My Love Affair With Blazers
I first saw the blockbuster hit Working Girl (1988) starring Sigourney Weaver & Melanie Griffith a couple years after its release. I was a young girl then. I remember being captivated by these women’s blazers — their suits. In or around that time my cousin Pearl, a fashion designer, exposed me to all things fabrics, patterns and ‘feminine’ glamour. I was acutely aware, obsessed and in awe of her style! She was so cool. In retrospective I suspect my profound captivation with WG was augmented because in my little mind blazers and suits were for boys. Oh the sense of ‘power’ I remember Tess McGill (Griffith) having when she dawned that grey suit after she successfully infiltrated Katherine Parker’s (Weaver) life, job, boyfriend (and her pearls!) in an attempt to steal her spot as the high powered CEO. Anyhow, that’s the Coles Notes version. Check it out for all the twists and turns. I’ll just say Tess had good reason! You’ll love it for its 80’s (non)sensibilities lol!
Jill (Circa 1995)- Wearing Puff Daddy’s shiny suit (lol)
Over twenty years later and this little older girl woman is still obsessed with her blazers, suits and jackets. Go figure! Don’t laugh at me but the Working Girl fashion was for me what Sex in the City the Movie (at least the first one) has been for countless millions. I love blazers! They exude a sense of power, sophistication and classic style. Though modest in its design (since today less and showing more seems to be the pièce de résistance in women’s apparel—and no judgement here. I can appreciate it…REALLY I can. Trust me…mmmeeeeoooww) a good blazer accentuated by a well-fitting, hopefully iron-free (cause time is money honey) dress shirt says, “don’t f with me. I got this~ and my two girls are warm…tucked inside!”
For me my blazers personify refinement. For some they are stuffy, boring or even overly pretentious but for me they feel like home — they are freeing! I am that woman in a sharp blazer — the one who dares to wear “daddy’s” clothing— bah hypothetically, stereotypically and gender-boxingly speaking (gosh don’t you hate those boxes!). Blazers, like many other articles of clothing, allow us to trouble those gender lines and burst through stifling societal expectations on how we should perform our ‘femininity.’ As the great feminist Judith Butler has argued for years, gender is not some concrete thing that just ‘is.’ We bring our genders to life and give them meaning through our everyday actions (again Coles Notes). The ritual of dressing my dears I’d argue is one of the most important! I’ve already been quoted in a previous FITC post on the power of clothing for now I’ll gently slide off my soap box with these final words…
My blazers…my…suits…my dress shirts oh how I love thee…Come to mommy.
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It’s somehow sad that Thanksgiving always gets the shaft for the holidays. Not as much fun as Halloween, not as much religious/global/ gifting/commercial opportunity as Christmas/Hanukkah/etc… But alas, we’re all caught up in the holidays in the blogosphere. Between the gifts, the celebrations, the reflection of the year that’s about to end, there’s so much ground to cover! This week, we have a delightful round of holiday inspired posts to get you thinking about the rest of the year. Believe it or not… we don’t have that much time left.
Links à la Mode: November 21
- Attire Club: A Guide To Creating A Lasting And Money-Saving Wardrobe
- Beauty and Sass: wrap your holiday look with these makeup color trends
- Beautify My Life: 10 alternatives to the basic cotton camisole
- Carly Tati: 70 holiday 2013 makeup palettes gift guide
- DeSmitten: DIY Celine Triangle Clutch
- DressCode:HighFashion: Charlotte Olympia`s Archie Comics Collection
- Fat in the City: My Love Affair With Blazers
- Fin & Foxtail: Gift Guide: How to Shop for Gifts at the Thrift Store
- Katie Like Me: How to Style Eyelet Dresses
- Kiri Yanchenko: Do It Yourself Popping Prints
- Metallic Paws: Making Work Outfits Fashionable
- Miss Monet: Style Inspiration: Ladies Who Lace
- Savagem: What does Transparency mean to you?
- Style Bizarre: 8 Things You Can Do To Feel Better Right Now
- Style Vanity: 15 Iconic Shoes of 2013
- The 11th Thread Blog: Thanksgiving Table DIY
- The Channeling Board: .John F. Kennedy: A Style Icon
- The Neon Blonde: How to wear denim on denim like it ain’t no thing
- Trend Survivor: London Shopping and the Christmas Spirit
- We Are Ready Made: No Gender is the Future