I often times get a strange sense of anxiety leading up to Labor Day weekend. It’s not very surprising since I love summer the way that I do. But year after year it seems silly to have anxiety over summer coming to an end. Especially when it is so far before the season is actually over. So this year I have been making a conscious effort to not allow that to happen. I have been successful in some respects, but in some ways the same old anxiety is still there. Taking full advantage of summer and everything that I love about it through Labor Day weekend and on into September is definitely helping keep the summer-is-ending-scaries at bay. This includes making it a point to wear my summer wardrobe. Since it is very clearly still seasonally appropriate is both logical and helpful in soaking up summer.
This nautical striped jumpsuit has been in constant rotation all summer long. It’s still something that I have been grabbing consistently when picking out my outfits. The good news is, I’m not dripping in sweat while wearing something with no sleeves and that is quite airy. The late August and early September weather allows for layers. Which brings me to the incredibly bad ass denim jacket draped over my shoulders.
Earlier this summer I ordered a vintage Levi’s denim jacket off of Etsy. And I have been collecting both vintage and new patches for quite a while now with the intention of making a DIY patched denim jacket. This is the type of project that my mom and I often collaborate on. She is super creative and takes any artistic project to the next level. It is very evident with this jacket. It is so much cooler than I could have imagined due to all of the oomph that she added to it. Some of my favorite details are the shells that she sewed a long one of the seams.
Since this jacket is something that I was able to help design, I was able to choose patches that aren’t simply “cool” but are also meaningful to me. I even have my grandmother’s varsity letter from her high school blazer on the breast pocket. Another special memento incorporated in the jacket is my grandfather’s World War II blanket. He stitched his name into the blanket and we used that piece to line the bottom of the back of the jacket. I also have a macramé bracelet that my dad wore stitched along one of the seams. I included patches from places that are meaningful to me like San Francisco and Vermont and even found some vintage patches from my favorite sports teams and ski slopes.
If this look is something that appeals to you I highly recommend making one for yourself. I’ve gotten stopped on the street more times than I can count being asked where I got *the jacket*. So go nuts and make one that tells your story. You might even include a little piece of summer on yours too.
Wearing: Club Monaco Jumpsuit (now on sale!), Rebecca Minkoff Camila Sandal (now on sale!), Rebecca Minkoff Sofia Cross body (also love this and this), Denim Jacket (DIY – made from a vintage Levi’s denim jacket – similar with patches here. You can find some of the patches on my jacket here, here, here and here), Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses, MAC Cremesheen Glass lipgloss
Jewelry: Belliza Knight Earrings (also love these, these, and these), Shourouk Love Happy Bracelet (also love this, this and this), Stella & Dot Fete Bracelet, Shashi Lilu Seed Bracelet, Belliza Knight Evil Eye Bracelets, Lionette Lennon Bracelet, Stella & Dot Chiara Embroidered Bracelet, Twine & Twig Tribal Stack Bracelet, Miansai Cuff, Bing Bang Crystal Shard Stud Earrings, Bing Bang Tiny Geometric Stud, Number ’13’ Stud Earrings Found on Etsy, Steven Alan Gold Bar Stud Earrings (also love these ones found on Amazon)
Photography by Lydia Hudgens