Tuesday, October 11, 2011

$35 H&M Shrunken Woven Blazer is Back

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Blazer: H&M sz 2, $34.95 (item # 040640, comes in turquoise or black)
Left: H&M dress  Right: Ann Taylor Factory top, Ann Taylor skirt (similar)
Left: Louboutin Simple 100 pumps  Right: Aldo

It's a known fact that H&M brings back popular styles, so I'm always on the lookout for past favorites to share with you guys. One of my most beloved purchases from earlier this year was a woven navy blazer in a soft knit material. The fit is very slim/shrunken so it's perfect for petites. It's currently back in a basic black (seems very popular - my store was pretty much sold out) and this vibrant teal.

Likes: can't ask for a better fit, affordable at $34.95, woven material is comfy and versatile
Dislikes: vibrant color (is fun but) harder to create outfits with, and I'm trying to avoid buying duplicates

Fitted back view and buttoned-up view:
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As a refresher on how versatile the navy version is, here's a snippet of my past posts that feature it:
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I noticed that some find this color inappropriate for work or certain seasons, which is surprising to me. This color in person is very similar to a bright turquoise dress which I wore at various times, both casually and to work, and did not feel it was unprofessional or unacceptable. For business formal I'm all about the dark suit, but for other environments - it doesn't hurt to explore color and stand out a little. My personal challenge with this color is figuring out what to coordinate it with, and not because it's inappropriate.

I'm torn - keep it for the perfect fit and challenge myself to style the color? Or return? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

59 comments:

  1. It looks lovely on you - especially with the Ann Taylor top. I do think that the navy one is more versatile - while this may only go with a few outfits - so I vote for returning it.

    I hope I can find it in black in my size. I hope they come out with a charcoal grey version!

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  2. I say keep!!! It's so cute and fits perfectly!! My store was out of it otherwise I'd pick it up too! I have the orange/red and navy one...LOL

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  3. I love the color on you, and you how styled it in the 2nd outfit, but I agree with Ella that the navy one is more versatile, especially since this color is a bit bold for the office.

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  4. I say return! I tried it on the other day too but didn't end up getting it. The color is definitely fun but would you wear this color to work? Probably not! I couldn't think of any pieces in my closet that I can pair this blazer with. I do love the fit though.

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  5. hey girl! i'd say return. i'm all for the bold color and such but i find this color not as appealing as say a cobalt blue. you know how fashion changes quite often so i although the cut and fit is classic, the color could easily get dated. hope that helps!

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  6. OMG I swear we have the exact same taste! Even though I am at the border of petiteness and normal sizes (5'3.5"), petite clothing often works for me, especially for jackets. I often come back home after a day of shopping to find you featuring the same items that I tried/bought! I just got this blazer a couple of days ago and have worn it already (with the grey lace tshirt form LOFT and black gap legging jeans). I totally missed the navy version - I hope they bring it back. Love your blog!

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  7. i really love colored blazers and this teal one is so pretty! i have to admit though that i'd be pushing myself to style it too {I have a teal skirt that I've realized is pretty hard to style}. i love the outfits you've come up with though so i think teal is right up your alley!

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  8. It may not be as versatile as the navy one but the color is beautiful on you though. And I love how you styled it on the 2nd outfit. I say keep! :) P.S I replied to your email on AN.

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  9. If you want a bright item to play with, keep it. For me it would be a return because I do not like to have solid brights near my face!

    Your hair looks gorgeous! The way the light is hitting it makes it look like you have some blonde highlights!

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  10. i definitely think you can make it work, but i guess the question is, is it worth the effort? i say keep it around for a while and see if you actually wear it :)

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  11. You look great, Jean! But I vote return; it doesn't seem very versatile.

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  12. That color is super flattering on you - I say keep it if you have enough existing items in your closet to make a couple different outfits. It goes beautifully with the orange/white print dress in the first pic. You won't wear it as often as the navy one, but my thought when I say the first picture was "Wow!"

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  13. This blazer is too loud for the work-appropriate skirt+blouse ensemble and is too harsh for the soft, feminine dress. This blazer could possibly work with boyfriend jeans, camel oxfords, and a striped top for a funky casual look - but that doesn't quite seem like your style; more Atlanic-Pacific than Extra Petite. My vote - return and don't look back!

    The navy blazer is a winner though - you style it so chicly (is that a word?) and effortlessly.

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  14. I think it looks awesome! keep it!! Love the bright color

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  15. jean, the blazer looks great on you. it's up to you whether to return or keep. it may not be as versatile as the blue one but it's still nice.

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  16. I love the color and it looks great on you. I say keep it! :)

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  17. I purchased this blazer in teal as well! I say keep it. I've actually been having a surprisingly easy time pairing with outfits... taking the leap to mix with pinks, corals, whites and easy blacks! I tend to wear a lot of black in the fall/winter, so this blazer will definitely add some color.

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  18. the fit is nice, but the colour isn't versatile. i think it's too bright to be flattering with many outfits. return!

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  19. actually, i love this color! it would be perfect for colorblocking outfits! with neutrals of course to give that pop of color. also perhaps not for daily work wear, but its a cute add on for a casual date out with friends. i would say to try to challenge yourself, and keep it!

    and i actually found this on Ping's blog,
    http://allaboutfashionstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/dressing-up-denim-shorts.html

    i love the way she tones down the blazer with a simple white tee. you dont necessarily need to wear jean shorts, but black or cargo bottoms would work too!

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  20. I'm torn as to what to suggest! I think it comes down to do you like the color and would you feel comfortable wearing it to work? It might not be as versatile as the navy but I can see it working with a ton of things especially basics. Black dress or bottom, skinny jeans, whites, grays, and if you have a navy sheath you could even do an inverted of your color theory. It'll definitely be a spring/summer statement piece and maybe even for winter.

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  21. i say return. i saw that color in the store and feel that it's almost too bright and colorful for the office. i think it would be good for the weekends though, if that is what you're looking for...

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  22. The color is so vibrant and unique for a blazer, and you ALWAYS know how to put outfits together right. I'd say if you love it enough, keep it. :) Although, I do agree with the others that it may be a tad too bright for the office. I think it'd be cute for casual wear though!

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  23. I tried the navy one on back when it was in stores. The fit was great but it was sold out when I was ready to buy. The teal is fun and bright but I'd feel nervous about wearing to work and there does seem to be a big difficulty in creating outfits. I say return.

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  24. I love that it fits like a glove on you! But bright turquoise jackets are a tricky color. I don't know if it's the camera/lighting, but your skin-tone sort of looks washed out or too pale with this jacket on. I vote return. Hopefully H&M will bring more colors in this style!

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  25. My store actually came through for once and stocked this style...I picked up both this turquoise color and the black a little while ago but have the same concerns that you have. My problem is compounded by the fact that I wasn't able to find size 4's in either style so took home the 2 to ponder.

    I really want you to keep this blazer but that may not be the best decision for you...I think your track record speaks for itself...things you keep tend to get a lot of wear so let your heart/reason combo be the guide. :)

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  26. Love the color of the blazer, super versatile, first outfit has a retro feel and the second is very classy. Loves it ^_^ Sucks, i didn't get a chance to visit H&M to use my 25% off =(... maybe next time.

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  27. Looks more springy...if in person, this color looks good against your skin, keep it. Would be nice with skinny white capris and printed top. Ofcourse it'll have to wait to be worn until spring :)

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  28. Color looks so different on H&M site...more fall like.

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  29. I'm torn too! I really like the color a lot. Teals are some of the most fresh colors ever, but it's hard to pull off the look. I'd probably vote to return it, because it's hard to wear this in the office without screaming for attention (not intentionally of course). You can keep it for the weekends though, but is it kind of formal to go out in? :p

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  30. Hi Jean, I have been a reader of your blog for over a year and I adore your fashion sense and styles! I recently graduated from school and am going to start my first job in an accounting firm. I am going to have a new hire luncheon at the end of this month. The dress code is business casual. Do you have any recommendations on what I should wear to make an impression but not going overboard? Thank you very much!

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  31. That teal is really bright! I vote return. The fit and cut look great, but the shade of teal and the little matching buttons look on the cheap side. I can see this being an impulse buy in a season or two. The loud hipster color does not suit a classic beauty like you!

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  32. Color is great on you but too bright for fall unless you want to store it until spring. I like how you styled it #2. I think this jacket in this color is better worn casually as in with jeans and tee. But then again, what do I know???

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  33. I'd say return. I saw this one in store and don't like the teal color. And the fabric looks so so! Keep the money for something of better quality.

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  34. keep!!!!!
    Reasons:
    1) it looks good on you imo &
    2) you are young only once!

    the older you get, the more you will be discouraged to wear that colour

    but of course, just my two cents.

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  35. Hi Jean -- Hope you don't mind me asking. What do you recommend wearing for a beach engagement photo shoot? I was thinking the Ann Taylor Factory Lace Vintage Dress but do you think I should go slightly more casual? Help! Thanks!!!

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  36. It is a great fit. But this colour is so limiting though, I can only see it as a Summer jacket with lots of whites/ivory, that's all. Even if if was a sky blue or royal blue, it would be easier. I'm sure you'll find another jacket or even use the money to save up for something else. So overall, I have to vote return sorry!

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  37. this blazer looks like it was made for you =)
    such a beautiful pop of colour x

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  38. Definitely keep it! It's a gorgeous color that suits you very well.

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  39. i'd say RETURN, it doesn't look professional for work, and i think you'd easily hate the color next year . not a good investment

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  40. What's with 'too bright for fall' and 'not professional for work'??!! How come we are living with so many rules now? Even if it's not good to wear to work, you can wear it on weekends, holidays, and perhaps the occasional work-related event.

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  41. I will take it off your hands if you're interested in selling it.

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  42. Hmmm - I love the teal color of the blazer and it looks great on you. I'd say keep it as it will be a great early Spring jacket. I love H&M blazer but they seem to be on the pricier side. I love the orange swing one you had a while back, too bad they are all gone now ;( thanks for the review.

    Thu from just tututiny (somehow I can never comment using my google account on your blog so have to resort to anonymous, just leaving my blog name so you know who I am ;)

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  43. So cute! It is a perfect fit - but don't just keep it because it fits.

    Not sure if it's just a difference in makeup or lighting, but you look washed out in these photos and I'm wondering if it's because the color is so bright. Even when you wore the neon sweater from Gap, you didn't look this washed out. I think it'd be a great and inexpensive piece, but if you're not loving it because of its color, which is the wow factor of a piece like this, I'd take it back because you'll end up having a hard time pairing it.

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  44. why oh-great-blazer do you not come with longer sleeves as we head into the fall/winter?!

    I vote return.

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  45. I think you should keep it. As anonymous said, you are only young once and why waste your life being afraid to wear pretty colours? It is a beautiful colour and although it's probably not a usual colour for you, I'm sure you can find ways to make it work with your outfits.

    As for being too bright for the office, well, I have bright green and blue hair and nobody has said that's too bright ;D In fact, I'd love to get this blazer to match my hair!

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  46. I suggest returning it. I bought this same jacket in a bright red(orangey red) in the summer and it is still hanging in my closet unworn. I have no idea what to wear it with, and eventhough at the time I thought I would make myself wear a fun colour. If you have to struggle so much to think about pairings you would actually wear it with, then I say drop it. There are other fishes in the sea!

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  47. I say keep it! The color is great and the fit is uber cute. ~jen

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  48. The color is beautiful, but it does seem like one that, even if somewhat work-appropriate, IS really hard to pull off in certain seasons -- I could totally see myself wearing it in summer, or maybe spring, but never in winter. But then again, it does look great on you, so maybe it's still a keeper!

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  49. I bought this in black over the weekend! I couldn't believe how tiny the fit was, and that all those seaming details and a full lining were only $35. And with a 25% off Columbus day coupon - score!
    I thought this teal looked a bit more green in person, but it's still a very rich, bold color. If you do keep it, I'd nix the matchy teal top and go either darker or lighter on the bottom - really let the color pop. Maybe a charcoal or deep brown. Or a wheat/linen color - this girl looks really cute in teal + a light palate: http://chryssieeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-im-wearing-teal-neutrals.html

    For bolder color combos, I like teal against equally rich jewel tones:
    forest green: http://www.makeupgeek.com/look-of-the-week/weekly-challenge-color-block-2-teal-lime-green-and-white/ - NOT suggesting lime green, btw
    mustard yellow
    deep purple: http://www.polyvore.com/color_block_teal_purple/collection?id=921670
    I also like this color palate here: http://riescreativity.blogspot.com/2010/08/color-orangeteal-and-neutrals.html
    If it really is more turquoise than I remember, turquoise works very well with a pop of cobalt blue and/or red.

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  50. @Anonymous No need to be overly stylish since it's a business event - do you have a fitted sheath dress (black, gray, textured, or tweed) and a cute blazer to go over it?

    @karen Your engagement photos are a once in a lifetime shoot...I'd go all out. The AT factory vintage lace dress would be gorgeous on the beach - go for it!

    @Anonymous Thu - I'm sorry the commenting keeps acting up for you! Not sure what's wrong with blogger : /

    @pendragoney @ToniWow, thank you both for the links and pairing suggestions!

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  51. I have heard of ann taylor factory...is that an outlet store?


    Gosh the teal looks amazing!

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  52. I think the jacket looks really great on you, and is totally different from the other one you have. I don't think of it as a duplicate. I think it is nice to have something fun and colorful to wear once in a while. Gray, black, etc. can get boring.

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  53. How do you tuck in your shirts to skirts so that the line from the shirt does not show through the skirt? A lot of my shirts hit me on the hip, meaning I get a line going across the back of the skirt over the bum (not flattering). When I bunch/roll up the shirt so it falls above my bum, I lose some definite in the waist since it gets a bit bunchier under the skirt. Any tips?

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  54. I think it looks great - keep it!

    For pairing, I'd suggest mixing it with neutrals as others have suggested, or if you want to match it in color then make pair it with colors/prints of equal color intensity and the eye will perceive it as a "match" (I'm sure there's a technical term for that, but whatever). I personally like teal with gray or navy or white/cream or red or even yellow, but people have told me I tend to dress a bit bright so there's your caveat.

    Also, I don't see why teal can't be a jewel tone for fall/winter. I think teal is actually quite classic and pops up sometimes in vintage clothing ... in my mind anyways, more classic than coral or pale yellow or mint green etc. Then again, I haven't flipped through a fashion magazine in at least 5 years, another caveat for you.

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  55. Thank you very much for your opinion Jean! I think I have an idea on what I should wear =)

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  56. It's $35. Keep it!

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  57. It's too assertive a color to wear if you don't love it. I once bought a nicely fitting suit in bright orange. I'm not a fan of orange. Big mistake.

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  58. There's an ebay seller quoting you as "fashion blogger" in their item description for one of these blazers:

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/2011-COLLECTION-H-M-GORGEOUS-TEAL-BLACK-BLAZER-JACKET-SOLD-OUT-SIZE-2-4-6-8-10-/110764356304?pt=US_CSA_WC_Suits&var=&hash=item5f785deae4

    I hate ebay sellers like these, it looks like she buys out all the sizes on popular items and then marks them up by 100% to resell in her ebay store. :(

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