Black Blazer - thoughts?

I'm still searching for a replacement black blazer for the one I have which is showing some wear and tear after three years of heavy rotation. I'm looking for "classic with a twist" - a classic shape but with something a wee bit different than a typical 2-3 button blazer.

I adore the Alexander Wang blazer that CocoLion posted here http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....r-those-... but alas, my neck is a bit too short for the style and I suspect I'm a bit too large for the size offering.

I have had this one in my eBay cart from my favorite seller for a few weeks now. It is Eileen Fisher in petite sizing; open front (no fastener) with an interesting "lapel"; no bells and whistles but not completely "corporate" either.

Thoughts on this type of neckline for me?

And Denise (CocoLion) - if you see this, I am also still considering the Studio blazer from Express which you have and I think would work on my short upper torso.

ETA: And sorry to be a bit of a forum hog in the last few days - getting back into the creativity of style and LOVING it!

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24 Comments

  • Diane G replied 2 years ago

    Love! Big thumbs up from me!

  • Adelfa replied 2 years ago

    Very nice! I like the length for you. I personally wouldn't view the open front as a problem as I never button blazers, do you? It might even contribute to the fronts hanging more nicely than in a fastened style.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 2 years ago

    Diane - thanks for the boost!

    Adelfa - I never wear my blazers buttoned either. I like how this jacket has the shoulders and structure of a blazer, but in a more relaxed style.

  • Sara L. replied 2 years ago

    I think it looks good and has that little bit of different that you're searching for.  Since you never button your blazers, the open front seems like a bonus.

  • Susie replied 2 years ago

    Shannon, I think that is the EF jacket that I have, or it is quite similar anyway. Since it works well for me I think it would for you too. I love the simple cut with the bit of interest from the label.

  • Maneera replied 2 years ago

    Love it! It's got good length and good shape. I think you'll look great in this one.....fits right in with your easy elegance with edge attitude! Go ahead and try it!

  • smittie replied 2 years ago

    Yes, I like it, and the lapel doesn't look very high at all, if you are concerned about that. It's got a touch of femininity with the curved piece at the bottom of the lapel. And EF is one of your faces, right? So I think it's a good one to try.

  • Traci replied 2 years ago

    Hmmm...I tried a jacket with that type of lapel a couple of years ago and it was horrifically unflattering for me. Basically where the lapel cuts back in draws your eye straight to the belly bits. Ymmv.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Worth a try. The lapels might hang a little low on petite you though. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 2 years ago

    Susie - I was hoping you'd chime in since I know you have quite a few EF pieces too and we also have similar body types. Thanks for the feedback.

    Smittie - EF is definitely one of my faves.

    Traci - that is one of my concerns, for sure.

    Angie - do you think that would be the case even in the petite sizing (which this is)?

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Definitely better in the petite sizing. 

  • Aziraphale replied 2 years ago

    I really like it, but there's no way to know unless you try! I find that I always have to try things on to be sure. I like the lapels, and the lack of button closure wouldn't bother me, as I always leave my jackets open.

    Eileen Fisher makes such quality stuff.

  • Sterling replied 2 years ago

    I really like it.  It meets all the criteria you listed.  

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 2 years ago

    I remember shopping together for a replacement black blazer a year or so ago and that the fit was so crucial that it might be better to shop locally for this item.  So many of them were very very close but not quite right.  A proper fit on a blazer takes it from very nice to WOW and you deserve wow.

  • Elizabeth P replied 2 years ago

    Oh, I like.  I say try as long as returning isn't a huge pita, if it's not a 10.

  • replied 2 years ago

    It's a gorgeous jacket - but I'm totally unable to predict how a jacket would look like or fit on anyone - lol. It definitely looks "you" to me though.

  • Shari@WHBM replied 2 years ago

    I just picked up my new favorite black blazer @White House Black Market. It has a great fit and the small faux leather trim on the shoulders, sleeve, and colar give it an edgy look and feel. I'm sure it will be my "go to" price this fall and winter.

  • Shari@WHBM replied 2 years ago

    I just picked up my new favorite black blazer @White House Black Market. It has a great fit and the small faux leather trim on the shoulders, sleeve, and colar give it an edgy look and feel. I'm sure it will be my "go to" price this fall and winter.

  • replied 2 years ago

    I love the lines on this and think it'll look great on you. The front detail and slanted pockets seem like they'd be visually lengthening, and the front suggests an hourglass shape. I can see chances of this working more than not, but can you return if it doesn't?

  • Deborah replied 2 years ago

    I like this and if the fit is good, it would easily become a workhorse as I could deceit working with so much of your wardrobe. Worth trying.

  • dakotacheryl replied 2 years ago

    Did you pull the plug and buy it yet??

    LOVE this jacket, and fits in with what you're styling requirements are!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    BIg thumbs up and worth a try. I like the shape as a little different from the traditional blazer. I can't wait to see it on you!

  • Thistle replied 2 years ago

    I like it, and after trying a few EF pieces myself, I bet the fabrication and drape will be delicious!

  • lyn67 replied 2 years ago

    Love the lapels-they come closer at waist-so can be very strategically placed and flattering, so really worth to try!

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