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Navy: It’s The Other Black

For some time now, I’ve been on a quest. At times it seemed an impossible quest: a jacket, wearable for the office or dressed down with jeans, not just another menswear-style blazer, a good fit, preferably knit, and not black. Or at least, not entirely black.

This was one of those “almost missed it” finds. I’d seen a version of this jacket on a prominent rack in an olive drab color that didn’t appeal to me. But as I turned toward the escalator to leave, tugging at my peripheral vision was that zipper shoulder detail and navy color. The body is ponte knit, the sleeves are leather, and the whole thing is lined.

I’ve styled very simply here to highlight the minimalist design. The sleeves are just a wee bit long but as soon as I find an alterations person I trust, that will be remedied.

I think we’re going to be very happy together.

Jacket: Theory, here.
Tee: Eileen Fisher, here.
Jeans: NYDJ Alina leggings, here.
Boots: Stuart Weitzman, several years old. Similar style.
Earrings: LAUREN Ralph Lauren, here.

Are there any items for which you feel you’ve been on a seemingly impossible quest? Any great recent finds?

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59 Comments

  1. March 21, 2013 / 11:11 am

    I think you are looking great just now, I think you’ve really come into your own style and your figure is just fab!

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:08 am

      Bourbon & Pearls, thank you so much!

  2. March 21, 2013 / 11:11 am

    I think you are looking great just now, I think you’ve really come into your own style and your figure is just fab!

  3. March 21, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    Fabulous, Une Femme. A great example of why it’s worth waiting for the right pieces. This will be loved for years, I think, and always look Just Right. Sigh, I am on perpetual quests, but I secretly love the hunt : >

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:09 am

      Patti, thank you! I’m finding that with jackets it pays to be patient and very picky.

  4. March 21, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    I just LOVE your photos these days.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:11 am

      LPC, thank you. I’ve been inspired by your outfit photos, you know.

  5. March 21, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    You are looking particularly sleek and chic! I passed up a leather jacket at a shop whose name escapes me a few years ago. I’ve regretted it since. I haven’t seen one like it or any other one which appeals to me as much as this one did. Oh well- the one that got away!

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:12 am

      Kristien62, thanks so much! “Non-buyers remorse” is the worst, because nothing ever measures up in our minds to what we passed up.

  6. March 21, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    Très jolie, chère Madame. Elegante et moderne à la fois. Bravo! — Love the jacket. Flattering cut and color, and these leather sleeves are a brilliant idea! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  7. March 21, 2013 / 1:58 pm

    You look fantastic! Like this outfit, a lot – and that’s a fab jacket.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:14 am

      That’s Not My Age, thanks so much! (BTW, look for an email from me soon re: London.)

  8. March 21, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    Ooooh, that’s just Yummy! Love that jacket, just the right details. And I echo LPC on loving your photos recently.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:18 am

      hostess, thank you! I wish pieces like this weren’t so few and far between.

  9. March 21, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Love it on you, and- have a nearly identical one, but the body is black. (And the sleeves were too long.) Bet this will be a terrific travel piece, too.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:21 am

      Duchesse, thank you! Yes, I had travel in mind when I decided to purchase. This will be going on our next trip.

  10. vicki archer
    March 21, 2013 / 10:44 am

    I am always on the hunt for great jackets… I especially would like a cream tuxedo style jacket… but haven’t found it yet… 🙂 xv

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:07 am

      Vicki, a cream tuxedo jacket would be one of those “forever” pieces. I hope you find it!

  11. Pam @ over50feeling40
    March 21, 2013 / 11:55 am

    This jacket is fabulous! It has the cool factor and is so different for the regular fitted jacket! I love it…but there are few Theory garments I have not liked. Great shopping…you look incredible and I know you will be happy together!

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:09 am

      Pam, thank you. Yes, it’s not like every other jacket you see and that’s a big plus for me.

  12. pinkazalea
    March 21, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    I love it and love how you styled it. Great addition to your wardrobe.

  13. March 21, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    I’m with Lisa, your photos are fabulous! The jacket is great. Good choice.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:26 am

      Susan P., thank you so much! I’m finding this jacket fills a hole in my wardrobe I didn’t even realize I had.

  14. gracefully50
    March 21, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    Oh my! Love the jacket sooo much! I love Theory!
    You, my dear, are looking SO gorgeous!!

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:15 am

      gracefully50, thank you! This is my first Theory jacket but probably won’t be my last.

  15. Sulky Kitten
    March 21, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    I love the zip detail on the shoulder and the gentle curve at the waist – a nice sleek outline.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:15 am

      Sulky Kitten, thank you! I love those details that set a simple piece apart.

  16. Merry Wife
    March 21, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    You always manage to look hip and sophisticated at the same time. Love that jacket on you!

  17. Chicatanyage
    March 21, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    The jacket is simply gorgeous. Theory is one of my favourite Brands. I think I have seen this style in Harrods. Had better not go back or I might succumb and after finding my navy jacket/coat as recently featured my budget probably won’t stretch to it.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:20 am

      Chicatanyage, thank you. I’ve always loved the look of Theory but didn’t think their styles would work on a curvy shape. So glad I was wrong!

  18. March 21, 2013 / 11:50 pm

    I am in LUUURVE with that jacket. I love navy and black together, and this look is sleek, sleek, sleek. Well-played madame…well-played.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:44 am

      highlandfashionista, thanks so much! I’ve really come to love navy and black as well, such a cool combo.

  19. Sue Walker
    March 21, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    What a gorgeous, stylish jacket – that I imagine you will be able to wear for years without looking dated. I am looking for a pair of brown trousers that fit me properly. Not too much to ask for, is it? But I seem to be between sizes at the moment: one size is a tad too tight and the next size up is too baggy. Can we start a campaign for odd sizes? 😉

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:22 am

      Sue Walker, thanks so much! That feeling of being in between sizes is so frustrating, and don’t you wish we could just by trousers like men do…find the right waist size and then get hemmed for free?

  20. mette
    March 21, 2013 / 7:13 pm

    How come you suddenly look so tall: )?
    With the minimal decorating, you would not be identified as a tourist here in Finland.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:24 am

      mette, it’s an optical illusion! 😉 Thank you, that’s a nice compliment!

  21. Madame Là-bas
    March 21, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    The navy colour is becoming to you. I really like the leather and zipper detail.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:25 am

      Madame Là-bas, thank you! I’ve avoided navy for so much of my life, and am just now discovering what a wonderful and flattering neutral it can be.

  22. Tiffany
    March 21, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    That jacket is fantastic! I have such jacket envy …

  23. March 22, 2013 / 3:50 am

    Gorgeous. I don’t normally wear navy, myself, but I surely sure start exploring.

    Love the little flare at the back. You, of course, look marvelous!

    • March 22, 2013 / 4:00 am

      Aunt Snow, thanks so much! I never used to wear navy either, associating it with a more conservative fashion sense. But I’ve really warmed up to it in the last year or so.

  24. Kathy
    March 21, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    You look wonderful – this more tailored, minimalist style suits you so well. Great jacket, and I do like both colors, but think the navy is more timeless.

    • March 22, 2013 / 2:44 am

      Kathy, thanks! This is the aesthetic that appeals most to me, and I need to just trust that and stay true to it. I thought the other color was interesting but do like the navy better.

  25. Lady of Style
    March 22, 2013 / 8:09 am

    Awesome blazer and it fits so well!

    Annette
    Lady of Style

  26. Nicolene Richards
    March 22, 2013 / 9:37 am

    Adorable outfit, love the jacket!

  27. C'estChic!
    March 22, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    Chere Deja Pseu,

    You look STUNNING, and this jacket was definitely made for you. I found, looking at your photos, that the sleeves don`t look too long to me: at that length they just add a bit more edge to your look. I also once suffered the trauma of shortening sleeves on a leather blazer, only to find that I wished I hadn`t–and that`s an alteration that can`t be undone! You might try living with them at this length for a little bit, before making the final decision as to whether or not some leather should be cut off…

  28. March 22, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    Wow – I want one just like yours! I have one in black that has ponte sleeves and a leather body. Navy is a great color for you. I’m actually on the lookout for some good summer jackets I can wear with tank tops and sleeveless dresses.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  29. Sarah
    March 22, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Fabulous – you look wonderful – love your new navy blazer. A real classic with a twist style. Gorgeous. S x

  30. D A Wolf
    March 22, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    Love love love what you’re wearing. Can’t tell you how many times I caught hell for mixing navy and black, and I adore it.

    You illustrate the point impeccably.

  31. Crystal Hammon, ABC, MLS
    March 25, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    I like the black and navy…very Yves St. Laurant. I read recently that’s who first made that combo acceptable. Beautiful.

  32. March 26, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    Looks perfect on you! Just what I’ve been looking for, but just saw the asking price on the site. I need a much lower price tag, but it’s nice to see someone like you wearing this in real life. You clearly deserve it, and could not have gone to a better home!

  33. Lynne DeVenny
    April 3, 2013 / 1:07 am

    What a modern, edgy, sleek look. I love it!

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