Top: Splendid Turtleneck, Malang Tweed Jacket
Bottom: Citizens of Humanity Flare Ingrid Jeans
Shoes: Naturalizer Bates Booties
What’s so splendid about Splendid, the brand? Comfort, softness, and oh so fitted. My go to brands for turtlenecks have always been Express. I own like 10 Express turtlenecks. But these last two years, Express style have become more Club style fashion – more metallics, more ruffles, and less basic materials and cuts.
I turned to Forever21 to fill the void however, quality is nowhere near the Express turtlenecks. Many pilled within 2 wears. I already see rips and tears at the seams after only several washes. I then purchased a Gap Pure Body Turtleneck. Great quality and it does not fade. However the fabric is very thin so it doesn’t keep me very warm during colder days.
For a couple of years, I kept looking at Splendid and their line of turtlenecks. At $50+ a turtleneck, it is startling for me to spend for only 1 turtleneck. But during the Christmas sale, I decided to try through shopbop.com. If I don’t like it, I could always return it.
The quality of Splendid WOWed me. It is thick and soft and very fitted. I love the feel of the material. However after several wears, I do see some pilling. But being that it’s black helped cover up the pillings.
Metallic – what can I say? I’m obsessed with Metallics especially in Purple! But this is such a Girls Night Out dress which unfortunately I do not have time to hang out with my girls that often. I decided to showcase how my experimenting turned out.
This is the body hugging dress. I think it fits me really well without discomfort. However there is that tummy issue that no matter how much exercise and dieting I do, will not go away completely.
This is my favorite style. Very simple with a wild leopard cardigan. I could wear this to work – granted the length of this dress will make me really self conscious. I might have to tights to this outfit to really pull it off at work.
High Tea anyone? Or even a meeting at an upscale restaurant? I do believe that the ultimate lady like piece is the tweed jacket. I am enamored with this particular jacket. It’s cropped length easily layers on top of the cardigan. The different textures and lengths all combines into a pretty stylish outfit.
Without the cardigan, the tweed stands alone and can hold outfit together. I just think the outfit is too sparkly – the tweed has strands of glittered frays and the dress is metallic. This could be a Date Night outfit with my husband.
I really like that this dress could work in 4 different styles.
I finally got the Malang jacket from Myuniqueen.com in a size Medium. I first ordered a Small which the sleeves did not fit my arms. It was too tight. Jean from Extrapetite.com did a review on the jacket and I fell in love with it. I decided to wear a form fitting black dress that is work appropriate along with the jacket to see how it will look.
Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA LBD
Jacket: Malang Jacket from Myuniqueen.com
Shoes: AT Perfect Leather Pumps
The jacket is quite comfy and it is the right length on me. It’s not thin as the Yesstyle.com Tweed jacket in my previous post. I was surprised to see how much thicker it is. If you check out Jean’s post on the Malang, she notes the size and measurements of the jacket. But there is one difference I saw from her post. She has a picture of the lining. Hers show a shiny satiny lining. The jacket I got has a quilted lining that it a bit matted. There are top and bottom pockets large enough to put in my car and house keys. As noted by Jean, this jacket is an open style that just hangs wide. I am considering putting in a hook closure.
This is another outfit I wore with the Tweed Jacket. The weather was 60 degrees all day and dipped to the 40s at night. I was still warm because of the jacket. My turtleneck from Diane Von Furstenburg however was very thin and sheer (had to wear a nude cami underneath). I was glad I paired it with the jacket.
Overall regarding the Tweed Jacket, I think it will be staple in my wardrobe.
After Jean from Extrapetite.com reviewed her MyUniqueen.com Malang Tweed (Boucle) Jacket, I was determined to get one. Why? Because I always wanted a ladylike jacket and I have been burned before by buying one I thought would look good (Ann Taylor Loft Tweed Jacket with Studs).
So when I got my Tweed Jacket from Uniqueen, I was sad to see that the Small size did not fit. It fit everywhere except my arms. Yes, if I wear even a thin sleeved layer, the jacket becomes extremely tight and constricts my entire arm from wrist to shoulder. It was like stuffing my arms in plastic tubing. Very odd. I never had a problem with the arm holes of jackets or such. So I returned the jacket and ordered a Medium after consulting with Anna Cho from myuniqueen.com.
In the meantime, my Yesstyle.com Tweed Jacket from StyleKelly arrived. Luckily I ordered a Medium and it fit. But there was a downside, it was too short! My tweed obsession keeps being twarted by my nitpickiness. Still I shot these photos, just to document.
The Jacket measures:
Shoulder to Shoulder – 14″
Length – 18″
Sleeve Length – 22″
Bust – 18″
Waist – 16″
After seeing the pictures, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this jacket looked on me. I love how my Ann Taylor Ruffle Poet Blouse’s collar adds a flirty flare to the outfit. Yesstyle.com’s description of jacket stated that it is a Beige color. However, the picture (could be due to lighting or the shade of my blouse) showed a light pinkish hue that I really like. Even though the jacket does not have pockets, it had fun studded like hardware sewed where the faux pockets are. The jacket is lined in a shiny pink satin however it is very thin. I don’t think it would keep me warm at all during 40 degree weather like what Houston has been experiencing.
The pictures were an eye opener to me. The jacket is on the expensive side at $150.00 and I even requested to return the item. However, looking at the photos I really like it. Hopefully I’m not making another serious mistake. It took me a week of contemplating. I kept taking the jacket out and pairing other outfits and I think it’s going to work out in the long run.
Am I right to keep it? How would you pair this jacket?