Blogging has finally given me something to appreciate about overcast days: no lighting issues!
Lavender peacoat: Old Navy (eBay)
Sweater tunic: Guess (thrifted)
Wine jeggings: American Apparel (thrifted)
Boots: Fitzwell (6pm.com, old)
I'm calling this thing a peajacket, because the definition in my mind of a coat is something longer than this.
I built this outfit organically, starting with a memory of my last trip to Japan. I noticed while I was there, that even illiterate, and with no idea of the fashion, I could instantly tell which shops were for youthful girls/women and which were for older women.
It was then that I started thinking about sexy vs. pretty and vs. practicality and how they can be different priorities when dressing depending on one's age. I'll admit the need to dress sexy and form-fitting definitely influences what I wear. I wonder how that will change as time goes on.
In Japan, it's really not a cleavage culture at all. I noticed how much America is when I got back. Instead, the younger women there wear extremely short miniskirts, high boots, and short down coats. It's freezing there, and they're still flashing inches of upper thigh. Same signaling, different secondary sexual characteristic. It was then I realized I was wearing an older woman's coat, borrowed from my mother, that came down over my knees. My butt was very warm, and I had no regrets.
Since this is a short fall/winter jacket, I borrowed a page from Japan and paired it with a scandalously short tunic/sweater dress.
... of course after I was dressed I realized it's like my sort-of-Crusader outfit, and the same colors again as this outfit, down to the lavender outerwear. Oh no! I've become predictable.
It's because blue and maroon are two of my favorite colors, and for some reason it's relatively easy here to find wine, maroon, and burgundy things for the lower half while I almost never see shirts in the shades I like.
The jacket hits me not at the most flattering spot, since I emphasize the curve of the lower back because my muscles on the lower half are so big (thanks, wushu!) but I don't mind this look. I will keep the jacket and try it with more short skirt looks.
Also, these boot calves are huge on me. I didn't realize when I ordered it that the boot shaft would be extra wide, as well. I am thinking of altering them to be low boots for a more casual look. I folded one down to get an idea. What do you think?