Zara try-ons part 1: Jackets

Anchie and I are on the same wavelength, it seems. I made a huge Zara order and have some items up for review and discussion. I have no intention of keeping everything I've ordered and only want the most needed/ best. (Which hopefully overlap -- we'll see!) 

I tried two jackets, one of which Anchie also tried. Note, these are not exactly styled into outfits, but I did try with a few bottoms to show and experiment with proportions. 

FIrst, a navy and white tweed double breasted jacket. Not the best made item in the world (i.e. some of the threads are shedding where it is intentionally frayed) but certainly, the quality is more than acceptable and it is super comfortable. I have a great affinity for cropped boxy jackets like this. The buttons are kind of fun because they are mixed metal. I suspect I may be between sizes -- the shoulder seam does extend a bit past my actual shoulder. OTOH, that is the style -- shoulder is meant to be emphasized and there are pads in there. 

So my question here is what do we think of the fit, and does it look like something I might also wear in autumn (to extend wearing season beyond spring.) I think I could wear with navy and/or burgundy, but would it always read "spring"? 

Next up, a lilac and white cropped jacket. This one is higher quality, I would say -- very nicely made for the price. To me, it reads as an exclusively spring item. It is mostly cotton, but also lined so probably too warm for true summer except in AC. At Zara it is part of a set, but alas, its skirt is a mini -- not for me. I imagine I might be able to find bottoms other than jeans that would work but for now, that's what I've got. And the ladylike colour and nature of the piece mean -- given my casual lifestyle -- I'm more likely to wear it with denim than anything else. 

Again, I may be between sizes. The sleeves are a little long on this one, but they are very nicely constructed with a slight narrowing toward the bottom so it doesn't bother me as much as it sometimes does...I could potentially have them altered, as well (showing a bit shorter in photos 6 and 7). 

You can see how this jacket really wants to be matched with a very high waist and an A shape on bottom. The white jeans are high waisted but not quite as high and of course they are a different shape. I don't think it works with them. It doesn't work as well with the cropped wide legs, either, because the waist is about half an inch lower than on the full length pants. Half an inch!! Fascinating to see, right? 

It is more vibrant in person -- not as faded out. Hard to photograph. 

My questions here are does the fit look okay, and would you alter the sleeve? 

Thank you! 

ETA: Added some close ups to try to show colours more. A bit hard with the light today and the reflected greens outside. 

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  • Tanya replied 7 months ago

    I may be biased because really like both of jackets on their own, but nevertheless they are amazing on you, and I think the slightly loose fit looks very current.  I think the lilac jacket can also work for fall, with the right support acts.   I am actually planning to wear lilac/lavender in the fall in slightly unexpected color combos - with burgundy, browns, etc.

  • Joy replied 7 months ago

    I like all the jackets.  The lilac may be handy in autumn when you are sick of fall colors.  Think of purple asters and pink/ purple thistles both bright with green leaves and golden tree leaves.  I also plan to wear lilac with browns, a lilac top with chocolate brown pants and maybe a matching lilac or a dark brown sweater for warmth.  I need to look for a brown and lilac scarf.  Or maybe add some pink to the mix.  I don't think you need to alter sleeve length, unless it bothers you.  

  • replied 7 months ago

    Cute! I like them both. The fit looks good to me. They would be awesome in other seasons too.

  • LJP replied 7 months ago

    The lilac jacket is dynamite.  Fit looks perfect as is, and it is best (as you noted) with the longer wide leg bottoms.  I like Joy's ideas of browns with it, but that's not going to work for you.  I personally wouldn't look to wear it into fall, because jackets don't need to work for all seasons, right ?  Although.....I do like it with the dark denim you've shown, and with a vibrant purple (?) or burgundy (?) tank or t underneath, it might work well into September.  

    I don't dislike the first jacket, as it fits well and is striking, but the design details like frayed edges and the plaid tweed don't seem as new and interesting to me .  The lilac one looks fresh and new, if that makes sense.  

  • Janet replied 7 months ago

    They both look really great on you! I think the size looks fine — I have way more issue with too-short sleeves than a little extra length, personally, but I scrunch or cuff sleeves a lot too. I feel like the navy is a slam dunk with your blue-white palette, and the lilac is a fun option for something a bit more trendy yet still classic enough.

  • Kate replied 7 months ago

    I love both jackets on you, especially the lilac one.

  • Irina replied 7 months ago

    Love, love the lilac jacket, it looks gorgeous! To me, the cut is interesting , contemporary and flattering. The first one is not bad but it’s just OK. 

  • Angie replied 7 months ago

    KILLER jackets, Suz!


    My favourite proportional mixes are these pics:

    #1, 2, 4, 8.

    Pattern mix in #12 is yummy too!

    Fits look spot on. Sleeve shortening on the lilac hopefully not a complicated alteration.

  • phoebe replied 7 months ago

    Prefer the lilac with the shortened sleeves and agree with every word of Lisap's second paragraph

  • jussie replied 7 months ago

    Ok, I haven’t read other replies, so I shall be completely impartial. The houndstooth: Love, love, love! Looks perfect to me, including in size. I say it’s a keeper! Yes you could go a size down but I like that there’s a little room to breathe. Also I think it would give you more flexibility to layer underneath in winter because of that fact.
    Purple jacket: I love the colour, the shape is cool too, quite modern in its cropped-ness. However, I am just not 1000% sure what you would wear it with on the bottom! Would you consider purchasing pants/skirt/dress specifically to go with it? It’s cute though, if you can figure out how you want to style it In more ways. Or if you are happy enough with the jeans with it then go for it. Yes I agree spring/summer only really, more for reasons of practicality due to the shortness, not because of the colour necessarily. I even wonder if it might work over a dress in summer? If you had a white or a navy dress…. Or a floral pattern dress with some lilac in it? Or a chambray dress?
    I can see both jackets have sleeves ever so slightly too long, personally I would leave them like that, because I think it’s flattering and makes your face look even more pixie-ish (in a good way) and delicate when you have a sleeve quite long. Also I think it’s kind of modern and insouciant.
    Thanks for sharing your pics!

  • Suz replied 7 months ago

    Thanks for these thoughts -- super helpful! 

    Jussie, I do have a 2 piece dress that has lilac in it and the jacket might work with that. Good idea! I also have 2 more pairs of jeans that it will certainly work with. I would consider purchasing pants or a skirt specifically to work with it -- but only if I thought I'd wear them separately also. 

    I hear what several of you are saying about the navy and white one looking more "ordinary". Still, it feels awfully "easy" which is usually a good sign for me, i.e. it is throw on and go, the kind of item I never stress over and wear again and again. But it might make more sense for me to search for a similar cut/ shape in autumn, one that doesn't read so spring-like. 

    Sleeve shortening won't be too expensive on the lilac, I don't think. It's an easy fix. 

    Still thinking and weighing the pros and cons! 

  • Jaime replied 7 months ago

    I actually like them both with a slight preference for the first one. I can see that it might be of lesser quality though, so you definitely should consider the unravel potential. I like the fit and the shoulder cut, and think the extra length makes it a bit easier to wear. I do really like the lilac one also - it just has less potential outfits, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing over the long run.

  • Kyle replied 7 months ago

    I like them both very much and think the navy looks more like you. The fits seem fine to me. The navy feels fall and wintery to me and I can envision it working for you through multiple seasons, while the lilac feels so much lighter and springy. Because it’s so cropped you may be more limited in styling options, but if you love it and feel fab, even one really great outfit could make it worthwhile. I think it would be pretty over a sheath dress or with full-length white bottoms.  Speaking of bottoms, those dark jeans look really great, Suz, and I’m wondering where you found them?

  • SarahD8 replied 7 months ago

    I think both jackets look great on you!

    The navy tweed seems like a no brainer for your style. I can certainly see it in autumn as well as spring! I’m picturing it with other items that include white…your white boots, pattern mixing with a Breton tee…

    The lilac looks lovely on you but I must admit it seems to me the cut will make it a bit of a bully. It sounds like you have ideas of other items you could pair it with though. Perhaps the happiness factor is high enough that it doesn’t need to get heavy wear to earn its keep. The jacket version of your Snow Queen coat?

  • Bijou replied 7 months ago

    They are both great! I can see the navy being a real workhorse in your wardrobe. Does the lilac work with your silver jeans? I think it could make for a fun Spring look.

  • Star replied 7 months ago

    Love the first one and will definitely work in Autumn.  Fit looks perfect.  #2 is better with shorter sleeves.

  • Sal replied 7 months ago

    I agree with your assessments Suz. Lilac is lovely with the jeans - I agree the white are the wrong cut.

    I do like the navy and white but your comment about quality makes me pause. I think that could be disappointing.

    So I would go with the lilac - for me it would be transitional weather weight. I would wear in fall and spring.

  • suntiger replied 7 months ago

    Agreeing the first jacket will be a lot easier to style, but love the lilac color on you! I think I'd prefer the lilac with a skirt or over a dress, due to the length.

  • Dee replied 7 months ago

    Well I like them both, number 1 seems more versatile and would work seamlessly in your wardrobe, great for both spring and fall.
    Number 2 is a cute update but a litte more limiting in what you can pair it with, and it reads springtime to me.

  • RobinF replied 7 months ago

    I also like them both! I see the plaid as easier and a little more wintery, the lilac as a fun springy jacket that is a little bit trendy. I agree the higher waisted pants work best but it would also be fab with a dress.

  • catherine replied 7 months ago

    Wow, Suz. That short jacket/wide leg silhouette looks magnificent on you.

  • Runcarla replied 7 months ago

    Fit is good in both, and they are both smashing.  #1 seems more familiar and #2 is branching out.  

    You are working hard at freshening up your closet and nudging your style in a very modern direction - even as some of the elements give a nod to the classics.

  • Suz replied 7 months ago

    Thank you so much, all, for weighing in. No decision made yet -- I have a dental appointment later this morning and may spend some time thinking about it in the chair! I appreciate all your thoughts. 

    It may be necessary for me to try the lilac with some skirts/ dresses and with my light wash denim to see if it works with those....

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