K/R: Cobalt Jacket

This Alberto Makali jacket was bought when the weather was too cold to wear it. Now I'm wondering if I should return it because it gives me big shoulders. ( I have IT tendencies.) I'd love your honest opinions. Should I keep it or wait for something better. It is a wild card piece.
It is a good spring/summer/early fall weight
Good sale price
Nice drape
Good color for me but I have little of it
Wear with both light and dark neutrals and some colors
Doesn't match anything
Thank you for your thoughts.

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  • Elizabeth P replied 4 years ago

    I think it's lovely, and doesn't make your shoulders big at all.  Wouldn't it match with white, or some of your neutral creams/beige's?

  • Jules replied 4 years ago

    I don't see IT, more of a square shape that I would assume was by design. But the drape front actually reads more like a cardi to me. Overall I like it, but "doesn't match anything" sounds like a huge red flag! This styling is fine but seems a little preppy/classic for you - I love you in softer and on trend looks.

  • carter replied 4 years ago

    I love the cut of the jacket! The color looks great on you (and that's coming from someone who is not a fan of cobalt). I may be totally weird in the way I would approach adding a piece that doesn't "match" the rest of my wardrobe. For me, there's usually some "gut feel" number of outfits that an item should be perfect for. For a jacket, 6 killer outfits feels like the right number. Someone else's number may be 1 or 20. If I could put together 6 awesome outfits with the jacket and my existing wardrobe (including accessories), it gets to stay.

  • Echo replied 4 years ago

    The structure and fabric on this absolutely read jacket to me and not cardi, and I LOVE the structure and clean lines with this. I don't see your shoulders looking too wide at all, and in fact I like the square shape the jacket provides. I think the jacket is very flattering and look fab on you, but play in your wardrobe more to make sure it will be worn often enough. Even at a sale price it isn't worth keeping if you won't reach for it. But overall I vote keep.

  • abc replied 4 years ago

    I like the lines a lot.

    You could wear it with lots of things, white or denim bottoms, etc.  But only you can decide!  Good luck.

  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    I think it looks great on you, but I'm also not shy about shoulder emphasis since I'm not very IT and admire those of you who are! 

    As for the color not matching anything -- how about your neutral outfits? I see this playing very well with white, black, grey, taupe, denim, etc. But I am a huge cobalt fan, so I see this as a very versatile color. It needs to play well with your wardrobe. 

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments and wisdom.
    I need to say that, by saying that it doesn't match anything, I meant that I have no pieces with the same blue. It is not a blue that matches or blends with my blue dress or blue pencil skirt. I think that it will make outfits with my neutrals and some other colors.
    I was inspired by several of you wearing cobalt with black and white.
    Carter, I will try it on with the goal of making at least 6 great outfits. It works in my head but I need to actually try it. Very wise.
    Jules, do you think that this jacket is more preppy-classic than a blazer would be? When I was putting the outfit shown together, I ended up using a RL thrifted navy blazer. I'll attach a photo. ( this was MaryK inspired only I forgot that she used her yellow pencil skirt)
    Which jacket style is the better one for me? I like both

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    I like the blazer and I don't think it makes your shoulders look big at all. To me, the jacket in the second set of pics (the one with the buttons) reads more of a preppy style. I think both jacket styles look good on you, and I like the cobalt color of the new one.

  • merwoman replied 4 years ago

    Beautiful jacket (referring to first set of pics), and looks fabulous on you. Please keep. It can go with so many 'neutral' - white, cream, grey, blue jeans, black....

  • rabbit replied 4 years ago

    I love the first jacket on you!  The cut is nicely structured and the smooth drape and vibrant color look great.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    I think it looks absolutely beautiful on you Joy.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Joy is one shoulderpad askew in the photos? The shoulder of your camera arm looks better to me, if this is the case. As a fellow IT, this is one way I wholly don't mind emphasizing my shoulders :) I think it looks super on you, and that strong shoulder line helps with the dramatic drape. I also don't see any issue with there not being anything in this particular cobalt shade in your wardrobe, it will certainly go with many of your other colors including blues.

  • retailgirl replied 4 years ago

    I think it's a beautiful jacket and fits you well. The shoulders look bold and very fashionable but not like something that would become dated. The color is great on you and would look good with any of your neutrals. I wouldn't try to coordinate it with any blue items, except a dark navy. The cut of it is nice and it looks expensive.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    More thumbs up for the first cobalt jacket. Gorgeous on you, Joy. I like a strong shouldered look. 

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    I love the cobalt jacket!  I feel like cobalt goes with almost everything!  I vote KEEP!!

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    It looks like the cobalt jacket stays probably replacing the blazer in my closet.
    MaryK, I want to try the cobalt jacket with the yellow pencil skirt.
    Angie, thank you for the encouraging words. I'm glad it's ok to look strong shouldered.
    Retailgirl, thank you also for your thoughtful comments.
    Aida, I think there's something dark behind me throwing the shoulder look but will have to pay attention. Now that the jacket has YLF approval. I'll play more with styling . The color looks good with black.
    Shannon, Merwoman, rabbit and Karie, your comments help so much!
    I guess the jacket is a keeper.

  • jackiec replied 4 years ago

    My first reaction is - stunning! It looks like a beautiful piece, and the colour looks so nice on you. If you can make the colour work in your wardrobe I think it's a definite keep!!

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Nothing wrong with shoulders! :)  But seriously, it looks great on you and if you don't think it will be orphaned you must keep it.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Looks fantastic on you Joy!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Keep, so many styling options. So what it does not match anything. I would throw on a skinny belt over the top in a matching color of a top or pants and keep it moving. Lovely.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Jackiec and Una, I guess that's the true test, as Carter said, being able to use it in several great outfits. I have work to do.
    Shevia, stylish lady, your approval is golden.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Ladywone , we must have cross-posted. The belt is a great idea.

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    I think the jacket is stunning.  The design looks modern and cool to me.  Love the colour.  The shoulders look good and not too big.  I think we are sensitive to shoulders because for such a long time we haven't had shoulder pads in garments but I note they appear to be making a return.  I suggest this jacket may go with more in you wardrobe than you think:)  Jeans.  White.  Black.  The cobalt could play as a neutral.

  • crutcher replied 4 years ago

    Late to the replies...definitely don't think it makes you look strong shouldered...I would put that jacket with jeans, rolled ...both blue and white...I think that would look amazing as a third piece for an all white outfit...
    With blue, how about a stripe Mariner that matches the denim and is offset by the cobalt...Definitey a keeper

  • harmonica replied 4 years ago

    Love the shape of this jacket! Looks fab on you and I can see it go well with your wardrobe. Definitely yay for cobalt!

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