During my sophomore year of high school, I had an obsession with vintage blazers: tweed ones, fitted ones, bulky ones, ones with elbow pads — I loved them all. But I quickly found that women’s blazers didn’t fit me correctly. They needed to be tailored, and I just didn’t have that kind of cash. Rather than wear ill-fitting women’s jackets, I wore men’s blazers, which had a looser fit.
Because of this, I really relate to designer Marcia Patmos’s inspiration for her fall 2013 collection: a housewife who borrows her husband’s clothes. The collection skillfully combines feminine pieces and masculine cuts with oversized cardigans and jackets. The rounded shape of the outerwear softens up the silhouettes, while menswear-inspired sweaters are shown in pink and purple hues.
I love when designers use digital resources when creating their lines, so the digitized camo print in this collection is a fresh update to a tired trend. The military influence doesn’t stop there, either — I spotted a beautiful olive bomber jacket paired with a camo skirt and fell in love with it on the spot.
Often seen in the collection were neck “funnels” (read: dickeys) for the girl who likes turtlenecks… minus the sweater. They’re definitely an interesting concept, but I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to wear one (unless it was fashion week — you can get away with anything during fashion week). Surprisingly, dickeys appeared in several collections throughout the week, creating an unexpected trend.
I really loved the collection’s sparkly elements, seen on the camo print, the shiny burgundy pants, and on a metallic copper skirt; it balanced nicely with the other matte colors in the collection.
See some of my favorite outfits from M. Patmos’s Fall 2013 collection in the gallery below.
About The Girl in the Check Scarf:
Sarah Justine is a 17-year-old student/fashion blogger with nothing to wear, who reads The New Yorker, and schemes of going to Paris. She’s been blogging daily for three years at www.thegirlinthecheckscarf.com, and in March of 2012 she was named “One Of The Top 10 Bloggers Under 18” by guestofaguest.com. She is a TED attendee, fashion and technology geek, aspiring trend forecaster, and constant wearer of black clothing. She is currently a senior in high school and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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