Souvenirs: The Jacket - une femme d'un certain âge

Souvenirs: The Jacket

It was our second day in London. We were in Harvey Nichols, where I’d been perusing the shoe department, and le monsieur had gone on ahead to the Food Hall. I was on my way to catch up to him, when I spotted this jacket on a mannequin by the escalator.

It was, as they say, un coup de foudre.

I’ve actually been searching for a lightweight utility/field style jacket for some time now. But all the styles I tried either had pockets on the chest or were a bit too casual or bulky. This Sandro jacket fit beautifully, and even le monsieur really liked it when I tried it on to show him. I told the Sales Associate that I’d think it over and started to walk away, but turned on my heels and bought it on the spot.

I wore it almost every day after that. It was perfect for the cool, breezy and intermittently rainy weather we had for the duration of our days in London when layered over a sweater. But this is also an ideal jacket for our climate here in LA, so I have no fear that it will languish in the closet.

Love this shoulder detail!

The hardware is a gorgeous and unusual copper color. It’s beautifully made and fits like a dream. There’s a zip out hood in the collar, which came in handy a couple of times in London.

Have you picked up wearable souvenirs while on vacation?

Jacket: Sandro, here.
Earrings: kate spade, no longer available. Similar.
Tee: Eileen Fisher, here.
Bracelets: Hermès, not available online. Stella and Dot, here.
Watch: Michael Kors, here.
Jeans: NYDJ, same style, different color here.
Sandals: Eileen Fisher, here.

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  1. May 29, 2013 / 11:25 am

    That is the perfect London jacket – I thought you looked lovely in it when we met! I have an old cotton military jacket from Muji, might have to upgrade.

  2. May 29, 2013 / 11:46 am

    This is the a great jacket you found! And, I am really really liking your hair color on you!

    I don’t think I’ve ever bought an article on clothing while on vacation.

  3. May 29, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Perfect. The field jacket, with elegance. Perfect.

  4. May 29, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Now that is one terrific outfit! Your new hair color is lovely on you.

  5. May 29, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    Perfect jacket! Love the back story too, and your hair is fabulous.

  6. May 29, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    That colour and style look perfect and may I gush a little more about your hair?
    Like Faux Fucshia says I luff it 11/10 !

  7. May 29, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Your hair is absolutely fabulous! And the outfit very chic and a tad edgy. Une Femme d’une Certain Age, you look about 30.

  8. May 29, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    So funny–I clicked through to comment not on the jacket but your lovely new hair color, and found I was not alone! It is really flattering on you–the red makes you look almost harsh in contrast (which you are not) but I really love the flattering softness of the blonde! I’m kinda surprised because often when someone goes blonde, I find it looks insincere. It suits you quite well.
    And, I also love those shoes. Really love. Surprised no one else commented on the foot ware. Though perhaps everyone is completely distracted by your beautiful head. 🙂

  9. May 29, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    That is a great colour on you, and a great jacket overall. Love the details and the fit/cut. I am also enjoying a recently-purchased field jacket, brought it along on this trip although honestly would prefer not to need it!

  10. May 29, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Great jacket, but that HAIR! Perfection on you.

  11. vicki archer
    May 29, 2013 / 11:01 am

    I loved your jacket… it looked wonderful on you…

    I shall be emailing soon… 🙂 xv

  12. Lady of Style
    May 29, 2013 / 11:30 am

    Yes, 4 dresses …;-)

    This is a real quality jacket and it looks great.
    I have to mention (again) that your blonde hair looks so much stylisher and also younger, I love it! Very good decision.

    Lady of Style

  13. Madame Là-bas
    May 29, 2013 / 11:43 am

    I really like the details of your jacket. Your blonde hair gives you a fresh, young appearance. I picked up linen tees for layering at Monoprix and a Gerry Weber jacket in Munich.

  14. Sue Walker
    May 29, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    Wow! Your blonde younger sister looks really great in that jacket!

    I bought a couple of tees at J. Riu when I was in Paris, plus a navy & white marinière from Monoprix.

  15. Kathy
    May 29, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    Love the fatigue jacket on you and your hair looks absolutely spectacular, as do you in general.

  16. May 29, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    I cannot get over how fabulous you look blonde, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  17. Cornelia
    May 29, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    Never mind the (albeit beautiful) jacket. It’s your new hair color that strikes me. 🙂 You made a very good decision.

  18. Nicolene Richards
    May 29, 2013 / 1:07 pm

    Thank you so much for your constructive comments on my blog!
    This jacket is something I’d buy as well, very useful for travelling and of course safaris at bush lodges in Africa! Nice ensemble, like the way you teamed it with White!

  19. Mrs. Jenner
    May 29, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    The jacket is great….but your blonde hair is AMAZING!!


  20. May 29, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    I like so many things about this I don’t know where to start! The jacket is sublime……so so sublime. The details are amazing and it looks like such a great find that you will get lots of use out of. Sounds like it was one of those gut instinct purchases that you knew the minute you saw it, it was right for you. All purchases should feel so right 🙂 That happened to me this weekend with a scarf I’ve been stalking and I saw it in person, it exceeded my expectations and it was on sale and it all felt so right. It’s making me pay attention to things I try on to see if it gives me that certain feeling….otherwise, I’m not sure it’s worth it. I digress. But it’s such a great coat!

    Your hair color looks great and it’s making your complexion look extremely bright and smooth, almost lit from within. It absolutely suits you.

  21. Sarah
    May 29, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    Extremely cool Ms Susan!! And I know it looks fabulous in real life too having seen it on you… Looks amazing with the new blondie look too – think you could be chanelling Ms Emmanuelle Alt in these photos – go you!!!X

  22. tothemallandbeyond
    May 29, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    Love the jacket! And, BTW, you look terrific as a blonde!

  23. Elicia Holden
    May 29, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    Tres Cute, ; ) you wear it well.

  24. Renee @ AddMoreChocolate
    May 29, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    Morning! I’m a regular reader, but I think this is my first comment. Your hair color is gorgeous! But more than your hair, I’ve always admired your blog for 2 reasons. First, you post useful information for which I’m grateful. I tire quickly of the “look at what I wore today” blogs. Content is key! Also, you have a clear sense of your own style and it’s fun to see how that plays out. I may not make all of your same choices; it’s inspiring nonetheless.

  25. May 29, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    I second Stephanie- it’s so practical without looking…practical. But who is the blonde wearing it? She’s hot!

  26. Adrienne Shubin
    May 29, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    I think this jacket might be my favorite wardrobe piece of yours! I love that olive color and the details are beautiful. Good choice!
    I often bring home real losers from my vacations. I buy things that I think are spectacular when I am traveling, then I get home and wonder what the heck I was thinking! I have gotten better over the years and have scored a few winners too. It’s sort of a crap shoot with me.

  27. May 29, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    I think you look so good in this jacket, especially as a blonde! Yowza! XO, Jill

  28. May 29, 2013 / 11:36 pm

    You hardly need my “deux sous” (my apologies to the Euro) on the subject with all the wonderful comments you receive, but I must say that the jacket is great and I do believe you were meant to be a blonde. Have you had more fun yet?

  29. May 30, 2013 / 2:37 am

    Very nice coat. But I really have to say that I love your blonde hair! It really suits you, you look so much younger and the style is great.

  30. May 30, 2013 / 2:57 am

    What can I add except you look fabulous from head to toe!

  31. Terri
    May 30, 2013 / 3:21 am

    Most of my wearable souvenirs are jewelry. The jacket is fantastic and you look so very tall!

  32. Val Sparkle
    May 30, 2013 / 3:29 am

    Nice jacket! In the close up it looks like a softer fabric than I thought, so I bet it’s really comfortable. And I love the copper hardware! That really sets it apart.

    And I have to agree with the majority here – your blonde hair looks great!

  33. May 30, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    Of course I agree with everyone else about your hair…LOVE it! The jacket is fabulous! It is so much cuter on than it looks on the Nordstrom page. I love the whole outfit and especially the shoes!

  34. mette
    May 30, 2013 / 10:40 am

    Your coat looks very similar to my old ( still wearable ) Henri Lloyd jacket, which can be worn also on a rainy day.
    The waxed coats popular in England are not wearable in below 0 temperatures.
    Your´s looks like a classic and will keep it´s value.
    I like your hair color too, but I liked the red version better, as it was so edgy.
    But, if you had to ” do the roots ” twice a month, I understand your decision of changing the color.

  35. Frantic But Fabulous
    May 30, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    Love that jacket and although I’m late to the party on this one, love the new haircolor, too!

  36. Marla Robinson
    May 30, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    Love these outfits, especially that wonderful jacket.

  37. SinTX
    May 30, 2013 / 11:02 pm

    Tres chic all the way around. Can’t decide what I like the most – the jacket, the shoes or your beautiful new hair. It’s all good.

  38. Suz
    May 31, 2013 / 6:54 am

    I love that jacket – it suits you. I find greens in that shade – olivey – so easy to wear for so many that I don’t understand why it goes away and is reserved for fall clothing only. As for souvenirs; I also live in LA and seem to travel at wintertime, thus no wearables as everything tends to be wool (not that useful in warm weather and I am allergic) or super dressy holiday wear. I go for the jewelry or books instead. I used to accumulate vintage leather jackets on travels, but I now have a serious glut there.

  39. May 31, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    The jacket is spectacular and perfectly accessorized by your sandals. I usually return from any destination with at least one hat.

  40. Kathryn in Canada
    June 1, 2013 / 2:46 am

    I would kill for a jacket like that. All the details make it special. Good for you for turning around and going for it. Love the new hair colour too, you look great.

  41. June 1, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    Please forgive my delay in responding, but thank you everyone for the nice comments!

  42. June 1, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    Oh now THAT is a winner, to be sure! FANTASTIC, and just a wee bit more modern and sleek than the standard-issue Barber utilities that are so prolific over here. Well-played Madame. And the hair colour is perfect for you! You were born to be blonde!

  43. Thyme2Be
    June 1, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    I remember seeing a photo of Jackie O strolling through Belgium in a similar style jacket – though lighter color – and I immediately ran out and got one for myself, It’s been a work horse in my wardrobe and the jacket you selected is very stylish and a good color on you. Love the hair! I went from natural auburn to golden blond (a turning-40-thing) to champagne blond eventually for the root issue. You look marvelous!

  44. birdybegins
    June 2, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    I love wearable holiday treasures (though it’s sad when they wear out). On my trip to Spain at Easter I managed to get a grass green cotton cardie and an excellent black leather belt with a sleek gold clasp (for about 10 Euros, I think). I’d have got more if the shops had been open more but everything was closed for the holidays.

  45. June 3, 2013 / 5:30 am

    Very smart buy, it looks fabulous on you and as you mentioned it will be perfect for the weather at your home front. Yes, I have picked up wearable souvenirs on my travels, it seems a lot easier to purchase this way. I can’t seem to leave Italy without a new pair of shoes. I’m also with the rest of the gan, still loving the new hair color.

  46. ann wood
    June 3, 2013 / 1:29 am

    I agree with everyone–the blond hair is looking great! Your jacket has lovely detail and looks of great quality. Beautiful and long lasting choice.

    blue hue wonderland

  47. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    June 3, 2013 / 1:41 am

    Fantastic jacket, and it makes sense that London would have styles suitable for changeable weather. My Mom is heading over there soon, and is wanting a similar jacket. I will suggest to her, that she wait until she arrives in London. Ditto on the hair colour! Really suits you well.

    Sue xo

  48. June 3, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Stunning parka jacket! I love the color and the fabric, looks water resistant or is it not? It is always good to invest in a good quality parka as it is timeless, like the trench. My vacation will not be complete without some retail therapy much to my other half’s annoyance 😉

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

  49. June 4, 2013 / 12:47 am

    Edgy and grown-up at the same time … so attractive on you. Great subtle appointments on jacket and little booties. You wear those gray skinnies like they are bespoke! So cool, and here she goes …. straight into fall!

  50. josep-maria badia
    June 3, 2013 / 6:47 pm

    The jacket is gorgeous, and the shoes also.

  51. sybes1
    April 7, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Wow. Great jacket! Alas it looks like Nordy’s is sold out or they are just ‘unavailable’. I have to say that I love your blonde hair–it really suits you! I have similar coloring and tried red about 2-3 years ago–it looked awful on me (at 50, it looked pretty good) and I had to race back to my stylist to have her strip out as much as she could!
    You really look wonderful–fabulous outfit. Sally

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