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Wearing My Shrunken Blazer As A Cardigan

Wearing My Shrunken Blazer As A Cardigan

Having lived in Los Angeles for most of my life, I can easily say that I am used to the heat waves that usually come along from July to September. The only good part about these heat waves is that we don’t get much humidity. For the most part, they are bearable if you have air conditioning. I personally like warmer climates, as I love the sun (I am a Leo after all), so living in Los Angeles suits me. The only thing that I miss about not experiencing colder winters is the fashion aspect. As you already know I love coats and blazer jackets for women. But living in Los Angeles sometimes limits you with your winter wardrobe. That said, I recently noticed how I still use jackets most of the time when I go out, even if it is during the summer. The main reason for this is the “air conditioning” that is blasting in every store, restaurant, bank and office you walk into during these months. I am glad all these places have the air conditioning or else we would not last in the heat, but for that same reason, I find myself always having a jacket, cardigan, or blazer for women with me when we are going out. This is especially prevalent when we are going to restaurants, since I seem to get seated right under the air conditioning vent every time and have to switch places with my husband (who loves the cold air). I am not complaining because this is all a good excuse to wear more jackets right??

Last weekend when I was going out to dinner with my husband I decided to wear one of my favorite summer jackets that I have had for years. I bought this Theory shrunken blazer years ago when shrunken blazers were a trendy item. Even as a designer of jackets for women, I have worn it many times and continue to do so especially for summer nights. What I love about this shrunken blazer is that it is almost like a cardigan. It is made of a soft, stretchy cotton material and has no lining or shoulder pads which gives it a more casual feel. I am wearing it here with my red floral printed dress. I don’t usually go for big bold prints, but when I saw this dress years ago, I fell in love with the print, color and the silhouette. It’s been one of my favorite go-to dresses for summer ever since.

Tell me what your feelings are about air conditioned spaces and if you find yourself needing a jacket or cardigan like me?



Blazer – Theory (old)
Dress – Rampage (old)
Sandals – BCBG
Clutch – BCBG
Sunglasses – Persol

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36 thoughts on “Wearing My Shrunken Blazer As A Cardigan

  1. Hi Nora!
    First off, I agree about air conditioning. It can get pretty hot here in the summer in Charlotte, NC.. but the theatres and restaurants are notorious for blasting the AC Love love the red floral dress on you, so lovely as I am a huge fan of red. I love the shrunken jacket too, keeps you cool and adds more style to the lovley look. Have a great day, jess
    from the link up, jess
    please stop by

  2. I love that jacket!! Those necklaces look so good with the look too! I live in OK so I get a healthy mixture of all seasons… with that said even though temps climb over 100 at times and the humidity is unbearable, I still carry a cardigan or jacket with me…because it’s usually freezing in restaurants or shops!!

  3. Not much need for air conditioning here in UK! However we are experienceing some kind of heatwave at the moment although I’m sure nothing like you’re used to. I do like the idea though of wearing a jacket instead of a cardiagn as they tend to look smarter and more stylish. I find a lot of cardigans to be quite frumpy! You look great as usual.

    • Hi Lorna mai,
      Haha you are absolutely right about no air conditioning in UK, you probably use heaters year round instead of air conditioners…I know because my husband is English and I have been to England during summer where I have had to wear a jacket all the time. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Love the versatility of a shrunken blazer like that! And I know this should be about the jacket, but you just always have the best accessories! Love your neck party you got going on there! <3

    • Hi Carylee,
      Thank you, you are so sweet…I love accessories so I like getting a lot of different ones and mixing them up. I even have a section on my web site ready in case I decide to sell accessories!

  5. That is a stunning outfit Nora! Living in the North East of England, I get to wear jackets. A lot! It’s not what it’s cracked up to be I promise 😉 my only experience of living in a hot country was when I studied in Singapore. They LOVE their A/C so I would always carry a pashmina with me (but I could have done with a jacket!)… It was such a weird feeling for me going from boiling outside to freezing inside!

    Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou xx

    • Hi Hannah,
      Haha….I know what you mean by living in England, my husband is english and I have been there many times with lots of jackets and coats 🙂 Thank you so much for the link up opportunity!

  6. Nora, you look beautiful as always! I love this very feminine style.
    Our climate is quite different and since I am a 100% summer lover I wish you could send over some heat! We do not have or need a/c here in the mountain area of Bavaria as even in summer it always cools doewn at night and the benefit is a good night sleep as well as fresh air every morning.

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  8. Nora, all of your outfits are always wonderful but as I was reading through your blog and getting to know you better, I had to comment on this gem. That shrunken jacket is awesome but OMG that Floral Red Sheath is divine. I love the print and its midi length. You look fantastic.

    Have a great weekend! <3 Ada.

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