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The Mod Closet Style Edit: Women’s Blazers & Jackets

THIS WEEK IN THE MOD CLOSET we’ve been coming out of the closet and discussing what makes us Mod.  To join in the discussion or, to just read others comments please go to the current pinned post in the Mod Closet Facebook Group (tip: if you’re using the Facebook app on a mobile device you may need to click on the View Pinned Post bar underneath the cover photo).  There’s also a link on The Mod Closet Facebook Page. What Makes You Mod2

As always I have been scanning the market for interesting Mod styles, great sellers and deals and I’m really excited to bring you The Mod Closet’s FIRST exclusive reader discount (more on that later!).

WOMEN’S  BOATING BLAZERS seem to be a big talking point at the moment: Where to buy them?  How to wear them?  Does the three button rule still apply?  The problem with the three button rule for women’s blazers is placement.  A good Mod will tell you that it’s not just the number of buttons but the button placement that’s important (along with lapel width and jacket length).  There’s an informative blog post from 2013 ‘In Defense of the 3-Button Jacket’ by Mod blogger Supermod, which explains it beautifully.  However, to quote my succinct husband “I need to feel like I’m being held tight inside the jacket” and so the button placement is key.  That all-important third button should be high up, at the breast bone… and therein lies the problem with women’s jackets!  If you are an (ahem) ‘athletic’ shape like myself you can get away with high buttons but if you are blessed with natural (or store-bought) curves (not a note of envy in there whatsoever *innocent stare*) then this poses a problem.  When I discussed this with a girlfriend she said “if my jacket is buttoned low under my boobs and men are able to tell me how many buttons my jacket has I’d be pretty insulted”.  I’d like to point out that this does not reflect the opinions of the writer and, I am of course officially offended but hey!  I take her point.  So, the message here ladies is that it’s much more important to dress for your shape and to worry less about the 3-button rule.  So, I’ve been out and about scouting women’s Mod appropriate blazers and jackets on your behalf and here’s the best of the bunch with some Mod Closet (MC) style tips thrown in for good measure.

FROM THE MOD MARKET Mod favourite Atom Retro’s historic pages shows they have, in the past stocked Women’s boating blazers.  Best of the bunch available on their site at the moment are a couple of three-button blazers currently in the sale.  Vintage sellers/stores and eBay, etsy; Mod Closet favourite ASOS Marketplace and Facebook sellers are a wonderful source for unique pieces that will help you stand out from the crowd.

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The pick from Mod retailer are these 3-button blazers currently retailing for under £60 in the sale. Blog Picture atom retro

ON THE HIGH STREET retailing for under £100 River Island is currently stocking tartan blazers and Zara (a Mod Closet favourite) has a range of beautiful edge to edge style jacket for an up to date chic 60s look.

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SUPER ONLINE RETAILER ASOS are back with gusto after suffering a suspected arson attack at their Barnsley warehouse.  Mod Closet pick of the bunch includes narrow lapel blazers and super summary florals.

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MC TIP: try a floral blazer with slim fitting dark jeans and DMs if you really want to stand out in the Mod crowd!

FEELING FLUSH? If you fancy splashing out at the high-end retailers then Ralph Lauren is the obvious choice with at least a couple of pages of blazers in stock in their online store.  Here are the Mod Closet’s pick…

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MC TIP: It’s always worth checking out Ralph Lauren outlet stores, Bicester Village in Oxfordshire for example has an RL store with RRP discounts usually starting at around 60%.


MENSWEAR: Create  a feminine fit with two darts in the back to create a shaped waist (I have to do this for my husband who has a 10” chest/waist size difference).  If you’re feeling particularly brave you can switch the buttons over by re-attaching the buttons over the original button holes and creating new buttonholes where the original buttons were.  I have a practice jacket to try this theory out on … I’ll let you know how I get on!  BUT, don’t be put off if you don’t fancy making any adjustments.  An oversize jacket looks great for the androgynous look. MC TIP: wear the oversized gents jacket with a well fitted shift dress, narrow jeans or capris.  The trick is not to bulk out by wearing more than one oversized item. Below see the adjustments made to my husband George’s Atom Retro jacket to fit his frame and me (with Banksy in Carnaby Street) in my unaltered, oversized gents  jacket  … I don’t look swamped thanks to slim fitting jeans.


CHARITY SHOPS:  I’m fairly sure I’ve funded a significant amount of palliative care in Oxford through my weekly purchases and regular donations to the Sobell House Hospice shops.  I probably have as many jackets as I do shoes and handbags (A LOT) and the vast majority are charity purchases with a quick button change. Here  are some finds from my own collection…

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my tailored jacket collage

VINTAGE stores and fairs are popping up all over the country at the moment so take full advantage.  If you’re visiting my home town of Oxford then Reign Wear, Cowley Road and the Ballroom Emporium on The Plain are a MUST visit.  Reign Wear also has a London branch in Berwick Street, Soho (about two streets over from Carnaby Street).

The go to shop for student ball formal hire The Ballroom Emporium also has an extensive stock of vintage including gents boating & school blazers and a room dedicated to women’s vintage.  I walked away with a bag full of goodies earlier this week and, whilst there took a few pictures of what’s currently on offer.

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THIS WEEKEND my own Super Mod and I will be heading to the O2 in London to see Dolly Parton.  So, in honour of Dolly I will be channeling ‘Pink Mod’ and sporting my newly Modified Italian vintage wool blazer, purchased from Reign Wear Oxford.  A quick change of buttons, the addition of a third button/button hole and re-pressed short lapel later and hey-presto!

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Cathy & Steve Prince at Paul Weller Sherwood Pines jacket from primark and ebay2Thank you Cathy & Steve Prince, hope you enjoyed Paul Weller!     

AND FINALLY… as a thank you for a mention in my previous blog post etsy seller Melissa Mestas is offering Mod Closet readers an exclusive and WHOPPING 25% discount from her etsy store Mon Cheri Vintage Lingerie and other Vintage Fineries.  Use the code SPECIAL25 at checkout at  Offer excludes clearance items and ends 23:59 BST on August 31st 2014

Thank you for reading, Beccy x


 Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with or being paid by any of the companies I feature.  The information is accurate and up to date, at the time of writing to the best of my knowledge and any comments & recommendations are based solely on my own opinions and experience.  This is a blog post from a shopaholic, frustrated stylist/dressmaker/tailor and Mod

Reference: In Defense of the 3-Button Jacket by Supermod

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