You know I think most supposed “Must Have” items are bogus (white shirts, little black dresses, etc) but a jean jacket does seem to be an “Everybody” piece — and one I loved on other people but could never find for my own wardrobe. Not for lack of trying; I’ve bought several over the years but never found them flattering or comfortable and eventualy donated them to my favorite resale store. Then I found this one …
My new favorite shopping spot is – of all places – Dress Barn. I’m super disappointed that the parent company is closing all the stores, so I’m stocking up on their matte jersey dresses while I still can. When I was in the store last night picking up an online order, I saw this on a manequin.
Now we all know everything looks good on a mannquin (well OK, not EVERYTHING, but many things that don’t look so good on a real person), but I tried it on and it was a little slice of Heaven. The cotton/rayon blend fabric is butter-soft and a small percentage of Lycra makes it as comfy to wear as an old sweater. It’s shaped in a bit at the waist. The yoke details emphasize shoulders while vertical details slim and elongate a person’s shilhouette.
The sizing runs a little large – I’m usually a Medium, but could atually button the XS and moved up to the S for a bit more wiggle room.
The color is a softer blue, so I can wear it with dark-wash jeans and not look like I was trying to match denims and missed the mark. Of course I’ll layer it over dresses and lots of various separates too.
It is also distressed a bit – not enough to look junky, but enough to make it look like it’s been in the closet since college days. OK – OK – not actually MY college days, but maybe yours. Just for fun I photographed it with a scarf that I actually have owned since college.
If you need a jean jacket, check this one. I try to always keep focus on how right the item is, and not the price. So promise that when somebody compliments you on your cute jacket, you won’t tell them it was only $39.
Whether it’s this one or a jean jacket you alreay have in the closet, I’d love to hear how you mix/match it in your wardrobe.
NOTE: I do not have an affiliate relationship with this or any other retailer because I don’t want my recommendations to be influenced by potential financial gain.