K/R: Blush Theory

Unlike my Theory Lanai K/R thread, this one really IS a keep or return thread - lol! I found this wool blend Theory blush pink blazer on eBay and grabbed it. Still has the new $385 price tag on it from Nordstrom.

Unfortunately it is dark out already so outdoor pics are a no-go today and I have the feeling my wall colour is slightly skewing the colour of the blazer - it is a lovely soft pink blush tone - not beige or taupe.

The shoulders are all warped from the way it was packaged and pardon the wrinkles - it needs a good steam for sure. Here are a couple of very quick stylings - not sure if they are the best.

So here are the questions:

1. how is the fit?
2. what do you think of the colour for me?
3. could this work with my wardrobe?

Ok…over to you...

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  • Peri replied 6 years ago

    Keep! I'm not help, I usually say that. But I think you would like it.

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    Yes I think it would be great with your wardrobe Shannon but I am concerned about the fit. Those folds that run from the waist & under the arm to the bust could indicate a problem with the fit. I would need to see it sans wrinkles for sure.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, you're right - the yellowish wall (and lighting) doesn't "flatter" the jacket. But I think the jacket flatters you! 

    I have to say I like it much better with the jeans and patterned tee and Pettys. It seems to play best against the softer tones there. But in a different light that impression could change. I do think it would work with pants or dresses/ skirts.  

    How do you feel about it?

    I am sure it would look a bit more streamlined once the sleeves were shortened. I always have that issue trying jackets on. Scrunching helps but it will look nicer scrunched when the sleeves are the right length already. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    The back looks like it fits you well! But I agree with Caro those folds on the front might be a fit issue.

    I think the colour is lovely.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Ah - i see what Caro is saying. Yes, let's see it steamed out. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    First impressions:

    - fabric is gorgeous - softer, with more drape than the Lanai
    - color is beautiful and is flattering with my pale skin and salt and pepper hair (you'll have to take my word for that because of the poor colour quality of the pics)
    - agree that the sleeves somewhat ruin the fit and push the shoulders unnaturally (I also find that with my Lanai jacket and need to properly shorten the sleeves - more work for Wonder Woman)
    - agree that it plays nicer with soft tones. It's almost too harsh against black. It would look stunning with white jeans I think.


    - may be a tad big but need to steam it so it can drape properly and then determine
    - could try on Saturday to get an outdoor picture to s how the true colour (as long as it's not snowing!)
    - will it work with enough of my wardrobe to warrant keeping

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    I think it will work cross seasonally as an unusual neutral. It would definitely work with taupe, white, grey, soft denim blues, some burgundies. 

    I am enabling here. But FYI, I am returning the Zara one. I am not happy with the texture of the fabric -- a bit too stiff for my liking. So back it goes. 

  • Emily replied 6 years ago

    Skipped over the rest so as not to be swayed: 
    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

    Love it on you, fit and colour.  The colour is not quite as nice on you as say, that amazing berry red coat, but that's a high bar.  The pink does look great on you and it behaves as a soft, interesting neutral.  It looks like the blazer puts a different spin on a lot of outfits you already have, which is awesome.  I hope you keep it :)

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    Assuming the wrinkle across bust and under arm is just from poor storage, yes yes yes it works and flatters. Have you tried it with red?

  • Vildy replied 6 years ago

    I really like it.  I can't tell about the lines people have mentioned. (I'm appalled that the seller crammed it into a package so as to maul the shoulder structure)
    Anyway, nowadays a lot of jackets are made with fused fronts (which I loathe because it takes the life out of it) but if this is made the old fashioned way without fusing, then somebody who is aces with the pressing can coax a lot of shaping and leeway into the structure, without actually having to alter anything.

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  • Sarah A replied 6 years ago

    I like it! Esp. With the softer contrast of the jeans and light shirt. Ill be having a learning experience with you re: the underarm folds and whether they steam out or indicate some incorrect fit. And what ebaying! I always seem to find myself dissapointed there whilst you seem to have cracked the nut.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Suz - it is an unusual neutral, which is kind of nice. Good to have something different now and then, right? I have become a total fabric snob and completely understand returning the Zara jacket if the fabric isn't what you're looking for. I'm finding more and more how an item feels on to be key to my happiness factor.

    Emily - your enthusiasm is adorable :)

    Manidipa - oooohhhhh, I bet it would look fab with the right shade of red - thank you!

    Vildy - I was a little surprised at how the blazer was packed. I couldn't believe how small the package was. It does not have fusing. And that article about steaming was fascinating - and frightening. Thank you so much. I will try simply pressing the creases out first.

    Sarah - don't praise me too much regarding eBay. My two recent jean purchases were a total bust.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    After a little steam, I'm sure we have a killer winner. 

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Hard for me to envision it once steamed. I agree with the others that it probably needs it to be able to assess fit as I can't tell if it is wrinkles or fit issues.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    Love the shape, love how you've styled it with #1 and all pretty and sleek in #5. The color is divine on you. I am bothered by the lapels they seem outsized for the cut and shape of the jacket. 

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Add red lipstick. xo

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Oh Angie - thank you sooooo much for chiming in :) I have fallen in love with the quality of these Theory blazers. They just feel so completely different from some of my other jackets, you know? And I really like how the cut away style works for my petite apple shape.

    I will get the wrinkles out and have the blazer hang on the proper hanger for a couple of days to get the shoulders back into proper shape and will try to get day time shots on the weekend.

    Thank you all so much for your feedback.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Thistle & Day Vies - once I press it properly (the left lapel in particular keeps wanting to go too wide as it has lost its "spot") we can assess the fit concerns, ok?

    Angie - definitely red lipstick to help out the softer colour :)

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    That cut away style is perfect for you, Shannon. You fill it out beautifully.  I'm pleased as punch that Theory blazers are working out for you. I'm a huge Theory fan and found the investments very worthwhile. 

     I bought an ink Theory blazer yesterday completely unplanned. A modern and  very simple ink blazer had been on my shopping list for years, and I just stopped looking because it wasn't a priority anymore. Everything seemed over-styled with too much detail - until I fitted on exactly what I was looking for yesterday, and it had to follow me home. Low stance, ultra crisp and strict, refined, narrow lapels, a little masculine, one button, fluid, not too long, impeccable quality, and fits like a dream. I'm thrilled. 

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    These Theory jackets are just stunning and I do like this one too.  The colour is lovely and I do think it will work nicely with your wardrobe. I am looking forward to seeing it steamed

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Angie, your ink blazer sounds divine. Looking forward to seeing it in one of your killer outfits :) and the description of your blazer really illustrates how different bodies need different styles. I couldn't wear a straighter, low stance, one button blazer like that because my curves won't allow that shape to sit right, whereas the cut away style actually works with my curves. Love that today's fashion allows us all to find what we need!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago


    Umm. Sorry for shouting. I am a little curious. ;)

    As soon as I get a moment I have a Theory post to make. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    I could hear that from here Suz
    - lol!!!

    And hurry up with your Theory post. Don't you know I'm an impatient person?

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    That's dead right, Shannon. Fashion is so liberating these days and we can milk it till the cows come home. You go girl, and thanks for the kind words.

    Suz, it's the Gabe B 2 in Urban Stretch in ink: 


    I bought it at Nordies though, and it was hot off the press so available in my size. Look at the video. It fits just like that - albeit a little longer because I am not 6ft tall. I am absolutely thrilled with my unplanned purchase. 


    Sorry to highjack your thread, Shannon. 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Angie - thank you! I tried it on the other day and have some things to say about it. I will make a post tomorrow! But in brief (and double apologies for the thread hijack, Shannon) -- I liked this fabric a lot for the jackets. Both the Gabe 2 AND the Lanai fit me beautifully in this fabric. The bad news? It's a big fat NO for the pants in this fabric -- at least for me. 

    Threadjack officially over, and Shannon, you have a new winner on your hands. 

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Got it, Suz. I bought the jacket as an intentional separate and have not tried on the pants. 

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    What can I tell you Shannon - actually I especially like it with the dark dress and think you have a winner here!

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Love the cut of the jacket.  I like the way you have styled them in all the pics.  I love number one the best though (mostly because I am a casual girl myself). I think it is a keeper and a good change from your mostly darker coats/jackets.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Well, you know my vote - Theory is awesome.

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    I like it too.  It's sort of pink-mauve on my monitor which I like.  It's a soft color but not baby soft or too pastel.  I have a few items in a shade much like this (my fringe Tylie Malibu clutch and a Gap Pure top) which always feel great when I wear them.

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