Monday, January 17, 2011

Obsession: The Cropped Jacket & Bow Collar Blouse

It's no new thing I am obsessed with the cropped jacket and bow collar blouse. I think the pairing can be worn for nearly any type of function. Dress up with a pencil skirt & dress down with jeans.

In this "obsession" look:
1. Skinny Jean: I was pleasantly surprised a few weeks with the Target Skinny #3. Loved them so much I bought 2. I don't have a thin frame but I was happy with their ability to hold up my bum snugly but not make my legs look like sausages. I also bought them in a short & I am 5'4".

2. Ankle Bootie: Pictured are the Louboutin 'Lady Derby 120'. Having to cart around my 10 month old would never allow this heel during the day (nor the $995 price tag!), I can still dream about these.

3. Cocktail Ring: I think this look is entirely too busy for a necklace. I love the F21 over sized cocktail ring for just that right amount of bling, bling or bling and with a nice price tag.

4. Over sized or Cross body Satchel: I love this Michael Kors 'Hamilton Chain' leather satchel with this look. I admit it can be hard to accessorize a look with a white bag so it also comes quilted . I recently tweeted the Le Mode Traveling Bag in camel that is more my personal style and wallet friendly.

5. Cropped Jacket: Pictured here is the Juicy Embelished Wool-Blend Tweed Jacket. You don't stop hearing how a jacket can polish off any look you are going for! I also am a big fan of the Kate Spade 'Addie' & the Marc Jacobs Scalloped Tweed Jacket.

6. Bow Collar Blouse: This Chloe Ruffled Collar is silk-chiffon & to die for! I love pieces that are simple but have something special going for it. If you are a Chloe fan, Net-a-Porter also features the Silk-crepe Ruffled Blouse in Ivory & Pussybow Silk crepe de Chine Blouse. Net-a-Porter recommends pairing these tops with a high-waisted short and I completely agree.

The amazing thing about these pieces is that you can find vintage similar styles. See here how I styled the cropped jacket and bow collar for the Mighty Swell sneak peek photo shoot:

This Lanz Original Tweed and Wool Cropped Jacket  (& white bow collar blouse) has a fitted sleeve with a slight puff at the shoulder. I also did a little searching through some of the shops in the Vintage Etsy Twitter Team and found this 1960's Mod Military Cropped Jacket by VogueVintage.

*UPDATE: VogueVintage also just listed this ultra sweet Pussybow Polka-Dot Blouse! And she paired it with her orange military jacket! A match made in heaven.

The polka-dot blouse is soon to be listed and is similar to this TDV yellow and white polka-dot Secretary Bow Collar Blouse which sold. I also found this Black and White Stripe Ruffle Collar Blouse on Etsy by TinyGirl.

I also styled some of the the mannequins during the Mighty Swell Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Can you see the trend?

Thank you for reading about my obsession with the Cropped Jacket and Bow Collar Blouse! Share your own favorites!


  1. Love it! Very thorough and thanks for including my items!

  2. love this look! i actually wore that green polka dot blouse with a cropped sweater in a post we recently did! love your style...

  3. I love your set... especially the cocktail ring!!

  4. super classy look board.

  5. LOVE this combo- I've never thought of it before, but now that I've seen this post it seems like such a no-brainer!

    thanks for stopping by :)


  6. OMG, I love that pink blouse! Of course it's from net-a-porter, of one my favorite shops. So luxe!


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