Had you ever pictured yourself wearing a look – and found out that it didn’t suit you in reality?
This happened to me recently with the tweed jacket trend. I’ve always had problems wearing jackets/blazers/anything with shoulder pads – being a child of the 80s, I have a horror of anything that makes your shoulders look bigger. However – I couldn’t resist the look of the Chanel tweed jacket – I love how pairing it with jeans brings structure and style to a casual look:
|Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss and Cameron Diaz in Chanel jackets|
There have been several affordable interpretations of the Chanel tweed jacket at stores like Zara, H&M and Forever 21. One version that’s been spotted on several fashion bloggers is the UNIQUEEN Malang Jacket (sold online over here – although my one is no longer in stock). I believe the jacket was sent by UNIQUEEN to some of the bloggers, while others purchased their own (full details are on their blogs).
Jean from Extra Petite:
Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook:
TIffany from I am Style-ish:
I had the UNIQUEEN jacket in my online shopping cart for MONTHS while I deliberated over whether I should purchase it or not. It was nerve-racking purchasing something sight unseen from a shop with limited return options. I finally gave in and purchased the jacket…and I’m still not sure if I’m happy or not.
|Left – original version, Right – with my modifications|
-I don’t like how the jacket looks on me when the top lies flat – I prefer it folded back into faux-lapels
-there are no buttons/fastenings – it just hangs open – which makes it look boxy
-the lining is WARM – it’s thick enough to be outerwear in spring or fall
-I’m not sure if it is the right size for me (seems short on the sleeves but big through the shoulders)
I don’t think I can return this item – so I’m going to modify the jacket to make it wearable. The fixes should be simple enough to do myself:
– sew hook-and-eye fastenings so that I can close the jacket
– press and sew the top into faux lapels
This is probably not the wisest purchase I’ve made – but I still have a soft spot for this jacket and hope I can get some good wear out of it.
Have you ever purchased a longed-for item and realized that it didn’t suit you?
EDIT: I returned the Malang jacket to Uniqueen and am still looking for the perfect fitted tweed jacket. Love the design of this one.