In praise of the party jacket
Sometimes you have to go all out. Take the festive season by the reindeer horns and make a sparkling statement. Believe me, this Party Jacket attracted a lot of attention when we stopped for a sandwich at Pret a Manger (living the high life…). Slipped on over a jumpsuit, cargo pants or favourite pair of jeans, the snazzy jacket is an instant game-changer. Immediately whooping up a pared-down outfit to make it Christmas party-ready.
This silver metallic Lurex number (full title the Silver Queen Blazer) is by the Dutch designer Fabienne Chapot, just one of over 30 brands available from the website The-Bias-Cut.com. With the slogan ‘Ageism is Never in Style’, this online boutique is committed to age-inclusivity and diversity, which obviously we’re all on board with. Founder Jacynth Bassett started the business when her 60-something mum had trouble finding clothes that said fabulous not frumpy. Committed to featuring women over-40 of different shapes, sizes and ethnicities, Jacynth has also recently started ‘Advocates For Ageing’ a collective of industry experts and activists who support the cause – as well as launching her own collection of cashmere sweaters. Model Alexi Bruni has worked with the company and I like what she has to say:
“As an older woman, a model, fashion activist and writer, I applaud founder Jacynth Bassett’s initiative. The-Bias-Cut.com is a great place for women of all ages to shop, without judgement. Individual style is key and the commitment to fighting ageism is very genuine.”
The-Bias-Cut.com only sells sustainable clothes from small independent labels, the indigo cotton jumpsuit beneath the Party Jacket is from Scotch & Soda, another cool Dutch label. I am particularly enjoying the cropped, barrel leg shape and the way it draws attention towards my favourite, old silver pumps. For me, the go-anywhere Party Jacket and jumpsuit combo has much more mileage than a once-a-year glitzy dress. The bling-tastic blazer is great when you’re going out-out, and transcends seasons, adding a sprinkling of decadent luxury to any outfit. Wearing sparkle and shimmer away from the festivities gives the Party Jacket a second chance to shine.
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