Nobody puts this jacket in the corner

Stripes are everywhere at the moment and, while the big fashion voices state they are ‘in’, my tiny fashion voice says I don’t think they ever really go ‘out’.  A spring staple, there seems to have been a striped top of some sort in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember.  To ring the changes, I thought I would be a bit bolder and try out a striped jacket.



I talked about the myth that petites should avoid horizontal stripes in this January post and the more I see them the more convinced I am that this advice is unfounded.  Even in jacket form, where a larger area is covered by the offending pattern, I honestly don’t feel I look shorter and wider. No doubt someone will let me know if they think otherwise!
This black and white blazer from the Wallis petite range  is definitely eye catching and shouldn’t get lost in a crowd even on the back of the ‘petitest’ petite.   I love the playfulness of the stripes – it reminds me of the humbugs we used to have at my grandparents’ house.


The fit is excellent, sitting neatly on the shoulders and the sleeves can be worn turned back as I have in the pictures or unrolled, where they end perfectly, not covering half my hands leaving only my finger tips showing! This is an edge to edge blazer so it doesn’t have a fastener, but I like the option to do up my jackets, so I will find a nice button to sew on, along with a clear press stud like this (so I don’t need to mess about making a button hole and probably ruining my precious jacket!), a job that will take me just a few minutes but will give it a bit more versatility.

I’ve sat around in this jacket, screwed it up and shoved it into a bag, left it under a pile of coats at a party and it still looks immaculate, not a single crease!  What’s more, it’s machine washable, so I can wear it often without worrying about dry cleaning bills.  So all in all, I am very happy with my ‘Humbug’ blazer!
I was tempted to add a brightly coloured accessory, like a red bag or belt but I don’t think it’s needed as the striping is prominent enough.  I am after a red clutch bag, however, and I’m sure it would work well with this outfit.


I’ve teamed it here with a crinkled silk top, black jeans and high heels for an 80th birthday celebration.  I felt unsure about wearing jeans to a semi-formal party, but they are new, very black still and I think the jacket, silk top and heels lifted the jeans into ‘smart’ territory.

Assuming there is no dress code, would you consider it acceptable to wear jeans as smart/casual wear?


jacket: Wallis Petites

top: (old) Phase Eight, similar here

jeans: Oasis

shoes: Vince Camuto (sold out), similar here



The Wallis jacket has now sold out, but I think this one from M&S looks like a good alternative.


Note: This post was originally published on 1st May 2016, but the post date, sadly along with reader comments, was lost in the move from Blogger to WordPress.

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