You know what I need more of in my life? Elbow patches. I feel like they just add that little element of like Sherlock Holmes chic that makes any jacket cooler. Yeah. I need more of those things. When I was a kid, my first career of choice was to be a detective. I read a lot of kids mystery books and I always was on the hunt for a good “mystery.” Once my best friend and I saw a mannequin hand in a convertible car parked on the side of the road. Because we were the best detectives around and had a strong nose for a good mystery, naturally, we stole it. And that was the extent of my career as a detective. I know, the irony is not lost on me that the real mystery here to the person who OWNED THE MANNEQUIN HAND was who stole it…but that’s not my point. Elbow patches a great detective make.
Elbow patches also make me think of professors. I always thought that teachers were supposed to dress a certain way (probably because I was homeschooled until I was in high school and had never actually met a real teacher). Then when I got in high school, I realized that teachers are just normal people. Some of them dress “teacher-y” and others…wear weird stuff. I had this one teacher, who was just plain weird. That sounds mean, but you guys, he was. He wore the same corduroy pants from 1975 (but not in a cool way) with a neon windbreaker from 1985 (see what I mean about the “not cool way” thing?) basically every single day. He stared at the center of your forehead when he talked to you and never, ever looked you straight in the eye. His gaze would wander farther and farther from the region of the top half of your face the longer he talked, until he was just looking out the window. Whenever he’d say “YOU!” and call on someone, we’d all just look at each other like: “do YOU know who he’s looking at? Because I sure don’t.”
Then I got to college and I walked into the first day of my first math class. I realized that the girl writing on the chalkboard was the TEACHER even though she looked like she was younger than us. Turns out students can teach too (student teacher, anyone?), so assuming that anyone who looks just like us was NOT the teacher was a bad idea. The best though was my botany lab professor, who at the beginning of the quarter told us that he was retiring after this and really didn’t give a rat’s behind about this class. Sweet. That was an amazing start to the lab. He was super tall and thin, had kind of 70’s rocker long grey hair (again, not in a cool way) and wore the same belt with a massive silver dragon belt buckle on it every single day. I watched him chew out the entire class and call us all stupid because “we couldn’t follow instructions” for a test. His instructions were total whack, you guys, and we were the smart ones, I guarantee this. He had a conniption and looked like he may cry, die, or lie down on the floor. Yes, so many teachers in the world. And honestly, a shockingly disappointing amount wear elbow patches. Sigh. My school didn’t look like Hogwarts either. Wtf.
I saw this Chanel ad and the minute I saw it, I knew I needed to copy it. Because, tweed, pastels, and pearls…it is just SUCH a great mash up.
So here’s my version of it, for now. I’m still going to be on the hunt for more pieces in this look, but here’s what I’ve found…
I thrifted the jacket and the skirt and the pearls…well I made those all by myself! YouTube video coming soon! :) I used riding boots for now, but the next thing I’m on the hunt for are OXFORDS because, I know they are coming in in a BIG way.
Sadly, this jacket does not have elbow patches, but it’s pretty darn close to that style. And also, sadly Hogwarts does not exist in real life. At least that’s what I’m told, but honestly I don’t really believe that.
Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving! Get that turkey brining! :)