The piece interested me because I had been reading up on fashion history in the 1940's. I learned that during the war years cloth of all types was rationed. Women took to refashioning their husband's old wool suits into clothing for themselves.
To my eye, this looked like a double breasted blazer with the sleeves cut off. A glimpse at the lining reveals that it is probably made this way originally. But, how was it worn? Over a dress? With slacks?
I couldn't think what to do with it. Below, you'll see a couple of my end of summer experiments with it.
I tried it with a couple of pair of linen shorts and various tops. The neckline on the vest is too plunging to do without a top.