Side by side: 2 jackets

I have gone a little crazy with my Zara order. Forgive me, this is the first of a number of posts, and for this I must post and run...have to feed my step-daughter's kitties for her and then meet a friend before deluging you with kimono and other photos. 

But here are two Zara jackets -- the one I tried first and the one I tried second. Same cut, same outfit -- different colour and pattern. Which one do you like best? 

Yay for blue. 
Nay for cream. 

Thank you! 

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  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    ETA: It's okay to not like either, too! And to say so! 

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    Wow, tough choice. I'm partial to blue but I really like the light color on you too. I think that one would be easier to pair with jeans. The blue one might be too close in color to your denim. Love them both though. 

  • replied 7 years ago

    If it was the blue as ground but the pattern in 1 I would love it. I love the blue on you but the pinks etc don't do much for me.

    The coral pinks in the cream and that orangey red suit you better.

  • Glory replied 7 years ago

    I prefer the first one - the lighter one. I find the pattern just has more appeal and that it will look fab with many things.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

     I know which I prefer...........

  • merwoman replied 7 years ago

    hmmm kind of like asking which child is your favourite.
    They both look fantastic on you.
    With this outfit, I prefer the cream. I like it better with the top you have chosen, to my eye seems a better balance of colour. I'm not as fond of your blue top with the blue jacket...but I know I would love it with a different top. There. I'm solidly on the fence...sort of...

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    #1 is wow! It's hard to move on and look at #2.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    I'm not a huge fan of florals (I just purged my only floral jacket) just so you know :)  I think these fit well & look good but I just prefer the way you look in your other jackets - the leather, the denim etc. I'd be happier if the first print was on the blue background too.

  • bj1111 replied 7 years ago

    The white pants are swaying mt toward the white, but with darker pants, i prefer blue.

    Independently, i like the blue because i think the flower print is more sophisticated.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    *jumping up and down*

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    You just look great to fine in everything, but I'm not loving either pattern for you. I hope I'm not being a drip.

    I like the dark blue color, per se, for you, but the large floral doesn't seem "you".
    The lighter jacket with smaller floral is more in scale, but it just seems too ditzy or something for the type of style thing  you've got going on. I think it's totally fine and wearable and no fashion crime or anything, just doesn't really scream out that it's a wardrobe upgrade. Of course, heed the source--I struggle with differentiating between what's fresh and trendy and all that vs. not.

    I would like it better without the pattern mixing, to just use it with white and solid colors, to let it just be itself, floral. So than might correct my jaundiced eye.

  • Eliza replied 7 years ago

    Team blue here, though would prefer it with a different top. The color is great and the scale of the print is better to my eye. You wear all of these colors so well, Suz.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I like the blue although it's hard to choose, but I'm really waiting to see kimonos!

  • velvetychocolate replied 7 years ago

    I love the blue one on you!

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Suz, they both look VERY good on you. If you look at the photos you can see that both do different things for your complexion (but both good).  I LOVE the blue one.  It really highlight your fair skin and hair.  The blue IMHO is flattering beyond belief.

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    I like them both, but my preference is for the blue. The colors are rich and deep and look fantastic with your white pants, skin tone and hair color.

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    Both look great on you, but I prefer the Oriental print of the cream one to the more old-fashioned cabbage rose look of the blue. The color of the blue one is really pretty on you, though.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Cream! But I could change my mind. Is the bag from Zara too? 

  • Sona replied 7 years ago

    2. two. deux.  the second one!!


  • ClaraT replied 7 years ago

    Number 1 for me. So fresh.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Wow! Thank you so much everyone for humouring me with this little experiment. It is SO interesting how divided the opinions are. I have not yet decided to keep either, by the way. So more photos coming up in another post!! 

    ETA: I should probably have noted that it was a sunny day when I was wearing the cream, and miserably dark and cloudy when I took pics of the blue. So although the indoor lighting was the same, the overall ambient light is different. FWIW. 

  • MNsara replied 7 years ago

    I'm not saying anything!  I have a preference, but it's heavily tainted by my poison eye for florals.  So, I'm eagerly awaiting Angie's take, and I'll use it to help train my (poison) eyes :-)

    Good luck!

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    I like them both! I think the blue one has oriental print as well and not an old-fashioned  cabbage roses (the are chrysanthemums actually and quite pretty). I am really torn but if I have to choose (do I need to?) then maybe blue - because the pattern has bigger impact and you rock blues of all kinds!
    This is a tough one, Suz! Which one makes you happier?

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    This is kind of hard. Definitely the blue with the blue bag, so I covered up the bag with my hand. Still like the blue better, but there is something going on with the cream that makes your complexion rosy and fresh. I think I would like it better with a mint or blush T and a faded boyfriend jean.

    Good luck deciding!

  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    I'm having a hard time judging because I really think the stripey shirt doesn't go with the first jacket.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    I think it probably doesn't really work with either jacket, Anna -- I was experimenting a bit. But also -- that top photographs horribly. It doesn't really look the way it does in the pics. So it might be a bit better IRL. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    For me, the blue by a mile!!! Your complexion, eyes and hair look magnificent against blue and I love how the floral print is reminiscent of an Oriental fabric.  

    Have you tried it on top of your blue sheath?

  • Ginkgo replied 7 years ago

    The colors in the cream jacket pick up the pink in your cheeks and lips beautifully, and I think it would give you more variety of outfits to pair it with during the summer, plus it looks like summer!  And the cream jacket looks like a more modern cut.

    Or you could just keep both.

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    First one by all means.

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    I do like the second one a lot, but if you're only keeping one, first one hands down. 

  • Raisin replied 7 years ago

    Tough choice!  I think I would have to pick the blue one, if I HAD to pick.  Both look great, though.  

  • Mona replied 7 years ago

    I prefer the blue one. Blue is your colour, Suz.

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    I prefer the blue as you look stunning in blue. The white seems a little less modern to my eye. It's probably just me, I know. White is probably more on trend but I'm stuck on blue.

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    parsley said exactly what I was thinking. Blue pattern looks like cabbage roses, which makes it look old fashion. love love love the cream one!

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    I actually like the vintagey look of the floral pattern in #2, go figure. I vote #2 but I am biased, since I own that blazer.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Hah! This is SO interesting!! Can opinions differ or what :)

    Suz, I prefer the blue by a billion percent. To my eye, the cabbage roses are more Retro-Chic (a la darling Shannon) and sophisticated - and therefore more Modern, if that makes sense. You know I love pinks, reds, oranges and white - but the white floral looks more juvenile next to the blue. And of course, I also love blue.

    High fiving Zap and bj1111!

    What does Mr. Suz think?

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    *High fiving Angie back*

  • Angie replied 7 years ago


    And I am about to reply to your bootcut comment on this mornings blog post, Zap. I LOVE that you have made them your signature look!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Oh, thank you, everybody!! 

    I am not sure I am keeping either of these jackets; but I'm definitely not keeping the cream one. I love the pattern in theory, but I feel it is too small/ delicate -- too something, just isn't quite right for me. The one on the blue jacket feels more in scale, somehow, and more "me." Plus, the colour is divine. 

    Mr. Suz really likes the blue one, Angie. I was surprised, actually -- it is a bit of a "feminine" look for his usual taste. (I didn't think he would care for either, and he really disliked the cream one on me.) 

    But there is something really quite lovely about the cut of this jacket IRL. It is really comfortable to wear -- Zap, do you agree? I like the way it sort of swings gently. It has this "unstructured structure" feel much more in person than it may look in the pics. 

  • Carole replied 7 years ago

    I prefer the blue as well, so fun and seems like it will work so nicely with your wardrobe.

  • replied 7 years ago

    The quick answer is that I love the blue one on you. The cut is really good and the color suits you. And Angie loves it and says it's modern, so there it is!

    The more in depth answer is: I still see these prints as dated because I spend so much time in thrift stores and they are filled with them. I love the blue color on you, but I would want to make sure that you get "credit" for being modern and fashion forward, and that depends on your audience. Also keep in mind that IRL, the modern elements are probably much more recognizable than in a photo, so take all of this with a big grain of salt.  

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Yes, Claire - I think the modern elements are really super clear in person. The cut of this jacket is anything but twee. It's a sort of loose tuxedo style with no closure and low stance. And I guess I still have a soft spot for retro elements at times....Shannon and I are soul-sisters on that score. It's tricky to find modern pieces that express that retro vibe, which may be one reason this appealed to me on the rack. 

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Oh, so interesting to see Claire's comment about the prints! I spend a lot of time shopping secondhand, too - maybe that is coloring my opinion on the blue print.

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Blue for sure.  The print on the white one looks ... I dunno, messy and dull somehow.  (With florals, though, I always go with my gut.  Either they speak to me or they don't.)

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    Yes, Suz, the jacket is stunning, very modern looking in person and very versatile. I actually belted it closed with a wide studded belt and kept the rest of the outfit monocromatic, for a recent outing. I got so many compliments.

    and... Smiling at Angie, re. bootcuts:)

  • Peri replied 7 years ago

    You have enough answers...that's didn't read to see which was in first place! But I like the blue one. :)

  • Archer replied 7 years ago

    Possibly too late but the second one looks the better to me. Wonder which one you bought.  

  • jurocha replied 7 years ago

    Can't you keep both? With this outfit combo, though, and if you plan on keeping only one... than I vote for the blue version.

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    They are both smashing, but I really like the blue one best!

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