This past Sunday I took my mom out for a belated Mothers' Day brunch (last week was trop folle). Not to turn this blog into "All About Style Spy," but I was really pleased with the outfit I wore, which featured a new jacket I picked up on sale this weekend.
Off-white wide-legged trousers from 3.1 Philip Lim, red velvet round-toed pumps from Bettye Muller, scarf from Hermès, brown drape-neck tissue-weight T from Gap, and off-white cotton piqué cap-sleeved jacket from -- wait for it -- Banana Republic.
I. Am. Insane. For this jacket. Ya know, I cruise through BR fairly regularly, looking for sales on their basics (their woven blouses are my reasonably-priced button-front shirt of choice), but often when I'm scrounging through the sale stuff I'll see something that I never noticed before. I don't know if it's because there's so dingdong much stuff in there that you can't see it all, or if perhaps it's something a customer bought online or at a different store & returned there (because if you're a regular shopper at BR you know the frustrating fact is that not every store carries exactly the same stuff -- not even every store in the same town carries exactly the same stuff) or what. But. This thing practically dove off the rack into my arms and I seriously gasped out loud when I saw it.
Sooooooooo cute. The seaming is amazing -- the sleeve is something like four different pieces, and the back is just gorgeous. It's kind of shockingly well-made for something that started out at just $150. Honestly, if I didn't know better and you told me this was Narciso I'd have no trouble believing it. There's a guy called Simon Kneen who's been the creative director for BR since last year, and he is certainly bringing his A-game. While he's probably not likely to supplant Miuccia and Stefano on my list of favorite designers, I honestly think that BR has hands-down the best design available in the American mass market. There is some really great stuff going on over there.
These trousers, also, are some of my very favorites. I love pretty much everything Philip Lim touches, including his toothbrush and his elevator buttons, and these slacks, I'm pretty sure, have magical properties. They are Instantly Sophisticating -- as soon as I put them on, I'm that much closer to being the fabulous, worldly, urbane Heroine of Fashion that I aspire to be. They are really wonderful. They swing when I walk. Trés, trés Kate H.
All right. No more "Look At Me" posts this week, I promise. What are you wearing today? Anything that makes you feel as good as I felt in this? I sure hope so.
Photos: Style Spy