Jacket: City Chic
Shoes: City Chic
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Speaking of buyer’s remorse. I’ve got a serious case of it over this jacket.
It’s not that it was expensive (it wasn’t) or that it’s poorly made (it’s not) or even that it doesn’t fit well (it does) but that I just waited too long to wear it for the first time.
It sounds a little crazy, I know. But if I don’t wear something as soon as it’s arrived it kind of loses a bit of appeal for me. Maybe I’ve been conditioned by my childhood; I was one of those little girls who carried their old shoes home in the shoe box, because they were wearing the new ones. Or maybe it’s just good old second thoughts.
I didn’t even impulse buy this jacket! I saw it in City Chic, loved it, imagined all the different ways I could wear it, then came back again and again until I finally sucked it up and bought it.
Then I got it home, and lo, it didn’t work with any of the outfits I’d had planned for it.
Because of the ruffles on the hips it created the most extraordinary hourglass shape, but the waist is too high (or maybe my bust too full) which means that when I teamed it with my pencil skirts it created the most bizarre double hipped silhouette ever. Over an a-line or full skirt it looked Edwardian, and too old fashioned even for me.
For its maiden voyage I’ve gone back to what I was wearing the day I tried it on the first time. A pair of higher waisted jeans, and a white singlet. And it looks great, but I like every item in my wardrobe to have more than one application, so it remains to be seen whether it survives the next cull.
I vote keep it, cause it makes you look va-va-voom. I just showed your blog to my non-fashion interested boyfriend and he agreed.
Thanks, Johanna! It gives GREAT shape!
I think you look sensational in this – please don’t throw the jacket away (you could send it to me if you really don’t want to keep it :P)
LOL, thanks Magatha! Definitely have to wear it once or twice more before I cull it! I like Carly & Erin’s suggestion that I try it over a sheath dress.
The jacket looks wonderful, and I love those jeans!
Thanks Narelle! They’re great jeans, I’ll be so sad when they finally give up the ghost!
the outfit is gorgeous-def a keeper!
It’s a good idea to have a regular cull. It’s rough that the jacket doesn’t have universal adaptability. Enjoying the look, nevertheless!
Thanks Mitzi! I’m the queen of regular culls! Gives me the BEST excuse to buy new clothes, lol!
You look so great : I love your jeans with the jacket this is really a good combination!
Thanks Marion! They’re the cheapest jeans in my wardrobe, but they’re just so great!
I too fell in love with this jacket as soon as I saw it and had to have it straight away. On the other hand though, I wore it the day after I bought it to rave reviews. I find it’s a little high in the waist too but wear it like you have, over a singlet, jeans and high boots. It looks beautiful on you and I think you should keep it. I find it’s a perfect indoor jacket.
Thanks, Linda! Do you button yours up? I love how it looks buttoned up, but I haven’t figured how yet!
I vote yes for ruffle jacket. It looks great simplified with jeans here.
I also think it’d look good with a pencil skirt, and even a sheath dress.
Thanks Carly! Great idea trialling it with a sheath dress!
Noooo, you can’t cull it! That combo looks brilliant. So envious that you can wear fitted jeans and short jackets! The ruffle makes it look lush and girly.
Aw, thanks Kellytubbie! Short jackets are usually a disaster on me… I think I fluked it with this one!
It looks fantastic but I can see how it would be a problem with skirts. Btw did the cute little medal badge come with it? Even if you cull it, def keep the badge!
Hey Kathryn – actually the brooch is my own 🙂 I bought it from Brunswick Bound, but it was made by Julian Swaney. Check here out here: http://ohmycavalier.bigcartel.com/category/brooches
Oh! I’ve been looking for a hyperfeminine black blazer with elbow sleeves and a Victorian twist. I hope it works out but if it doesn’t, you know… *makes puppy dog eyes*
Haha. Adorable! I bet it looks cute over the high waisted skirts, too, even though you say it gives you an odd silhouette. Although I guess that would depend on how much they went poof over your hips, now that I think of it.
LOL, you’ll be first on my list, Nicole! Promise!
I think it’s gorgeous! Like some of the others have said, maybe a sheath dress for another option? Although having a blazer that looks this good with jeans is something that should definitely be kept around a while!
You know – having you mention a sheath dress makes my wonder how it’d look over that white sheath dress… Shall have to give it a whirl! Thanks for commenting!
Yeah, it probably would look odd with a full skirt, but it looks adorable with jeans and I bet, other pants. Very cute. I like it.
You look amazing. I have the same problem with that jacket. I found one outfit to wear it with, and now it won’t work with just about anything else. But I love it too much to not want to have it in my wardrobe!!
LOL, we’re in the same boat, Houda! How do you wear yours?
Um, no- please don’t cull- I saw this outfit and immediately thought how wonderful it looked. LOVE IT!!
Aw, thanks Iguanatan!
I vote to keep the jacket, as those frills are gorgeous, but totally understand when you imagined it would go with EVERYTHING, and then it didn’t. I sure hope you find more wonderful things to wear with it… x
Thanks Kymmie 🙂
I can always BUY something for it to go with, lol!
I know what you are talking about, waiting for the perfect event to wear something new. I have a new dress which I didn’t wear yet and I kind of feel the remorse crawling.
On the other hand – You look GGOD with the jeans and jacket. You should definitely wear it more often!
Aw, thanks Michal 🙂 What’s the dress you bought?
The jacket looks wonderful on you!
I’m sad City Chic don’t ship to Europe though 🙁 they have such beautiful dresses..
They don’t ship to Europe, Vera? That’s a shame. Have you tried the US branch?
Unfortunately just US and Canada 🙁
That’s so frustrating! If you ever spot something you just HAVE to have let me know – I can arrange to have it sent to you 🙂
This jacket is fantastic! I love the ruffles and the super flattering hourglass shape it delivers. Plus, it looks great with these jeans! You are creative enough to figure out how else to wear it. I vote keep the jacket! 🙂
Thanks Bella! The ruffles are killer… I definitely love it!
OMG you look awesome!! I dunno, if I were you I might keep it even though it’s got only one “application”, since that application is soooo flattering on you 😀
LOL, thanks Adara! It’s a pretty cool jacket 🙂
First time commenting but long time follower of blog! I love the jacket but agree the waist is a little high. I think with some high waisted pants where the horizontal line of the pant matches the waist in the jacket it might feel more balanced to you. I see soft flowing fabric for the pants to flow over your hips and stop that feeling of the double hip. You look great as always!!!!
I love the idea of wearing it with high waisted pants, Maegan! I have a pair, so I might try it on. Thanks for commenting, and I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading.
Holy WOW, Lilli, you look awesome! You cannot possibly get rid of that jacket, you look *so* wonderful and honestly totally slamming in it and those jeans!
I understand though, it’s hard to justify items that can only be worn one way…but even if it’s only over jeans and tee shirts, I think you still could get a lot of wear out of it 🙂
Thanks, Anjali! I think it’ll live to see out winter. Maybe it’s got more applications with my winter wardrobe!
Thanks, Cilla 🙂
WOW. Absolutely gorgeous!
Aw, thanks Lou!
I am the same with clothes! If I don’t wear it relatively soonish after I have bought it I either forget completely all about it (which I have done on a fair few occasions!!) or I don’t like it when I eventually wear it!! It then inevitably ends up in an eBay cull a few months later!
Could you try the jacket with an a line skirt of over a dress?
LOL, not just me then! I have a Jibri skirt that I’m going to have to wear SOON before it gets consigned to that list!