Raise your hand if you ever had a pair of railroad stripe OshKosh B’Gosh overalls like I did many decades ago? Or maybe your kids have sported them? Just add the engineer’s cap and you’ve got an instant costume. But the jacket? Now, that’s a staple that should be hanging in every gal’s closet.
I’ve always got my eye out for a completer piece that I don’t already have and as soon as I spied this trucker styled jacket in a railroad stripe, I knew had found gold. It’s classic and versatile but perhaps a bit unexpected because of the stripe which makes it a great alternative to a denim jacket. Pop quiz time … do you know why this iconic fabric is associated with the clothing worn by train engineers?
This striped fabric is akin to seersucker and in the latter part of the 1800’s, a type of heavyweight dark blue seersucker known as “hickory stripe” was used to make the overalls, work jackets and peaked caps of train engineers and railroad workers. The fabric was durable like denim, cheap to produce, and was easy to see at great distances.
Few of the items in my closet are one trick ponies and this jacket is no exception. The blue and white color combination makes it “suitable” for work, easy to get playful in when paired with denim, and it can be fun and flirty, too. Like with other “I gotta have it” items, I was mentally creating outfits while waiting in line to pay for this beauty and it became the perfect choice for this week’s featured item.
Dressed Up For Work
In Up Down All-Around, I usually share my work look first so that is what you see below. I paired the jacket with a tweed skirt, a print top, and an old favorite pair of wedge pumps. In recent years, I moved away from the matchy-matchy look of a tailored suit in favor of separates. Most often, my completer piece is a cardigan because blazer/jackets aren’t as plentiful in the stores as they once were.
Dressed For Play
A basic look for play is jeans, a tee, and fashion athletic shoes … check, check, check. Last month as I was looking through all of the red/white/blue options that were so predominately on display in the stores, I found this graphic tee that was sporting the patriotic theme but it didn’t smack you in the face with it.
A palm tree made of stars, a surfboard, and rolled cuffs on my thrifted jeans define my California casual look. Notice the gathering of fabric near my left index finger? It’s the old “coin and rubber band” trick that I use to draw in my boxier tops for a more shapelier silhouette.
Dressed For Fun
As you can see, I’ve stayed with mostly blue and white for each of these looks and with this last one, I’m mixing up another variety of patterns. The fullness of my peplum top is balanced out by the slim fit of my cropped pants and the added height that I get from my cork wedge sandals.
Not only do I have mixed patterns in this outfit, I’ve also mixed my metals. Gold toned jewelry with blue and white is a classic look, and even though the buttons on the jacket are silver toned, I think that the combination adds a twist to an old standard.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s link-up is Jen from Librarian For Life And Style. Her artistically inspired shirtdress worn as a tunic certainly fits with the floral theme for last week. I adore how Jen has kept the accessories neutral to allow the main focus to remain on the lovely print.
These “3 looks” posts are my favorite to do because I rarely buy something without thinking about the variety of ways and occasions I will wear it. Whether it’s an investment piece or a fast-fashion item, I think that personal style is about how you mix an item into your current wardrobe and adapt it to your lifestyle. There are more ideas for my railroad stripe jacket swirling in the gray matter so don’t be surprised if you see it again in another post sometime soon.
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