Blue Velvet


Blue and velvet seem to belong together.  At least I thought so when I saw this Cynthia Steffe jacket during an End-of-Season sale at Neiman Marcus ten or so years ago.  There are military elements in the design of this jacket, but they are balanced by a liquid-like softness. It is this color blue that I love. I am not sure of its color name, but it suits me and we are now great friends.  Beneath my velvet jacket, is a silk stain-glass blouse that I found this past October at the Florodora Boutique located in Chicago’s historic Monadnock Building.  I saw it in the window on my way to a dress rehearsal at Lyric Opera.  I recognized the blue color in this blouse and knew it would pair beautifully with many pieces in my wardrobe.  I went in to inquire if the blouse was available in my size.  The blouse in the window was the last one and as luck would have it….in my size.  Needless to say, it has been welcomed into my closet.  A black silk, asymmetric Eileen Fisher dress is layered underneath the blouse and Eileen Fisher harem pants complete the column.




Accessories enhance an outfit while offering more opportunities to express ones unique style vision.  In this outfit, I am wearing a single blue Hunter Earring from Ware London.  To balance the asymmetry of the single earring, I am wearing the Spray Necklace that carries the line of the earring across my throat to the other side of my portrait area.  Both pieces possess the same blue feather design and asymmetrical quality. Together, they complete an arc around my face.  In addition, to Ware London pieces, I am wearing a blue Monies bangle.   The black leather tassel wrap belt from Below the Belt  (similar here) wraps up this look.


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