This jacket is one of my all-time favorites, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever shown this simple alteration that can really change up the look of an item. My mom bought this for me five years ago from the Banana Republic outlet (back in the day when actual regular store merchandise with the tags crossed out was for sale there, versus the “made just for outlets” crap currently). I loved the crosshatch texture and swing shape, but the big shiny black button made it look mod and childish.
A quick switch to a neutral tortoiseshell button made the entire jacket look more expensive, not to mention much more versatile. I have a few items in my closet waiting in line for button transformations – as soon as I can find the perfect pairings.
I love the silhouette of cropped swing jackets as an alternative to fitted blazers. Wearing so many of these has really whetted my appetite for a cape, but I fear looking like Batwoman.
I’m relishing every moment of the 60-70 degree temps that’s perfect for textures and light layers. I know that such weather is short-lived in Boston, and soon I’ll be relegated to style-quashing black tights on a daily basis.