WIW: Tweed, with musings on style, androgyny, and thrifting

Like Aida, I didn't really go for spring or pretty. But Angie's post reminded me that this Zara tweed jacket is practically a closet orphan. Pairing it with a white graphic tee really helps! The tee is from J Crew Crewcuts and I think I should buy a few more boys' tees - I like the fit. Sneakers are new Atelje high tops that I thought would be my HEWI but are just a little too big for perfect walking comfort. Still useful.

I went to Wasteland, an awesome upscale secondhand store, this weekend. I ran into a woman whose easy, dramatic style made me feel like a total amateur at all this fashion stuff - but I'm sure she feels that way some days too. Her look was sort of dark Scandinavian minimalism. Very androgynous (oxfords, men's tees) -- she was tall and broad shouldered with long dirty blond hair and pulled off that look perfectly. I think the androgyny is what I envied most, and I'm just not the right shape to do that. But this boy's tee reminded me that a lot of the problem is just sizing and I'm sure I can work around that. Still, I'm sad about "the one that got away" -- I found an amazing Comme des Garcons men's grey pinstripe wool buttoned shirt at Wasteland. I fell in love with it but a men's medium is just too big everywhere. So I handed it to her and I'm pretty sure she bought it. I'm glad it found a worthy home.

ps - I can't think of who this might apply to, but if you are near SF and a women's large / XL and like minimalist designers, the Crossroads Trading on Haight St has an amazing collection of Vince, Helmut Lang, etc, in that size range. Gorgeous simple silk shirtdresses and such. They put their nicer pieces on hangers up on the wall and the set of items was so cohesive that I had to ask if they all came from the same seller. The manager explained that sadly, an older woman with an amazing wardrobe had passed away and her daughter had sold all the pieces to them. She sounded really happy to pass them on to people who would appreciate them.

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  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    You are making me wish I could go shopping with you in SF. I love the story about the woman you admired and what a find that stash of clothing will be to the right person! 

    Love your outfit, too. The graphic-tee-with something dressier is such a great combination. 

  • RobinF replied 7 years ago

    I like this a lot with the tee and sneakers, it really makes it look perfect - cool and classy but not stuffy at all.

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    Very cool, and very 'you' twist on the tweed jacket. More demon slayer than sweet, without being goth.

  • Kate replied 7 years ago

    I typically do not like tweed jackets--a little too twee for my taste--but I love yours! I guess there is a tweed jacket for everyone. Looks perfect with the graphic tee. You hit a home run with this outfit!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    You nailed it YOUR way. Killer.

    I'll leave the hard edge and tomboy to you - and you can leave the soft and pretty to me. 

  • Bonnie replied 7 years ago

    Your outfit is inspiring me. I had a tweed jacket but it gave me a rash so I gave it away. But I do have a short moto jacket that might work. I like the formula but not so much the tweedy part.

  • Jaime replied 7 years ago

    Your outfit is great tweed inspiration and I love your story. Yes the frustration of the perfect piece in the wrong size is well known to me.

  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    Dang! I wish I could go to SF soon.
    anyways great outfit

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 7 years ago

    This is a really neat take on Angie's ensemble. It is totally you, and it looks very cool. I beg to differ with you about your androgyny envy--I think you do pull off a good bit of androgyny in your looks, and quite enviably, I might add!

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Love this.  That tweed jacket is really cool.  I like the deconstructed (?) edges and moto shape - not your typical tweed jacket.  I'm not really a tweed jacket person either but yours is making me rethink that stance. 

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Love how you have styled the tweed jacket your way and the shopping story. I like the choices of tees for men and boys better than the women's offerings and have several but often cut the neckline, sleeves or even crop the hem. The raw edges have never raveled but just roll a bit. They look fine to me. DS, who is usually a slim athletic build, even has his tees taken in on the sides to look more polished.

  • Greyscale replied 7 years ago

    Joy, I actually meant to ask if people thought I should cut out the collar band. I often do, but I didn't get around to it in this one. So you'd vote chop it?

  • Greyscale replied 7 years ago

    Suz - if you're ever in SF, I'll show you my favorite shops.

    Runcarla - Demon slayer! I love it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of my favorite TV shows.

    Anna - I thought of you when I saw the collection at Crossroads, and also at Wasteland, where there was a really intriguing Donna Karan pinstripe bodysuit-jacket thing in your size, tags still on, for super cheap (I know that sounds odd but it was pretty cool, http://www.polyvore.com/donna_.....d=92648878 )

    I just realized this is my most Kate Lanphear outfit ever (one of my style icons). I should get more white tees.

    By the end of the day I remembered why I rarely reach for this jacket even though I love the look. It's a synthetic blend that doesn't breathe well (I broke my usual rule about synthetics) so I always feel a little too warm wearing it. It's not really unpleasant, just somehow subconsciously puts the jacket lower on my list of options.

  • Style Fan replied 7 years ago

    Great look!  I love the combination of tough and pretty.  Great idea to shop for t shirts in the boys section.  I am going to check them out. 

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    Great look!  I love graphic tees with blazers.  This looks especially good with your stompy boots and black jeans.

  • karen13 replied 7 years ago

    Looks amazing! Don't chop the t neck - lm afraid cutting into the spiky fur on the graphic won't look as good. DH and I are currently re-watching Buffy and Angel in sequence - high school as hell was such a great theme!

    Is there a find for the sneakers?

  • Jenni NZ replied 7 years ago

    Maybe the first time I've seen you wear some white? Still looks very you. I like the demon-slayer idea- like Clary in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series. You even have the red hair!

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