If you found a vintage tweed St. John jacket on eBay or in a consignment shop, it would likely come with shoulder pads, sparkly rhinestone buttons, and a boxy fit. Those details are characteristic of the early ’60s, when Robert and Marie Gray founded the label in Irvine, California, and a vintage lover might wear an original with a T-shirt and ripped Levi’s. Current designer Greg Myler is attuned to that high-low, mix-and-match philosophy, but today’s woman tends to prefer a relaxed fit. His new Pre-Fall 2018 collection featured loose, unstructured jackets that felt like cardigans, particularly the honey-color one in double-faced cashmere.
Suits were a defining trend in 2017, but Myler rarely styles his jackets with matching tweed skirts the way the Grays would have in the ’60s. Consider the opening look, a multicolored tweed jacket in a palette inspired by the Italian seaside, which was paired with suede leggings. If you’re in the mood for a boss-lady vibe, though, the short-sleeved beige and gold jacket with a rounded collar, crystal buttons, and a coordinating miniskirt was particularly cute. With the right ironic touch—a pair of kitten heels, perhaps, or a chunky earring—it would fit right in with fashion’s twisted-corporate obsession.