going to lengths…

So I’ve given up on the lightweight jackets…for now. The Theory jacket I tried last week, after some deliberation, has gone back. There was nothing inherently wrong with it, but it ultimately just didn’t feel right and I think the proportions were slightly off for me. Or maybe I’m just moving away from tailored looks; my style mood now is leaning toward softer pieces, and long layers with movement. This long cardigan hits that sweet spot between drama and practicality. Though I’ve styled casually here, it’s polished enough to go to the office. The linen gives it a nice bit of drape and swing, and I love that the pockets are just a little bit slouchy.

French Kande bracelet

I prefer it worn open, but it can also be buttoned. I’ve been wearing the heck out of both this scarf and bracelet lately.

long linen cardigan

Oui, still need a haircut.

 

Do you find you tend to wear things in cycles, favoring certain pieces for a period of time, then moving on to others?

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35 Comments

  1. April 29, 2015 / 4:26 am

    Lovely and so fluid. I really like long over long. xo

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:10 pm

      Patti, thanks so much!

  2. susie
    April 29, 2015 / 4:49 am

    Oh yes! The colors here are so beautiful on you. This outfit looks not only comfortable to wear, but more like a real person could wear and use the heck out of. Sometimes the jacket is too dressy/fussy, and IMO, sometimes not too flattering. This is very feminine and easy, but dressed up enough to take you to more than one or two functions! Lots of wear out of pieces has become very important. Invest in good quality, buy truly useable styles, and wear, wear, wear it! I love these colors!!

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      Susie, thank you! Yes, versatility and comfort are so important, and really make a piece worth investing in.

  3. Duchesse
    April 29, 2015 / 5:18 am

    I •do• admire you in your J Crew Regent blazer, but also in this look. For myself, I only wear outerwear jackets, keeping one per season in case I have the occasional meeting or event that needs it.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:08 pm

      Duchesse, thank you. I had such high hopes for the spring/summer versions of the Regent, but sadly so far they’ve all been very heavy and stiff.

  4. Duchesse
    April 29, 2015 / 5:19 am

    I was unclear- I keep one “indooor” jacket per season… should have coffee before commenting.

  5. plutrell
    April 29, 2015 / 5:28 am

    I like the proportions and wear this type of thing a lot…but you have to go with what you feel confident in or else it will sit in the closet. This is a great casual style…I really like it on you and the way you styled it, Susan.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:07 pm

      Pam, thank you! I do think we all go through our style moods; I’m not ready to write anything off completely yet.

  6. April 29, 2015 / 5:52 am

    I love your outfit, which looks comfortable as well as very stylish. My problem with wearing this is that the cardigan would probably touch the ground as I’m only 5′ and a teeny bit!

    In answer to your question: although I don’t have a huge wardrobe of clothes, I put away everything that I’m unlikely to wear during the current season. I love it when I’m sorting out clothes for a new season and find some of my favourite items that I’ve been unable to wear for a while. By this stage I’m often ready to move on from many of the clothes I’ve been wearing too.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Sue, thank you! Actually I’m only 5’1″ myself. 🙂 It sounds like you’ve found a very workable way to manage and organize your wardobe.

  7. iolacontessa
    April 29, 2015 / 6:03 am

    YES!I tend to wear over and over…………….

  8. April 29, 2015 / 6:44 am

    I love this easy yet chic look on you!
    Yes, I do seem to go through cycles when I’m happy to draw from almost a capsule wardrobe.
    Funnily enough, though, I’ve been moving into blazers lately (posted an OOTD with one today). They actually seem most wearable here in Spring and I like the easy polish they lend.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      Frances, thank you. That’s the thing about jackets and why I can’t give up on them entirely. Your post today is such a great illustration of the power of a jacket to really pull a look together.

  9. amidprivilege
    April 29, 2015 / 7:06 am

    That scarf is so pretty! I can’t seem to find the details on it? I’m probably just blind…I love the juxtaposition of your fluidity with Mater’s blazer posted today.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Lisa, thanks! It’s a Kenzo scarf I picked up in Paris last year. It’s such a nice light weight that works so well for our climate.

  10. April 29, 2015 / 7:17 am

    I love this look on you – relaxed cool with polish. The accessories really perfect it!

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Alison, thanks very much!

  11. Veronique
    April 29, 2015 / 8:51 am

    J adore ce style décontracté que j adopte également de plus en plus même au travail car plus confortable!je m’inspire beaucoup de vos tenues en ce moment( désolée mon anglais écrit est un peu limité)

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Veronique, merci bien!

  12. April 29, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Love the jacket on you and that scarf is just gorgeous.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Josephine, thank you!

  13. April 29, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Beautiful. These outfits are definitely made to move. You would never consider a video clip, I suppose? Even so, your photos still do these pieces justice. Yes, I do move in cycles in my dress as well, but I’m glad I don’t throw everything else away during those times I’m convinced I’m only going to wear black.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Melanie, thank you. I need to learn how to edit video on a Mac first. It’s been on my “to-do” list for oh, about 4 years now…

  14. April 29, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    This gentle palette suits you beautifully! I do wear things (e.g. silhouettes) in cycles, but tend to cycle back again rather than move forward. Makes it hard to get rid of anything!

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Amber, thanks so much!

  15. Suzanne
    April 29, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    I LOVE that scarf!!! Can you tell me who makes it?

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 6:15 pm

      Hi Suzanne, thanks! It’s from Kenzo, and I purchased last spring in Paris. The one I’ve linked to is a similar pattern.

  16. happinessatmidlife
    April 29, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    You always do layers so well. The scarf is a great way to add some color to your neutral outfit.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • une femme
      April 29, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      Alice, thanks so much! Will see you there. 🙂

  17. dottoressa
    April 29, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    You look great in your long cardigans,as well in jackets. But,it’s realy a more feminine move to fluid long cardigans,it’s like one thing leads to another and than,suddenly,it’s another story,don’t you think?
    I like your hair that way,would you go for a bob?
    I’m lately moving for jackets (after so many years of leather jackets and cardigans-long and with a twist,like DK cosy or something)with distressed or white jeans and scarves,I like them over 30years,
    But,it changes depending on mood and inspiration 🙂

  18. Nicole
    April 30, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    I love a longer sweater. It instantly adds drama (is it because we do not see it often?). I have a long linen blend one with leather ties and I love it. If only I had appropriate weather to wear it in here in this warm Nor Cal climate. My scarves have also been sadly neglected. Ho hum. This looks great!

  19. May 3, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    Great look! the cardigan and scarf are perfect for staying warm and fashionable in the unpredictable spring temps. Visiting from Visible Mondays!!!

  20. May 3, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    That’s a great looking topper and accessories. You always look so effortlessly chic.

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