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Style Staple: Classic Jean Jacket

Gonna kick off a couple new features round these parts. Just mixing it up a bit as I turn my focus back to this website as much as I possibly can in between my writing on Babble and MamaPop. (New weekly column over there by the way. My love/hate relationship with the superhuman that is Gwyneth Paltrow continues...)

So I want to welcome all the new readers (welcome!) that have been visiting the past several months and give you a taste of what's coming up on The Girl Who.

We've got some gardening stuff headed your way as spring slowly makes it's way here and we can finally start getting our hands dirty like I've wanted to since the day we moved to the gorgeous Pennsylvania countryside. There's a new (old) music feature I'm pretty excited about and a leeetle bit of frugal fashion. Kind of reviving the old Secondhand Style thing I did several years ago. I've got much more to share with you about my surprising (to myself!) move into fashion territory a little later this week. For now I'll just say that I've had some pretty major epiphanies about myself, how I feel about myself and who I want to be as I creep up to my 36th birthday next week.

Now, I'm no fashionista by aaaany stretch of anyone's imagination but I've always fancied that I excel in certain areas; casual, easy, t-shirts, denim, Chucks with a lean toward the thrifted, vintage, hippy side of things. Now that I've lost a few pounds and am finally feeling more like myself five years after kicking off my journey into parenting, I'd like to start sharing a couple solid items that I really dig. No fashion forward amazingness here, just stuff that I think you absolutely can never go wrong with wearing. If, like me, fashion is pretty much the last thing you think of after getting everyone else bathed, clothed and fed, this is the place for you. Key pieces, tips & tricks for hotness with the quickness (and the cheapness) is what I'm saying.

You probably already have a lot of the things I'm going to talk about in your closet. I just want to remind you about them before you think you need to go out and spend a lot of dough on new crap everyone says is all the rage.

First up: the classic jean jacket. I've had this particular jacket since the mid-nineties. I must've been around 20-years old when I bought it back when GAP was called The Gap. Did you call it that or was that just my town? Anyway, I wore my jacket this weekend and it still (fits!) rocks my world. Throw it on over leggings, T-shirt and boots, a summer dress and sandals, or any color of jeans and you're good to go. You cannot go wrong. It's impossible! Now go dig out your old jean jacket! Spring is excellent jean jacket weather. Good cape weather too but, well. That's a whole other edition of Style Staple.

*Don't forget to leave a comment to win this awesome hand-painted owl art on vintage magazine paper! Winner announced tomorrow!

Reader Comments (10)

Ohh my love for the jean jacket will go in forever! Makes you shabby sheek in a minute flat!

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

I dig this look. I'm glad you dressed up the outfit with a nice shade of lipstick. I would add a funky necklace.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Miler

@Grace - I am SO jewelry impaired! But I'd like to start getting big, funky pieces! I need Noonday!

March 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterMonica

I have 2 big boxes of clothes of yours in the garage that have been there forever! Bet there's lots of stuff in there that you would love to have.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermama

Always refreshing to read and see you branching out into new areas. Like you, I have had my jeans jacket for several years, and well never part with it. I like to check out the jewelry at thrift and recently saw a nice pin to stuck on it for a little sparkle. I tend to look for things NOBODY else would ever had to make it one of a kind. Sort of like patching up old jeans with whatever scraps you have. Anyway, I Love the way you';ve put the jeans jacket together here.Love that layered look! Also, I have always envied my girlfriends who have these closets with all their clothes organized by color ( like a thrift shop) on hangers. I NEVER had a closet which was anything but a place to shove this time, I am only buying clothes at thrift and have the BEST cleanest coolest places all scoped out. Fun for ebay also as I am still trying to find my niche. I will continue to check out your columns to get ideas. thanks Monica!

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergina

I just bought a jean jacket from the old navy and I love it. I guess that doesn't work. We still call gap the gap around here. :)

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercharity

Very excited about this Monica. Love your style- looking forward to future posts! Also- I had that jacket from the Gap too, sadly I passed it along to donation box years ago- if only...

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaryB

I have always thought of you as a perfect fit for MamaPop- better fit than Babble in my opionion- whatever, excited to see you there....

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

@Jessie - Thanks! It's once a week, on Mondays, so I think it'll be fun without all the pressure to write constantly.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheGirlWho

Or, a jean shirt! I found my mom's old jean shirt from THE Gap, not GAP, a few years ago and I've worn it so much since that it now has holes in it. Lighter in the summer than a jean jacket, but the same style.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSoux

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