Now that my tummy is ever-expanding, I decided to go on a shopping spree for my favourite style of jacket; the swing jacket! They not only provide a nice contract for wearing longer dresses, but ample room for any shape and size that exists beneath the coat as well. Plus, I think that they exude the perfect blend of a timeless look with a retro vibe. Honestly, they’re just the cutest!
I purchased my first cropped swing jacket nearly 10 years ago. It was grey and black, with a Peter Pan collar, and ¾ length sleeves by the brand Vero Moda. For six years, I wore it everywhere, and in every season. I took it to Switzerland, France, and the UK, had it when we lived in Saskatchewan, then Alberta, and visited the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and Quebec. I also wore it when I put my St. Bernard down. Wherever I went, it went. Eventually, my mum began to call it ‘The Rag’. It certainly wasn’t in tatters, but it was beginning to look worn. Grudgingly, I dropped it off at the consignment store a few years ago. Being one to having a hard time letting go of things, I have missed it everyday since. I had made so many memories whilst wearing that coat, that it remains my favourite one to this day.
Every time that I visit a thrift store, I look for that coat. A few weeks ago, and while I was on the hunt for a new swing jacket, I came across one that reminded me of ‘The Rag’. It was a few sizes bigger, was a different name brand, and had a plaid pattern. However, it was grey and black, cropped, and had ¾ length sleeves, pockets, and a collar. The best part was that it was only $10. I bought it that day, took it home, and began to restyle it.
The first thing that I did was remove the epaulettes and buttons that were sewn onto the shoulders. Next, I mended a few snags that were visible. Lastly, I added pink lace to the interior of the pockets. My last coat did not have this feature, but I feel like it made it look more effeminate. Plus, I’m a sucker for lace.