R&B Gilet: Input, please!

It's here, it's here, it's here!! 

And I need your help. 

FWIW, I would not call this "winter coat weight." Not for my climate. I would call it heavy indoor or light outdoor weight melton wool. It is plush and dense and non-drapey. 

It seems impractical -- although on reflection, maybe not. See below for options. 

It is crazy expensive. Having said that, I did the calculations and it is actually less than the straight 35% extra to the US sale price. In other words, it's a relative bargain in Canada. :) 

And I totally, totally, totally love it. 

But, should I keep it? 

These are less "stylings" than "throwing ons." It is, I kid you not, the stickiest day of the summer here, and also one of the few cloudy days, so the light is artificial and not its best. 

#1 and #2 ---  over denim shirt and jeans. 

#3 -- over a sleeveless turtleneck. 

#4 -- showing the space I have here. This is the 2. I am wondering if I should try the 0 after all? I suspect I am between sizes. 

#5 -- trying a higher contrast top.

#6 -- trying a higher contrast bottom. 

#7 -- greater love hath no woman -- trying it LAYERED with a top and cashmere sweater. See that sweat dripping from my brow? 

#8 -- with the Minkoff bag. Great bag but I fear the scale is wrong for me -- more on that later. 

#9 -- layered over a shirt, cashmere sweater and leather jacket. Yup, this thing can layer!! 

#10 -- with a sheath dress to try that idea. 

It is just below knee length on me, so midi. I don't know if it would need hemming. I would always wear a bit of a heel with it. 


  • Does it look like it belongs with me? 
  • Should I try the smaller size to compare? 
  • If I keep, should I shorten? 
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  • Chris987 replied 4 years ago

    This looks so wonderful on you, but I find myself wishing it were a little shorter, especially since it will not be an outer layer for you except maybe during the short transitions between warm and cold seasons.  My wish for shorter is especially prevalent when you pair it with a dress/skirt or slightly rolled pants/lighter more open footwear.

    It does not however look too big overall but it's a little hard to tell. If you can easily get a hold of the smaller size I'd say go for it, you have nothing to lose.

    I tried on a knee length open cardigan recently and thought it was totally impractical too, but then I started thinking about it as more of a "jacket" and the idea worked much better that way. The one I tried was a bit too bulky but I still like the idea. Maybe you should think of this as a jacket without sleeves that just happens to be a bit long. Does that change your view of how practical it is?

  • replied 4 years ago

    Well, I like it.  I think it looks good on you - can't quite see it clearly enough on my screen to comment on fit . Only you can tell if it fits the way you want it to. I love the idea of layering over a leather jacket etc - but I wonder if you/anyone would actually wear it that way. Then it's an outdoor piece that's meant to be left on .  And undressing with all of that going on say in a restaurant ( or wherever) could be a bit much. That said, it looks fantastic and "you".  One benefit of a piece like this is that it will never go out of style. Nothing trendy about it - just very classy and classic. Could be very fun to own - and fun to wear. Just not the most practical thing - which we all know is OK! 

    As to looks here - the only one I don't love on you is with the white jeans and floral top. Just not quite right somehow - I think the blouse is throwing me of or something . How about white jeans and a Breton t? 

  • Marilyn replied 4 years ago

    First off......It looks amazing on you!!

    It does look wide in pic #4 but I suppose it depends on how you want to wear it.  If you're going to do a lot of layering do you need the extra space?  Or do you want it more form fitting?

    Length.....Looks good to my eye but see what Angie says.  I wouldn't bother shortening it.

    Can't comment on whether you should keep it.  Only you know how much wear it will get and if it's worth the cost. :)

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Killer to the power of Killer ALL ROUND. WOW. 

    This is the right size. Don't size down. Mine fits just like this under the arms. You will feel constricted in a smaller size. Length is fine. 

    It BELONGS with you, Suz. We don't need to be practical all the time. That would be very boring, and not very fun. Remember my impractical and gorgeous blue jumpsuit that I bought at the NAS last year? WHY NOT!

    This is a pièce de résistance. It has a very high longevity factor, (which is why I bought it). (Same with my jumpsuit). It will not date. It will also layer under a coat. It's impeccable, sharp and glorious. AND HAS POCKETS. And see how versatile the gillet is too.

    You feel magical wearing this piece. That's sooo worth it. 

    I am in favour of you keeping the item that is the price of two Vince T-necks. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    It is not difficult to shorten if I decide to keep and if we think it requires shortening. Just a little added expense, but what the heck, right? Ha. 

    Yes, Lisa, I agree -- it wasn't an "outfit" so much as just, let's see how it fits over a top. I think it would be much better with the Breton and white jeans or another white top and white jeans vs. this top. This top would be fine with blue denim or black bottoms. 

    Fit is tricky. I think I'm probably between sizes. 

  • Joyce B replied 4 years ago

    I also think the gillet will be a piece that will make you feel happy every time you wear it. All the outfits you showed are fabulous and very different from each other. I think the length of the gillet is perfect.

  • Roxanna replied 4 years ago

    I do love it on you - and I love the way you have styled it with such versatility. I do question the practicality, but I am thinking of my lifestyle and climate, not yours - you might find it more useful. Could you layer a coat on top of this? Would you? Otherwise it might be fine with a jean jacket or leather jacket underneath. I have a faux fur vest I wear like this, and I don't get mind that it doesn't get worn much because I got a deal on it. So it's totally up to you and what you are comfortable with in terms of price and cost per wear. 

    Love it with all the looks (except, as Lisa said, with the floral - which still looks good, the others just look more stunning.)

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Ha, Angie, now that you put it that way, you are SOOOOOO right!! That's exactly the cost!! 

    Well, I think I am sorted. :)   

    If I lived in Ottawa I would try the 0 just to be sure...I suspect I am right in between sizes. But this size does allow me to layer very well and doesn't look oversized when I wear it open. I might ask Mr. Suz what he thinks. 

  • Amy replied 4 years ago

    Lol, I think Angie said what needed to be said :)

  • Marilyn replied 4 years ago

    A bit off topic but your hair is looking amazing Suz.  Makes me wonder why so many of us are afraid of going gray. 

  • Diana replied 4 years ago

    I think it's great!  I would NOT shorten it - I think it's wonderfully dramatic as is and you would lose a lot of the drama by making it shorter.  It's very unique at this length.  I think the size is fine - I don't notice the excess room except in the one photo where you are holding it out to emphasize it.

    I agree with Lisa that all the stylings work well except for the white jeans one.  I feel like there's almost a distracting "grinning" effect with the super bright white bottoms in that one.  Maybe a longer top would mitigate that effect if you wanted to keep wearing it with the white jeans.

    Have you tried layering it UNDER a blazer or other jacket? Just out of curiosity ... I have layered my mid-thigh length vests under jackets for an interesting and different look.  This may be too heavy to do that though. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Thank you, Marilyn. I am happy that I went the drastic route and cut off all the dye. It simplifies my life.

    And, speaking of Girl Math....what I spent in hair colouring last year is more than twice the price of this lovely gilet!!! 

    There, I've just justified my splurge.  :) 

    :)  Amy

    Roxanna, yes I can layer a coat over it no problem, assuming the coat is the right length. I'll have to look into my coats. I have a trench that will definitely work over it. My winter coats are a bit shorter so won't work. 

    Lisa, I do think it's one of those pieces that won't date, and may become a kind of signature. It would be a fantastic piece to wear when giving readings, etc. 

    Joyce, thank you. 

    Chris, thanks. I think it may be more useful than I expect. Only way to know is to try it. 

  • Sal replied 4 years ago

    I love it on you Suz, it is stunning. It provides that tailored edge that you suit so well, but is very modern. Perfect over blue denim and knit dresses, and I agree the white denim could work with a tweak. I see that if guy are working at home then heading out you could throw this on to elevate an outfit.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Diana, thank you! I think this one is too heavy to layer under a jacket but I might be wrong. I could try. It will definitely go under a trench coat, though, for added warmth (not a layered look). 

    Totally agree that the white jeans look is least good. I was also going completely nuts at that point wanting to get everything off -- I didn't even do up my shoes properly!!! 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Sally, I love your logic!!  :) Oh, I'll just toss on my gilet here.....   :) 

  • Angie replied 4 years ago


    Mr. Suz is going to love it. I will guarantee it! 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Thank you, Angie, for recommending it!! :) 

    I think you're right that Mr. Suz will love it. 

  • Windchime replied 4 years ago

    You MUST keep it, Suz! It really couldn't look better on you or suit you more. It will complement your wardrobe brilliantly.

    More love from me for your "new" hair; it looks fabulous in these pictures. I bet you're glad for shorter hair in the heat.

  • Colette replied 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I love this on you! It is perfect every way you styled it.

    I understand what you are saying about the impracticality/expense. This is an early fall/late spring item for me and I think you too. If I could have justified it, I would have gone for it but my life is more way more casual than yours and I could not. But it is definitely a statement piece so if you look at it like that, perhaps the CPW should be considered in a different way. Especially because you love it. And yes, it belongs with you!

  • texstyle replied 4 years ago


  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Don't size down! This is perfect. Don't shorten! It's KILLER. Listen to Angie. Lol.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago


    Suz, when I modeled the gillet for Greg, he said that there was no way I was not getting it. He was mesmerized by it. I think it's one of his favourite items in my wardrobe. (He likes me in tailored clothing). And I like wearing it with white jeans too - like you did in #6. 

    ENJOY. (We wouldn't have bought it in black, so we lucked out). 

    And laughing @Amy. 

  • texstyle replied 4 years ago

    I think you could wear this pretty much any time you walk out of the house this fall and it would be sensational - truly a statement piece that goes with nearly everything you wear. Can't wait to see what DH says.

  • Sal replied 4 years ago

    And couldn't you wear this inside the house in winter too - or say to the theatre, out to dinner, a writers event?  I can see it is not winter outdoor, nor a high summer piece I agree. 

  • claire replied 4 years ago

    I think it's simple. When you say you Totally Totally Totally Love something, you keep it. :)

  • skylurker replied 4 years ago

    It looks good, it also looks superfluous, I mean I'd like the outfits as well without it.
    I just can't grasp the use of it - I admit I have very little imagination and creativity though. And you will have Angie as model for outfit creation.

  • Column replied 4 years ago

    Your body double here, Suz. I have been admiring and weighing pros/cons of the gilet from afar.

    So what Angie said (bc of course she is always right, yes)? I was waiting for her eye on size and length, bc like others, I couldn't tell from the photos. But I love the look and UBER LOVE the color on you.

    I will likely NOT be getting it, not based on cost alone (bc as Angie points out, it is the price of two good pieces, on which many of us havve aalreaddy sppent mooney).. But bc in my workpllace, peeoplle aare judged by clothing. Too faashiionabble can meaan not serious enouggh (as in, iss this hoow youu spend you monney annd frree timme instead of feeding the hngry)? And in part, I ssubscriibe to thoose polittics orr I woouldn't workk theere. But I do love ffashhion (guilty plleasuure) aand I WOULDD feel fab in tthis, so if yoou can weaar it,, ddo it!!
    Veerdict: Just mmake cconsciouus ddecisions to wear it weeekly oor more. (And aapologies for my keybooard, which isacting up bc loow on bbattery--but I wanted to support you)!!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Skylurker, now that is so interesting. I immediately saw at least 20 ways I could wear this piece. I can see it with:

    • Sheath dresses, sleeved or unsleeved (I have a few of these)
    • Shirtdresses 
    • Jeans, both cropped and full length. 
    • Culottes (I have denim culottes on the way, and already own a pair of sequinned culottes)
    • White denim (but probably with a different top as others have said)
    • Sleeved shirts, and sleeveless tops.
    • Turtlenecks, sleeved and sleeveless.
    • Crewneck sweaters, both plain and patterned.
    • Black or ink trousers, or grey, or patterned. 
    • Scarves of various types or shawls
    • Denim skirt
    • Tube skirt or pencil skirt...
    ...this is only a start!! 

    To me the outfits would lack something without it. Well, not the outfit with the leather jacket under -- that would be fine without it. But most of the others. 

    I like the word superfluous, though. Isn't that what an extravagance is supposed to be?  :) 

    Crackers, that's it, right. Hopeless love. 

    Sally, absolutely - that's how I see myself wearing it most of the time. In winter, indoors --to writers' events, to dinner, to the theatre -- whatever. 

    Tex, I think I might need to wear it every day to get that CPW down!

    Angie, did you try it with a lace item? I think the juxtaposition could be a lot of fun if the weights of the items were good together. 

    Colette, Windchime, thank you. Windchime, you're a hair inspiration. And Colette, I am still thinking of you in the TT coat, so you know you picked the best piece for you at the sale!! 

  • Susie replied 4 years ago

    THIS. This is the kind of piece that I think is the most exciting to find at this sale...a true statement-making, outfit-elevating, modern classic! It's always great to get good deals on our essentials and to fill our wardrobe needs, but even better to find the thing you love, love, love!

    It's gorgeous on you and you MUST keep it.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Column, what a sweet note. 

    I hear you on the "not wanting to be too ostentatious/ fashionable" thing. I don't think I will be wearing to my grad school classes. But to events, yes. And it will stand the test of time. 

  • shedev replied 4 years ago

    Keep please.

  • Eliza replied 4 years ago

    It is gorgeous on you. That is pretty much it.

    I own a similar EF structured, lined, but single breasted black, long vest. I love it. I am surprised by how wearable it is and how often it is the perfect third piece. It plays with classic button downs as well as my few Helmut Lang contemporary tops. Spring and fall it is a slam dunk. In the winter, it doesn't bunch over a coat. Guess what, I think Angie is right again. I've worn it out in the summer on a chilly, non-humid evening also. 

    Enjoy it ! 

  • replied 4 years ago

    You could be modeling this for Norstrom.  It looks wonderful on you.  I have one in gray I bought few years ago from Zara's collection.  It still is one of my favorite go to pieces.

  • Muffin replied 4 years ago

    Must keep! I don't "know" you but it looks like you. If I saw you on the street wearing this I would look at least twice in admiration of not only the cool piece but the radiant lady wearing it (could be the perspiration but I think you're pretty radiant regardless!).

  • Chris987 replied 4 years ago

    I think it's unanimous.....you MUST keep it Suz!  It passes ALL the tests, the most important being that you adore it and can imagine wearing it lots of different ways.

  • replied 4 years ago

    I haven't read others' comments.
    Having seen the fabric in person, my feeling is that you should return and find the same thing in a suiting material, which will receive 1,000x more wears.
    I agree that it is NOT coat weight but it is also not indoor weight either.

    On the plus side, I love the buttons and the lengthening effect it gives. Wow! Wow! Wow! It looks great open and closed. Also, to confuse things, it might be the weight of the fabric that gives it such a great look. But I don't know for sure.

    It looked amazing on C1 and Staysfit too. It's a great cut.

  • skylurker replied 4 years ago

    "Le superflu, chose très nécessaire" wrote Voltaire :)

    Of course I see it through my lifestyle lenses :
    1- useless as outerwear in my climate
    2- useless on weekends for housechores and couch potatoe-ing.
    3- useless at work because I sit all day in front of a computer. It looks uncomfortable to sit on. Besides, I think it would look much less sharp when sat on :)

  • Xtabay replied 4 years ago

    I think you'll be very glad if you keep it.  I had a black one for YEARS.  I wore it a lot and always got compliments on it.  It could be worn so many ways and seemed to have magical fashion powers.  It seemed to quadruple the wow factor of whatever it was worn with.  Go, be fabulous in it!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Awe Suz this was made for you shift some stuff around if you have to but keep it. 

  • gradfashionista replied 4 years ago

    Ahhhh, keep it! What a wonderful garment on you. I like the length as is, but could understand if you wanted to shorten it slightly. As is, the size looks perfect.

    You've convinced me to order it.

  • crazyone replied 4 years ago

    It looks amazing on you, and if you have a lot of outfits you can wear it for, I would go for it.  What size did you get?  I tried the 2, and felt like it was a perfect fit (other than length).  I especially love it open.

    aww, now you're making me reconsider whether I should get it--the Nordstrom sales associate liked it on me.  But I still think it's the same weight as some of my wool winter coats, as opposed to wool suiting .  The problem is mine is really too long on me, and I don't wear heels.  

  • Word Lily replied 4 years ago

    This is SO YOU. It's amazing awesome and you should totally keep it. I thought it from the first photo, and nothing changed as I kept looking and reading. 

  • Peri replied 4 years ago

    Keep Keep Keep!

  • Xtabay replied 4 years ago

    Just in case you want to see a couple of other options, at a lower price point:

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    I would not know how to wear this at all. But you clearly do, and it's pretty much made for you so how can you not keep? I would be interested to see how often it gets worn in a year. It's clearly a wow piece yet not loud or OTT. I would find it impractical for my life - for the reasons Skylurker said - but I still covet the look!

    If Gryffin has not checked in I bet she'd be a huge yes.

  • Roxanna replied 4 years ago

    @Suz, you've inspired me to try some of these looks with a tailored wool vest I have! I know it's not as fashionable as a gillet, but it works better for my lifestyle, and I never would have thought to wear it in some of the looks you have here. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Aww. Thank you for all your thoughts and considered opinions and also for the compliments. I am blushing. :) 

    Word Lily -- you hit the nail on the head. Angie knows me well. I knew this was a "me" item from the second I opened up the bag. 

    C1, it is the size 2. It's not the same weight as my winter coats...mine are heavier, and lined with thinsulate or similar. If it were a jacket, I would find it too heavy for indoor wear, but not as a vest, because my arms are free. 

    It did look amazing on you. The SA was right!

    Gradfashionista, I think it is worth looking at if nothing else. It doesn't cost to look at it if delivery is free. 

    Thanks, Ledonna. Will do. 

    xtbay, Linder, Eliza -- yes, it feels very much like "magical fashion power" at work here. It dresses casual things up (like distressed denim) and it smartens or sharpens other classic items. 

    Skylurker, yours is highly practical reasoning and is almost what would have made me not order it (and is in fact the reason I sent back a lower end but similar piece from Zara two years ago). I won't wear it while working at home, I won't wear it doing chores, it's not much as an outerwear piece (although layered with jackets, sweaters, or coats, it might be). And yet, and yet...in short, Voltaire was correct!! 

    Smittie, I hear what you are saying...but maybe I just need two of these -- one summer weight and one winter? :)

    Muffin, I think it was a bit of both! Thank you. 

    Chris, Linder, Eliza, Shedev -- thanks for the votes of confidence. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Susie, somehow I missed your comment but thank you!! I agree -- what is the NAS for if not for that special piece we otherwise would pass by, sighing? I mean, I ordered bras and underwear, too, but COME ON!!! 

    Hmmm. I think Karie needs one of these too. Tanya? Sveta? Inge? 

    Roxanna, that's great!!

    just for you, I will keep a count. I do know that I can't wear it today because it's killer hot, but I will be wearing it at my first opportunity. 

    Peri, thank you!!

    Xtbay, yes, I had noticed those and they also appealed. But. I think I am just going to go with this. Like I said. Less than half the cost of hair dye for a year.  :)

  • Xtabay replied 4 years ago

    Suz, try it as a swimsuit coverup while it's still hot!  Hee hee.

  • chouette22 replied 4 years ago

    I certainly love it on you. It looks absolutely stunning and yet, I would think long and hard before committing to it. Since it's quite a memorable item, are you going to wear it often enough to justify its price? I know I wouldn't, but love the look. I actually bought the Trouvé Longline Vest that Xtabay referenced above to play with this silhouette. It's too hot to try on outfits, but I will keep it only if I am sure that I'll wear it often enough (even at this much lower price point). I have gotten so very cautious about impractical purchases that won't get worn enough. Just my five cents. And I don't want to discourage you at all, just to give you my honest opinion. 

  • chouette22 replied 4 years ago

    Oh, I see now only that you have already committed to it. I am looking forward to seeing it in action!

  • Staysfit replied 4 years ago

    Chiming in between packing and running around. WOW!
    KEEP! That size is excellent. You are a tiny person Suz. Mine is a 6!

    I was thinking of sizing down to a 4 but then worried about layering underneath with heavier items than the Boss sheath and Tracy Reese dress.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    I'm small...but not as small (in frame) as Angie! I'm a LOT shorter than you, also, Staysfit!  (Shorter than Angie, too, for that matter). 

    I agree that it is super easy to layer under it in this size -- clearly, I can wear a jacket under it layered over a shirt and sweater!

    Xtbay, as long as it is not a cholorine pool -- just think of the number the bleach would do on this baby!!

    Chouette, I am really glad for your considered opinion. I worry about a frivolous waste of money, too -- and yet this is true love enough I think, sort of like my Reiss jacket. Which is a workhorse for me. Worth every penny. 

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Ah, see the sizing oddness come into play? Now I feel like trying this on just to see how it fits - I bet I'd need at least a 6 and a foot hemmed off (off the vest, not off me!).

  • unfrumped replied 4 years ago

    Wow. I was not prepared for this tolook so fantastic. It IS you.
    What " sells" me is that it works with your style, and the navy is just right slso, and the clincher is that it works with jeans and over a dress with bare legs( / sheer hose) . In fact I was sorting through the pics thinking, will there be a dress. That really ups the times you can wear it.
    I think this is more of a standing/ walking piece, as the drama is lost sitting, so you know your occasions ; that will be key to wearing it.

  • chouette22 replied 4 years ago

    These true love pieces are the best, whether one buys a house or a vest! :) I am very happy for you!

  • Style Fan replied 4 years ago

    Looks fantastic on you Suz.  I love it with jeans.  What a great piece to have in your wardrobe.

  • Gaylene replied 4 years ago

    Well, it would be a very practical piece here in Victoria, so I think the best plan is to get the gilet and start packing for a cross Canada move. ;)

  • marianna replied 4 years ago

    Late to chime in but OMG YES KEEP IT. It looks like YOU and looks amazing on you. 100% YES.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    So glad it is so popular. Thanks, Marianna. 

    Mr. Suz is in favour. He hasn't actually seen it on, just the photos, but I'll bet he and Greg and Mr. Staysfit would agree that it looks better on, in person. 

    Gaylene, that is not so far from reality, as a matter of fact. We are deliberating. Will be in Victoria at the end of August. :)  

    I have to admit, that is factoring into my decision. The truth is, the last big splurge item that Angie suggested I buy turned out to be a workhorse for me. So, there is also that. 

    Unfrumped, that's it -- it is incredibly versatile. 

    Una, I don't think you would need a 6 in this because it does not have shoulders. And your hips are narrow. For most people in this item, I predict hips (#1 trouble spot) or tummy (#2 potential trouble spot) or possibly bust (#3 trouble spot) would be the deciding factors. If those are not your largest parts, then you would wear a small size. 

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    Looks fantastic on you and I love the longer length. I have something similar in black wool, lined, but I think dark blue would be a more versatile colour. I found the first time I wore it to work I had to resist the urge to take it off before I sat down. I never wear a jacket at my desk but taking it off when I get to work defeats the purpose of wearing it, since I tend to have to layer over it outside. Anyway, it felt a bit odd at first but I got used to it. Also, if you have a long line (knee length) cardigan, you might try layering that underneath the gilet. Works for me and it might allow you to get a little more outdoor wear out of it. In terms of tops, I like mine best with a turtleneck, and I know you are also a fan of those :)

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    I vote for the gillet.  And Victoria, too!

  • crazyone replied 4 years ago

    D'oh, I should have read what you said in your intro--I jumped straight to the pics.  This fits well on you, I do think if there were a size 1 that might be better but Angie is probably right that 0 would be too narrow.

    I have more in hips and thigh region than Suz does and I thought the gilet fit me in that region just fine.  I think it's cut narrower up top than it is at the bottom.

    Hmm, now I'm reconsidering...mainly because my most go-to topper is a navy schoolboy blazer.  If navy is such a go-to for me, maybe I'd reach for this just as often?  I often hold back on wearing the navy blazer so as not to seem preppy all the time.  This would be similar colorway but no prep factor.  What to do about the length though...

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Brooklyn, yes -- HUGE turtleneck fan. And I also have longline cardigans -- 2 of them. I prefer a longline cardigan to any other kind. 

    My outside the home work (such as it is) involves a LOT of standing. I stand when I teach, much of the time. I stand when I give readings and presentations. I stand when I introduce people. I stand at Festivals and other writerly events. I need a dramatic piece that does not call too much attention to itself but gives attention to me at such times. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    C1, do an Ask Angie. And maybe order if you want to and take more pics. It does not cost to TRY it. 

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Aw, Suz - thanks for indulging me! #2 and 3 could be problems for me. I'm just going to admire this on you and am thrilled you found a piece that you love so deeply!

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    Well I think it would be perfect for you then Suz. I am very much desk bound in my job! I think it is a great statement piece.

  • lpr200 replied 4 years ago

    Suz, It looks great on you!!! It's inspiring to see how you styled it.

  • Gaylene replied 4 years ago

    Ah, Suz, toss those mitts, snow boots, and puffers. Victorians cut their lawns in January. Better shopping--plus Angie and Seattle are just an hour and a half away via high speed ferry!

  • Lisa replied 4 years ago

    I adore this on you, it is a stunning piece and look at how many outfits you just created with it on a whim?  Nice!

  • Sveta replied 4 years ago

    I love it on you Suz. As have my grey one for 2 years now I can witness that it is very useful INDOOR wear in our climate. It is a perfect layering piece which does not conflict with any sleeves and adds a lot of drama and sass without any movement  restrictions. It adds warmth to a blouse or shirt in winter but a cooler option than a jacket if you run hot.
    My only word of caution from experience: if you plan to wear it OUT of the house make sure you have at least one coat which is long enough for each season you want to wear it in. I find my grey gilet is an inch longer than my trenches and I tend NOT to wear it with them: I cannot stand it peeking from under a coat. It just does not seem streamlined to me. I have one puffer and one wool coat which are long enough to cover it so I can wear it all winter long.
    Although you may be not as particular about the length here as I am so it may not bother you...
    Oh and just for the record - I do not have any  issues to sit all day in mine at all!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Svetlana, thank you! I know yours is a workhorse for you and I often wished I had ordered that one. I think this one is thicker fabric, maybe...it is almost felted (as melton is). But I still think your comments apply. 

    I am just as particular about length of coats. I know that one of my trenches is about this length but I need to try it on to test. 

    I think this means I may be in the market for a midi-mancoat?  Hmmmm.. Too bad Danier is gone!! That is where we discovered yours. 

    But I'll bet I can snap one up on ebay or something as they are not the coat of the moment. Hmmmm. 

  • Nadya replied 4 years ago

    As soon as I saw your pictures, I thought "perfect for readings!" And then I read in and saw you'd see that too, of course! It is smashing on you and I think you'll wear the heck out of it, I bought a long gilet at last year's NAS and not only have I loved it, I miss not having a summer equivalent.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Nadya, I guess we need to shop the sales for the summer versions, then, don't you think?  ;) 

  • crazyone replied 4 years ago

    I would totally buy this gilet from Madewell if it was in stock in my size.  It's only $54 and is shorter and made of a lightweight material.  Posting in case anyone else is interested.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    It's really nice. In Canada it is $124.  That's the sale price. 

    I mean, people. $54 vs. $124???????   

  • crazyone replied 4 years ago

    Suz, for me nothing beats the Vince turtleneck :)

  • DonnaF replied 4 years ago

    Sheesh!  So glad I don't have to buy clothing in Canada.

    But you're keeping the gilet, right?  I agree that it has your name on it. 

    FWIW, I wear various vests/gilets ALL.THE.TIME.  I love them because they don't restrict my movement but still keep me a little warm(er) and they are a Third Piece.  Sleeve cuffs can get dirty or get in the way; no problem with a gilet. 

    Now of course you realize that none of us enablers have to pay your bills, right?  :)

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Must. Keep. ( or it will haunt you)

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    It is definitely you, Suz. If you could only get one piece from NAS, this should be it.

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    Suz this looks fabulous on you. Size looks good but it is hard to discern on the screen. And please don't shorten. I love the length. I have something similar and its a really important piece in my wardrobe. I wear it across most seasons (not exreme heat) and it looks especially fab worn with a sleeveless top like your turtleneck. I think if it works within your budget I would keep. I think it's one of those items with considerable longevity that you will be really pleased you have. It's special, and it does 'look like you'.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    I am glad that is all sorted out and you are going to keep this piece. Factor in the joy per wear and it is a bargain!

  • Inge replied 4 years ago

    I am very late to the party and have only one thing to say: please keep!!-)

  • kerry replied 4 years ago

    Looks gorgeous - keep!

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    What is not to love?

  • MidwestrnChic replied 4 years ago

    I am simply wowed by this piece and how you have styled it.  Bravo!  Stunning!

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    I love this on you. My favorite looks are the darker, tonal colors but I love it with that dress also. I actually didn't expect to like it because it isn't my style but really love it on you. I think the length is fine.

  • goldenpig replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous on you and I love all the ways you styled it. Isn't it great to find something so perfect for your style?

  • Nadya replied 4 years ago

    Suz yes! You're brilliant and we should keep our eyes peeled.

  • Deanna replied 4 years ago

    It is such a beautiful piece.  The outfits you put together look great~!

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