Help me pick my fall topper (s)

This season, I am passing along 3 fall/ winter blazers. These were all purchased on consignment early in my YLF days and I am ready to "trade up" to something a bit more current. 

I've noticed that in the past few seasons I have tended to buy one fun, trendy, or "statement" like jacket that I wear to bits for one season and then pass along. Last fall it was my $20 H&M knit fuchsia shrunken jacket with zip pockets.

I still have that one, but it's looking a bit worse for wear. It did alert me to the brilliance of a knit jacket for my lifestyle, however! Also to the value of a bright jacket. 

In the spring it was my Zara floral jacket. I loved the cut of that one and found it easy to wear. 

Now I'm canvassing for ideas for a fun fall jacket. I would love to be able to wear this with jeans, trousers, and skirts/ dresses -- but I know that's a tall order so it isn't an absolute requirement. 

It should have something fun and interesting about it. Colour, pattern, shape -- or some combination. 

A couple I've been looking at: 

Club Monaco Autumn Jacquard. Technically a sweater (and I note they do not show this item open -- which gives me pause -- but looks like fun and fits my colour palette. 

J. Crew Maple Tweed.   The jackets that I'm passing along are all tweeds and I would not have anything of this type in my wardrobe. If I purchased this one I would not pass it on in one year (I hope!) 

I would ALSO, ideally, like to purchase a higher quality jacket (preferably as part of a suit) and will take suggestions for that as well, but I fear it may be some time before I'll be able to get somewhere to try it on. What I really want is a Theory Lanai but Angie advises me it won't work so well on my body type...grrrr.

Do either of these items look like good bets for my style and closet, would they move me forward vs. backward, has anyone seen IRL? Or have you seen something you think might work in the alternative? 

Thanks for your thougths! 

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  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    I guess saying I love both and they serve completely different needs doesn't help? Hope someone has something more useful to say!

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    Everything shevia said. 

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I like the tweed the best but wonder if this color would fit into your wardrobe. If only it came in a black/taupe/cobalt tweed!

  • cinnamon fern replied 7 years ago

    Would it be unhelpful to say that neither of those seem perfect?

    Also, why no Lanai?  Mine is one of my all-time favorite pieces of clothing - not that we have the same body type - but I'm curious why Angie thought it wouldn't work for you.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    CF, I think you're right - - neither is perfect. 

    I might be misunderstanding Angie, but here is what I thinks she's saying about the Lanai and similar jackets, for me. The combination of my short hair, longish neck, small bust, short waist, and slender frame plus shorter legs make a collarless low V jacket more difficult to wear from the point of view of figure flattery.

    If I'm not mistaken, I think I COULD wear it successfully with turtlenecks and high crew necks or buttoned up shirts. And since I love all of those styles, I think it's still worth trying. But I wouldn't be able to wear it with the scoop necks that look so great with it. And it might tend to elongate the very part of me that does not need elongation -- making my short legs look proportionately shorter. Does that make sense? 

    I still think it is worth trying on a Lanai to see. And to compare it to other jackets. I do wear shawl collar jackets well. Again, I need a higher neckline underneath, but that is okay with me. 

    Joy, I think the dark red tweed would fit into my wardrobe well, actually. I have a lot of blues, greys, whites, black. 

  • Inge replied 7 years ago

    Love jacket hunting!-)
    The CM is fun, Suz, and fab colours for you indeed. It does have a cardigan vibe to it, but also the fun feel of a knit bomber somehow. Maybe a little more casual than what you are after?
    Love the style of the tweed jacket for you. But the red shades look slightly "warm" on my screen, would that bother you, Suz (only asking because I know we often wear the same colours, and I find this one hard to judge without having seen it irl).

    A few more ideas.

    - How do you feel about a stripe?-) I've been eyeing this one myself, as a comfy jacket for working at home. The claret would be fab for Fall/Winter.

    - Or a thinner green stripe:;context

  • Aziraphale replied 7 years ago

    The first one looks like the top half of a 1970s track suit to me.  It doesn't seem like your style.  The second one is quite cute, though, although it doesn't scream out "Suz".  I'm not sure about the texture, though.  The cut would work on your body very well.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    If it's at all possible, I think you need to try on the Lanai at some point so you can either buy it and love it, or stop dreaming about it if it doesn't work for you. I know for me, when I get a dream item in my head, I pretty much have to try it to be able to move on, you know?

    As for the two you've linked to here - I absolutely LOVE the Club Monaco cardi/jacket. The colors would work brilliantly with your wardrobe and it has a bomber vibe to it. But it would depend on how it looks open and drapes. Again, only one way to find out.

    I can't offer anything useful on the tweed jacket as I think I have a poison eye for that style.

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    I love the tweed. The variety and scale of the animal print looks a bit busy for your style, to my eye.

  • cinnamon fern replied 7 years ago

    When I think of collarless I think of something like this:;catalog

    But the neckline on the Lanai jacket is quite a bit higher - more like a mandarin collar.  I am conscious of certain things making me look giraffe-like, but not this.  Anyone, as Shannon says, trying is the only way to get it out of your head!

  • cobaltblue replied 7 years ago

    I'm afraid the CM might give off a hoodie vibe if worn open. I really like the J.Crew but would have to see it with your colors to judge the red. But fun for Canadian Autumn!

    My favorite knit, kinda fun jacket came from Anthro. You might look there, just for a change of pace. They might have a classic style with an unexpected element.

  • donnat replied 7 years ago

    I have to say I love the CM for you. I am in total agreement with Shannon.

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I also wondered about the colors of that red tweed for you - but seeing it IRL and trying on would be the best way to judge. I do really like the style of it. And I have several jcrew blazers that I feel are of great quality and I like them a lot. I love the look of that tweed moto Inge linked to. I don't love the fabric content. The first cardi style one seems like the right colors but it's a bit busy in pattern so I guess it depends on if you feel this would be something you would enjoy for the whole season, or would you tire of the pattern?

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    I really like the Club Monaco jacket.  I picked up the Elodie printed bomber jacket during NAS and have sported it quite often already.  I'm find that style of jacket a refreshing change from my blazers.

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    Forgot to add above, if I still had the funds I would have added this jacket to my heavy blue based wardrobe.  Tweed and moto and blues, all in one!

  • AviaMariah replied 7 years ago

    I love the tweed luckybrand moto that Inge and Lisa both suggested.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for weighing in everyone! Great suggestions, too. Please keep 'em coming! 

    I suspect the only solution is going to be to order a few of these and try them on, because at the moment it's all theoretical. No way I can try them in my city. 

    It's hard to judge the colours of the J. Crew. I am not sure if it's too warm or not. 

    Tex, I agree with you about the fabric content of the moto that Inge and Lisa linked to. Love the look of it, but not what it is made of. 

    Inge, as usual, you are the links queen! Thank you! Some of those are quite tempting, but none is calling my name loudly yet, although I did examine that BR striped jacket quite minutely when it first came onto the web site! 

    Becky, that was my worry about the CM jacket/ swacket, too -- that it would just look like a hoodie when open. But it's really tough to say. I don't find the pattern too busy or problematic for me (at least in theory). 

    CF and Shannon, you are right that I'm going to have to try the Lanai. I did try one in fact, in Toronto, but they didn't have my size so it was pretty much impossible to get a real sense of how it would look. Hmmm. 

  • replied 7 years ago

    I  agree with a lot of what's been said already. I'm not totally convinced by the colour of the CM jacket though I really like it and I have slight reservations about the Jcrew jacket too. Definitely try the suit 'cos you never know! Inge has been fab as always with links too. Another vote for the  Luckybrand tweed moto too.

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions as I am on the same hunt as you are so I will follow this thread with a great interest. Too bad NAS was a bust for both of us in terms of toppers when we had such big hopes for it! :-(

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    I know, Sveta. The problem was that most of the great jackets were leather and we put leather off our lists. Alas.

    But we will not be deterred from our shopping mission!! Before the autumn is too far underway, we shall have our jackets! 

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    What about the "new" Theory blazer? I was considering trying it if it's in my local dept store. It's in solids, though.
    Not sure I'm sold on either of these pictured but not sure why. 

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    I vote you try the JCrew maple tweed blazer.  It's similar to the one I bought last year at Club Monaco, and I know you liked that one.  Plus, those colors are fabulous for you.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Although I agree you MUST try the Lanai I don't think it is your fun statement piece in the sense you seek here. It's a workhorse and a totally killer jacket, but not in the way of your fuchsia or floral blazers. It or another Theory blazer COULD be part of your dream suit though. I'm wearing my Theory pants today and people have stopped me to ask about them. When does that ever happen with work trousers?

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    I think there will be a lot of bomber type jackets around so I'd wait for THE one if that is the direction you are leaning.

    A couple of years ago I would have said exactly the same as Shannon about the tweed one :) Then I found my off-white trans-seasonal jacket & I wear it with everything.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    That's just it, Caro. In your case, that jacket bookends your hair beautifully and is a textural neutral -- so it would add pizzazz to any outfit. The maple jacket's a bit less versatile, I think. But I do not have any negative associations with tweed jackets. In fact I love them. And this one has a fun collar style. Too many are collarless which does not work for me. 

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    I vote for the J Crew the tweed is fabulous along with the detailing on the lapels. I am biased because I love a sharp defined shoulder and the other piece is a sweater after all. 

  • hedgiehog replied 7 years ago

    I like them both, Suz. I suppose it would depend if youre opting for a dressier or more casual look. The CM jacket....the colour, the cut, the whole vibe just says "Suz" to me.
    However, the tweed one is equally as beautiful, just a different vibe.
    I didn't really make that easier, did I?

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Suz, can we see your jacket capsule? I know I'm asking a lot - but really, that's how to best answer your question.

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Oh yes, Suz, let's play another dress up!:-0
    I think I need to do the same...

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Ah, the tweed is red. I thought it was shades of brown, looking at the link on a mini pad.

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    I'm wretched at helping people find links, but I'm quite enamored with the tweed moto that Inge and Lisa posted.  Of your original two, the CM is my favorite!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Angie, absolutely you can see my so -called jacket capsule! It may take me a few days to get pics. Today is dark as dirt again here and I'm full on work. But by the weekend. 

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