Update: J.Crew is currently having 30% off your order and free ship at any price w/ code WISHLIST (ordered this Crewcuts merino wool dress in camel/navy previously). One of my favorite purchases last month was this J.Crew lady jacket in spicy gold (must thank Elle again for her review and sale alert). It’s a solid quality, ladylike piece that I’ve received many compliments on, but boy is the silhouette hard to work with! The shape is short and square, and the fit is slightly roomy on me – but my tailor didn’t think it was wide enough to warrant taking-in.
I tried this jacket with many different types of garments, in hopes of finding a pattern to what works. Some parings look bad and some look okay, but I can’t put my finger on exactly why. Since several readers have asked for ideas on how to work with this shape, I figured I’d share some photos, and hopefully you guys can help decipher the fit code.
1. Below left: Starting off with the easiest and most natural looking pairing – with the matching pencil skirt. I think this works because the same-color, same-width (at the hips, anyways) bottom piece makes a continuous line with the boxy jacket. But how often does one get to wear a matching mustard wool suit, especially without a politician husband in tow?
2. Below right: With a bell-shaped mini skirt. This looks okay to me. Again the similar width connects the two pieces, and even though the skirt color is different – it’s short enough so that there’s enough leg visible (+ heels) for creating a lengthening line.
3. Below left: With legging jeans, no blouse showing. This looks okaaay, but the tight, narrow bottoms plus wide top is starting to border on football linebacker style.
4. Below right: Un-tucking the shirt. In theory, this would be cutting into the long, lean leg line…but I think it makes this ensemble look more flattering. Not sure as to why.
5. Below left: With fitted cropped pants, blouse un-tucked. Looks similar to # 4, maybe a little worse because the leg’s cut off at the ankle.
6. Below right: With fitted cropped pants, no blouse visible. Yee-uck! Ignoring the embarrassing outlines of camel toe…it looks like the more narrow/fitted the bottoms, the more jarring/wide a boxy jacket appears in contrast. If you are naturally top-heavy, then a square, cropped jacket may be even harder to work with.
7. Below: With a variety of pencil skirts. The right (pardon the hip wrinkles) has the least color contrast and looks better out of the 3, but not as flattering as the slightly shorter matching skirt in #1. From the middle photo, I realized not to wear a boxy jacket unbuttoned.
9. Below left: With an A-line, knee-length skirt. I wouldn’t wear these two exact pieces together, but am undecided about the overall look of the two shapes together.
10. Below right: Wildcard, because these short shorts were lying on the floor. The long leg line with un-tucked blouse is flattering in my eyes, but I would probably never have an occasion where a wool jacket is warranted while legs are so bare.
There’s one or two last pairing types that I didn’t show here, and they happen to be the more flattering (in my opinion). Please tune back in a day or two for an outfit post : )