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;
Starfish pin, Ebay
Starfish Pin, Ebay
Sea Creature Pin, Ebay
Enamel Fisherman Pin, Ebay
Owl Pin, Etsy;
Elephant Pin; Etsy
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
Aqua Boyfriend Blazer, Bloomies
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...