The premise is re-evaluating a current outfit to make it better in the future. I'm sure everyone of you has done the same thing as me and as you are putting an outfit together you realize you are missing certain elements and of course, you make do with what you have.
If you could see the varieties of gloves I own, you would be amazed to know I don't own one pair of dark brown or even medium brown gloves. I came to this realization in putting this outfit together. The closest I could come is these carmel colored Lilly Dache gloves below. Now, I can see the benefit of owning at least one pair of dark brown gloves.
I thought I would explain what needs to be improved in this outfit and in the future once I find the right pieces, I'll present this outfit improved.
This outfit I assembled based around this Lilli Ann jacket presented below. I picked up this jacket more than half a year ago. This is a fantastic look at late 40s suit style, but unfortunately the skirt is long gone. The jacket has the old label so I'm dating it to very late 40s early 50s. There is some wear to the inner arm hole area but this can't be seen from the exterior.
I haven't seen an ad for this jacket, yet. I was able to pick up this jacket at quite a good deal because it was missing the skirt. This is the great thing about these Lilli Ann jackets you can pick them up at reasonable prices if you are willing to find a different skirt to match.
Stay tuned for some future posts with other jackets that don't have the original skirt with them.
Current outfit details:
Jacket: Lilli Ann
Skirt: 40s a-line
Gloves: Lilly Dache
Necklace: Hattie Carnegie
Yes, improvements are necessary. I have this one and only brown skirt. It doesn't quite fit with this jacket in color and in style. I bet the original skirt to this jacket was very lovely. A replacement skirt is going to be difficult. It isn't easy to find exact matches in color without heading into the city to some place like Mood. I may try fabric swatches. I don't think it would be too difficult to actually make a skirt for this suit rather than continue to scour Etsy and ebay in slight hopes of a close match.
You can see with this jacket that this skirt is not very figure flattering another reason to ditch this look. Also please excuse the boots, no way to photograph in a nice pair of shoes right now:)
So, what's to change?
1. Ditch the skirt
2. Find dark brown gloves
3. Some nice Bakelite root beer colored accessories might match very nice with the buttons.
I wanted to show an image of how this skirt does work with the right blouse. It is high waisted skirt and can work nicely with a vintage or retro looking blouse. But, this skirt in general is not a fan favorite due to the static look as it tapers outward (no drape).
This blouse is made of rayon and was made from a vintage pattern, bought off of ebay. Very well made.
So stay tuned in a future post, when I am able to find the right skirt and accessories for this outfit. Again, if any of you readers decide to also try this re-evaluation, please let me know.