Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Guest Post from Professor Blazer

Jacket (Lauren Ralph Lauren); Herringbone Wool Vest (Bushwacker); Scarf (Ralph Lauren); Booties (Frye); Jeans (Coldwater Creek) 
She calls me her "professor blazer."  I suppose it's because my heavy wool glen plaid fabric has always reminded her of the garb of the quintessential middle-aged male college professor.  A lesser blazer might be offended with the moniker, but I let it slide because I know I'm so much more than that stereotypical description would imply. 

Yes, I've seen the inside of a college classroom, and yes, she's even worn me in her role as a guest lecturer at her law school alma mater.  But, I'm equally at home in a conference room or a country cabin in the woods.  I look good with jeans, dress pants, and skirts.  My style is timeless (though she did recently criticize my shoulder pads as a bit strong), but completely on trend (hello - have you seen all the menswear inspired looks on the runway this season?)  

I've also been more places and been part of more important moments in her life than any other jacket in her closet.  In the 18 years since she brought me home from Parisian, we've been around the world together.  During her three month stint working in Sydney, Australia, she wore me at least once a week, both to the office and for weekend outings.  I must say I preferred cuddling up to koalas, kangaroos and wombats on the weekend over spending my time in a library while she researched aboriginal intellectual property rights (bottom photo).  I was also the jacket of choice for her engagement photo shoot (middle photo).  

Just last weekend, she paired me with a herringbone vest, paisley scarf, bootcut jeans, and a gorgeous pair of Frye booties for a Fall road trip through Kentucky bourbon country (top photo).  So, she can call me her professor blazer if she wants.  I know I'm a lot more than that, and I'll be around for many years to come.
Flashback to Fall 1996:  Engagement photos at Ft. Benjamin Harrison
Flashback to 1998 in Sydney, Australia
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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