39 responses

  1. GSL
    March 13, 2014

    The top Z & V is best-in-show here beating by a whisker the Alexander McQueen just below it…as any ode to Edwardian sleeve puffs is music to my ears.
    Well done Lisa, I like the screwdriver metaphor,

    03/13/14
    9:00 am
    GSL said...

    @GSL, Silly me didn’t do a price check; that ode to Edwardian sleeve puffs just went a little off key at 1200 bones! and that’s at 40% off.

  2. kathy
    March 13, 2014

    Love the red Zadig & Voltaire particularly. The Rag and Bone wine colored one is also beautiful. Both virtually sold out. I don’t think I’d wear velvet in the Spring or Summer though?

    03/15/14
    10:30 am
    Lisa said...

    @kathy, Up here I could wear it in the evening. The Z&V is my favorite too. If it came in navy I’d be sold.

  3. A Note On Style
    March 13, 2014

    The dark green McQueen gets my vote. Stunning silhouette! Very sharp and would be a nice contrast with slouchy boyfriend jeans. Plus the green is gorgeous!

  4. Kathie
    March 13, 2014

    I totally agree about velvet blazers. Both of mine came from Talbots: a deep mulberry that is traditional cut and a black velvet jean jacket-style. The latter is particularly flexible especially for travel.

  5. Judy Melchiorre
    March 13, 2014

    Funny, you mention this. I recently shopped my closet and found two very appealing velvet blazers. I’ve worn them and compliments abound, I guess velvet is what’s happening?! Judy

    03/15/14
    10:31 am
    Lisa said...

    @Judy Melchiorre, I love it that so many of you guys already have one.

  6. That’s Not My Age
    March 13, 2014

    The red one is fab and so is the navy DVF. I want a TNMA-go-round!

  7. Philippa
    March 13, 2014

    I am sceptical. But then I was wrong about quilted sweatshirts and pointy flats.

    Hm, now I come to think of it I see a velvet jacket in my future topping boyfriend jeans, with my denim shirt and capri pants, over that new dress I’ve just bought. I’d like a boxy collarless one please. Preferably in wine … Oh dear another quest begins!

  8. tabitha
    March 13, 2014

    I envy your geography, I had one once, paid a fortune for it – it rained and I ended up with a very spotty velvet blazer, never again.

    03/14/14
    4:13 am
    Philippa said...

    @tabitha,

    Good to know! You may have saved me a wee fortune.

  9. déjà pseu
    March 13, 2014

    Love the metaphors. We’re on a similar wavelength again, as you’ll see tomorrow. Holy moly, sure love that Z&V version. I’m all about the collarless these days.

  10. Princess Lambchop
    March 13, 2014

    I think of velvet blazers as evening cardigans. I have 3, in brown, black, and green, in various levels of structure/slouch. Like gold shoes, they go with everything.

  11. Cynthia
    March 13, 2014

    I’ve got a very fine deep red corduroy blazer that stands in for velvet when I need it. But I do love that red one anyway.

  12. Cynthia
    March 13, 2014

    Also, what is the “privilege-go-round”? Is there an app there? It doesn’t show up at all in my browser (Chrome).

    03/13/14
    10:31 am
    Lisa said...

    Yes, there’s an app. Hmmm. I see it in Chrome here. Maybe a geography thing?

    03/13/14
    12:30 pm
    nancy said...

    @Cynthia, I get very frustrated with Chrome, as I can’t see the Privilege Go Round Either, so I have to go to Firefox to view. Is there a setting in Chrome I should enable?

    03/15/14
    10:32 am
    Lisa said...

    @Cynthia, I don’t know what the setting would be. Next time I put up a Priviege-Go-Round I will ping their help desk and see if they have suggestions. Very weird for it not to work with Chrome, since that’s the platform of choice for most of the developers I know.

  13. Leanne
    March 13, 2014

    I love velvet blazers, particularly a chartreuse one that I have in my closet. I wear them practically year round in SF. Puffed sleeves remind me too much of the terror and horror of elementary school piano recitals.

    03/15/14
    10:33 am
    Lisa said...

    @Leanne, Ha!

  14. Nora Minassian/Jacket Society
    March 13, 2014

    Love all the metphonrs Lisa, great writing like usual. I love velvet jackets especially dressed down with jeans. My favorite her is the McQueen but would prefer it in black.

  15. LauraH
    March 13, 2014

    Velvet – even the sound is sumptuous. Love your suggestions. And did I mention that I laugh every time I see the PGR? Thanks for brightening my day.

    03/15/14
    10:33 am
    Lisa said...

    @LauraH, :)

  16. Linda @ a design snack
    March 13, 2014

    I love the green McQueen! This has me rethinking velvet blazers jackets altogether. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. K-Line
    March 13, 2014

    The Rag and Bone blood-shade one is my fave!

  18. Faux Fuchsia
    March 13, 2014

    love me a velvet anything.

  19. Tracey lovelifestyleandstuff.com
    March 13, 2014

    can see you in the Z & V. give the puffs sleeves a miss thinks i.

    03/15/14
    10:33 am
    Lisa said...

    @Tracey lovelifestyleandstuff.com, Puffed sleeves never work for we, the broad of shoulder.

  20. Candace
    March 13, 2014

    Love the “go-round” – Black Boden is my fave!

  21. flwjane
    March 13, 2014

    J Crew for me, but by the time I will have ordered it, it will be 1004degrees here.

    Though today is 20.

    Of course after falls comes the fall…

    xo J

  22. flwjane
    March 13, 2014

    Or maybe after summer….just on advil now, I swear1

  23. Beth Waltz
    March 14, 2014

    Entirely on target for this long winter! I’ve a closet of coats, capes and blazers but this year I’ve coped with weekend shopping runs in a sturdy Liz Claiborne black velvet one-button blazer I picked up for $6 at Goodwill.

  24. Duchesse
    March 14, 2014

    This reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to tell you for a time: a friend had a cashmere suit jacket re-cut to a nipped-waist blazer- shorter and sharper. (A tailor who specializes in bespoke suits did the alteration.) I was reminded of your white cashmere suit. If you still have it, there is an idea that wluld look fantastic with your jeans.

    I dislike puffed sleeves on anyone over eight. In fact, any clothing that looks cute on a kid, I don’t like on grown women.

  25. Sandy
    March 14, 2014

    Oh my goodness I need that McQueen. What style. If it were not so warm down here in Southern California. I’d wear one of my velvet jackets tonight. Dang. Lust for McQueen. I tell you, lust! You find the best stuff.

  26. Miss cavendish
    March 15, 2014

    I had a chartreuse one from J Crew that didn’t fit well, but I do love the one I bought from Tahari some years ago: dusky purple velvet covered with swirling paisley embroidery. It’s fitted and has hidden snaps that close the neckline high enough that I don’t have to wear a shirt underneath it. I feel like Mick Jagger every time I wear it–lush, decadent, rock-starry.

    03/15/14
    10:34 am
    Lisa said...

    @Miss cavendish, Of course yours is covered in paisley embroidery! I can see it in my mind’s eye.

  27. Eleanorjane
    March 16, 2014

    Show me these budget velvet blazers! I’ve been vaguely on the look out for one for a while and all I’ve seen in England have been expensive versions. (Note – I’d be looking to pay around 40-50 pounds for a velvet blazer if possible. Not sure what the exhange rate is with you guys…)

  28. La Contessa
    March 17, 2014

    You got MY VOTE!
    I wear VELVET almost daily…………..was just in Arizona in the desert on a walk in a velvet jogging outfit!We left the BAY AREA at 5 am…….so thats why!Was a bit nippy then……….LOVE VELVET.Especially the old vintage opera coats!

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