Monday, May 4, 2009

Big Shoulders



Suede Jacket: Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop
Blouse: Chloe
Jeans: Levi's
Platforms: YSL
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This past weekend I finally visited Topshop (it opened here almost a month ago but the three-hour line discouraged me from stepping foot in it), a store I remember fondly from my London days as a poor study abroad college student. Although I grabbed several promising goodies, I was yet again discouraged by a ridiculously long changing room line, to which I muttered "forget that" and disarmed quickly. As I grunted my way to the escalator, I noticed a stunning gray jacket with exaggerated shoulders in the corner. Barbara Hulanicki is pretty well known in England (she's the genius behind Biba from the 1960s and 70s), and her modest but gorgeous capsule collection is quite reasonably priced, all things considered. Of course, although I admit that the jacket reminded me a little of Balmain, I've always liked an exaggerated shoulder so long as the rest of the jacket is quite fitted. For us pear-shaped gals, the bold shoulders balance out the larger bottom half.

16 comments:

Gisela said...

Hi Thumbelina!
Love love the jacket! It's definitely favors the Balmain cut and love how effortlessly you styled it. I was eyeing that same piece but found a Just Cavalli jacket very similar to the one Barbara did for TP and cheaper. Would love for you to visit my blog and check it out.
-Gisela
www.heightsoffashion.typepad.com

Melissa~ said...

The Jacket is perfect! you're rigth, reminds me balmain to.
the blouse is so gorgeous, and obviously the shoes are amazing!
visit my blog! thanks ~

K.Line said...

The jacket is great!

Nika said...

great jacket

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Hi Thumbelina!

HOLY MOLY... you are the first HAPPY GIRL wearing this Topshop jacket! I ordered it last week also from Topshop but still did not receive it ;(... YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE IN IT! Love the shoulders, the cropped sleeves but what I actually love the most is the fabulous grey color!

HAPPY SUNNY DAY!

WendyB said...

I think that's a much more tolerable shoulder than Balmain, and will have much more staying power than the Balmain shoulder that we'll all be laughing at in under a year.

Mode Junkie said...

i hate you for having this. ;) it looks so good on you!
i agree it has a balmain feel but i love this 10 million times more. i am starting to get sick of balmain anyway.

FJ said...

What a cute little blazer.

Emz said...

That jacket is so cuteee! Darnnit why doesnt Topshop open in other places other than NY!!

miss cavendish said...

I do love an exaggerated shoulder.

Brook and Lyn said...

I think I will visit topshop in about a year. long lines..can't stand long lines. As for your chloe shirt..does it have great puffy sleeves? I just saw one in the lLane Crawford warehouse and I'm kicking myself for not getting it.

Brigadeiro said...

LOVE that jacket! It fits you like a glove & is gorgeous!
xx

PS. Girl, no way are you pear shaped! ;)

Cindy said...

I'm still lusting for this jacket! It looks great on you!!!

TLT said...

Amazing jacket!! I'm very much into exaggerated shoulders right now!! I'm so jealous of your guys' Topshop...*sigh*

Rox said...

Hi there!What size do you wear?Would you say the jacket is true to size?I'm a size 10 but I would like to buy a size 12 off ebay.Not sure if it will fit me so any suggestion is much appreciated.Thanks!

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

Rox--Yes, it runs true to size. I can wear a 0 or 2 depending on the brand, and this one is a UK 6, which is a US 2. It's a fitted jacket though, which means that a size up shouldn't be too bad. It depends on what you prefer (to fit like a glove or with a little looseness).