Mighty Closet: Margaret Stewart, Outfit No. 4

26th June 2009

We photographed a lot of upscale outfits, so Margaret insisted on one “what I’d throw on to meet you for brunch” set. Fair enough.

The jeans are Gap, shirt is Paul and Joe for Target, and the jacket is Proenza Schouler for Target. She got it on super sale for $6.

This, again, is why I take Margaret with me when I go shoe shopping. She purchased these boots at Paolo in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.

These are actual Girl Scout patches, which Margaret ordered according to her interests — design, nerdery, color, sewing, cooking, and photography. I said:

-“They just let you order them?”
-“YES! I know. I was kind of scandalized. I guess they figured people old enough to have credit cards have no use for Girl Scout patches.”
-“Wrong!”
-“Dead wrong.”

Hello, cutie. Get a load of those eyes. Hat by Boden, which we both agree has grown a little bit ho-hum of late. Reinvigorate, Boden! We want to love you. Help us love you again.

On Monday, we conclude with a peek at one of Margaret’s ludicrously good evening dresses.

27 thoughts on “Mighty Closet: Margaret Stewart, Outfit No. 4

  1. Jessica

    I wanted to use badges for a craft project for the house, and new you could just order them from being a girl scout for so many years, but it felt so terrible and cheating that in the end I couldn’t

  2. Maggeh Post author

    Jessica, that’s hilarious, but I know what you mean. Margaret and I were both Girl Scouts when we were little (at least I’m pretty sure Margaret was too), and we both tend toward aggressive rules following ourselves. We were shocked that you could just… order badges. It seems so strange.

  3. Sarah

    If you haven’t yet read it, find a copy of Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster. Flip to the chapter where she writes about her beloved Girl Scout uniform, and, specifically, earning the badges for her sash. It’s really quite funny, even if you weren’t a Girl Scout.

  4. Sarah

    (For the record, I’m not promoting that book or anything. It was just something I bought and read a few months back. Just wanted to clear that up.)

  5. abi

    Do you suppose Margaret would mind if I plagiarized her Girl Scout badge idea? Because I have a canvas bag that has been wanting some flair, and that would be PERFECT. (I’ll rationalize my badge purchase by only ordering ones that I earned as a kid anyway. That’s not cheating! Right?)

  6. loonytick

    I think that’s because troop leaders design their own activities and decide for themselves what patches apply. You’d think they’d only let the leaders order them, though.

  7. Kimberly

    Nice idea!!

    Now I have to call my Mom and ask her “MOM! MOM! Which badges did I earn when I was a GS so I can order them online and sew them on my bag?”

    My mom will totally remember. Heck, she probably still has my sash somewhere…

  8. Kate

    I am such a big fan of this Mighty Closet feature, that I’m making time this evening to dive into my own closet and do a little “shopping” of my own!

  9. Kristina

    Wooooooord to the Boden frumpery. Their autumn sneak peak was disappointing to say the least. But their summer stuff is pretty cool so I’m waiting for that stuff to go on sale.

  10. Becky

    there’s also Nerd merit badges and spoof merit badges. I’ve been awarding “Blogging” and “I’m Lost!” badges to friends all year.

  11. bethany actually

    I know of at least one store in my hometown (Canfield’s in Omaha, NE) where anyone can walk in off the street and buy boy scout AND girl scout badges and patches of all kinds. Which I always thought was totally cool.

  12. dani

    I seriously want to move to the states, that jacket for $6 (that is like $7 aussie – you can’t buy a pair of undies from Target for that amount).
    And I want those badges, I am in a group in Australia called ‘Brown Owls’ which is brownies (did you have them?) for grown ups – and there are badges!
    And Pip who runs Brown Owls has a book called ‘Meet me at Mikes’ which has crafty projects in it from herself and various people (like Loubylou) which rocks… and no I am not doing any paid promotion – it is just the most beautiful book I have ever owned!

  13. steph

    I recognize that nerdery badge. I earned one in 1981 when I was 8 for taking a programming class in BASIC (I was a nerdy brownie, how about that?). I still have it on my sash… maybe I should do something else with it… HMMM. I’ll not be selling it to you guys though!

  14. dgm

    I was all giddy with Margaret’s finery, but I have to say that this is my favorite outfit of hers. MERIT BADGES?? I am all over that like a hot rash!

  15. jennie

    On a note unrelated to her badges – her hair! Her gorgeous hair! I need to know what products she uses. My hair is similar but I can’t seem to get it to do what hers is doing. Please share the secrets?

  16. Amity

    OMG, I have all my old Girl Scout badges and now I totally want to make something like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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