For all the hiking we do to Twin Peaks or Bernal Heights (both fantastic vantage points to take in all of San Francisco) some of my favorite views of the city are right in our neighborhood. We snapped these photos on a walk to a local restaurant for dinner and everything about these images are “typical” in the best way possible. When I leave the house 9 times out of ten I’m probably wearing something like this: A solid top, denim, flats and a smart jacket.
One of my top strategies for creating a timeless wardrobe is looking at whether a company produces a particular style season after season. These “core collection” pieces make up the majority of my wardrobe and aren’t driven by trends, which ensures what I buy today, I’ll love tomorrow and well into the future. This J.Crew Lady Jacket is a great example. J.Crew has been creating these cropped collarless lady jackets for years (It was called the “Astrid Jacket” back in 2009) and of course the style is inspired by perhaps the most timeless and enduring piece in fashion history – the Chanel jacket. Coco Chanel styled the jacket to fit more like a cardigan than a sportcoat and I believe that’s a big part of the silhouette’s staying power, since it’s less structured and restrictive than other sportcoats. It can be dressed up for work (wear it with a shift dress and heels) or down for the weekend (it instantly elevates a tee-shirt and jeans). I have this jacket in a red/white/blue version and also a longer, black/white version which I’ve featured on the blog before here. This candy-colored tweed can be worn with so many different colors and is the perfect iteration of the classic style to wear this spring and summer. (Also love this black version and this blue version, both on sale!)
Women of all shapes and sizes will look good in this jacket, but the key to pulling off a boxy cut is this: be sure to show off your ankles and wrists. By showcasing the thinnest parts of our bodies with shorter sleeves and cropped pants it highlights our shapes at their most delicate points and prevents the jacket from overwhelming your figure. You can wear lady jackets with wide leg crops or toothpick pants alike. In fact, I cut the hem of these jeans to just above the thinnest part of my ankle and they’re so much more flattering now. Another trick to elongate your figure is by wearing pointy toed shoes. Sarah Flint gifted me this pretty white pair of her classic Natalie Flat and I am obsessed. (I actually first learned of Sarah Flint when Meghan Markle wore the Natalie flats to the Invictus Games in 2017.) If you have trouble wearing pointy toed shoes you have to try Sarah Flint’s styles – they have a wider toe box which makes them infinitely more comfortable, and just the right amount of toe cleavage. (I have three pairs of her pointy-toed shoes and love them! See the perfect pumps here, and Emma Slings Here.) Plus! You can get $50 off your first order at sarahflint.com with code “STACIE50”.