Rated 1 out of 5┬áby RFRS not for petites!
While well made - except for the very cheap vinyl collar, this pricey jacket is a disaster for petite women. I'm 5'2" and very thin but still have curves. This jacket makes me took flat chested and thick waisted - just what a girl wants (kidding of course). The thick, tiered bottom layers add a visual 10 inches to my waistline. The short sleeves, which end just a couple inches below my elbow, look ridiculous. The mixed of cross patterned fabrics add to the visual proportion problems. It looks like a clown coat on me. My husband couldn't stop laughing - not the effect I was going for!
August 8, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5┬áby GidgetGoesHawaiian More of a sweater than a blazer....odd fit
I liked the idea of the jacket (and the price), but I thought the fit was terrible. I am a 6 and tried this in both a small and a medium. The jacket is priced the way it is because it is more of a knitted sweater than a structured jacket. The small was a little too small, pulling across the chest (but I liked the way the peplum flared out). The medium hung like a sack - there was a big difference in the sizes.
September 24, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5┬áby Samsa Nice fabric, but cut appears wider when worn
I truly wanted this to work for me. I have trouble finding dress jackets because I can't wear wool or high collars. This jacket is made from a lovely yet comfortable suit-weight stretch fabric, and the open neckline is nice for those who find collars too restrictive.
What didn't work for me were the way the peplum and puff sleeves ganged up with the pattern to accentuate the apparent width of things. The gathering at the top of the sleeves gives a noticeable width to the shoulders, which might be good or bad depending on your figure. Same thing with the peplum, which is set rather low, for maximal midriff and hip accentuation. I had hoped for more of a Nanette Lapore type fit, with a flat shoulder and a higher, tummy-masking peplum.
I think this would work best on body types that are either very small on top and wanting to accentuate upper body size, or lanky and curveless so that the puffs and peplum would fit in a relaxed, mannequin style.
The polyurethane collar lining might be a comfort issue for some, though it could certainly be masked by wearing a higher collar underneath, or sewing in a little lining. It certainly looks snazzy.
September 5, 2013