This is the "deep discount" Lafayette 148 jacket I purchased at the end of last year for close to 80% off retail. The fabric and construction are great, and I love the simplicity of it. But somehow something was just "off" about it, and I found that I just wasn't wearing it. After Imogen's workshop, I can look at this picture and know exactly what the problem is: the pockets! I usually try to avoid boob pockets, but I'd figured since these were flat and unobtrusive that they wouldn't add bulk. The problem is though, that they create a visual horizontal line right across the bustline!
So with a little careful snipping, a big improvement:The color of this jacket is right in my palette, and is a great neutral for warmer months. The fabric has just the right amount of texture and sheen for me. It's still a bit boxy, but next I'll see if I can find a tailor for a little nip/tuck to add some shape.
Experiment #2This is my "Chanel-esque" experiment, an Ann Taylor jacket. While the fit, cut and shape are excellent, the texture of the fabric is just too much for me, and the color is wrong. Unfortunately the fabric can't be altered, so this one will soon be listed for sale over at Emotional Baggage, along with some other wardrobe experiments that have yielded less than optimal results.