Posts Tagged: blazer

This Week I Love …

… collarless jackets.

Blazers and jackets of all kinds make me deeply happy, as they can add structure and edge to just about any outfit. But since it’s pretty darned cold now which means layers and scarves are often in order, I’m realizing how irritating lapels and collars can be. Shoving a button-front under a traditional blazer is a common tactic, and yet I can NEVER get my inner collar to sit right. Throwing a scarf over a collared jacket can work, but the collar itself adds bulk and can feel and look awkward. Collarless jackets are relatively trendy right now, and I am just loving them. Here are a few on my radar: read more

This Week I Love …

… Ellen DeGeneres.

I love Ellen for a whole host of reasons. I love her marvelously goofy, playful, insightful humor. I love her great big heart. I love her fearlessness about her career in the comedy boys’ club and her marriage to Portia De Rossi. And, obviously, I love her because she brought Dory to life. But I also love Ellen for her stellar personal style and her commitment to it.

Ellen wears makeup (she’s even a spokeswoman for Cover Girl), she’s worn her hair in some relatively feminine styles, and she’ll do high heels on occasion. But although I have stumbled across a photo or two of her showing a bit of cleavage, I’ve never seen her in a dress. Or a skirt. Or a smoky eye or big earrings or red lips. Ellen is dedicated to clean, classic, androgynous looks, and she makes every vest, blazer, and perfectly tailored pair of pants she wears absolutely SING. Her wardrobe is simple, elegant, and impeccably curated and she wears it with marvelous relish. In virtually every photo I’ve ever seen of her, she looks happy, relaxed, and comfortable. I sincerely hope that’s because she has chosen to dress as herself, in clothes that she loves and that reflect her personal style choices. The more I experiment with androgynous looks myself, the more I adore Ellen’s signature look. read more