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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chanel-inspired Jacket: UNIQUEEN's Malang Jacket

Had you ever pictured yourself wearing a look - and found out that it didn't suit you in reality?

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:
Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook:

TIffany from I am Style-ish:
I had the UNIQUEEN jacket in my online shopping cart for MONTHS while I deliberated over whether I should purchase it or not. It was nerve-racking purchasing something sight unseen from a shop with limited return options. I finally gave in and purchased the jacket...and I'm still not sure if I'm happy or not.
Left - original version, Right - with my modifications
CONS:
-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)

I don't think I can return this item - so I'm going to modify the jacket to make it wearable. The fixes should be simple enough to do  myself:
- 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.

27 comments:

  1. I think you look amazing in it! I too have thought about purchasing one, but always fear buying clothes online. I think the alterations you are planning will make it even better. But I really do love it :)

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    1. Noelle - I'm still so torn about this jacket - I like how it looks SOMETIMES, but only when it lies a certain way - and I'm worried that it might be fussy rather than versatile :-(

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  2. It's definitely happened to me, but honestly I think this jacket looks great on you - how about wearing it over a little white dress? And BTW you are gorgeous!

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    1. Katherine - Thanks - you're so sweet! Your black Chanel jacket is perfection - it's such an AMAZING piece.

      This UNIQUEEN jacket is really well-made and I love the color - but I don't know if I should hold out for a tweed jacket with a collar and buttons...if it exists on the high street!

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  3. I think it looks really pretty on you. I personally like it better when worn open. Definitely keep it, it's a great staple to have.

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    1. Thanks Schnelle - I keep wavering back and forth...part of me says be adventurous - the other part worries that the jacket will just sit unworn in my closet.

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  4. I really like it, but if you feel like it's NOT you, then sell it on ebay... just a suggestion. :) I do think that a hook and eye closure will help though! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Skylette - I think there's a chance I could return it to the store - their policy is within 5 days of receiving it and in unworn condition (which I guess shouldn't include trying it on at home?) - but I worry that if I return it, I'll miss it! What a dilemna LOL!

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  5. Great choice and I like the cutomizations you made to make it your own!! Wear it for a while and if you still have doubts you can always blogsale/ebay it! xxx

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    1. Thanks Tali! I've been in touch with the store - and they're totally fine with a return (I thought it would be complicated because the items ship from S.Korea).

      I'm going to REALLY think about whether I would wear this jacket or not (as I mentioned - it's REALLY warm - more like outerwear). The store has other cute non-lined jackets that I MAY exchange this for ...I just wish they had a store I could go to in person and try things on LOL!

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  6. I would sit down and think of at least 3-5 outfits you could wear with this jacket. If you can do that, then you should keep it. I personally think it looks great on you. I'm still sceptical about the sizing. If it came in XS, I'd be the first to buy it. KEEP IT!

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    1. Uniqueen have told me they're working on an XS size - hope you can get one soon :-)

      Love the idea of coming up with 3-5 outfits to wear with this jacket...to be honest - I don't think I'd get that much wear out of it.

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  7. i think you should keep it,it looks good on you :) maybe when your modifications are done you will really start to like it :)

    sammie
    from
    fashionbarbecue.com

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    1. Thanks Sammie - I'm going to keep looking at the Uniqueen website - hoping that they come out with a button version of the tweed jacket

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  8. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T RETURN IT! SELL IT TO ME!! I've been looking for this jacket EVERYWHERE since they sold out and I want it desperately! I will pay you full price plus more if you want :)!! Please let me buy it off you!! I will email you also....

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    1. Hi! Thanks for your emails. Glad that they were back in stock and you were able to order one directly from Uniqueen :-)

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  9. I actually think it looks great on you but I can understand buyer's remorse when it's not perfect :P Looks like you have a buyer in the comment above LOL! Perhaps you want to sell it if you don't love it!

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    1. Thanks Elaine - luckily Uniqueen have authorised a return, so I'm going to mail it back to them. Wish they had a Toronto showroom for us to go try on all their fabulous items!

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  10. I've always debated about purchasing a tweed style CHANEL-esque jacket as I have a small frame and whenever I've tried one on it always looked boxy on me :( I seriuosly love the way Kate Moss is wearing it, definitely more my style. I'm impressed with the adjustments you made, much better look :) x

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    1. Parveen - the Kate Moss jacket is my ultimate favorite - I'm on the lookout for a similar version. Thanks for following my blog - I LOVE yours and have started following it as well :-)

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  11. love Wendy from Lookbook! I saw that jacket and Zara and was debating!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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    1. Wendy makes everything look amazing doesn't she? Love your blog - you 2 are so gorgeous!

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  12. I'm still debating about getting that jacket since the price is higher than what I'd normally spend on a jacket and also their return policy like you mentioned. Can I ask what size you got? I don't wanna end up getting the wrong size if I do get it.

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    1. I got a Small. I'm 5'4 and 108lbs. I found the shoulders a bit big on me, but the sleeves were slightly short - and would be tight over a sweater (but fine with a t-shirt or cami).

      Their customer service is very helpful - I thought their return policy would be complicated, but it's not - and I'm currently in the process of returning this jacket.

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  13. I actually think the jacket looks amazing on you. You wear it well with or without the faux lapels. I was very fortunate to nab a number of Chanel jackets for ridiculously low prices. I also purchased an Isabel Marant jacket which is similar to the black Chanel worn by Kate Moss pictured above. The tweed jacket will always remain a classic so you definitely can't go wrong with one.

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    1. Wow - sounds like you have some gorgeous tweed pieces! I'm glad that the tweed jacket is a classic - hopefully I'll find the perfect one at the perfect price :-)

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  14. I love it! I'd buy it from you!

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