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Out For A Spin

This is another “road test” of an outfit comprised of items I’m planning to pack for our trip. (Holy moly, we leave in just a little over two weeks!!!) I knew when I purchased the jacket that I’d want to try pairing it with this tee, and am very happy with the result. I want to include at least a couple of tops with some color and print, as last time I grew very bored with my all-solids capsule. Here I’m wearing the tee over the Adea 3/4 sleeve shirt; wanted to test this as I may will probably need to layer for warmth. My favorite blue scarf also looks great with this, but I left it off so you could see the tee.
I’m not as thrilled with the wash on these jeans, which have much more obvious fading on the front of the thigh than I prefer (and definitely more than is visible indoors, looking in a mirror). I’ll probably stick with a solid dark wash pair for the travel capsule.
This shot below is for Duchesse at Passage des Perles, who is the reigning Queen of All Things Pearl, and introduced me to www.pearlparadise.com. I’ve been trying for weeks to get a picture that captures the insane glowing lustre of these keshis from Pearl Paradise, and still haven’t completely succeeded.

Head to toe:

Earrings: Pearl Paradise, here. (Sign up for their email notices, as they often have special promotions and discounts.)
Adea tee (not visible), here. (Mine received in consideration for review, which you can read here.)
Linen print tee: J.Crew, this particular print no longer available. Here’s a polka-dot version.
Jacket: Theory, here.
Jeans: NYDJ, here.
Boots: Arche, here.

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  1. April 10, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    Great outfit, Susan. I really like the print Adea top. Wonderful versatile jacket too!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:19 am

      Patti, thank you! I’m amazed at how many outfits I’ve been able to style with this jacket.

  2. April 10, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Great pattern on that tee, and yes, the pearls are glorious.

    Wonder if you could wear the same outfit with the jeans tucked into some moto boots:).

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:21 am

      LPC, thank you! Great idea, am going to try that next, though will leave the moto boots at home for the trip.

  3. April 10, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    Oh those earrings look luscious!
    I don’t mind the wash on those jeans at all. You might just need to get familiar with them in the daylight to embrace them. Your outfit looks comfy yet polished a perfect travelling look.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:23 am

      hostess, thank you. I think these earrings would really complement your style.

  4. April 10, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    You are so ready to take us travelling with you! This is a crisp-looking outfit — sharp, yet comfortable. I’m going to chime in as also not minding that was on the jeans.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:27 am

      materfamilias, thank you. Crisp and comfortable isn’t always easy, but love hitting that note!

  5. Nicolene Richards
    April 10, 2013 / 10:34 am

    I particularly enjoy the idea of taking your planned outfits for a “spin”. I tend to plan outfits for travelling that does not seem to work when I reach my destination, best to test them in advance as you are doing, great idea!Nice outfit! Jeans are just so great for travelling!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:13 am

      Nicolene, I’ve learned the hard way too, when I arrive at my destination and only a fraction of the pieces I’ve packed actually work together. Thank you!

  6. Lady of Style
    April 10, 2013 / 10:51 am

    Perfect outfit! I think I commented on your blazer earlier, I really like it a lot. Agree with dark jeans. I have a pair of boyfriend jeans in a lighter blue but generally I prefer dark blue.

    Very nice portrait photo!!

    Lady of Style

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:13 am

      Annette, thank you so much! It’s not easy to find non-distressed dark wash jeans these days.

  7. vicki archer
    April 10, 2013 / 11:16 am

    Great outfit for your trip Susan… although it’s still cold in London!
    I am hoping we have a catch up.. i shall be in touch soon… xv

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:15 am

      vicki, I’m very much looking forward to seeing you in London. (And yes, I’m bringing an outer layer that’s both lined and rainproof.)

  8. Pam @ over50feeling40
    April 10, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    You look so stunning in these pictures. I love the jacket and am searching thrift for something similar…love the tee with it. You are going to look perfect for your trip!!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:16 am

      Pam, thank you so much! It’s hard to go wrong with really simple, clean lines, and I hope you find something fabulous.

  9. sisty
    April 10, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    It’s a winner. The shoulder line on that jacket is just perfect. I think the jacket would look great with bootlegs too.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:17 am

      sisty, thank you! Funny, it was the fit on the shoulders that first sold me on this jacket. I agree on the bootlegs but generally don’t pack them for travel.

  10. gracefully50
    April 10, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    Love this look so much! Nothing better than a great fitting blazer and jeans…a pretty top is just an icing on the cake!
    What a smart way to test drive your outfit for the trip!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:18 am

      gracefully50, thanks so much! It’s like magic finding blazers that fit like this, isn’t it? I’m usually wary of prints but with this tee it was “un coup de foudre.”

  11. Sue Walker
    April 10, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    I love this outfit, though I agree that you will probably need to wear your gorgeous scarf with it! I look forward to seeing photos of you wearing it on your holiday. By the way, have you booked a trip to Paris on Eurostar? It’s worth splashing out on first class then asking them for a glass of champagne with your meal (if having breakfast, you can drink it with orange juice!)

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:20 am

      Sue Walker, thanks, and yes, I’ve been planning for cooler weather, which will mean scarves. Yes, I’ve booked my Eurostar ticket, but think it’s a step down from First. The tickets were quite pricey!!

  12. Sulky Kitten
    April 10, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    A jacket and jeans is my favourite combo when it comes to clothes (outside pyjamas). Those earrings are very beautiful.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:22 am

      Sulky Kitten, thank you! I’ve long been a believer in Jacket+Jeans, though lately the really good jackets have been few and far between. Pajamas are sounding really good about now….

  13. Kathy
    April 10, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    Looks beautiful and I like the slightly washed look of those jeans. Jeans and a jacket are also my go-to outfit, when like Sulky, I’m not in PJs. Earrings are gorgeous.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:23 am

      Kathy, thank you. I’m keeping an open mind about the jeans.

  14. Gretchen
    April 10, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    I am still at a loss to figure out why you ever thought you couldn’t wear blue. It looks so wonderful on you! I envy the ease you’ve found in this blazer/jeans/boots system, which truly looks both sharp and relaxed. I put on a blazer and feel like I’m wearing a costume, no matter what style I try. You will be a chic traveler for certain.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:31 am

      Gretchen, thanks! I don’t know, just had in my head that I was better in “earth tones.” I love having a system, though it’s taken me a long time to hit that groove again.

  15. Cornelia
    April 10, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    Very, very nice. It makes me want to try a print once again. My closet is full of solids with the exceptions of two polka dots, three stripes and one paisley (in black and cognac, so almost a solid). I do like Arche shoes and booties a lot. Style and comfort!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:35 am

      Cornelia, thank you! I think for those of us who are print-averse, it’s a matter of finding the right ones.

  16. fmcgmccllc
    April 10, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    Love those earrings.

  17. April 10, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    Gorgeous, luminous, chic… and ditto for the pearls!

  18. Marguerite
    April 10, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    Oh my, my, those earings are gorgeous! I’ve bought from that pearl company before, and been very satisfied. I also have very similar Arche boots in a lovely dark brown color. The heel height is fantastic for femmes of a certain age. You will do a brilliant job packing for London, no doubt. Hope you do a polyvore on the floor just before you leave. I will memorize your choices for my trip to London later this summer!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:39 am

      Marguerite, thanks so much! I’ve heard nothing but great things about Pearl Paradise. Aren’t Arche boots wonderful? I bought a pair in Paris in 2009 that are still going strong. And yes, I’ll be doing a Polyvore on the Floor. I’m waiting until the last few days and constantly checking weather reports.

  19. Madame Là-bas
    April 10, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Your blues suit you and you look comfortable and ready to go on your trip. It’s still cold in Paris and London so you might need a warm coat over your jacket. I really like Arche footwear. I read the Duchess yesterday and want to buy some Keshi pearls.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:41 am

      Madame Là-bas, merci. I’ve heard that the long-term forecast if for continued cooler-than-normal weather. I do have a raincoat with a removeable wool liner, so think that should be sufficient.

  20. Chicatanyage
    April 10, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Like the Tee it really lifts the jacket.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:41 am

      Chicatanyage, thank you, and I agree! I love the combo.

  21. Merry Wife
    April 10, 2013 / 6:22 pm

    I have heard great things about Pearl Paradise. I love those Keshi pearls on you – the color is fantastic! Thanks for the discount tip. 🙂

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:43 am

      Merry Wife, this is my first purchase from PP, but probably won’t be my last. They seem to offer great quality at very good prices. Thanks!

  22. April 11, 2013 / 1:25 am

    You are as elegant as the pearls in the close-up! Looking forward to checking in with your capsule as you prepare for this trip. Now off to the pearl site that you recommended.

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:46 am

      Style Crone, thank you, you are too kind! I think you’ll find lots there to drool over.

  23. Frantic But Fabulous
    April 10, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Love that jacket. Bravo, Olivier Theyskens!

    • April 11, 2013 / 3:43 am

      Frantic But Fabulous, thank you! I’ll be keeping an eye on Theory going forward; the quality, fit and construction are really superb.

  24. D A Wolf
    April 10, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    Love love love. And those earrings! (More love!)

  25. April 11, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Susan, you look so beautiful in all of your recent photos!

    Jeans and jacket combos are perfect for traveling and the pearls are to die for. There may be a pearl splurge in my future :).

  26. April 12, 2013 / 3:21 am

    I know what you mean about solid-overload. In another life, I used to plan on shopping a little for separates to perk up what I brought with … nothing makes me feel less tired than something new to wear to go that extra mile.
    Very cute, your choice. Good ideas.

  27. April 15, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    Love the tee – hate the jeans. I agree with you completely. Unless I’m bumming around my jeans are either indigo blue or colored. Faded jeans age a girl like crazy.
    I have the opposite problem. I love print, especially polka dots and geometrics, and I have to be careful to buy enough solid pieces to mix and match effectively.
    If I had pierced ears I’d kill for those earrings 😉

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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