37 responses

  1. Pearls To Hide My Neck
    January 20, 2010

    What fabulous jackets! Dressing in a casual, comfortable but "done" look has always been my problem. I don't work outside the home and volunteer in places where I don't want to insult the clientele by wearing clothes that cost more than they make in a month. Plus, I have a normal body for a woman my age, which means I haven't been surgically "spruced up" lol. I did just buy a fleece jacket at JJill that I really like.
    Love the tip!

  2. Deja Pseu
    January 20, 2010

    Both of those jackets are fabulous! Finding something comfortable that still will help you look put-together isn't easy, but these pieces manage it quite well.

  3. Twenty Four At Heart
    January 20, 2010

    I agree … throw a casual, light, jacket over almost anything and it makes a person look pulled together. Even jeans and a t-shirt … my uniform of choice in The OC.

  4. Hannah
    January 20, 2010

    Oh oh oh how I want a sweatshirt peacoat. Sigh.

  5. Jeanne
    January 20, 2010

    Love both…great post. I can relate!!
    Jeanne :)

  6. Duchesse
    January 20, 2010

    Isn't that a great shop! When you need work attire again, think you could wear the military jacket with a pencil skirt and shirt. I feel like a different person in a jacket.

  7. hostess of the humble bungalow
    January 20, 2010

    Ah cafe de la presse….hm….love it there! Did you buy a French magazine?
    The sweatshirt jackets are popping up here too, I glance at one without trying it on at my "go to boutique" Note to self, must get back…if it is a good choice or the HIGH WASP it might be good for the HOSTESS!
    I love shopping vicariously with you…

  8. Couture Carrie
    January 20, 2010

    Love your suggestions for smartening your casualwear!!


  9. Muffy
    January 20, 2010

    I have the same exact Santa Barbara Surf Shop sweatshirt! HAHA. I do love James Perse. So comfortable while still chic. Fun post.

  10. Bumby Scott
    January 20, 2010

    Lisa, Thank you for the post. I hope that you will be able to score the peacoat. Even For us men we do sometimes have a difficult time of it, in the casual department. I do have to say that the advise by Imogen is spot on.

    Always Bumby

  11. TC
    January 20, 2010

    I love both coats, excellent choice. My daughters (I was a child bride) are always telling me I need to dress my age. Evidently that means Lane Bryant only I can't quite fit into it???

  12. Patsy
    January 20, 2010

    Well done!

    I may need to have a military jacket….and I would copy your outfit, replacing the Manolos with Torys.

    Long t-shirts. Where do you find nice t-shirts?

  13. Maureen@IslandRoar
    January 20, 2010

    Good post. I struggle with this too. Here on the chilly east coast, I even need a sweater or jacket on over whatever I'm wearing inside all winter. I tend to use hoodie sweatshirts from my kids' schools, and feel all schleppy. I need to get me a jacket like that!! (I believe I have that same handbag, but I dared to go red and am loving it)
    You give the best advice!

  14. Town and Country Mom
    January 20, 2010

    Score! And great subtle advice about looking presentable at the grocery, even if you're not networking over avocados!

  15. LPC
    January 20, 2010

    I like t-shirts from Petit Bateau. However, Banana Republic is a good alternate, and are making long shirts now.

  16. TC
    January 20, 2010

    Sorry for the second comment but I tried to retweet and tweettweet wouldn't do it, I RT the old fashioned way.

  17. Imogen Lamport, AICI CIP
    January 20, 2010

    Great jackets – you will find that you wear and wear them, dress them up and down, and feel comfortable and stylish!

    Thanks for the lovely links.

  18. DocP
    January 20, 2010

    I've always been a jacket person. I suspect your next challenge is a warm/hot weather version of these outfits.

  19. Anonymous
    January 20, 2010

    Loving my Revas. I'm sure you have other stuff that you would love to "donate". I will be your charity!!
    Nancy in NC

  20. LPC
    January 20, 2010

    Nancy, glad you like the Revas. They just Would Not stay on my feet:). Although Patsy, they'd be nice with the military jacket. Snappier than my look. TC, thanks for retweeting. Any old way at all…Lane Bryant serves a good purpose but if it doesn't fit, then, well, you know, acquiting and all that.

  21. Beautifully50
    January 20, 2010

    Loved this post – as a former IBM Marketing Rep and Cosmetic Executive, I completely understand the dilemma! I'm now a mom, wife and volunteer, an occasional personal shopper and a new blogger…I'll be posting lots on fashion for our age group(I'm 48). We can absolutely still look hip and trendy and age appropriate. Calypso St. Barth has great t-shirts and casual sweaters that are great for our age..Anthropolgie and J. Crew too…I'm a jeans girl…and bring on the layers. love it

  22. Beautifully50
    January 20, 2010

    OH – and don't forget about VINCE – awesome casual, comfy clothes from pants to sweaters to outerwear…one of my faves

  23. CDS
    January 20, 2010

    Those are great pieces. I know that stylish casual wear can be challenging sometimes…nice way of putting it together.

  24. materfamilias
    January 20, 2010

    Great pieces! And what a good day you had — I'm wishing I had more coffees/glasses-of- wine-with-girlfriends days . . .

  25. Preppy 101
    January 20, 2010

    Love both of those!! Great post. Love a post that makes me smile ;-)

  26. Vix
    January 20, 2010

    My near-70 friend has a sweatshirt fabric jacket that has some amazing detailing (ruching IIRC) around the collar area. Of course it cost as much as a well-made blazer but it looks amazing on her.

    Hope you enjoy yours as much as she has loved hers.

  27. A Refocused Life
    January 20, 2010

    Great choices. I always feel that a jacket makes a statement of being 'dressed' but still casual. I relate to this post.

  28. Lipstick
    January 20, 2010

    Great jackets….I am just in love with great jackets because I am always cold. A complete necessity.

  29. Anonymous
    January 20, 2010

    Love the jackets. Guess we sturdy girls of a certain age are all wrestling with the same thing-wanting to be hip, put together and not ridiculous. Thanks for the insightful post.

  30. Pink Martini
    January 21, 2010

    Wine over tea is the best choice of all. :)

  31. Semi Expat
    January 21, 2010

    Love your jackets – I expect you will feel and look the bees knees! And Imogen is the best! x

  32. Miss Cavendish
    January 21, 2010

    Terrific finds! To my mind, a great jacket or coat are key to feeling pulled together. But I must say, that SB sweatshirt gives you a certain street cred. And I'm sure you wore it well.

  33. alanna
    January 21, 2010

    gooorgeous jackets!! you have great taste!

  34. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle
    January 21, 2010

    Love this post because a good casual look is hard to come by and "I will dress like a skateboarder" just might be my favorite quote of the week or decade, depending. I wish my mother, who wears St. John when she's feeling casual, would read this post…

  35. Peonies and Polaroids
    January 21, 2010

    Oh yes. I like the military one very much.

  36. LPC
    January 21, 2010

    Street cred! Ha! My son did say once I am a cool mom. Perhaps the surf sweatshirt did it. I am so loving the military jacket so far I keep looking for excuses to wear it. Peacoat will get a test run today. Thank you all so much for shopping with me. Infinitely better than shopping alone – believe it or not I take you with me into Saks.

  37. Anonymous
    January 23, 2010


    Go online to Macy's. They have a sale going on. Go to "Coats" and you will see a Guess Buffalo Plaid Belted Coat on sale.

    It reminded me of your post on wanting something with Buffalo Plaid.

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