Yesterday – at Chico’s checking out pieces I thought might work for some clients – I spotted this cream/black/tan tweed jacket (one of my signature styles) marked down to a ridiculous $19.95. (I know it isn’t technically a blazer, but I loved the alliteration, sorry!) I tried it in several sizes before settling on the Petite version. But …
Somehow I felt like it was making me look overly wide, despite all the style details that should have been great for my shape.
- The waistline hit at the right spot and curved in toward my hourglass shape.
- Sleeve length was just right.
- V-neck styling elongated my torso.
- No hemline embellishment to add unwanted horizontal impact.
- Contrast yoke emphasize shoulders.
- Fringe trim pulls focus to the center front vertical opening.
Finally realized the problem was the pockets! They were visually dominant due to the bias cut and contrast top band. And they were placed low on the garment, riveting all the attention far away from my face and downward (shortening my figure).
Since they were just topstitched in place, I knew I could remedy the problem. A $20 bill (my Chico Club discount covered the sales tax), the 10 -minute drive home, and 10 minutes with a seam ripper added up to the look on the right below.
I’ll add a statement pin on the left shoulder and pair it with black or charcoal skirt or pants for Springtime events — which hopefully will be safe in person/outdoors.
Here’s hoping your take-away is to look with a critical eye at fussy garment details that can be easily removed or changed to make the look more suitable for your shape, your personality or your lifestyle. Who knows what treasures are lurking on clearance racks … or already in your closet.
PS. I couldn’t find this item on Chicos.com but there were several of them in the store. I suspect it’s an late-arriving item, delayed by COVID-related supply chain disruption, that they are pushing out fast. Check your local mall if it feels safe to venture out.
PSS. Update: I did find a great pin in my collection – here’s a close-up (left):
Then I tried the jacket with my off-white summer denim (center) for an up-leveled casual look. Added a reptile print mini-scarf – a print mix that pushes my comfort zone, but I think we all need that nudge from time to time.
Noticed in the process that the pin has a loop on the back, so I can slip it onto a choker or short chain and wear it as a necklace (right). Hope you are having just as much fun experimenting with your own wardrobe pieces!