bottom half (clothing and me personally - lol!) to balance the boxiness of the jacket.

    I'm gonna try some other combos in the next few weeks with this jacket and see what works best. Thanks ladies :)

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    I don't know if the jacket is current or not but I find a tailored jacket or fine draped knit to be more traditionally flattering on you.  Having said that, the color is fab on you so it has a place in your wardrobe if you love it.

    I read recently (might have been Bridgette Raes book) that a tapered skirt works to minimize the lower body.  It sounded counter-intuitive to me but I realize that I prefer my skirts to be a bit narrower at the hem than straight too.

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