I first discovered Jigsaw London when my Artsy sister gave me this wonderful navy top as a birthday present.
Which I liked so much I bought it in olive as well. Twice, in fact, because I put the first olive purchase in the dryer. Oops. Hate that. Mini-shirts.
Lo and behold, the people at Jigsaw saw the 2012 post and now we get to do a giveaway. One happy reader will receive a $100 gift certificate in exchange for the few small gestures listed below.
Jigsaw also asked me to wear something to get us in the mood. “You bet,” is the appropriate exclamation of enthusiasm, don’t you think? I chose the Jersey Boyfriend Jacket, because a) I’ve been looking for a lightweight jacket to wear in the office and b) polka dots.
The jacket’s made, as the name so politely points out, of jersey. It’s not remotely structured, not even softly, as would be knits or ponte in particular. This is lightweight modal/cotton navy jersey, and it hangs and flutters. The lining, which shows when you roll up your sleeves, is gray with little bitty black polka dots.
I was possessed by the idea of wearing it with stripes, low and high. Unfortunately Target was stripeless that week, so I fell back to J. Crew and their Vintage Cotton Tee. Jigsaw has a striped top too.
Just had to go find the original grape wall again. I provided enormous amusement for San Franciscans making their way to Peet’s for morning coffee. I am unsure why the retired Marine was carrying his fishing pole, but he was nice enough to counsel me about a nearby rotting banana peel, so I didn’t ask.
For High Stripes, I saw no option but to succumb to Comme des Garçons Play via Saks. That little fierce heart.
A few points from the Boyfriend Jacket’s Operating Manual. The pretend manual, that is, the one we all wish for. This piece will work best on someone more of an O-shape, rather than my V. To fit my shoulders I had to take a Medium, which makes for rather more fabric around the middle than strictly necessary. You can see the wrap capacity here.
On the other hand, the wrappability is quite comforting. This is the sort of clothing you don’t want to take off, and manages to cover a) upper arms in short sleeves b) lower backs revealed by bending down to plug in your laptop. Double duty. Unless you want to show off your tattoos.
You might take a look around the goods. Clearly I’d recommend the Henley, but I also like this silk peplum top.
Jigsaw themselves run a blog with outfit posts featuring their gear worn by real employees and bloggers. Now one of you can play along. Academic Sorts, Artsy Sister says that Jigsaw is all the rage on California campuses.
As always, please comment below. If you have a story about polka dots, literal or symbolic, that’s a good thing. But we also need you to either like Jigsaw on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or sign up for their mailing list, at the bottom of this page. Extra points for multiple acts of connection. I’ll announce the winner Monday evening, with appropriate fanfare.
nb: Jigsaw London offered me a piece of choice to style. I had never realized I styled anything at all, since Sturdy Gals just wear stuff, but as my mother always says, A Simple Thank You Will Suffice.