The Long Short of It

Okay, first I need to sing the praises of my Paul Smith jacket. Best $45 I spent this summer. Wow, what a find. You know when you vaguely think you *might* be able to use a particular item (in my case, a true summer weight jacket) but you put purchasing because you're not really sure you'd wear it as much as you imagine or it seems a bit indulgent (a jacket, for summer?) or you haven't really seen one you like?

Well, I'd vaguely contemplated a nice summer jacket for years before I found this little beauty in my local consignment shop. At first I almost left it because it seemed the shoulder was off a bit -- but no, I was wrong. The fit's actually great. It works brilliantly with a sleeveless top and became an instant workhorse. I wore it on two long travel days and it came out with nary a wrinkle (it's a linen/ summer weight wool blend -- completely breathable). 

Tried it with long shorts and sandals yesterday and really enjoyed the combination. Sorry for photo quality -- did my best. My only nod to fall was the burgundy bag. It was a gorgeous still-summery day here. 

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  • Sara L. replied 1 year ago

    Nice!  I love it with the long shorts and sandals.  The burgundy bag is a fun contrast to the outfit colors.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Keeping it short:


    Long shorts are chic, and you wear them beautifully, Suz. Wave to Jaime.

    Long blazers are EVERYWHERE and a big trend. I like seeing this cheeky short Paul Smith in the mix :) 

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    It s always worth waiting until you find the one isn’t it?You look fab.

  • nemosmom replied 1 year ago

    What a beautiful color on you! Love this.

  • Firecracker replied 1 year ago

    Wow! I love this outfit! The sarong shorts are so chic on you, and the proportions of the outfit are just right. The blazer is such a great find.

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    That's a great jacket! And of course I'm a fan of the shorts. ;-) 

    I'm just the opposite -- had to give away a couple of summer weight jackets because they are of so little use to me. Yesterday it was over 90, but today it's feeling a bit more seasonal -- YAY! 

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    I love this outfit, the blazer is beautiful with shorts and sandals and burgundy bag, perfect Suz, great find.

  • Xtabay replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful, Suz!!

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    I love it. Your colors suit you beautifully, and the jacket is perfect. Home run!

  • Eliza replied 1 year ago

    Great outfit and I love a third piece! Those shorts are beautiful on you and that burgundy bag really earns its keep. Well done!

  • Jane replied 1 year ago

    Paul Smith would love it!

    You look stunning!

  • Susie replied 1 year ago

    What a great find! I love it with the shorts and the burgundy bag is a nice contrast.

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous jacket and it looks amazing on you.  I find a summer jacket a great piece to have.

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  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    I wish I added this jacket instead of the one I did. Summer jackets are really useful here most years - I like to have a couple of choices.

    This looks great on you and I can see the jacket working with lots of your pieces.

    I am going to do a post on summer toppers soon as I have a couple I am no longer sure about.

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    Very nice! I'm more a sweater person than jacket but this looks so polished and comfortable that it could change my mind!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, all. Robin, it really is comfortable. But keep in mind, I'm a jacket person through and through. Angie said when I was trying them on during NAS, something like, "Wow, jackets really do love you!" And that's exactly what a sales associate said yesterday as well. It's just one of those items that is quite easy for me to fit and then I feel great in. But linen wool blend is quite magical. Extremely cool and breathable, like wearing a blouse, really. But with more structure. 

  • torontogirl replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous Suz - and those shoes! I love them!

  • lisa p replied 1 year ago

    Love this on you!  Those sarong shorts kill me every time I see them - I SO covet them.

  • gryffin replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous little blazer.  I love a shorter jacket for warmer weather and perfect length for skirts and shorts!!  Enjoy it!!

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous! The color, texture and cut are all perfect on you. Love your lippie too!

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    Very cool way to wear shorts :)

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    They totally have the visuals of a good pencil/tube, but so much more COOL and I believe more practical, too!:-) And  wow, it seems fab, I always love a lightweight blazer which behaves like "a blouse with more structure"! Welldone, and YLF, SUZ!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    What a find! That jacket looks so fab on you. The sandals look great paired with it too.

  • Karie replied 1 year ago

    Wow, what a great find! I adore those long shorts too.

  • Sanet replied 1 year ago

    Not clothing related, but I have noticed your lipstick before and think it looks really good on you. Would you mind sharing what brand and colour that is?

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