Shopping: Marc by Marc Jacobs Meets William Morris

Marc by Marc Jacob’s 2015 Fall ready to wear line saw the designs of William Morris, the English textile designer and social activist, married to crepey blouses, mini skirts, and military inspired jackets.

When I saw the tie-front crepe blouse in the Strawberry Thief print, I nearly died. It was all of my favorite things. A bow blouse. Marc by Marc Jacobs. And a William Morris design (inspired, apparently, by the small birds Morris saw stealing strawberries from his garden).

Too bad the blouse was $348. That’s a bit steep for a writer, you know. I’ll wait, I thought. It will go on sale. And it did.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Strawberry Thief tie front blouse
Marc by Marc Jacobs Strawberry Thief tie front blouse

And I love it. It’s a triacetate/polyester blend, which I was a bit skeptical about at first. Triacetate? Yuck. But, it’s fine. The fabric is drapey while having a slightly heavy feel to it. It’s delicate and durable at the same time, if that makes any sense.

The tie sash is actually removable, so if there should ever be a point in my¬† life when I decide I’m over ties and bows, I can just take it off and keep on wearing the shirt.

William Morris Strawberry Thief Fabric at the V&A museum.
William Morris Strawberry Thief Fabric at the V&A museum.

Although the shirt has an eye catching pattern, it’s actually pretty versatile. It looks all office-ready and librarian like when worn with a pencil skirt (as seen in the photo above).

Put it on under a sleeveless sheath dress, though, and you’re channeling the 1970’s:


The blouse is hand washable, with the option of dry cleaning. I might be a bit nervous about taking it to my usual cleaners though, given the fact they’ve shrunk stuff in the past and I just don’t want to think about what they might do to triacetate.

Fit is true to size to a little big – I’m in a small and it’s quite blousy and the sleeves are on the long side, although the shoulders are pretty fitted.

If you’re not into bow blouses, MMJ is offering a tie-free version of the blouse, in blue. There’s also a red version with a bow, plus several dresses in the same pattern.

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