For Angie: My problem lavender jacket

In Angie’s ways to wear pastels post, I said that I was having problems styling a lilac blazer similar to one in Finds from Net-A-Porter. Mine is not double breasted but is otherwise similar in length ( not cropped), white buttons, and color. Angie asked to see it on the forum, so I snapped some photos wearing it with blush and with white jeans. I need styling help. I think it is too long for me to wear with a skirt. Thoughts? Suggestions?
The color is most accurate in the first photos.

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  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    I like it with the wide white crops! Looks great!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Shevia. The wide white crops are from Gap. I also got a similar pair in khaki. They will be great for warm weather.

  • Katerina replied 1 year ago

    It looks beautiful with white jeans, especially the wide cropped pair. A scarf with the cuffed pair to?

  • Jane replied 1 year ago

    I really like it with the white cropped jeans.

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    I think it looks fresh with the cropped White. I'm not sure about the wrong white I think it looks kind of gas a little bit older like 80s I don't mean any offense but yeah I like the crop.

  • jussie replied 1 year ago

    I like it with the white crops too. I looks good, a very cute jacket. Maybe you could try some different shoes? White or silver perhaps?

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous jacket on you, Joy.  I love it with the cropped wide legged jeans. 

  • Sterling replied 1 year ago

    I love it as you styled it with the cropped wide legged jeans.  You look fabulous.  Fresh.  Interesting. 

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    I'm not sure about this...could be the lighting, but your ankle colour looks wrong? Is that your skin or is it pantyhose, if so I think they're too dark, too much contrast with the white pants and the more summery feel of the lilac. I apologise Joy if actually your skin! Other than that I think looks great with both pairs of white pants.

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    I love this jacket on you too. How does it work with skinny jeans, I would have thought that would work too? The colour of this jacket looks great with your hair.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments and suggestions.
    Katerina, a scarf with the cuffed pair would make me happier with that outfit.
    Jane, Ledonna, Jussie, Style Fan, and Sterling, I appreciate hearing your feelings about the wide cropped jeans. They are a different silhouette for me
    Jussie, white or silver shoes are a good idea.
    Jenni, you are seeing pantyhose and not my skin. Good catch. I agree with you. These look too dark and unnatural. It was still too cold to go bare ankled, and hose were layered with knee highs.
    Bijou, the blush jeans are about the skinniest I have. Oops, I see I loaded the wrong photo and will try to correct that. The jeans look grey in the photo.

  • delurked replied 1 year ago

    I’m with the crowd liking the white crops best. Glad there was another pant color to duplicate for you, as it looks handy for upcoming weather.

  • replied 1 year ago

    I too like the crops. Part of it is the balance on top and bottom. The other part is that the scarf chosen for this outfit goes really well.

    Joy—I think this blazer has some 80’s integrity with the white buttons. I think it looks great and very on-trend.

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    The jacket looks to be versatile and works with all the pants silhouettes you show. You could try a column of colour in any silhouette or a dark wash flared or bootcut Jean, if you've got any. Olive would be interesting. The scarves you've chosen are great completers. Do you have white of silver loafers or sneakers? The combinations you show seem to need a little juxtaposition to give them some modernity and casual footwear will offset the formality of the jacket.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    I love the colour. 

    Joy, I am a stickler for fit. It's neither sharp not soft. Shoulder fit looks odd. I vote pas on. 

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Delurked, I was hoping to wear this with darker pants, but the white buttons then become a problem. I thought of changing them, but have never found quality ones.
    Thank you Smittie. You are right about the 80's. It even has small shoulder pads that I do not need.
    Runcarla, I do have both white and silver loafers and sneakers. Good idea!
    Angie, I suspect that the structure is influenced by the fabric (silk). I will have it cleaned and pass it on. I can see fit problems in the photos. Thank you for your comment. Maybe fit is the reason this jacket has been a problem.

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    Well Angie has spoken ,the fits off.Shame as the colour especially with your hair is fabulous on you.Find one in that colour that fits you and it will be a winner.

  • krishnidoux replied 1 year ago

    It's such an eye-opener to discover that the brimming shoulder fit might have been the reason why you found it difficult to style to start with! I own similar jackets and was most interested to see what Angie would say. And the answer is now so clear, I can't stop seeing it. On you here as well as on mine too! The thing is that the sleek, close-to-the-body cut doesn't work with the oversized shoulders. So either it's made for a body type that is very different from ours, either it's a deficiency in the cut. Thank you for posting this!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Cardiff girl, this mid-tone lavender is so much better with my complexion than a pastel lavender is. I do have an EF wool cardigan that I bought at a consignment shop especially for the color.
    Krishnidoux, I think another problem with this jacket for me was that it is sleek and a rather dressy fabric. I just could not style it well in a casual way. Runcarla's idea of using loafers or sneakers is one I need to file away for similar situations. Between my rather broad straight shoulders, small bust and sway back, getting a fitted woven jacket to fit well is a minor miracle.

  • The Cat replied 1 year ago

    I am not able to identify the problem based on these pictures. I would need to see you in a position where both arms were hanging down. :-) But I think I have had similar problems with blazers passed on years ago. And I believe Angie and you have reached the right conclusions.

    The fit issue is a pity, as the colour is so beautiful.

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    What an eye-opener that was!  I never noticed the fit.  Gorgeous colour on you Joy.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    I think Angie is right, that it’s the fit that’s been throwing you...

  • krishnidoux replied 1 year ago

    Joy, I too have broad shoulders in comparison with my body. I can totally see how the dressier fabric and cut of this jacket was problematic here. However, I wonder if the jacket's stronger shoulder line wasn't something that inspired you. I know it would for me. Maybe you would be very happy with a larger cut 1980's inspired blazer...
    - with a solid shoulder line;
    - in a thinner/more relaxed material;
    - without obvious button detailing;
    - with sleeves you can scrunch up;
    - in a pastel color.
    (just an idea)

  • tulle replied 1 year ago

    Joy, I am going to agree with Angie that the fit is slightly off--a little bulky in the shoulders, without the sharp edges that make the Net a Porter jacket so crisp and appealing.  But cool lavender is clearly a great color on you, especially with white and cream, and luckily it's on trend this year so it shouldn't be hard to find more lavender pieces.  I love the way those wide legged white crops look on you--wish I had your narrow hips!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Tulle, no you don't. The narrow hips make it very hard to fit trousers without having the baggy butt-wet diaper look. That is the main reason I wear jeans. Today I was at a meeting and the only one of 20 women not wearing black trousers.
    Krishnidoux, rachylou, style fan and the cat, thank you for your comments and help

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