Some may say that blazers are for old stuffy hoity toity fuddy-duddys, but I completely disagree. Adding a blazer to any outfit ups the chic factor and gives you a more put together look. My love affair with tall blazers just won’t quit and I’m always keeping my eye out for blazers with interesting details, fabrics and colors. When I spotted the Long Tall Sally riding jacket, it ticked all three of these boxes.
Interesting details? How about the subtle metallic thread running through the fabric that gives the jacket a bit of shimmer when the light hits it the right way. I also love the trio of buttons on the sleeves. Interesting fabric? Yep! I’ve been dying for a herringbone tweed piece and now I have one. Interesting color? Mmmmhmmm! The “sea blue” color is perfect for spring.
As mentioned in my last post, this is the bajillioneth time I’ve worn this outfit in the past several weeks 1) because I really like it and 2) because I’ve been trying to get some good photos to share on the blog. On Monday, the weather was insanely good and my photography-loving friend and I went out exploring. We had SO much fun taking these photos in between our leisurely meanderings.
I guess you could say I’m a bit Long Tall Sally’d out in this look since the lace top and Chelsea boots are also from LTS (both c/o). I’m really liking the romantic-ish combo of the lace and light blue jacket on top paired with the more causal look of my Banana Republic skinny jeans and Chelsea boots on the bottom. To add a bit of color, I threw on my super old gold/orange necklace from Banana Republic and finished the look with my J.Crew straw hobo bag.
Here’s my take on the more nitty gritty details of the jacket.
Fit: I’m wearing a size US6/EU38/UK10 and am incredibly happy with the fit. I love how the jacket nips in a bit at the waist when buttoned and the body and sleeve length are perfect for me.
Special Details: The trio of buttons on the sleeves and slight shimmer to the fabric are both a great touch! I’m also loving the springy sea blue color and the fabric of course.
Wearability: I’ve already gotten a ton of wear out of this riding jacket in March and April by wearing it on a trip, to work and around town. It goes great with jeans, dresses, work trousers or skirts. It is fully lined so I don’t anticipate wearing it in the summer, but I will certainly be wearing it for the rest of spring and in the fall!
Experience with the store: First, I have to say that the staff has been absolutely lovely and incredibly attentive at every LTS store I’ve visited, so my overall experience with LTS has been great. Also, I have a ton of LTS clothing and have never encountered quality issues in the past. When I visited an LTS store to buy my tall business suit recently, I was thrilled to see this jacket in my size, but I was completely flummoxed when my arm became stuck in one of the sleeves while trying on the jacket. Turns out, the lining of the sleeve was twisted and it took much maneuvering to cram my arm through the sleeve. Of course, the jacket didn’t look right once it was on and nobody wants a jacket with a twisted sleeve! When I pointed all of this out to the store manager, she told me that she could give me the jacket at 50% off since it was flawed. I wasn’t going to be able to afford the jacket at full price, but I couldn’t pass up a half off deal. I decided to take my chances hoping it wouldn’t cost too much to fix the problem. Fortunately, it only cost 12 Euro to untwist the sleeve lining. Hooray! Moral of the story – if you’re at an LTS store and notice a flaw in an item you love, you might be able to buy the item at a deep discount and then fix it yourself. Again, I’ve never experienced quality issues with LTS in the past so I’m assuming this was just a one-off oopsie (that actually kind of worked in my favor)!
Do you have any herringbone tweed in your closet? What’s your go-to early spring look? Have you ever bought a discounted faulty item and paid to have it repaired?