Monday, September 11, 2006

At DKNY – Boys Brooks Brothers Jacket

I guessing that this is a Brooks Brothers sportcoat from the boys department.

I have seen a few young ladies do this before and it always looks great.

The proportion is spot on for this woman’s body with just enough femme/masculine to be perfectly androgynous.

I think the Brooks Brothers boy’s department is the last place for women to buy anything close to a Helmut Lang suit.


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  1. Anonymous

    September 11, 2006 at 9:45 am

    I agree, it looks great. Perfect blend of the casual and the playful appropriation of menswear. But, the button placement makes me think it was originally designed for a woman.

  2. Butch

    September 11, 2006 at 9:46 am

    This is just right. She’s got a great sense of proportion, down to the matter of where the bag “hits” her body….

    In re the jacket, I’m always in favor of a successful “steal” from a little–or big–brother’s closet….

  3. Anonymous

    September 11, 2006 at 9:58 am

    Sart, I love your comment about the beautifully refined, feminine, contrary-rebellion of “At The Tents…….The Young Lady”. Is “At DKNY – Boys Brooks Brothers Jacket” the rebellion? Isn’t it just a more common, but ineffective non-event? Can we have some more of the former, ladies? Couldn’t this just as well be a used Salvation Army Jacket? No doubt the choices here were well considered, but the beauty is lost on me. Lose the team t-shirt for something silkier and longer, maybe? Lose the flip-flps for some really cute shoesies. Why be so proletarian? Let your beauty shine! – JCH

  4. Amy

    September 11, 2006 at 10:41 am

    I actually have every intention of purchasing a few things from Brooks Brothers Boys, as I have too many problems buying in women’s or even petites! Great price and quality – who cares if it’s from the boys dept?

    (see my comments on my Brooks Brothers petite experience here)

  5. Anonymous

    September 11, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    my mom loves your blog, we are Brazilian

  6. RoseAG

    September 11, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Nice picture!

    The blue jacket/pants against the red bricks is very attractive. The light pillar and her long blond hair add a little verticle.

    At the risk of declaring war on flip flops – if it’s cool enough for long pants/jacket, then why not a more covered-up shoe?

  7. John and Sarah

    September 11, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    Good catch on the button placement. Definitely not Brooks Brothers. I’m relieved. I thought I was going to have to rethink Brooks Brothers. I have never quite forgiven the company for “inventing” the button down dress shirt back in 1896.

  8. Teri

    September 11, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    She kind of looks like Kate Hudson to me…I always love wearing men clothes…Actually, I grew up wearing my dad’s jackets which are really big for me…But I love it.

  9. alexandre

    September 11, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    When a woman wears your’s sooo sexy!

  10. Anonymous

    September 11, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    Well done. All the proporions are odd, but the overall result is great.
    She´s a surfer girl in the city.

  11. Anonymous

    September 11, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    hi Im from Argentina!
    I dont like that jacket..
    Its quite masculine ..
    so well bye

  12. Zaydoun

    September 11, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    At first I thought… “hang on, Thom Browne isn’t doing his collection for Brooks Brothers till Fall ’07. What gives?!”

  13. EMNH

    September 11, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    Yay. I have been wearing Brooks Brothers Boys dept. blazers since I was 19 years old. Tina Chow said that she did the same in an article in U.S. Vogue years ago…I wear the boys trousers too. If you are a woman with a very slim androgynous build…it looks good. It’s a little quirky…but with the right accessories it’s amazing.

  14. Anonymous

    September 11, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    She looks totally great. I love how the jacket fabric catches the light; her hair is perfect and I agree about her sense of proportions. Rock on!

  15. SBB

    September 11, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    omigod. we’re not back to the early 90s with the women in men’s jackets are we…

  16. ken

    September 12, 2006 at 12:02 am

    I like that it isn’t a blazer for women that tries to look like a blazer for little boys. Like something from a mass market retailer or, even, DKNY maybe? It looks just right – not too snug, not too roomy. And the sleeves are the right length too, which is cool.

  17. Anonymous

    September 12, 2006 at 12:18 am

    Hey Sart,

    You are mentioned in a WSJ article (“Bloggers Get Under The Tent”). Here is the link:

    Nice one!!

  18. Adrian

    September 12, 2006 at 1:20 am

    Oh, but we are back in the 90′s dear shinhy blue black….Grunge? and, get ready for minimalism in a BIG way….

  19. Anonymous

    September 12, 2006 at 3:06 am

    To Shiny Blue Black. it’s boy’s jacket. not men’s.

  20. *The Dreamer*

    September 12, 2006 at 4:59 am

    I dont think her thong slippers do quite well with the whole look.

  21. Anonymous

    September 12, 2006 at 7:31 am

    Hey Sart….

    nice mention in the Wall Street Journal today

  22. Kelli

    September 12, 2006 at 8:49 am

    Hey, Congratulations on the Wall Street Journal mention!!! You’ve know got (Wall)street cred. (“Bloggers Get Under the Tent” 9/12/06 pg B1)

  23. SBB

    September 12, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    “Oh, but we are back in the 90′s dear shinhy blue black….Grunge? and, get ready for minimalism in a BIG way….”

    egads. Exactly why I left fashion behind yonks ago.

  24. Fnarf

    September 12, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    You are correct about the buttons; it cannot be a boy’s or men’s jacket.

    I like it all except the midriff. I never want to see another midriff as long as I live, outside of the bedroom or the beach.

  25. Berlinbound

    September 13, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    Terrific look – spot on!

  26. Anonymous

    September 13, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Girl shirts/jackets buttons are always on the left.

  27. Anonymous

    September 18, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Interesting assumption that it’s a Brooks Brothers thing happening here. The woman in the photograph is a British journalist – more a comment on Saville Row if anything…

  28. Anonymous

    October 4, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Nice casual. Interesting and bold mix. Cool

  29. Anonymous

    May 20, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    I liked what I was seeing until I scrolled down and choked on my chips at the sight of those flip-flops. Terribly misplaced, I think.

  30. Skelii

    April 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    ah don't be so quick to assume women don't shop on the mens side. keep in mind there are lesbians, such as myself, out there that consume clothes with a masculine theme. i swear if i had the power i would encourage a designer to send women (lesbians particularly) out on the runway to model their mens line. this would be genius!

  31. Devlin

    August 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I just want to know where she got those jeans, they fit and yet retain that loose guy feel!

  32. Paola

    May 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Have run and show a friend who adooooooooores Brook Brothers….all her blouses bought there! I alwas pick on her for that!

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