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Collection: Jackets

After considering my pullover sweaters as a collection last week, I decided to continue with a series of each category because I found it helpful in narrowing things down to those pieces I use and love as well as determining what would be a worthwhile addition, if any. This week was our coldest yet, 50 degrees! Haha, can you tell I’m from Southern California? It might as well have been snowing as far as I’m concerned. But anyway, I’ve actually needed to wear my jackets so it’s been a good test to see if I have exactly what I want to go over any outfit when I reach for one, and so far I have.


02-25-18 jackets 1

Celebrity Pink (thrifted, 2017), chinese jacket (thrifted, 2016), Mossimo (thrifted, 2017)

These are the easiest jackets to reach for since the colors go with pretty much anything and between the three styles, one of them always seems to work with whatever else I’m wearing. The military inspired coat was a recent addition (October of last year) and replaced my Patagonia puffer for the occasions I’d like to be warm and stylish. Now I can reserve the puffer for active wear. The Chinese style jacket meets a similar need but isn’t quite as warm so they each earn their space and after two fall/winters in heavy rotation I still love it as much as the day I scored it thrifting. The green doesn’t get worn as often as I expected because even though I love the bold shoulders and versatility, it always feels a little too dressed up and I end up changing my mind before leaving the house. The best part…they cost less than $25 combined!


02-25-18 jackets 2

Alberto Makali (New, 2004), Colorblock coat (Handmade, 2018)

This purple coat was one of those purchases I left behind because it really wasn’t in my budget at the time, but when I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I went back and put in on credit. I think it was around $70 on sale but that was a lot for my situation 13 years ago, and I’ve never regretted it. Not even when friends said it looked like something their grandma would knit or my husband reminds me for the 100th time that he thinks the shoulders look weird. I just love this jacket!! And I don’t wear purple, except for this. It’s my one purple garment and it’s the perfect one. Then of course, the colorblock jacket I just finished recently, which I’m happy to report is getting lots of love. I like how layering it over sweaters or button downs exposes the sleeves underneath but also look forward to throwing it on over tanks for breezy spring afternoons. It’s headed for it’s first wash so I’m anxious to see how it will come out. I’m hoping the linen starts to soften up with wash and wear.

Personal Style Notes

I love that my jacket/coat collection is filled with statement pieces that are fun to wear but easy to layer over anything and I’d say for now it’s complete. Our cold season is short lived here at the beach but our evenings can be windy and chilly even in spring and summer so it’s great that a few are lightweight enough to carry me through the year and I don’t have too many bulky items to store off season.

I do see a couple opportunities for future updates though. First, the chinese jacket is already in need of mending and I can tell the padding inside is deteriorating. I truly love this piece, so I could see sewing a replacement in a silk or silk blend with longer sleeves or scooping up a replacement from the thrift if I were to be so lucky to find one again. Second, the military inspired coat is polyester, which is easy to throw in the wash, but I’d love to replace it with a perfectly tailored version in a more luxurious natural fiber. On that version I’d lose the back peplum as well. It’s kinda fun, but not “perfect” if I were starting from scratch. This is a project I’ll hold off on for a while though since it’s going to be pricey and I don’t trust my skill level to invest in it yet. What I have will hold the slot just fine for a number of years until I get there.

Aside from those future projects, nothing on the wishlist for this category!  I’m just going to work on styling the green jacket with my spring wardrobe so it’s get more wear because it hasn’t been a key player for winter like I expected it would and I really do like it.

I’m still working on my Spring/Summer runway inspiration post and figuring out what my next sewing project(s) will be but since it’s the coldest it’s been I haven’t started swapping anything out in my closet yet. Instead, I decided to start a 100 Day Project and make time for dollmaking every day, so that’s been consuming my sewing time for the time being. If you’re interested in checking that out I’m on Instagram @littlestreamstudio posting bits and pieces of my daily progress. I do look forward to some spring sewing though…soooon!!




Collection: Pullover Sweaters

02-08-18 sweater collage

Top Row: Gap (New, 2015), Banana Republic (Thrifted, 2016), J.Crew (New, 2011)
Bottom Row: Banana Republic (Thrifted, 2017), Vintage Mervyn’s (Thrifted, 2017), Gap (Thrifted, 2016)

I’m already experiencing the benefits of creating a small seasonal wardrobe. With only select pieces in front of me, it’s easy to see what never gets worn and slowly edit down to my truly beloved items. What stood out in my winter wardrobe was that most of my unworn items were pull-over sweaters, so it was time to assess and purge.

Most Worn

02-18-18 most worn

I’ll start with my favorites. The turtleneck is a gorgeous color, merino wool, soft and very warm, a silhouette I love on it’s own that’s also perfect for layering. When I need to stay warm and want to reach for something basic, this is my choice every time. The navy blue and white crew neck sweater is very unique, cropped to a flattering length which balances out the volume of the funky oversized sleeves nicely, and is basically indestructible considering it’s got to be between 20-30 years old. I reach for this when I’m in the mood to throw on one of my husbands hoodies but don’t want to look like a total slob. Both of these sweaters were love at first sight when I saw them and have earned their space.

Never Worn

02-18-18 never worn

02-08-18 spring or fall

Now on to the sweaters that never left the shelf. The top left was purchased back in 2015 when I first attempted to plan out my wardrobe. Of course I needed a soft neutral basic sweater to mix and match…except, as it turns out, I find it boring and have no interest in wearing it. Ever. The top right was the one wool sweater I owned last winter and I wore it no less than 3 times a week all season. It once earned it’s spot and I even took time to mend it, but it’s been replaced by the green turtleneck above and I’ve learned that winter where I live only requires one great wool sweater to get through. Both of these pieces will be passed along. As for the bottom two, I think they’re just more suited to spring or fall because the gray one is nearly transparent and I like wearing it with the sleeves rolled and pushed up to 3/4 length and the cream one is also a bit breezy without a tank underneath and I prefer the ease of wearing it on its own. I’ll tuck these back into the storage box until it warms up a little.

Personal Style Notes

The biggest take-away in terms of my personal style is that I like statement pieces and nothing too basic works as a stand alone item for me. I require just enough basics to keep the fun stuff functional, like denim and a few tees, but the bulk of what I own should fall into the latter category. As I continue wearing my winter wardrobe and begin sorting out my spring wardrobe, I’ll be looking for new ways to combine my statement pieces with each other, a la the Gucci, Prada, Fendi or any number of other designer shows.

I found it useful looking at a collection of items together in this way and might work my way through each category as the year goes on. My outwear collection, in particular, is so dialed in right now I’d love to share a current snapshot!