Monday Musings- Cycling In My New Tuxedo Blazer

Happy Monday, ladies. Our weekend drive didn’t get us as far as snow country, but we got a nice change of scenery in Gold country, and here’s what I wore.

I decided that rather than let my new velvet blazer wait for my next dressy occasion, I’d dress it down with a cashmere sweater and a pair of jeans. I find the longer I wait to cycle a new piece into my wardrobe, the less wear it gets. It resembles a tuxedo jacket because the buttons look satiny.


We stopped to stock up on our favorite organic mandarins, which are now going in my morning smoothies.

In this picture, you can see that the blazer is deep green with satin buttons. I skipped a necklace since I knew my scarf would end up wrapped around my neck. I’ve had this J. Crew plaid scarf for several years and bring it out every fall. I was surprised to find a new one with tags here. eBay is really pretty cool that way. My Elizabeth and James bag is several years old. I don’t think this brand exists anymore, but here is a similar one without the weaving. The pin is from J. Jill last year.



The following day we went to Nevada City. A different cashmere sweater, another hat, and another pair of flat boots. We did our best to support the economy and were very happy to see lots of tourists have returned, so the shops seem to be thriving once again.

I bookended my outfit with shades of beige. My boots are several years old, as is my scarf. I like that these J. Crew faux leather pants have straight legs that aren’t too slim. My beige, tan, and black shoulder bag is perfect with so many things, I’m using it year-round.


I wore this outfit last Sunday in San Francisco. I don’t think I shared it with you, but if I did, it’s worth repeating. My booties are amazingly comfy. They’re water resistant in sizes 5-12, 4A, 2A, B, D, and EE. The scarf is a treasure from an outlet mall many years ago. The sweater (on sale) is on constant repeat this fall, as are the white shirt and black jeans. My handbag looks bright red, but it’s actually burgundy.

I’m looking forward to getting all the way to the snow later this week and will be sure to capture my outfits.

Do you have a velvet blazer you wear this time of year?

Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.






  1. Funny, I just pulled out my satin print black velvet tunic I purchased at Chicos a million years ago. I paired it with just as old Chicos stirrup pants and ancient flat black boots. A newer silver and black patent purse coupled with a new Chicos silver medallion necklace and silver earrings completed the look. It was just a simple lunch but it made me feel great. About 10 years ago the tunic was too big for me but I couldn’t part with it…as my weight fluctuates I’m so glad I kept it.

    1. It’s so smart to hold on to treasures like those. Your outfit sounds fabulous.

  2. I bought the teal velvet blazer from Loft. Loving it! I have worn it with straight leg black jeans and a lightweight sweater. Tomorrow I am pairing it with bootcut blue jeans and a silk shirt. It also goes with a peasant/boho dress and with a bias cut skirt purchased long before the jacket. In the cooler/cold weather, velvet is very versatile. However, the cut is everything.

    1. It sounds wonderful! Beautiful outfits.

  3. Gwen Ewing says:

    I loved everything you styled this week! Your hats look great! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your posts, thanks!

  4. Thanks for a view of your outfits for the weekend. I agree, use some of the clothes we may wait for special events.

  5. Love, love your look with velvet blazer.. Inspiration…I think I’ll pick one up this week, next weekend is my annual weekend with best friend to do Christmas shopping, we weekend in Auburn and Placerville….love that part of California…..
    Happy Thanksgiving

    1. Have a fabulous weekend!!

  6. So when I read the headline, “cycling in my new tuxedo blazer”, I thought you went out for a bike ride! LOL, it looks beautiful. But I was looking forward to seeing how you styled it for a bike ride.

  7. Your statement about wearing new items, especially dressier ones, into your wardrobe really resonated with me. I find that I tend to ‘save’ new pieces to wear for particular events etc., and then I just don’t wear them. It makes sense to me to do what you did and just wear them — and I love how you made the blazer more casual. You’ve got me taking a second look at new purchases. Thank you! p.s. LOVE the TOMs boots and the company.

  8. When I first saw your title for the post, I thought you meant you went bicycling in your blazer! Haven’t had enough coffee yet LOL. You look great in all the outfits Jennifer and you certainly take it up a notch with the fedoras.
    And yes to velvet blazers – I seem to have always had a version in my closet.

    1. Me, too! Cycling in velvet would get hot.

      1. LOL

  9. Jennifer, how creative to wear your velvet blazer with jeans and a scarf! That outfits looks terrific. Also, I wish I could wear hats the way you do. The hats set you apart and seem to complete your outfits. Thanks for the fun post today.

  10. Looking very chic and particularly loving your fedoras on you. As to having a velvet blazer; own only one in a crushed texture (in black with satin covered buttons) that am planning to wear to an upcoming evening function that I am pairing with – satin straight leg pants and in lieu of a belt adding a cumberbund, a v-neck tie-neck blouse (untied in a semi-sheer fabric and in winter white), strappy low heeled dress shoes with a small structured clutch and jewelry consisting of a vintage bugle-beaded cuff bracelet with drop earrings for added femininity and sparkle. (With the exception of the cumberbund and blouse (though I’m toying with the idea of a satin finish camisole in a dark red) I’m shopping my closet and am going to stick with it …. lol!) Regarding scarves; something I did do this past Fall to wear with my numerous blazers (we are now well into winter clothing where I live), I purchased a few ‘blanket scarves’ (actually from Amazon) and resized them (either frayed their edges as easy to do if loosely woven and/or applied a serged serviette edging to them) in order to attain the colors/patterns I wanted and within the price range I was willing to pay. -Brenda-
    P.S.: Apologize for being so long-winded!

    1. Your outfit sounds amazing Brenda. I’ve kept a lot of my old evening clothes also and could probably put together a somewhat similar outfit – now if I only had somewhere special to wear it (sigh).

    2. Your outfit sounds amazing, Brenda. I love the cumberbund idea! Never apologize for sharing your styling. I love to read them.

  11. You look just great in every outfit! We have been in the area you visited, we loved it, such history.
    Thanks for your positive and uplifting posts. I appreciate you very much!

    1. Thank you Mary Ann.

  12. I don’t have a velvet jacket at this time.
    I had one that was a very dark print. I did ware it a lot and think it is time to get another.
    Love the dark green. I know I would get a lot of use out of it.
    Glad your weekend was good.

  13. I’ve never owned a velvet blazer, but I’d be very tempted to buy one now if fit and price were right. You looked very stylish in your travels! Those hats always look great and current on you and seem to elevate the look!

  14. I just bought a velvet blazer similar to yours, only mine is more blue than green. I love how a casual scarf coordinates with the blazer and gives it a more casual vibe. I’m going to look for a scarf to wear with my blazer too.

  15. I don’t have a velvet blazer, but I have a black velvet top (crew neck, long sleeves, very simple) and I have trouble styling it. Any ideas?

    1. Toss it on with a pair of jeans or corduroy pants and top with long cardigan or any blazer. Basically treat it like a regular tee.

  16. I have a burgundy velvet blazer that I completely forgot about until I saw yours in this post. I love the green, that seems more modern. Really like your red outfit.

    1. Burgundy sounds gorgeous!

  17. I purchased a teal velvet blazer several years ago when I was still working. The deep green you are wearing now appears more versatile to dress up or down. Looks terrific and I love that plaid scarf as well.

    1. I love teal. I think ant color velvet blazer is fun this time of year.

  18. Stormy Smith says:

    The outfit you wore to San Francisco is one of my favorites! I just ordered the sweater from Nordstrom.

    1. I bought my daughter one for Christmas too. The price is amazing now.

  19. Love the velvet blazer and plaid scarf- very sharp! And yes, a couple of velvet blazers that come out this time of year😉

  20. Lezlie Davis says:

    Jennifer, the link to the tartan scarf is going to your boots at Zappos. I love that scarf! Can you fix it? Thanks!

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