There are some classics we all can agree belong in every woman's closet - an LBD, a pair of jeans that perfectly fit your shape, and Spanx, for starters.
The versatile "dressy jacket" is another, as popularized by Chanel's tweedy boxy Lady Who Lunches prototype (see below). It's that mythical piece you can actually transition from work to play depending on how you accessorize it. Though I no longer have the office job excuse to buy this, this is just the sort of thing I envision wearing when I eventually, inevitably commandeer the P.T.A.
How to fake this Chanel look, though, for those of us (ie, nearly everyone) not on a Chanel budget?
Stiletto Jungle (run by my law school classmate turned fashion blogger, holla!) did a terrific write-up on a slightly more affordable version (also pictured below, then our Priestess of Prep, Princess Shinylocks herself, turned up in another recently. Between the two, it became clear I was suffering from a fashion emergency - emergency, I tell you! - so I went skittering to my laptop to try and find a budget friendly equivalent:
For a less trendy but still not too old/boxy/frumpy look, I've put that cream Tory Burch number on my Top Secret Sale Watch list. I just saw it in person today and can't adequately convey its loveliness here, but . . . suffice to say it will play an integral part in my eventual PTA dictatorship. Mark my power-hungry words (jacket).
What do you think of this look - too Lady Lunchy, or a classic?