In the last few years, though, I’ve had an abrupt change of heart. I borrowed one from a friend one mild winter’s day and suddenly saw what all the fuss was about: down vests were practical when a coat or jacket had simply too much fabric! And for this Canadian, who’s always too warm, the vest offered excellent climate control.
But: down vests work nicely with a pair of dark wash jeans, and not much else (unless you’re on the slopes).
Couldn’t there be a more upscale version of the same fashion concept?
Enter the short sleeve jacket and coat. The bracelet-sleeve jacket below is from Neiman Marcus's private label; the coat above, worn by the rather querilous-looking model, from Alberta Ferretti.
These have been, if you’ll pardon the pun, hot, hot, hot lately, as evidence from the blog traffic they’re getting. Enc has posted a ladylike stunner from Barneys, and Songy has a great photo of two winsome lasses just rocking the look.
There’s also a sweater coat/cardigan version, as seen here (#10) on Savvy Mode.
So—are you “down” with the short-sleeve look?