Throughout 2015 I’ve decided to re-invent a few old favourites and give them a 2015 twist, starting with or should that be introducing, Eloise.
Eloise started out life last year as jacket for a bride. Our initial inspiration was the ever creative Dame Vivienne Westwood. I simply adore everything she does in tartan – the wearable and the unwearable!
The fitted jacket is an excellent addition to the wardrobe. It should fit snuggly across the shoulders and nips into the waist to create a flattering silhouette. This particular style is immensely fitted. The squaring of the shoulders and the open neckline suit all figure types, but especially flatters the lady with a fuller bust. In this instance I have included both a collar and lapel, but in a previous incarnation, Eloise didn’t have lapels – which again is immensely flattering for a fuller bust as it is less bulky over this area.
A criticism of many commercial jackets is the sleeves which often are too baggy (ironically on blouses the criticism is always the narrowness of the sleeve!). A closer fit of sleeve was achieved on this jacket by cutting the sleeves on the bias.
The peplum gives a riding style feel to the jacket, but again makes it immensely flattering around the waist, giving the illusion of a slender waist. Of course the peplum is recognised as being the pear gal’s dream, and indeed it hides a multitude of sins, but also creates the illusion of a bottom if that’s the area where you’re lacking.
How to wear… obviously a perfect partner for a slim fitting or skinny jean. This particular fabric works splendidly well a white shirt. For a more traditional look the Victorian style pencil skirt would be equally flattering, or even a straight leg or cigarette trouser. When the snow clears, I predict Eloise will be an integral part of my early Spring wardrobe.