WIW: Fuchsia Plaid (ETA question)

I got this jacket at my favourite consignment shop as one of the items in exchange for some of my sales. I like the colours, the asymmetrical front, the large almost origami style collar and the short, cropped length. The quality is fantastic.

I've popped it on top of my black ponte knit sheath dress, added black micro fishnets and my cobalt blue suede booties. For a handbag, I'm using my grey faux snakeskin clutch. I think this jacket could head into "fuddy duddy" territory if not careful so I'm using modern elements like coloured booties and a clutch to keep the overall outfit modern.

Jewelry is my Haida wedding band and a silver/garnet vintage ring.

What do you think? Was this a good "buy"? How are the proportions? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Nygard (consignment)
Dress: Cleo Petite (thrifted)
Fishnets: Hue
Booties: Aerosoles
Handbag: thrifted

ETA: Question - do you think this jacket is too short to wear with trousers?

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  • ramya replied 6 years ago

    I am checking the flights to steal the jacket. I want it now!!!!!

    I love this outfit!!! I wish i could wear this here in Norway right now(Not happening any time soon thank you so much winter )

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Stunning jacket and marvelous styling. You look great!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Well I don't see anything fuddy duddy about this look. I love that your brought in blue booties, and somehow the clutch is just perfect to make this look current and fab!

  • replied 6 years ago

    I like this! I think Nygard can be a little fuddy duddy sometimes but you have successfully made it into a cool piece. I like it over the dress, and I like the blue accent with the boots!

  • Sona replied 6 years ago

    supercool fuchsia piece! color of the week here in YLF land. great find. I think you will have lots of fun styling it in all sorts of edgy ways!

  • teri replied 6 years ago

    I love it... funky and fun

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    This is super, Shannon! I agree about the closure of the jacket; it's very cool. And I am loving your clutch bags. I still haven't found one yet.....sigh....they really DO modernize an outfit.

    I would wear this in a heartbeat. The blue booties add such a fun touch.

  • Ginkgo replied 6 years ago

    My favorite! But I keep thinking this on each of your postings lately! The jacket is stunning on you but the blue booties make the outfit; what a different vibe this would have if you'd worn black pumps.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Gingko - you're right. It would have taken on a much more conservative "ladies who lunch" vibe if I'd worn black pumps and carried a black handbag.

    Although you can't really tell, the jacket has a thin cobalt blue stripe in it's plaid pattern which is why I chose the cobalt booties.

    Thanks for your comments ladies!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    LOVE IT! This is so perfect, Shannon - the color and plaid and the fun details of the jacket just rock! I think you could wear this with pants IF you had a longer shirt underneath but not sure how that would look. Try it and see...

  • Emily replied 6 years ago

    The colour and cut of that jacket is gorgeous on you! I think you are right that it could head into staid old lady territory, but it looks modern and striking the way you've styled it. I would like to see it with a longer top and narrow pants.

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    Oh, that's gorgeous. And VERY smartly styled with the unexpected, hence modern, accessories.

    Do think it might be too short for trousers though, especially if the cutaway style means it exposes the waistband---though low-contrast top and pants could of course camouflage that. Otherwise, the contrast peeking through might draw attention lower down, which fights with the 'showcase me' face-framing collar.

  • DonnaF replied 6 years ago

    I love that jacket!!! In addition to the cool collar, I love how the sleeves are cut on the bias so that the plaid doesn't create horizontal volume across the arms. I would wear that jacket with pants because I am on Team Super Short Legs. That being said, the jacket style means you would have to be extra mindful of top and bottom color, no belt fighting, etc. -- same as wearing with a skirt but maybe more so.

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I love the bright color of your jacket! the outfit looks great. I was going to make the same comment as Una - a long shirt underneath might make the jacket work with trousers. On it's own, it looks too short to wear with pants, but, of course, it's hard to say for sure without seeing a picture.

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    Super cool jacket! I love the fuchsia plaid and you've styled it really well.

    I wear cropped jackets like this all the time with pants. The trick is to wear a longer (tunic-length is probably the best bet) top so it's clear that the short jacket is intentional and not just too short.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I'm actually attempting a short jacket with pants today - you can check it out and see if it works (or NOT!)...

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Ok....popped in and had a look at Una's outfit - to me the proportions are perfect with the trousers and cropped jacket (do you hear me Una - perfect!).

    But I also think Una's works because the jacket is open, which still gives a longer body silhouette. This jacket because of the shape and how it does up has to be worn closed so this may be a factor. Will have to do some playing around and see what works.

    Thanks for the feeback and tips!

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    I love love love the jacket. Something about plaid and ruffles that take me back to my childhood (there is some outfit my mother put me in that clearly brings back good memories.

    I think the jacket works so well because of the tulip detail on the hem in front. Also the diagonal line across your torso is so flattering (note to self). I like that the neck ruffle is rather subtle -- a nice detail but not over the top and screaming for attention. The color is fabulous and balanced very nicely with the black pencil skirt.

    That clutch is WONDERFUL. I absolutely love it with this outfit and the purple boot is the pow that seems to tie it all together. Lots of nice eye candy in this outfit -- my eyes are moving constantly. Bravo!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I think a cropped done-up jacket would work well with slouchy trousers, since it gives you the waistline and doesn't interfere at the hip. You could treat it like a sweater. But I'm always trying to balance my shoulders by emphasizing the hipline somehow.

    Regardless, it's a fab jacket!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Will try next with the slouchy trousers and my Doc Marcies - a plain black belt I would assume to not compete with the bottom of the jacket? Thanks for the idea Una!

  • Amy replied 6 years ago

    Wow, shaannon, stunning.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    Look superb with the skirt!

    The question re: pants is one I deal with with my shorter jackets, and I have a lot more trouble feeling good in that look--that's just me and my idea of what I want to look like including Rear View. A straight or pencil skirt with cropped jackets works fairly well for me because of the straight downward line of the skirt from the waist--but when I wear pants, I get curves in and out along the legline that create a type of line I don't like. I am long-waisted, so I get the jacket kind of flying up there alone too high above my natural waist. You look really good in the short jackets to begin with, so that may not be an issue even with pants.
    For me, a straight trouser-type pant or wide leg pant is more likely to work than something that tapers at the thigh or knee.

  • Kiwichik replied 6 years ago

    Ohh I want that jacket.

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous jacket! (yes a very good buy)

  • replied 6 years ago

    It's yummy! I'm crazy about the curved hem. You'll have to try it with pants and let us see.

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