H&M Blazer – Black or Gray? (& LOFT Lace Skirt Review)


Top: LOFT Lace Yoke Top sz XXSP  Blazer: H&M; sz 2  Skirt: thrifted and altered
Earrings: F21 (similar for $3.80)   Belt: J.Crew skinny belt

And here is the black version of the H&M; blazer. Please help me decide whether to keep the black or light gray! I’ve sworn off buying duplicates of the same item because I don’t want to be a hoarder…err, well, unless it’s Ann Taylor perfect pumps or this old factory ruffle shell that is a work staple in every color.  

When I last went to LOFT, I actually went specifically looking for this lace and ponte pencil skirt. I saw it in a LOFT ad and fell in love. I was intrigued by the words “stretchy ponte” and “elastic waistband,”, as those usually translate into something petite-friendly. At $79.50 retail plus LOFT’s frequent sales and coupons, I was hoping this would be a cheaper dupe for the overpriced Ann Taylor lace skirt I’m coveting.

In person, the dark hunter green and gray design was really lovely, but the fit was too generous. A 00P was large and boxy on me, completely unlike it’s sleek and fitted Ann Taylor sister. Also, I wish the ponte lining did not stick out past the length of the scalloped lace.

Readers – Did anyone else try on this lace skirt? How do you think it compares to the (pricey) AT one?


67 thoughts on “H&M Blazer – Black or Gray? (& LOFT Lace Skirt Review)

  • Unknown September 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    The lace top looks too casual for the pencil skirt. I would just wear it with jeans. If it's 100% cotton, it might be worth keeping; otherwise i think $20 is a bit much for a casual shirt.

  • Michelle September 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I will usually choose grey over black! :p But what do you "need" in your closet?

    Total bummer about the skirt! I have not been to LOFT in over a month! Planning on stopping by the mall this weekend for the Nieman Marcus beauty event…I might have energy to try on some clothes at LOFT! :p

  • Erica September 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    If you feel you must keep one (and not just return both), go with the gray. It looks more chic, and the fluttery front looks better with the light color. The black version looks too much like a typical jacket.

  • Deesum September 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I personally love the light gray is best of the two on you! With such a unique opening, the gray really shows off the lines and makes you seem longer!
    Of course that's just me 🙂
    p.s. just found your blog, i'm a small asian 4'10" and i love your posts

  • !Tb0n3! September 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    My vote is for the grey version! The material on this black one looks a bit cheap IMO.

  • manasu September 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    i vote for the grey!

  • Julie Khuu September 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Light gray babe! You can get the black version anywhere!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

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  • lin September 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    i like how you're always mixing textures and different pieces together. it's a great way to think outside of the box. 😉

    anyways, to your question….the black blazer looks nice but i prefer the light gray one. i think the gray one brightens up your face more….but then again, i like colors. i also think the gray one shows more details of the blazer compared to the black one.

  • Vivian September 9, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I think it depends what you wanna use those blazers for. But personally I like the gray… I'd normally cheer for blacks on blazers but I think the color of the gray has more use. For work, nights out, or even daytime.

  • J September 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Hi Jean! I'll take the top off your hands if it is not yet spoken for! 🙂

  • J September 9, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Btw, I vote for the grey blazer on you also. You have plenty of black ones and the grey is not only flattering on you, but seems quite versatile with your wardrobe.

  • Megan September 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Grey blazer for sure! Black is too generic, and gray is definitely more chic!

  • Kellie September 9, 2011 at 12:31 am


  • Kellie September 9, 2011 at 12:32 am

    oh btw you look great in your pics! as always 🙂

  • Olyvia September 9, 2011 at 12:52 am

    The light grey one looks better in photos, so I would pick light grey!

  • Petite in the City September 9, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I shopping online at loft last weekend and I saw the same lace top but passed on it b/c I was afraid it was too casual looking! But with the skirt and proper accessories you really dressed it up!

  • aneetac September 9, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I vote for the grey one! I like its softer look, and how you can see more of the shape of the blazer.

  • Michelle September 9, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Go with the grey! 🙂

  • DSK Steph September 9, 2011 at 1:38 am

    You are so well put together — I love it!!

  • anniemchong September 9, 2011 at 1:41 am

    The Gray one looks way better on you =)

  • moonlightandpearls September 9, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Definitely hang on to the grey one! Looks fab on you! 🙂

  • Petite and Hungry September 9, 2011 at 2:26 am

    i love the grey one! it looks so pretty!

  • Maggie September 9, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I don't even need to vote – it seems pretty unanimous already! The grey one!

  • The Girlie Blog September 9, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Love your skirt. Great ensemble!

  • Vilay September 9, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Sorry Jean but i won't be a help for u … Kinda think u look stunning in a different way with both.
    I like the black one, with a dark color,ur hair and white skin look definitely good. The Grey is also great , summer color – relax and fresh style.

  • modniza September 9, 2011 at 3:36 am

    chic,beautiful,elegant! xoo

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions September 9, 2011 at 3:52 am

    you look wonderful! such an elegant and chic look!


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  • Abby September 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

    My vote is for the gray. You win either way though. You look great!

  • My Dressy Ways September 9, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Well. I said previously I would tell you to keep both, but….I have to admit. I'm loving the gray more.

    I saw that LOFT skirt in store before I saw it online. It's too bad that it's so big on you! It is BEAUTIFUL in person. I didn't try it on, but I plan on getting one, hopefully they'll still have my size!

  • Laura Frost September 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I tried on the pricey AT one yesterday and loved how it fit. Amazingly beautiful. I would have had to shorten it, but it fit my waist and hips really well. I'm not quite ready to take the plunge.

  • Annapurna September 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I am going to go against the majority and say keep the black because I think it looks sharp but which will go better with the clothes you already own?

    Congrats on Barcelona! You deserve it! I tried to post yesterday but blogger wouldn't let me. I have been there 5 times in the past 7 years and I have to say that October is a GREAT month – sunny and not as humid as the summer and September. Check out shoes and boots there – I have had good luck finding narrow calf stuff there….I especially recommend the store "Padevi"

  • Gigi September 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Gray. I agree with other readers; the black doesn't pop as much in this style as the gray one does.

  • BKitty September 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I vote for the gray one as well! its not as serious of a color as black which fit its cascade nature that is a little more casual then blazer, almost cardigan of a look. I may…go get one myself lol

  • tinymum September 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I guess gray is winning! So gray it is!^^ Love the earrings! You looking so pretty in every post!

  • Annapurna September 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I have to echo tinymum….the gray seems too casual for work but the black seems easier to dress up and dress down!

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  • Melody September 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I recently discovered your blog and just wanted to pop in to comment 🙂 I'm so glad I found your site because we try on and buy a lot of the same items and its awesome to have your blog tell me what else I need to try! lol. I also tried on that LOFT skirt in 00P last wknd, and it was big on me as well – and I'm 5'3 and a few lbs heavier too. Its too bad because I so loved that skirt.

    I like the gray blazer on you better. The black looks too harsh and you can barely see the cascading folds.

  • jenn ashleigh September 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I bought the Loft gray/lace skirt in a 2. (5'8" 125lbs)

    Its FAR TOO big. It is probably more like a 4? I exchanged it for a 0p which fits more like my Ann Taylor 0/2s.

    I plan on tailoring the knit part an inch shorter. I dislike how it peeks longer than the lace as well.

  • DA September 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    You look great regardless, but I agree with everyone on the gray. The jacket shape & details stand out more. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • R.L. September 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Another vote for the gray! I think casual blazers look better in non-black. I like your outfit here, but I think it would look even better with your slimmer black Theory blazer rather than the black cascade (which for some reason seems wider than your gray one). The lace top looks lovely with the olive, but I'm also thinking of maybe returning mine as I don't find it to be as versatile as the lace printed top. I'm now curious as to which lace top you splurged on. Don't keep us in suspense for too long!

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) September 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I like the grey blazer better, for some reason it looks like it fits you better!

    Too bad about that skirt, why is the sizing inconsistent within the same company? Mind bloggler!

  • Anisha P. September 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    wow- i so disagree with everyone. Definitely love how the black is a classic color, but the draped front gives it an edge. Which, I think describes your style perfectly. The grey is also beautiful, but it's definitely a more casual piece and not as versatile. The black gives a more interesting an intriguing silhouette… which is difficult for us petites because usually they overcrowd our small frame. I 100% think you should go with the black.

  • Nelah September 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

    It is nice to see fall colors again after having so much fun with bright colors during warm months. I love that lace top, it can be casual or dressy. Love it with that blazer.

    Have you looked at F21? I think I saw either lace or scallop skirt online.

    You look lovely as always, your hair is just so full of vulumn!!

  • Anonymous September 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

    gray. you can't see the ruffle detail with black

  • Vanessa September 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I'm so jealous because I tried the gray one on and looked frumpy, but these jackets look great on you! I say the black, but that's because I'm not a big fan of that shade of gray.
    Still looking for the size 2 mustard pants!

  • FashionFreak/Mihaela September 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    i love this outfit.

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  • kileen September 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    i say go with the gray blazer. the color is a better contrast with your hair and it really brings out the colors in your outfit more. i do love this thrifted skirt and the earrings are perfect!

  • Ping September 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    hmm tough call, i actually like the black better. if you have lots of black cardigans/blazers, i'd say go with the gray. i like how you styled this outfit btw. im guessing you are returning this lace top because u got the AT version with the longer sleeves?

  • graywithruffles September 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    i love the gray better, it's more unique and drapes much better than the black one.

  • Queenie September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    i like u wearing the grey one!! 🙂

  • Gracie September 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I think the cascading ruffles on the light gray stands out a bit more. My votes for the light grey.

  • TaraMixandMatch September 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I prefer the gray blazer on you…I just think the fun detailing on it shows up more in the gray!

  • Anonymous September 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I usually like everything black better but here I think the gray looks better.

  • Anonymous September 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Love your style! Can you point out things you think are cute from BR? I love big chunky sweaters-but they're not petite friendly. So if you could help find nice sweaters from BR that are not too chunky that would be amazing. I ask for BR because it is all that is locally available to me.

  • grace September 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I think I have to go against the grain as well and say the black looks better. Black is classic and matches with everything you own, and it's the draping front that makes it unique and because the fact that is black, the styling of the jacket will make it more noticeable imo.

    I don't think we're helping are we?:P

  • April September 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Congrats on Barcelona Jean! When Justin went on a business trip he got me saffron for cheaper, if you like to cook with saffron you should get it there. Hehehe! Those earrings look lovely on you!

  • Kristin September 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I like the light gray better. I tried the black version on in the store and it really looks much better on you. I also tried to find those mustard pants, but they only had gray left. Boo.

  • Nkauj September 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Grey! Plus I love that top

  • Carrie L September 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Just in case you need another opinion, I like the gray!! I think it is the more interesting and versatile of the two. Plus, I love how you styled the gray

  • Yulia September 10, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Loving the first outfit in this post!The taupe+black combo is so elegant and the belt matches the skirt incredibly well!

  • Claud September 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I'd vote to keep the black, the light grey shade is not too appealing to me. The black is sophisticated and classic but the drapey front gives an edgy look (i love it). I must say both look great on you, so either way is a winner 🙂

  • Keji September 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I love the black on you better.

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  • The Little Dust Princess September 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    If I were to compare these pics and the grey pics, I'd def pick the grey one for you because I feel that the pics/outfit makes it look better. You styled this one with a dark top so the blazer doesn't really stand out. If you had a lighter canvas underneath, the black would pop more and I think most people would choose this one. I choose grey though – out of the two outfits!! Maybe more styling pics would help me choose more confidently? 😀

    I also have a question for you regarding pencil skirts. I just bought an H&M; one (seen in my latest post) and the back has about a 2" to 3" slit. I wanna hem it, but the slit would look too short/awkward…?? (Realized I'm wearing it too high after viewing my pic.) but yeah.. if I hem it, it'll hit at the same point as where your skirt in this post is. Should I just get rid of the slit when hemming it?

  • PetiteAsianGirl September 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you, thank you all for sharing your opinions! Although black is probably more versatile for me, I ended up keeping the gray for something different.

    @Melody So it's not just me! For such a pretty and delicate skirt, they really should have err'd on the side of fittedness and not so big and boxy.

    @jenn ashleigh Omigoodness! You had to go from a 2 regular to a 0 petite for this skirt? Darn LOFT and it's sizing inconsistencies.

    @R.L. No suspense : ) I got the AT green lace skirt during the last sale, with some gift cards.

    @Anisha P. You make great points. It truly is hard for tiny petite ladies to find unique silhouettes in classic pieces.

    @Nelah I have not (I avoid that store when possible!) but I've heard great finds from other bloggers!

    @Ping ha ha, good guess but I actually resisted that top…got the green lace skirt!

    @Anonymous I think chunky sweaters can definitely be petite friendly! And the good thing is, I usually don't even have to shop in the petite department for sweaters. You can scrunch up the sleeves, and there's nothing wrong with a cozier, slouchy fit. I just took a look at BR and found nothing. Do you have a Gap near you? I went today and found a few chunky sweaters that were cute and decent in sz XS.

  • Anonymous September 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Jean, may I know if you would consider your LV speedy 25 a high-maintenance bag? I am contemplating to get a speedy in this shade but is afraid that it will get dirty easily. Any advice?

  • Debbie September 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Have you seen there is a lace tuxedo band top skirt at H&M;? The skirt is dark grey with lace tiers that lie flat, it is a pencil skirt, about $35, it is totally great for work, I almost bought it yesterday and it should fit you. I am petite but bigger than you and would buy an unheard of size 6 in this skirt. I am 5'2" 101 lbs., usually a 0P or 00P. I bet the 2 would fit you.

    I tried on the flowy jacket and somehow the 2 is too tight on the shoulders and then the 4 is baggy and looks a little frumpy.

  • Anonymous September 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Both look nice on you, but black always elegant!

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