Blazer, Banana Republic. Tee & skirt, J.Crew. Pearls, gift. Belt, Eddie Bauer. Flats, Ralph Lauren.
I generally refuse to talk about money in social circles (what is the blogosphere, after all?), but I'm going to make an exception today. This blazer is available for purchase online here for $169.99 US, but you need to peruse the sale rack of your nearest Banana store for a much better deal. In Canadian dollars, this nautical beauty was originally $240 (as opposed to the $198 US), cut down to $49.99, and then slashed another 25% off... I got it for $37.50. It's not just the overall 85% discount that made me purchase it (considering original prices, sales are subjective, aren't they?). It's the fact that a classic striped blazer made of linen and cotton, not to mention beautifully lined, can cost as little as those fun, unlined, trendy blazers at lower-quality stores. Plus, if you live in the US, you may pay even less for yours. Can you say: "Ahoy, matey?" Of course, you always run the risk of contracting sailboat envy and turning a good deal on a jacket into a down payment on a yacht. Don't say I didn't warn you.