What I Wore: Talbots Dobby Dot Jacket

I recently purchased a black and white tailored blazer from Talbots, and it has quickly become one of my favorite pieces (it’s still second to by navy blazer). The Dobby Dot Jacket has personality without being as loud as a colorful or floral print, so it still works in professional settings, and the top button hits at my natural waist, so it’s very flattering. Unfortunately most smaller sizes are no longer available online, but if you click the “find it in a store” button you can easily locate any size and have the individual store ship it to you, or reserve online and then pick it up in person- very convenient!

Dobby Print Jacket, $169 at Talbots

Dobby Dot Jacket, $169 at Talbots

Here’s a close-up of the stitched pattern and black piping:

Dobby Dot Jacket

When I first wore the jacket a few weeks ago I styled it with fuschia! Sometimes black is harsh against my pale skin, but the light pink sweater brings color back to my face.

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What I wore:

Talbots Jazz pink cotton pullover (Talbots)

Black skinny micro-cords – it was a bit colder out at the time, but black cigarette pants like these would work just as well.

Talbots suede Nia pointed toe flats – I wore these in a previous post, they are no longer available (Nine West)

A simple string of pearls (Every girl should have this, even if they are not real!)

My Nautical Obsession

By just about anyone’s standards, I have a problem. I am OBSESSED with everything nautical; every starfish necklace, every striped tee with an anchor design, and every bright red accessory. Why? Because a nautical style is more than just a look, it brings to mind sandy beaches, lobster bakes, the smell of the salt air and the soft rush of an ocean tide. I’ve been very lucky to spend large chunks of my life breathing in crisp ocean air and feeling the sea breeze, and I have always loved history, tradition, and fashion. For me, and so many others, the nautical look combines happy memories and beautiful minimalist sensibility.  It is emblematic of a rich cultural heritage that will never go out of style.

Not convinced? Well allow me to persuade you, because one of the best reasons to try the nautical look this summer is that it is so darned economical! It looks lux, but just invest in a few basic pieces (most of which you can carry into your fall and winter wardrobe) and you are set for the summer. Allow me to demonstrate…

THe 12 items you can use to create 7 unique nautical looks

I was able to create a week’s worth of outfits from the following: two tops, one blazer, two bottoms, one dress, two pairs of shoes, and several accessories. Altogether there are 12 pieces which could fit in a single carry-on bag. Voila!

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Although some of the pieces pinned in the gallery are fairly expensive ($90 for a T-shirt, even one from J.Crew, strikes me as a little unreasonable), I have compiled a list of both the original pieces and affordable alternatives from top to bottom, left to right: KORS Michael Kors Vivian espadrille wedges from Zappos (Talbots, DSW, Old Navy), Kate Spade New York Grove Court Tenley Bag at Piperlime (Nordstrom, DSW), Start with the Basics Circle Scarf at Modcloth (Gap), Olivia Strap Belt at Forever New (Banana Republic, Forever 21), Factory printed blouson tankdress at J. Crew Factory (Piperlime, Delia’s, Forever 21), Saint James® for J.Crew three-quarter sleeve tee (Forever 21), MICHAEL Michael Kors Mid-Rise skinny jeans in green at Harvey Nichols (The Limited, Gap), J. Crew Navy Stretch-wool twill blazer at net-a-porter (Banana Republic, The Limited), Sperry Top-Sider Audrey Slip-on Boat shoe in light peanut (Famous Footwear), Perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt in harvest wash at Madewell (Old Navy, Gap), J. Crew Bubble necklace – the green is now out of stock (J. Crew Factory, Etsy, Etsy), Jack Wills Hollingworth Chino in Vintage white (Talbots, Express).

Have you tried the nautical look? What’s your most beloved or versatile piece? Let me know in the comments section!

For more great nautical items I’m lusting after and outfit inspiration, check out my nautical board on Pinterest! Also, feel free to visit me on polyvore to dissect my nautical outfits piece by piece!.

The Great Shame of the Northeast: The College Co-Ed Uniform

I call on all Female College Students to Unite and Confess their Fashion Sins

Ladies, it’s okay. I understand. You have papers to write, tests to study for, and people to see. But is that really an excuse for the frightening level of conformity that has led many to call the following outfit a uniform? As autumn rolls around, you will return to your respective college campuses, and you will don the following ensembles. I want you to give yourself a hard look in the mirror, and ask yourself whether everyone else in your dorm is wearing the exact same thing. Time for some tough love.

North Face Womens Denali Fleece Jacket Black

And no, you’re not excused if you bought it in a different color

Ingredient One: The Denali Northface, commonly of the black variety

You will argue that it is versatile, that it lasts all winter- but let’s not pretend you don’t have to wear 14 layers underneath this paper-thin jacket of fluff because the wind cuts right through it. Note: If you have a separate “fake” one to wear to keg parties you should be extra-ashamed.

Ingredient Two: Uggs are Ugg-ly

These were cool 12 years ago, but their time has passed. I know they’re comfortable, but have some pride. You’re an ‘adult’ now, upgrade to riding boots. They only look like they match everything because they really don’t match anything.Classic Tall Ugg Boots

Exception to the rule: I give you a free pass during finals.

Ingredient 3: Black Leggings or Yoga Pants

Go back in that shoe-box sized dorm room and put some actual pants on RIGHT NOW.

Ingredient 4: A Pandora bracelet

You want everyone to know that you’re upper-middle class; mission accomplished. Just because your combination of ‘charms’ is different from those of your six girlfriends does not make you unique.

Ingredient 5: Express/AE Jeans

I felt this had to be included for honesty’s sake, but they’re real pants, so wear them with pride.

Longchamp

It’s so boring and predictable.

Ingredient 6: A Longchamp Bookbag

Occasionally substituted for a more exclusive designer label, these are nonetheless owned by 90% of female college students. To be fair, it is fairly durable. But no matter what you tell yourself, it is not stylish.

                                                                           Ingredient 7: A Coach Wristlet

I can’t help it. I love this.

I admit it, it’s practical (It fits so snugly in the pocket of your Northface) and can be any variation of designer wristlet. It’s still better than the lanyard it takes most college freshman a few weeks to replace. Please try to graduate to one without the dated signature C’s that scream for attention, though.

Am I wrong? Have I forgotten any ingredients? Let me know in the comments section!