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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ahoy! The First Mate Jacket

Popped into the Anthropologie on M Street the other day (alas, they were not participating in JLW's Shop Hop so I had a mental block on buying anything). But while I was there I spotted the snazzy First Mate Blazer (note: this is not on sale online, but it was marked down to $69.99 in the store).

Note the eye catching nautical broaches, which got me thinking...

It would be supremely easy to re-create this look with a blazer or jacket of your own and some inexpensive broaches, preferably vintage. Admittedly, I never buy broaches because I'm afraid of ending up looking a little costumey. While I love the 60's aesthetic of Mad Men, when taken too literally it could look matronly.


But, I think the key to re-recreating this look would be to juxtapose a collection of vintage broaches on a jacket or dress with a decidedly modern cut. Keep a consistent theme with the broaches- nautical, chinoiserie, birds, fish, etc. A few promising options:

Sand dollar pin, Etsy
Vintage Gold Tone Metal Sand Dollar Brooch Pin Retro

Starfish pin, Ebay

Starfish Pin, Ebay

Sea Creature Pin, Ebay

Enamel Fisherman Pin, Ebay

Owl Pin, Etsy;

Elephant Pin; Etsy
EgyptiaN ElephanT Retro Vintage Quality Fashion Glam Jeweled Rhinestones Brooch Pin 1980's 1970's Ruby Red Blue Emerald Green Gold Pearl

Pair your broaches with your own favorite blazer, or if you need a few suggestions...

Chambray Schoolboy Blazer, J Crew

Style Portfolio Knit Jacket, Bloomies
Style Portfolio "Libby" Striped Knit Blazer and "Taylor" Pleated Bubble Shorts

Aqua Boyfriend Blazer, Bloomies
Aqua Boyfriend Blazer with Striped Lining

This might be one of the quickest, easiest Anthro looks to re-create on a shoestring. While we love Anthropologie, a lot of their looks tend to look great in the catalog but a little to vintage-French-bohemian-librarian for real life wear. The vintage broach approach, however, is a style that would fit into most of our day to day loves and office wardrobes. I'm off to hunt for some vintage pins right now...


Chelsea Gwynne said...

love that anthro blazer! gorgeous!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Too funny -- I admired that blazer in the sale room at Anthro yesterday and would have bought it, if they had my size. Cute cute!

Tate said...

Hi, I've just started working with a jeweller that makes sand dollars (or any other precious souvenir you may have) into beautiful brooches, charms and necklaces etc.

They take your original item and "electroform" with either silver or gold and make it into a charmed keepsake. You can see these at E&K

You'd like them!

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