Edgy tweed: a Zara double windfall

It's been over a month since Angie's post about spring tweed jackets, but yesterday at Zara, I found the perfect one for me. When I saw this textured, frayed topper, I fell in love. It's the perfect weight to wear instead of a light sweater, it matches my style, and it'll go with anything.

So I bought it, but it was expensive as Zara things go ($130) and I wasn't convinced I should spend the money.

Then I came home and opened a letter and found a check for $385 from Zara!! It was a class action settlement about how they printed full credit card numbers on sales receipts for a while. I'd filled out the paperwork then forgot all about it. I had no idea it would be so huge!! Holy cow. So I guess I'm keeping the jacket. Of course, I could spend the money elsewhere, but the coincidence seems too good to miss.

Incidentally, this is one of the first non-natural-fiber items I've bought - it's 1/3 cotton, 2/3 synthetic. I'm trying to relax my preference there. I have weird issues with texture (some soft synthetics make my skin crawl) but really, I'm limiting myself too much.

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  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    OMG awesome jacket and what a lucky windfall - it was meant to be!
    How is the sizing in the shoulders?  I think I'm going to return the navy AT jacket and was looking for a replacement...

  • Mochi replied 8 years ago

    Gorgeous jacket. Really cool and full of potential. I hope my check from Zara comes in the mail soon! : )  Anyway I hear you on the synthetics. It can limit your options.....

  • viva replied 8 years ago

    Love this jacket on you! I did not see it in Zara yesterday but I definitely would have tried it on if I had. And that windfall! Proves it's worth filling out that paperwork when it comes through the mail!!! Good on you, luv. (Watching too much British TV at the moment -haha).

  • AviaMariah replied 8 years ago

    I love the jacket and yes, it was meant to be!

  • rabbit replied 8 years ago

    This jacket looks great for you!  Good timing with the settlement, and that's a substantial amount, good for the consumers!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Nice find, grayscale. It looks perfect on you. I like how you've styled it in a minimal way with a tshirt. I find there's enough interest on with the tweed.

  • Tanya replied 8 years ago

    Awesome jacket, and what a lucky windfall!  Enjoy wearing it.

  • Diana replied 8 years ago

    Oh, wow, that is fantastic.  It looks way better on you than on the model. 

    I totally hear you about the synthetics, and I have the same reaction to many of them.  I've decided that it doesn't matter so much in outerwear though.  (Pants with polyester or excessive spandex are my biggest issue; for some reason those things make my thighs super crawly and   itchy...)

  • UmmLila (Lisa) replied 8 years ago

    What a great pick. Zara is really killing it with jackets this year.

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 8 years ago

    I love your new jacket!

    Zara giveth, and Zara taketh away...   :D :D :D    

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    Greyscale, this jacket looks just right for you and for your style. Love your styling. A windfall indeed.

  • goldenpig replied 8 years ago

    What a find! Looks great on you!

  • Elizabeth P replied 8 years ago

    Love this... my type of tweed jacket.  And talk about meant to be!

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Ok ok! Sheesh! I need to open my mind to tweed, obviously ;) You look great.

  • deb replied 8 years ago

    Cute jacket and I think you are meant to have it since the funds came from Zara. It is easier to listen my fabric standards when it comes to toppers. I think it is because they are not directly against my skin.

  • Greyscale replied 8 years ago

    Alaskagirl - The shoulders are surprisingly great on me. That's one reason I fell in love with it - it's so rare for me to find a jacket in that shape that's not too tight in the shoulders. This is a small. The XS was too tight. To calibrate: I've been tending towards S rather than XS in many brands recently, though like many Zara things, this does run a little smaller than some brands.

    Diana, Deb - You're right about the fabric not touching my skin, and I agree, synthetics in tight pants bother me the most.

    Rachy - I can totally picture you in this type of tweed, or the ones with crazy color highlights like Angie's new outfit.

    Smittie - I tried it with a black tee but it didn't photograph well, and then I realized that it's way better with white even in real life. I don't wear a lot of white tees but I think I'll need to buy a few more.

    I will say that the raw edges on this fabric fray very easily (by design). I need to clean this one up with scissors before I wear it for the first time. I might even consider putting some fabric glue on the inside to hold the hems in place. Does that work? Obviously the frayed look is intentional but I don't want it to get too ratty over time.

  • Greyscale replied 8 years ago

    Also, a thought on Zara - their basics are hit or miss, often flimsy or not cut in my shape. But with their higher-end pieces I find a killer statement item once or twice a year. Unfortunately, those almost never go on sale at the end of the season. I have to decide if I want to jump on something right away or miss it entirely. So the prices are honestly higher than I usually spend at other stores.

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Is it lined?  That might help hold it together.  I saw another similar jacket I liked at H&M but it looked like a 3rd grade crochet project that would unravel at the first snag. 

  • Greyscale replied 8 years ago

    It's lined, yes, but the lining isn't bonded to the tweed so it doesn't help much. The edges are my real concern and those aren't lined. But I'll risk it.

  • kerry replied 8 years ago

    Oh I like this on you - definitely edgy. Interesting your theory on Zara - might need to take another look at their higher-end stuff. Woohoo to a cash windfall.

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    There's some no-fray stuff you can get at fabric stores.  I think it's mostly for keeping stored fabrics safe, but no reason it wouldn't work here:


  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 8 years ago

    What a great story, and the jacket is super fab for you. Just the right tweed jacket to fit your wardrobe, and it looks great on you.

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Now that's a tweed jacket I could wear:). Love it on you. Fits your aesthetic very nicely:)

  • Debbie replied 8 years ago

    Love this jacket on you! Fabulous!

  • replied 8 years ago

    I absolutely 100 percent love it.  It is perfection.  

  • krishnidoux replied 8 years ago

    What a story! Wow! It's like the heavens wanted you to get that piece. 
    It is indeed beautiful on you. It complements your lovely long locks. 
    Fabric: the question is, how do you feel in it? If you feel at all uncomfortable, restricted, too hot, then it's no good. Today's synthetics can be very enjoyable, so if this one is not, pass. If it feels cosy and fitting, do keep though, because it looks great.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago


    Perfect for you. 

  • replied 8 years ago

    Love the jacket! But had to add that I love your hair!!

  • Bonnie replied 8 years ago

    What a nice coincidence. It's a good lesson for me because I always ignore those class action suit letters. The jacket looks like it will become a real workhorse.

  • replied 8 years ago

    It's perfect for you.  And what great timing!

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