A few months back I needed to buy a nice outfit to wear to my brother in laws wedding. I am very concious that I am not as thin as I have been at previous family events, alongside wanting something new and nice to wear for the official photographs, so I needed to buy something new to wear.
I went for a shopping trip with my sister to our local shopping centre, and I have to say, was quite disappointed at the lack of suitable formal type wear. We walked round for ages before we went into House of Fraser, where I spotted a couple of items that I liked very much, even if the price tag was a bit beyond what I wanted to spend.
This jacket is from a range called Linea which is stocked in House of Fraser. The range of clothes are better suited in my opinion to formal types of occasions, and in terms of age, I would feel comfortable shopping here between about 25 and 45 years old. I was keen that my purchase would not be too young for my age, and by teaming this jacket with a floral dress, I felt that I achieved my aim.
The jacket follows fairly current trend of having a peplum sillouhette which I have seen in many fashion magazines in 2013. I am not overly fussed about following fashions, but this extra bit of fabric around the waist does improve the way this jacket appears.
It is made from a linen material, with a silky lining. It features a collar and two buttons on the front of the jacket so fastening is around the lower half of the jacket. The sleeves are full length, and feature 3 buttons on each sleeve to provide detail, rather than function. The buttons are covered in fabric for exact colour matching to the blush colour of the jacket.
There are a few short comings to the jacket, but not enough to stop me wearing this. Firstly, the cost is a lot - at £120 when I purchased it, this cost more than the dress that I wore for the wedding making it an expensive outfit. This is now £60 in the sale, and at that price, it feels a bargain for such a well tailored jacket.
The second negative is the fact that it is handwash only and does crease rather easily, so I find that I handwash it then leave it absolutely sopping wet so that I am not creasing it by wringing it out. That way, when I hang it onto a coathanger to dry I find that it is not left too creased. Any creases then need dealing with by ironing on a very cool setting.
The jacket looks lovely, but as you wear it, creases do appear around the elbows in particular, and I also find that I get quite hot wearing the jacket, so I don't really wear it fastened.
This was available in sizes from 8 to 22. I found that I had to buy it in an 18 to get a comfortable fit even though the dress I bought from the same range was a size 16. I think this was due to it being a lined jacket, but also because the dress had a bow on it that was at the same point as the buttons, so it needed more space to fasten.
I might not have enjoyed parting with the cash, but I do love this jacket. Pink is one of my favourite colours to wear, and already, I have worn this on a few occasions. It might not be something I'd slip on for the school run, but it smartens up a more casual outfit like trousers with a top, or a summer dress rather nicely. I think it has to be seen to be loved, as it looks a lot more red in the picture above than it does when being worn.