I fell in love with this piece on a research trip… I loved it’s utilitarian functionality….so many brilliant pockets…it was crying out to have a new life and perhaps a little Wakeley-fy Upcycling... A gorgeous vintage faded gold tape (from the 20’s I think) that I had previously found at a flea market was the perfect pairing… then layering it on top of a wide cocoa grosgrain created a new sporty ribbon which was completely transformative. The epaulettes were removed (who needs rank anyway?) and replaced with a luxey overarm stripe…. The cuffs wrapped with this new texture… and chest pockets trimmed as a sporty nod to where the soldier’s name once was.
I hope whoever ends up owning it in its new incarnation adds some wonderful experiences to its storied past…Enjoy
Add an urban edge to an iconic Wakeley look and throw it on… shoulder robe style… over our amber bias satin scarf dress or over your favourite slip.