ISO: a Black Denim Jacket

(Today’s post is the first post from my co-author, Sandra.  We have somewhat different styles (San is classic to my strange hippy/goth/something else mashup) and very different shapes (I’m a pear to her apple), but we both love clothing and love to shop.  

This is also the first in an occasional series on pieces we are actively trying to find that we’ll be calling In Search Of: or, to be briefer, ISO.)

Black Denim Jackets in plus sizes seem to be elusive.  It’s one of those simple, casual but classic pieces (like a white denim jacket) that I love to have in my wardrobe at all times. I never see them in stores, so decided to hunt for one online yesterday.  They are perfect for throwing on over a tee, cami or tank, and do a great job of hiding figure flaws.  This type of piece is essential when you are traveling to a cooler climate without investing in warmer clothes you might not wear back home.

I’d been keeping my eyes open, and Coldwater Creek is featuring one that caught my eye, a more feminine curvy cut.   I have not received it yet so stay tuned for a post on the fit very soon.  I ordered a size 24, to hopefully allow room to allow a heavier weight top and push/cuff the sleeves to bracelet length.    I’ve been on this cowboy boot kick lately and I can envision this pairing with several jeans/skirt pieces I already worn.

This one, Denim Weekend Jacket – $99 constructed of cotton/elasterell has seams that appear to hug your curves, as well as an adjustable buckle in the back to avoid it looking so boxy. I used my $25 off anything coupon to save as the thought of a basic denim jacket being over $100 shipped was a bit more than I had hoped to spend.  However, I have been doing less “wow this is a good deal even though I didn’t need it until I saw it” shopping and spending the extra on pieces I love.

Onestop plus/Woman Within has a cropped one for $39, which i would have totally snagged had it been about 2-3″ longer.   Super cute but unless you are tall, probably is gonna hit at all the problem areas.   Also the cropped is just too trendy to be a staple.

While looking for alternatives, I ran across an online retailer I have not seen before,  Monrow & Main.   While the jacket is not “me” the cut of the jacket is pretty interesting.  (Pintuck Denim, $70).   I’ll be surfing this site for sure to see what else they have.   At first glance, there are some pretty cute things.

(Comment from Rebecca: I had never seen this site before either, and have to agree that there are some CUTE items on here.  When I have time and spending money, I intend to go back and buy a few things to check out the cut, styling, and quality.)

If the Creek one doesn’t pan out, I’ll probably snag Jessica London‘s $44 version… available in sizes 12-38.  This one with classic styling and black stitching is more what I envisioned before I got all misty eyed at the feminine cut of they Creek one.

(I found a few more: one from Domino Dollhouse that is also very cropped.  $45.99  That style looks good on some people, not so good on  others.  Since this appears even more cropped than the one above, it might not be a good bet.

The second one is from City Chic and also appears cropped.  However it has puffy shoulders which MIGHT provide some balance and width at the shoulders for those of us with wide hips. 

My guess is that neither of these would work for San, but they are here for completeness’ sake.  Cropped seems to require the wearer to be tall, and since neither of us are we run the risk of cropped jackets hitting at the wrong place.  

One final possibility would be this design from Simply Be $59.  Given her current western kick this might be really cute.)

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Shopping lust: Bags

I am not poor, but I am also not made of money.  So from time to time I will post the things I am LUSTING after that I just can’t justify purchasing.  Today that is Bags.

Here’s the thing:  I get bored.  Fast.  The fact that I still carry those Michael Kors Pocket Totes is a miracle; more likely I last about 3-4 weeks and am ready to move on.  Sometimes less.  I have a small collection of better bags (Coach, B Makowsky) listed on ebay right now in order to fund buying some new ones.  Because each of these has some problem:  Not enough structure, too much structure, not big enough, too big, not the right pockets, not enough pockets, too many pockets, etc.  The list goes on, but my husband has forbidden me from spending more than $100 on a bag unless I KNOW I will love it.  (He’s not allowed to buy expensive sunglasses, since he looses (on average) one pair per week.  It’s a trade-off.)

However these are the ones I’ve been lusting after and am actively looking for decent quality bags that are inspired by these:

Marni Printed Cotton and Leather Bag – Was $378, but sold at theoutnet.com and now I can’t find it.  Probably for the best.  I am in love with both the bold print and the way the interior is laid out.

 

Sara Berman “Mini” Jivvy Leather Cross-body Bag – $200 at theoutnet.com.  The studs appeal to my lurking goth, the color is perfect for all, and the size (14x12x4) appears right about where I want it.  But at $200…..

(In case you couldn’t tell, I like bold bags.  That is probably part of the problem, since they don’t go with everything.  I also want them relatively compact, otherwise I will carry my entire life around with me.)

 

Coach New Willis in Vermillion – A bit smaller (10x9x3.5), but a classic shape, more structure (like the 1st one) and I love the warm red. $298  The City Willis (same price) is a slightly different shape (12x7x3.5 rectangle) but the same idea, and is just as lovely.  In fact I almost like it a bit better….I would need to make sure that my tablet would fit, however.

 

I most CERTAINLY don’t need a bag the size (14x10x4) of this Micheal Kors Jet Set Tote, but he TOTALLY had me at Purple Python!  The chain detailing is right on trend,  as well.  *DROOL*  $298

I think I may do some shopping tomorrow… In the meantime, some quality time with eBay seems to be in order….

 

 

 

 

Fall Romance

Fall clothing is starting to appear, and of course I’m starting to shop.  One site that I check intermittantly is ShopRuche.com, a site with a similar aesthetic to Anthropologie, but which carries a plus line!  This morning I placed an order for a couple of items and drooled over a couple of others!

Dear Darling Curvy Plus Top
While this will definitely need a cami, this top combines the Peter Pan color trend with a terrific color.  I’ll almost certainly wear this with black trousers and perhaps a cardigan.

 

 

 

 

Starfield Print Curvy Plus Top

The colors of this top appealed to me; I love that type of rust shade, and this top struck me as very nice.  I probably won’t wear the belt because of my shape, although when it arrives I will play with it a little to see how it might work.

 

 

 

 

Island Getaway Curvy Plus Dress In BlackWere I in the market for a new little black dress, I would have jumped at this dress.  It is right on trend with the high-low skirt, but since it’s made out of jersey it would be comfortable and easy to care for!

 

 

 

 

They also had a number of other cute tops, skirts, dresses, and a few adorable retro bathing suits.  Well worth a look when you have a moment!  Once my items arrive, I’ll take pictures and post so you can see how they fit!