Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Perfect Olive Jacket

In Sunday’s post I wrote about olive, a very popular color this fall, and featured my olive blouse. I bought the blouse on sale last year, and I’m very happy with it. I like the cut, and the fabric drapes well.

The Dangers of Buying Final Sale Items

Unfortunately, the blouse wasn’t the only olive item I bought last fall. I say “unfortunately” because the other item I bought didn’t turn out quite as well. I purchased an olive jacket online and it was a “final sale” item so there was no way to return it. When I bought it, I knew I took a gamble as the reviews were quite mixed - some loved it, others not so much. When I bought the jacket, I had one of my favorite scarves in mind. It’s olive/black/white/orange, and I really wanted to wear it with an olive jacket. Looking back, it was really shortsighted to buy a jacket mainly with one scarf in mind. I remember thinking “it’ll be okay if it’s not ‘perfect' because the big blanket scarf will cover most of it.” But does it really make sense to buy a jacket specifically to wear with one scarf?

Olive Green Jacket 1

Is a “less-than-perfect” Item ever a Bargain?

I was definitely swayed by the price when I ordered the jacket. I believe the original price tag was somewhere around $80, and I got it for about $12. So it was quite the deal! But was it really? I wasn’t too thrilled when the jacket arrived as the material was stiff and didn’t drape well. Is a “less-than-perfect” jacket really a deal? Or would it have made more sense to wait for a jacket I’d be truly happy with? I think the answer is pretty clear. Yes, I should have definitely waited for a jacket I would be completely happy with.

Is There Hope for the Jacket?

But maybe there is some hope for the jacket after all. I just washed it several times (the downside to this is that the jacket is now several shades lighter than it originally was), and I like it much better as the material isn’t as stiff anymore and flows a bit more (the photos in this post are post-wash). We’ll see how it’ll turn out in the next few months. Of course I have seen “perfect” olive jackets everywhere and maybe I should just get what will make be happy… But then again, maybe I should learn a lesson first and deal with the “bargain” I got last year a bit more...

Olive Green Jacket 2

The jacket is definitely a reminder for me to make sure I truly love an item before I buy it. And that means not to order “final sale” items online if I haven’t tried them on or seen them in person. You just never know, and chances are actually pretty high that the item turns out less than perfect, and then you are stuck with it. It’s of course possible to make a less-than-perfect item “work," but my goal for the future is to only purchase items I truly love. I believe it will help me reduce the items in my closet and ultimately dress with more joy.

These olive jackets look pretty fabulous:


Questions: Do you make sure everything you buy is “perfect,” or do you settle if it’s a bargain? Do you own an olive jacket? If so, are you completely happy with it? 

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Be well,
Andrea

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38 comments:

  1. I like the jacket! Maybe it's not perfect, but it's nice.

    Mary

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  2. I like the jacket too. It has a nice casual vibe. i woud pare it with a longer shirt. I love the big pockets.

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    1. Thanks! I like the idea of wearing it with a longer shirt! I'll give it a try soon!

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  3. I've made that mistake a million times, so I feel your pain. But the jacket looks cute to me anyway!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I think the jacket is ok, but I think one I truly love would have been so much better... I'm really trying hard not to be influenced by a "bargain"... :-)

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  4. I think the jacket looks good on you. I sometimes do settle for a bargain - often I regret, but occasionally I like the item. And I usually always like the price ;) I posted about an olive jacket this week, too!

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    1. Thanks! I'll have to check out your olive jacket!

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  5. I think the jacket is cute! Might be fun with a black maxi dress? The shorter length and it's shape give me the impression of a dressier jacket. I love the Caslon option you shared. That cinched waist is great.

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    1. Yes, I'll have to try the jacket with different pieces in my closet. I like the idea of pairing it with a maxi dress. I'll give it a try!

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  6. Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style linkup party. I like the length of the jacket

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  7. Well... and where is that scarf?? Haha, I think we all are sometimes tempted to buy because of the price while we have a little doubt. My experience is that that never turns out right!

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    1. It's way too hot for the scarf! :-) Plus, the scarf may make it okay, but I feel any jacket I buy should have more than one use! :-)

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  8. I buy final sales all the time, but usually only in the stores. It is a disappointment when we don't love it like we think we will! Although I have a theory that we are somewhat spoiled---what exactly is the perfect piece?
    But I would never think this jacket is bad! It looks great in these pictures, and I especially like that it's not so long like others I've seen.

    Maybe it just needs some bling---a ton of brooches on the lapels or something?
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, buying final sale in store is usually okay (if you don't settle, which I used to do...). And you make a good point about "perfect" pieces. I'm not sure they exist either, but I guess my focus is on pieces that I'm truly happy with and not settling... :-)

      And, yes, I'll experiment with some brooches, etc. Thanks for the idea!

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  9. If you only spent $12 on it, I think it was worth the risk. I tend to get suckered in by bargains. If I love something, it's a great price, but it's not in my size, I usually buy it anyway and then I get mad at myself because I think that was stupid. Although I do have to pat myself on the back because I did put a skirt back that was a size or two too big. I kept thinking, "I could just wear it with a belt", but then I realized it buckled in the back too because it was too big. As for olive jackets, I own two of them and I'm not really in love with either, although I still wear them. One is really big and baggy and I just feel sloppy in it, even though it's "the look". And the other is on the smaller size, and is more of an open blazer than a jacket. I saw a great olive green jacket the other day and almost bought it but said to myself "NO, you already have two!".

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    1. Good job putting back the skirt! Items you love in the wrong size are so tempting! I always wish I was a skilled sewer when I come across them...

      I think I remember your olive jacket and you mentioning that you didn't love the look, but I think I really liked it...

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  10. I have an olive chiffon jacket and love it! I got it as a birthday present years ago! I have learned even if it's a deal it's not worth spending money because the money will be wasted. I know if it's something I can fix through sewing then I'll get it, but if it's not fixable then it's a no go for me.

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Yes, it's so important to only buy things you'll actually wear (and like!). Glad you love your orange jacket!

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  11. I am guilty of the same - buy things I'm not 100% happy with because they are on sale. I've been working on it lately and trying to be more strict with what I buy - unfortunately it means I pass by final sale items unless I know for sure they will fit and flatter (which isn't often!) good on you for trying to make the jacket work. It does look nice on you :)


    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks, Mica! It's so easy to be "seduced" by a bargain... :-) I guess all we can do is stay vigilant...

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  12. It's so much to risk to buy from online especially those items with final sale and mixed reviews! I must say u took a huge risk. And yes I also have to say that I really love your olive jacket....... It looks great.
    http://www.afashionholicslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Qazi! I'm trying to make the jacket work, and I think the suggestions in the comments will help me like it more...

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  13. You know Andrea, I know exactly what you mean, it happened to me before, sometimes the price is so great but then I wish I had tried it on before... The jacket looks great on you though! The colour is great for fall too! I now only order from Zara, as their clothes always fit me well and I usually don't have to go and return. They have great sales too... Hope you find your perfect jacket on sale in store !

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    1. Thanks, Katrin! It's helpful to have a retailer where you know things will fit you. I like ordering tops (in long) from LOFT as they always work out great for me.

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  14. Sounds like we've all done that before! We all are optimistic, I guess. I feel more regret when I don't buy the "perfect" item b/c of the price.

    Julia
    www.whenthegirlsrule.com

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    1. Thanks, Julia! And, yes, I have regretted not buying something that I later realized would have been perfect and would have served me well for a long time.

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  15. I actually really like the jacket, Andrea! I like the faded olive color and the shouchy boxy style. But I totally hear you on "less than perfect" items. I find if I am wearing something and I constantly need to be readjusting it or tugging at it in some to make it stay perfect, then it is indeed less than perfect and is it really worth it? It is definitely a great question to ask especially when trying to clean out your closet!

    Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge. I hope to see you again this week. Have a beautiful day!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Thanks, Shelbee. The jacket is definitely growing on me. I still wish I had bought a more versatile ("perfect") one, but I think this one will work with more outfits than I had thought... Washing it several times and therefore making the fabric softer definitely helped!

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  16. There will be another jacket that may fill the bill better for you than this one and because you spent so little, you can go ahead and buy another. The style and shape of this one is not the standard so it has that going for it and maybe it will get you thinking outside your normal style. That was a bit of a ramble, but in short, I like the jacket and it was a bargain so win-win! Thanks for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Rena! And, yes, the jacket is definitely a challenge! :-)

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  17. If something is the price of two coffee with cake, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Wear it with your favourite scarf and enjoy that moment. I think the hacket looks fine. Nothing wrong with it. But I quite like stiff material.
    Of the examples you showed, I like the one by Nlst best. Pretty stiff price though and too short for my bodyshape.
    Greetje

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    1. Yes, it was very cheap, and it is "fine," but I think I should learn a lesson... :-) I have very little closet space and really no space for "good enough" items...

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  18. Even though this jacket was not what you wished I think it looks good on you. I have more of an hourglass shape and so this cut would not look nearly as good on me. I clicked through and I love the first jacket and the last jacket the best for me.

    Although your olive blouse was a really nice cut, it may be my favorite. Now I'm dying to see the scarf that you had planned to pair with this! Show me! LOL

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    1. I'll definitely show the scarf when it cools down a bit. It's been quite hot (especially on the weekends when we take photos), so I'm waiting until it's just a bit cooler... It's a GREAT scarf! I know, I know, more teasing... :-)

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  19. Who knows in a few months time, you'll love it! I've so often done that, hate something I can't return, re-find a few months later and team with something different, then loving it! I think it looks fab on you. Nice to link up again. Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui! The jacket is growing on me, and I also like some of the suggestions I've been getting for pairing it with different outfits...

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