Thursday, March 1, 2012

How I Wear My: Most Cherished Wardrobe Item



Since Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I have been on a spending freeze for February (a break from all that buying and shopping and the mentality of more, more, more), it was a great time to look in our closets and find one thing we love above all others for this month’s “How I Wear My” post.

I have a lot of accessories I love, accessories I am wild about (hello growing Herm├Ęs scarf collection and baby Chanel handbag), accessories I hope someday to leave to my daughter (maybe even a fashion-addled granddaughter?), and that’s before I even get started on jewelry, but my most cherished wardrobe item?

Easy.

My father’s U.S. Navy peacoat, circa 1964.



I love this thing. My father wore it as a young enlisted man, and his name and service number are written inside the jacket in his own hand. The patch on the sleeve designates that he was a petty officer first class when he last wore it (and he retired as an officer) and the crossed cannons signify he was a Gunner’s Mate. Technically I am not supposed to wear the peacoat with the patch on it, as I did not earn this rank myself, but between you and me, I am never taking the patch off, and I wear it exactly as my father (and mother) gave it to me one year for Christmas. Thank you Mom and Dad!



Adrienne and I hope you’ll join us on April 4 for “How I Wear My: Colorblocking.” It’s everywhere, those bright colors put right next to each other in solid blocks, and we are giving it a go as a way to welcome spring. Won’t it be so nice to have a break from all that navy blue and gray and brown and black?

Of course, if colorblocking doesn’t look good on me, I’m coming right back to the color and comfort of this fabulous peacoat!

Please do stop by The Rich Life (on a budget) to see everyone’s most cherished wardrobe item!

12 comments:

Serene McEntyre said...

I LOVE this! It looks wonderful on you AND it's sentimental! What more could we want from our garments?! Hugs! ~Serene

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You look gorgeous in your Dad's jacket, Jill! I am pleased to see that we both went toward family related items...it is the people in our lives that make the biggest difference and are truly cherished!
Have a wonderful Thursday!!

She Loves Outfits said...

Not just an amazing fashion piece but a beautiful family heirloom too! Good going!

Lisa said...

We have so many 'things' and yet I think the objects and pieces that bring up the most joy are those that have memories attached. Absolutely love the peacoat and congrats on your spending freeze and current closet love!!

sacramento said...

I love that you cherished an item with a soul, ahhhhhhhhhhhh.
You are beautiful insideout.
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hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I love this on you!
I wore my father's Cowichan First Nations sweater until it wore out and then I purchased one of my own.

kathy peck said...

I LOVE your jacket. It's incredibly cool and has so much sentiment behind it too. Well done.

Veshoevius said...

What a jacket! And what a family hierloom. My most cherished piece is my grandmother's shawl and a vintage silk chinese blouse that reminds me of a photo of her wearing something similiar in which my resemblence to her is striking.

Carrie Teal said...

I love your coat and that it is so sentimental to you. Thanks so letting me take part of your post.

Terri said...

When I read the full post at Adrienne's blog, I most connected with the item you selected. I have my father's winter coat, which I have worn for most of the past 7 winters...since he passed in 2004. At this late date in the winter, I would have needed to wash it to participate in the round-up as I have spilled coffee on it multiple times. Hope to participate in next month's color-blocking event.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oh I'm absolutely GREEN with envy at your beautiful, treasured jacket! You look gloriously proud to be wearing it and my you look utterly stunning!! I love the "How I Wear My" theme ... ingenious!! Can anyone join in the fun? Baci, Desiree xo

the Citizen Rosebud said...

What a wonderful "most cherished" piece. I love it- this is the truest value of vintage: the memories from all the wearers. I hope to get my act together and join you and Adrienne for the April event. xo. Bella