Borrowed From the Boys

Borrowed From the Boys

I don’t think of myself as a girly girl, but I’ve also never been one to embrace the men’s wear look. I love the look of brogues but frankly, my feet feel too large to look either cute or flattering in a chunky menswear type shoe. Structured blazers have also never been my thing because they make my shoulders look even wider than they are. Plaid fell into that men’s wear category for me until last winter when I tried some here and here.

This fall, like every fall, plaid is back on the scene in a big way. I’d had my eye out for some plaid shoes to update my look and also been on the hunt for a blazer. I’m seeing a lot of longer blazers this fall and curious to try one.

When I spotted this jacket on the Talbots website, I knew it had great potential. Its pale colors are soft against my complexion and the small plaid is a good proportion for my height.

The waist shaping helps feminize this blazer and prevents the boxiness so many men’s wear blazers have. It’s popular to add a belt to blazers this fall so I played around to see if I like the look, and I do. The belt visually shortens the blazer which improves the proportion on me.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing a plaid blazer with belt over skinny gray jeans from Talbots

Here’s the blazer without the belt. It still has waist definition and a feminine vibe. I like it both ways.


long plaid blazer from Talbots worn with gray jeans and white shirt on A Well Styled Life

I have long arms and torso, with short legs so I wasn’t sure whether I needed the petite or regular length. It turns out the petite looked too short to be a long blazer and too long to be a short blazer. In between was OK but I wanted to try the new long look so bought the regular size 6.

I added a jumbo faux pearl necklace to soften the look even more.

I’m easing into the menswear look but finding proof once again that we should never say never about fashion. I’ve also discovered the long blazer look needn’t be reserved for the tall gals among us.

Have you tried the new longer blazer?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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  1. Yvonne
    September 13, 2019 / 4:13 am

    You look great in this outfit Jennifer. I’ve always loved the menswear look and longer blazers are my favourite. I almost bought one in navy plaid yesterday. Decided that it wasn’t high enough contrast for me, so I’m on the hunt for a black & white version.

  2. Susan
    September 13, 2019 / 4:24 am

    I bought a new blazer for spring the other week. It is linen, pale grey and white plaid, but shorter than the one you are wearing as it is more flattering to my hour glass shape than a longer version. I have really embraced brogue (or oxford) style lace up shoes and have about 8 pairs of an Australian brand. They are light weight and in a variety of patterns and colours, including leopard print. I think your chunky pearls finishes off your look really well (am a pearl devotee myself)

  3. DM
    September 13, 2019 / 6:25 am

    This is a beautiful look on you. Adding the pearls os the polish on this classic. I prefer blazers with length and I have solid black, navy and white. I have tried several plaid with various colour combinations and always feel too busy. Your plaid is subtle. You inspire me to keep looking and trying!

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      I’m so glad I inspired you to keep looking

  4. Lynn
    September 13, 2019 / 6:59 am

    I like this look on you and I like it best unbelted and worn open.

    • September 13, 2019 / 7:13 am

      I agree very nice on you.

  5. Roberta
    September 13, 2019 / 6:59 am

    Love the blazer. I have it too and plan to wear it with a Lafayette 148 nyc pale gray and white thin striped shirt and possibly a Lafayette 148 nyc blue and white thin striped shirt. I love the way it looks with the collar turned up to expose the pain fabric underneath. Will wear it both times with jeans and simple loafers.

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      That sounds awsome

  6. Ellen
    September 13, 2019 / 7:11 am

    I still have a couple of long blazers from…never mind. I have dragged them out and surprisingly found that they are going to work, again. I love your look with a belt. but I have a short waist and shockingly huge boobs, so the belt is not on for moi.
    Neither of my old blazers is gray plaid though and I have been seeing them and thinking I might need (OK, want) one, and your post today sealed the deal. Starting to look today. Thanks for the validation!

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:43 pm

      My pleasure, Ellen. I’m so happy I inspired you.

  7. Holly
    September 13, 2019 / 7:29 am

    I like the belted look on you. Love the pearls and have wanted a strand of large, chunky pearls for awhile. The pearls on you look great; I wish those that pearl necklace was still available. After looking at the couple pair of pearl strands on Etsy, they seem to have a yellow cast to them and I prefer pearls with more of a white coloring to them.

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      I prefer a white cast too. Mine does have a slight yellow cast but I love the size so make them work. I’ve got my eye out for a whiter strand.

  8. Rose
    September 13, 2019 / 8:21 am

    Love the plaid blazer. I want one! I have a red blazer that I’m going to try on again.

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:40 pm

      Do bring your blazer out and try it for this season, Rose.

  9. September 13, 2019 / 10:25 am

    Love the fit of this jacket! Menswear just says strong, classic and savvy. This is a perfect look for you, Jennifer.

  10. Penelope
    September 13, 2019 / 12:10 pm

    Love the outfit. . Plaid shoes sound fun.

  11. Carmen
    September 13, 2019 / 12:15 pm

    Just wanted to add my “you look mahvelous, dahling!” to the others. I think that belt with the jacket looks wonderful on you. Also – that soft gray undertone compliments you. Very chic!

    I think I’m too short for a longish jacket –I prefer the short ones.

  12. Lucretia Roletta
    September 13, 2019 / 1:19 pm

    Who said gray jeans can’t looks polished? You did a good job with this outfit. I’m still trying getting used to the belted blazers. I’m sure my eye will get used to it after it’s been around for awhile.

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:38 pm

      That’s what happens when I see trends for a little while too.

  13. September 13, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    Love your blazer because of the small plaid and the colour. It would be a little long on me at 5′, anyhow I prefer it open but to each her own. I bought a beautiful pair of oxford type shoes in black and bronze and just adore them. You like smashing Jennifer.

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      They sound very pretty Shirley.

  14. MRSBEN2
    September 13, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    As I have always coveted blazers, I do have a few of them and shall be wearing them in lieu of jackets this Fall so whipped them out of ‘my not ready to part with’ closet and tweaked them where necessary. (Changed out their very structured shoulder pads to less defining ones / added inconspicuous belt carriers / trimmed one with leather with coordinated buttons. Also am in the midst of making a simple reversible suede and leather loop belt to wear with at least three of them.) Though most are solids and all 100% wool or their blends I do have a hairline striped grey one (even at a longer length) plus a herringbone weaved one and just recently purchased another in a bonded knit in a Houndstooth pattern. (The latter two I’ll will be pairing with snakeskin loafers in the same color family of browns.) Last but not least; I do like the plaid you have chosen and feel you wear the style exceptionally well and look very polished, regal and chic. (Think Kate Middleton and ‘strut your stuff’ …☺!)

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      I love the sound of your outfits, Brenda! Houndstooth with snakeskin…very fun.

  15. September 13, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    I love this outfit on you and I would have never thought of adding a wide belt on the outside of a blazer. So cute! The pearls just top it all off. I am so glad I found your blog.

    • Jennifer
      September 13, 2019 / 7:33 pm

      I’m so glad you’re here, Debbie

  16. September 14, 2019 / 2:52 am

    You truly did pull this off beautifully! Love the look with the belt, and those chunky pearls! I’m on the hunt for some of those today! (I do have two new Blazers). Yes, to wearing them with jeans, white shirt! Love this look!

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