Jacket: Malang Jacket c/o UniQUEEN sz S (color no longer available)
Pants, belt & blouse: H&M (old), Bag: Chanel taupe flap from '09
Pioneered by my fashion idol, the combination of tweed and pearls has such a simple elegance to it. I love the top half of this outfit, but oh, drat these cheap H&M pants! I wear them a lot because the rich color is so versatile, but every time I see photos I want to burn them and get a quality pair.
A while back, Anna of UniQUEEN (based in Toronto) contacted me to try some of her petite-friendly Korean clothing. At the time I declined, but offered up some feedback. Although Korean casualwear is trendy and cute, I mentioned that I'd love to see more classy, elegant pieces available as well. I feel like petite women can currently find affordable and well-fitting casualwear from a variety of retailers (ASOS, Gap, H&M, F21, LOFT, Urban Outfitters, etc...). It's with work clothes, blazers, and coats when the options get limited. What do you guys think?
Last month, this gorgeous piece in her store caught my eye. I've been hunting for a collarless tweed jacket to fulfill my Coco styling dreams, and this one fit the bill. It comes in a feminine baby pink/blue as well as a chic navy blue/teal combo - tough decision. I've received so many compliments on this jacket, and wanted to do a full review for you guys.
Style: Classic and collarless, with four functional pockets and fringe trim. I think the fringe on the sleeve opening is a little too much, and hid it just by cuffing it. Pink is fully lined in a satiny material, and blue is heavier in weight and lined in a quilted material. UPDATE: Both jackets are now lined in a heavier quilted material, making them more like warm jackets than blazers.
Sizing: Comes in two sizes, S and M. The measurements provided online for a sz S are 14.5" shoulders (14" before the padding), 17.4" bust, 18.5" sleeve length, and 20" total length. Looking at the bust measurement, I was doubtful about how this would fit. Upon receiving the jacket, however, I saw that the front naturally overlaps a bit. When lying completely flat with the front overlapped, the bust of my sz S measures 16.5" across, with 20" long sleeves. Per Anna, the blue/teal has 2" longer sleeves.
Fit: Size S fits me in the shoulders (most important), is slightly loose in the torso, and the front flaps overlap. Since it's an open-style jacket, I don't mind some torso room. One alteration I'm contemplating is shortening the hem an inch or two, to hit above my hips. At 4'11" and three-quarters (Nick just measured and wouldn't give me the last quarter), I am on the shorter side, even amongst petites. The proper garment length is key to maintaining my proportions.
Note: I like how on the bottom of every item listing, UniQUEEN provides the model's measurements for reference. The girl modeling this jacket is 160cm / 5'3" tall, with a 25" waist.
Quality / Value: I am impressed by the jacket workmanship and the tweed blend. No material label (not required in Asia), so I assume it's mostly polyester. *Updated price (as of 2012) for new colors is $117.81. The price is not cheap, but my Zara juniors tweed jacket retails for the same, and the UniQUEEN one is noticeably better quality.
Payment/Shipping: Ships to US, Canada, and the UK. PayPal accepted. There is a promo going on until 11/27 for free shipping, however it is uninsured and un-tracked for the US. If you live in Toronto, you can actually opt to do local pickup and get a 15% discount instead! I believe returns are for credit only, unless the item is defective. Since this is a new store, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues or questions. I had a long list of them and Anna was so responsive - that's why I love small business owners.
Last weekend, my dear friend Vi -in the sunny yellow dress- was back from Texas. We stuffed ourselves silly with brunch on Newbury St. Shortly after (probably while Nick and I were aimlessly wandering H&M), her then-boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed to her in the Boston Public Garden. I still cannot believe I missed it!
I remember the fruitless nights as Vi's wing-woman out in Boston, so I can smell a "keeper" from afar : ) They were friends for over 10 years before realizing that each other was the one. I am so very happy for them, and can't wait to attend my first ginormous Vietnamese wedding in Texas!
Wearing: Malang jacket, old True Religion kids jeans sz 12 (tip - do not wear kids jeans with a loud snap button to a large meal), boots from eBay.