My 85-year-old mother recently went on a trip and in a small boutique of a visiting town, she found a jacket that she loved and bought for me. When I arrived home yesterday, it was in the mail with a beautiful card - it made me cry But when I opened the parcel and pulled out the jacket, I was a bit surprised and to be completely honest, not overly thrilled. It's not my style I don't think - a bit too busy. But the sentiment was beautiful so I knew I would find a way to wear it. It just needed some "Shannon-izing".

So today's outfit started with my simple black drape front EF dress (I think the CPW on this dress is down to pennies by now) and then topped it with this buttery soft, denim jacket. The jacket has a flattened ruffled placket down the front which goes all the way and around the neckline. It has this same ruffle at the end of the 3/4 sleeves. I do love the soft colour and the feel of the jacket and the fit is fab. Unfortunately there's no label so I can't tell the brand.

To give the jacket a bit more of an urban vibe, I rolled the sleeves once to hide the ruffle and scrunched them up a bit. I then chose my black Doc lace up boots to juxtapose the sweetness of the jacket. For accessories, I went with my olive/cobalt snakeskin clutch, a gunmetal and abalone shell bracelet, silver wedding band and red specs.

So does this work? Can you tweak an item that isn't really you and that you never would have bought yourself, to become part of your style? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: ?
Dress: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Boots: Doc Martens (eBay)
Clutch: Trouve
Bracelet: thrifted

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