12.09.2009

I'm With the Band!

Darlings, there’s something so glamorous about being able to allow the words “I’m with the band” to slip through your pouty, MAC Lipglass enhanced kisser, don’t you think? An exclusivity that invokes thoughts of glamorous parties held in tour buses with champagne galore spouting every which way; of mysterious musicians sporting carefully mussed bedhead; and smoky bars full of old-fashioned grit and noir. But alas, we do not all have the same sort of luck as Almost Famous’ Penny Lane, the most well-known band-aid of them all. Therefore, we must search for other ways in which to exclaim that we are, in fact, with the band; and really, what better way than with a flashy band jacket?

Forever 21 “Sgt. Runway Jacket” I’m a girl who simply cannot resist an I-mean-business cropped blazer; but that doesn’t mean that I’m against seeking out styles that proffer that extra hint of je ne sais quoi which virtually transform one’s look from posh to playful and back again; Forever 21’s Sgt. Runway Jacket is capable of just this. Embellished with grosgrain trim and cording that loops and swoops about the front like a graceful dove soaring high in the sky, the military-inspired piece adds a lighthearted kick to your look du jour without ever straying from its professional aesthetic. Imagine teetering into the boardroom wearing sky-high heels, a perky pencil skirt, and this beauty; or simply slip it on with skinnies for an afternoon of strolling the shops. Face it…your wardrobe will never be the same again!

BB Dakota “Sgt. Pepper’s Jacket” Why simply accept the title of being with the band, when you can imagine yourself as an actual part of the band via BB Dakota’s Beatles-inspired Sgt. Pepper’s Jacket. Gold braided trim criss-crosses over the front, adorns the shoulders, and even weaves itself about your wrists, a stunning juxtaposition to the inky black surface, bringing a hint of nostalgia to your closet and easily morphing your more casual looks into something quite a bit more mind-blowing, and runway-approved. Dolls, I understand that the architecture is slightly flamboyant, but please, don’t you dare reserve this lovely for special occasions. It must be showcased on quick sprints to the supermarket, celebrated over chats at the corner coffee shop, even fawned over at the farmer’s market. Wear it with pride; you’re a superstar – and an honorary member of the Lonely Hearts Club Band, of course!

Alice + Olivia “Shrunken Military Jacket with Embellishments” Kitty cats, if I had the funds available at this very moment to buy an original Balmain jacket, I would do so; but I do not, therefore I believe that Alice + Olivia’s Shrunken Military Jacket with Embellishments is truly the next best thing – and absolutely ideal for the girl who likes a little shimmer in her step. From the back, one would never know what glittering surprises are lurking, lying in wait to be admired; but when you spin around…voila! Crystals, pearls, beads and chains converge with one another to offset the masculine vibe of the black wool construction, creating daring designs that twinkle and sparkle like a Vegas showgirl shimmying on the Strip! Buttoned to the throat, or flapping in the subtle breeze allowing a plain white tee to peek out at the world, it’s a piece that will have you feeling paparazzi-ready – just don’t forget your friends once you hit the big-time!

Free People “Military Ruffle Jacket” I am a swooner by nature. I am incapable of keeping my knees from buckling when introduced to a new piece of frippery that I simply must claim as my own; unable to stop from reaching into my handbag and yanking out my trusty credit card from it’s home deep within the folds of my wallet; and downright powerless when in the presence of a pretty. Case in point, Free People’s Military Ruffle Jacket. I tried to ignore its asymmetrical button front closure. I attempted to turn away from the ruffled cuffs and tiered bottom hem. I did my best to refuse the glistening buttons and frayed edges. But it was not meant to be…I swooned. And, quite frankly, I believe you will as well. The decorations spotting the Military Ruffle Jacket put it into a category all its own – its aesthetic is flirtatious, providing a style that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion; while the heavyweight knit will keep you feeling warm and looking irresistible from dawn to dusk. Ivory, burgundy, or black…hmmm, would it be wrong to take all three home?

Ralph Lauren “Wool Cabled Military Jacket” Winter, spring, summer, or fall, I’m sure many of you are like me in your inability to resist the charming lure of a cozy knit. With minimal effort such accoutrement manages to add an air of elegance to your style, and take it to completely new heights; while, to be sure, keeping you perfectly comfortable at the very same time. Ralph Lauren’s Wool Cabled Military Jacket is the band-influenced version of such a look. Forgoing the stiff and oftentimes stuffy and constricting cotton or felt fabrication most often seen, the Wool Cabled Military Jacket is nothing more than a chic sweater jacket in a ravishing red made all the more dapper with the addition of double breasted goldtone buttons – a quaint way to add a little edge to your snuggly style.

What about you…are you with the band, kittens?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Forever 21, Fred Flare, Shopbop, Free People, and Ralph Lauren for the pictures.
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61 comments

Keith said...

Hey Erika. Wow. These are so ultra cool. I love them all. Really awesome. I love that last one. Have a great day. Cheers!

Jacqueline said...

Definitely with the band, but I haven't gotten my paws on a band jacket yet. I like the one from BB Dakota. I think it looks really cute, but not sure about the shoulder pads. The one from Alice + Olivia seems overpriced, but nice. I adore that FP ruffle jacket too. xoxo

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Leah said...

I love that Alice + Olivia shrunken military jacket but when I checked the price, whoa... no can do. The reason why I chose that piece is because I'm not so fond of gold trimmings and this is the only one with silver design.

Erika, not that top please... hahaha! But I have something for you when I go there this January.

Anna Jane said...

I love a good military jacket. I particularly love that Ralph Lauren one! I hope they never get old :)

- Anna Jane xxx
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Nadine said...

I really like the white jacket :).

Ela said...

Eek! I'm in love with that ruffle jacket!!!
Must be good. Must be good. No more shopping for me for a while :(

Hope you're having a fabulous week, hon!

Diane said...

love this post!
i have two jackets/blazers similar to the ones you selected here.
out of the ones you picked i love the F21 and Free People jackets the most.

Jamie Jenson said...

I love all of these!

Gia Illusion said...

Cool!

Formal shirts said...

Omg these jackets are awesome. I love them!

~kristie~ said...

I'm in love with that BBDakota one!!!! it's killer!

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

These are all amazing! I'm especially freaking out over the beige ruffled one. Sooo pretty!

daisychain said...

I love these, not seen that many types this side of the ocean though...dammit.

Jaime said...

Love the FP ruffle one- so girly and keeps the I'm w/ the band trend :)

Taylor said...

I love the BBDakota one too! I love the looks of this one from Forever21, but the jacket on the model (which is adorable) and the jacket that seems to be for sale (not so much) are different. Weird. http://www.forever21.com/images/model/68834410-07.jpg

Love this trend though. Great post.

Taylor said...

Oh and thank you for the B-Day wishes, meant to put that in my comment. oops! Lol.

dot said...

I love love love this look! In fact when I get a chance (hah!) I'll email you a jpg I took in Camden of a red MJ-esque jacket on a stand that I've been meaning to post.

Funny because I came here to reply to your comment (about Wendy) because you're spot on: she's got that ethereal Wendy thing, but also a bit of Peter Pan's impishness... and booties.

And also I'm frantically trying to figure out what to do about an even tonight that is a bit 'I'm with the band..' you see my brother has been the 'new' younger keyboard player/producer for Pink Floyd since the 80s, and his best friend, Guy Pratt, who's been the bass player, has a show tonight, and my friend had to cancel.. want to go? ; )

xoxo

Grace said...

these are so old-school! i haven't seen many people wearing them around, but then again, i don't live in the fashion capital of anywhere. :)

Princess Liberty said...

I love military jackets but every body wear them now :(

MizzJ said...

This look is so cool, but I think I would go for the Ralph Lauren one if I were to actually buy since it seems the most wearable.

Btw I've given you an award! :)

Kristin said...

FREE PEOPLE!!! So gorgeous. I'm such a ruffles obsessed chicka!

ana said...

I love the first one, the white one and the red one... all of them look so warm for these cold winter days... thanks for your comment darling ;)

Tights Lover said...

Great post. I love all of the jackets. The free people jacket is my favorite because it's a different, more feminine, take. I think they did a great job with that!

Raquel said...

I got the Free People “Military Ruffle Jacket" and I've a post with (nov/08)... I love this jacket!
xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

I am totally with the band, darling!
Love all of these ~ nice f21 find, btw!

xoxox,
CC

Inspiration in Italy said...

Oh they are all amazing but I love that 2nd one! (loved this blog theme...I used to live for meeting the band, haha) xoxoxo

Toothfairy said...

ok, I think it's kinda cool and all, but it's not my style and I could never pull this off. I just prefer regular blazers!

loves

Elizabeth Marie said...

I'm always with the band...I mean a band member. LOL

The Free People! So gorgeous. Want it.

OHHHH MY GOSH.

Jen said...

My boyfriend is a drummer, guitarist and pianist, so I've been able to say 'I'm with the band' many times!

I love the Forever 21 jacket. I really wish we had that chain over here in England!

Jackie said...

Love these times a million! Especially the red jacket.

Michelle said...

Ooh I love the Free People jacket.

B a la Moda said...

No kidding! I am totally with the band. Check my last post and you will see with your eyes! Love all of them. Similar but with different touches. BTW, i just updated my blog roll and included yours! Love it.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Stéphanie said...

So cool ! I love those jackets !

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm the one twirling on stage spastically w/ the band!

kpeach said...

I think girls can look very cool in these but anytime I've tried one on I feel a bit costume-y.
xoxo

Closet Cravings said...

L-O-V-E the Free People “Military Ruffle Jacket”. So pretty and feminine. =)

Emily said...

oh boy, am I with the band alright! I love every single one of these jackets - how could one possibly choose??

Stephanie said...

Oh, I love the white military jacket it is fabulous, darling. :) I love it.

Porcelain Blonde said...

Wow! You always find the best pieces, how do you do it?!

I LOVE military jackets but haven't had one in years, boo.

They're so classic, I must acquire another at some stage.

Great selection, I especially love the RL and Alice & Olivia ones!

<3 xxx

alexkeller said...

you know, i like the free people one, because it's not SO military. i'd rather actually get a real military jacket and wear it as a coat....hey that's an idea....

Nikolett said...

Ahh, these make me wanna shout "I'm with the band" but there is also something so royal about them, especially the Free People one. That one and the Alice and Olivia one really caught my eye. Thanks for sharing these, Erika :)

gleenn said...

lovely jackets girl. My choice is the Sgt. Pepper’s Jacket. I don't understand why i still don't have one even though i always admire them. perhaps i'm not sure if they'll look good on me. gotta try sooner ;)

Mimi said...

I absolutely loooove this post! I am "with the band" but in this case, it's marching band. (Although these jackets are more marching band inspired than musician tour bands.) Beautiful picks!!

Dina's Days said...

Free people! Too cute

clarewbrown said...

Yes yes yes yes yes I LOVE these jackets they are a fantastic trend! Like literally sooo gorgeous. I love the Free People one... and I actually tried to get the Forever 21 one but they didn't have it my size! Ugh

Thank you for your sweet blog comment, dahlin!

Nina said...

I'm totally gaga over the Forever 21 runway jacket! It's EXACTLY what I want!

Nina

Elaine said...

Love it! The BB Dakota one is my fave!

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Treacle said...

I'm going to have to go with several other commenters and say the Ralph Lauren jacket is a must have. It's luscious, luxe, and lovely!

beckyxoxo said...

Oh gee cool jackets ! Really love the ruffle one , because it's more girly I guess haha . Thanks for sharing , have a nice day Erika !

English Rose ♥ said...

I have always wanted to date a guy in a band - JUST to be able to say that and unleash my inner Penny Lane!

i lovelovelove those military jackets, especially the Forever 21 one, great picks darling

Stay safe and chic
English Rose x
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Velo said...

i love the first and the second military jacket! ;D

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Erika, love them all! They make such a statement and are classic.

MissNeira said...

Love these! but my favorite one has to be the cream with the ruffles, any style with ruffles is good for me!

Intrinsically Florrie said...

I must say this is a trend I love- especially those first too. And I could just live in that Ralph Lauren one, it's gorgeous and looks all cosy for winter.

Florrie x

The Haute-Shopper said...

Ooh, fabulous choices! The Ralph Lauren one is so chic, but realistically I'd get the F21, although I do love the Free People version as well. A friend of mine told me they have tons of these (orignal band jackets) in vintage stores, but I never bothered checking it out. Oh, and I actually did use "i'm with the band" a few times... it does work ;-)

Rachel Scarlet said...

Lovely! XOXO :)

diana said...

Bandjackets are so in right now. I would love to have Forever21 jacket in my closet right now!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love them!!! they remind me of MJ!

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All Women Stalker said...

The military jacket is the last in my list of jackets to buy this season. I just bought a motorcycle jacket last week and tomorrow, a military jacket will be part of the agenda. :D

-meream

Chic Mommy, Cool Kid said...

OMG I love them all, but the Free People and Alice + Olivia ones are SO ME!!! So feminine, yet structured. How can you not love them?

Paula Lobos said...

Wow! So pretty... love those Sgt Peppar Jackets...especially Alice + Olivia! Yupp, that´s the one! :D

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