I’m passionate about many things—not all of which are readily apparent on this site—brunch, fashion, running, the environment, corporate social responsibility, charity, international affairs, and clothing that’s made in America. I once worked as the communications manager at an international anti-sweat-shop nonprofit and have a master’s in international affairs, for starters, but my interests run deeper than words on my resume.
Thus, when I stumbled upon Two Penny Blue, I quickly discovered the brand was a synergy between a few of my favorite interests: bright, preppy, stylish work wear, made-in-America fashion, with a social good component.
Two Penny Blue is a collection of luxury jackets and blazers that combines thoughtful classic design with fine fabrics, bespoke detailing, and a tailored fit.
Effortlessly sophisticated, the brand is a bright, fun twist on the classic blazer. As I already have pink, navy, and black blazers in my closet, I undoubtedly need a few more. And, schoolboy blazers with gold buttons are my most favorite fashion piece.
Now, for the social good component. With every jacket purchased, a school uniform is donated to a girl in need in Africa: opening the door to her education, increasing her self-esteem, and providing the opportunity for a brighter future. Marie Whitney, the founder of the brand, said she created the collection with the dream of using fashion as a way to educate, empower, and inspire young women and children around the world.
Now, let’s take a look at the fashion. How cute are the images from the look book?
The Cambridge Blazer ($325) comes in a variety of colors, including your staples of navy, black, and white. For summer, I’m loving it in mint linen, dahlia, and red, all great with white jeans, shorts and espadrilles, or over a printed summer sundress.
The high-quality blazers are made in the U.S.A. and inspired by the British schoolboy jacket. The jacket has a fitted sleeve, a nipped-in waist, and slanted side flap pockets, making for a flattering, feminine silhouette. Its details are perfect with a notched lapel, gold crested buttons on the front and on the sleeves, with a double vent in the back for comfort.
Aside from blazers, another summer work essential in Washington is the umbrella, as we should all be prepared for days of epic thunderstorms punctuating days of epic 90 degree heat on repeat for four months.
The carousel umbrella ($49) is in a fun, summer color palette of some of my favorite shades—navy, pink, yellow, and a burnt orange. It would complement the navy or dahlia Cambridge Blazer perfectly.
The Ms. Starlet Umbrella ($57) is lots of fun with its monochromatic pattern and wooden handle.
The Ipanema Clutch ($45) is on trend with its color-blocked orange and fuchsia.
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