This happened to me recently with the tweed jacket trend. I've always had problems wearing jackets/blazers/anything with shoulder pads - being a child of the 80s, I have a horror of anything that makes your shoulders look bigger. However - I couldn't resist the look of the Chanel tweed jacket - I love how pairing it with jeans brings structure and style to a casual look:
|Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss and Cameron Diaz in Chanel jackets|
There have been several affordable interpretations of the Chanel tweed jacket at stores like Zara, H&M and Forever 21. One version that's been spotted on several fashion bloggers is the UNIQUEEN Malang Jacket (sold online over here - although my one is no longer in stock). I believe the jacket was sent by UNIQUEEN to some of the bloggers, while others purchased their own (full details are on their blogs).
Jean from Extra Petite:
|Left - original version, Right - with my modifications|
-I don't like how the jacket looks on me when the top lies flat - I prefer it folded back into faux-lapels
-there are no buttons/fastenings - it just hangs open - which makes it look boxy
-the lining is WARM - it's thick enough to be outerwear in spring or fall
-I'm not sure if it is the right size for me (seems short on the sleeves but big through the shoulders)
- sew hook-and-eye fastenings so that I can close the jacket
- press and sew the top into faux lapels
This is probably not the wisest purchase I've made - but I still have a soft spot for this jacket and hope I can get some good wear out of it.
Have you ever purchased a longed-for item and realized that it didn't suit you?
EDIT: I returned the Malang jacket to Uniqueen and am still looking for the perfect fitted tweed jacket. Love the design of this one.