Plaid blazer redux (updated)

Update: photos of another size in comments

I've wanted a glen plaid blazer since the very beginning of this trend (which probably means it's about over now? boo). Previous posts:

Now I have a new contender: Everlane released their oversize blazer in a new glen plaid. I'm sad they didn't offer this last year alongside the tweed option! This blazer is a very boxy cut and I'd previously ruled out the tweed version as too shapeless on me, but I think it looks better in plaid.

For those considering the blazer, I sized down from my usual 2. This is a size 0 and fits perfectly in the shoulders. If I get it, it'll be this size. I swim in the 2, and the 00 is definitely too tight.

The debate now is whether this is just flattering enough, and whether it's a good addition to my wardrobe. Is it too long on my frame? (The rolled pants don't help...) Is it edgy enough for me? Its boxy shape looks more like outerwear and less dressy, which is good for my lifestyle. I do have a habit of buying and then not wearing blazers... and I have a lot of fall outerwear... but I like the look.

It's more my style than the Nordstrom one I tried, though it was a lovely fit (old photo included for comparison). Even at NAS prices it was too expensive, so I returned it. And it sold out as soon as the price dropped even lower. Lovely as it is, it's off the table. The Massimo Dutti one I considered is even more confusing - the same link now goes to a page with photos that look like a different blazer - so I guess that's out too.

Photo 1: Everlane

Photo 2: Nordstrom, no longer an option

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  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Oh, greyscale! I hate to be a killjoy, but this jacket just looks too big, even if you say the shoulders fit. The body seems so voluminous. How is the side view? And a buttoned up view (like pic #2)?

    I've been looking for a similar jacket and it is just so hard. I walked around for an hour yesterday with an Aquascutum double breasted wool jacket made in London draped over my arm, but eventually put it back. It was at a consignment shop and they were asking $149.00CA. However, it wasn't a 10 and I'm not prepared to settle. I think jackets are the hardest thing to get right.

  • Jane replied 5 years ago

    I really like the style but I think I’m with RC. I’m thinking there is quite a fine line between spot on size wise and oversized size wise in this type of jacket.

  • Bijou replied 5 years ago

    I think this looks more your style being oversized that the classic Nordstom jacket. It does look big, but that is the intention with this jacket. If it was tapered into your body, it would have a nicer fit.

    If you find you don't wear blazers unless you absolutely love them, then leave this. You will know when you find 'the one'!

  • Cardiff girl replied 5 years ago

    I’m with the others ,it looks too big on you.Keep looking ,out there is the right blazer for you.If you settle now you will end up not wearing it .Dont mourn the Nordstrom one either I don’t think the placement of the button on that one was great.As Runcarla said blazer shopping is time consuming but it’s a big ticket item so be picky.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    It does fit me just like the model, except she's 4" taller, which makes quite a difference I think.

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    I do like this styling for you, the boxier oversized shape, but I agree that it does seem too big, not just oversized.

  • LaPed replied 5 years ago

    Well, I like it better than the Nordstrom one! The cut feels more intentionally oversized on this one, and the single-button closure on the Nordstrom one looks a little bit off. But I'm not sure I'm sold on the Everlane one either. I have the same problem with oversized blazers -- even when the shoulders fit, they seem to swallow me whole. When I'm looking at trendy things like this, I often as myself, "Will I regret this when I look back at photos five years from now?" For myself, if I find a long blazer with a hint of shaping/definition, I might go for it, but otherwise probably not. I guess it doesn't help that I don't see anyone around me wearing this style. But I bet in SF it's a more pervasive look. 

  • Jessikams replied 5 years ago

    I’m just not loving either one, really. It seems like EVERYBODY is wearing this kind of thing and you tend to have a more distinctive style.
    I would love to see something like super Irish-y (tweed! Green and orange plaid!) to really play up your dancing :)

  • replied 5 years ago

    The shoulders seem a bit wide, though that would change depending on what you layer under. Can't hurt to play with different options!

  • Jenn replied 5 years ago

    Well, I like it. I think the oversized fit works and looks more modern, less stodgy, than traditional blazers.

  • karen13 replied 5 years ago

    I like it better than the Nordies. The lower button stance looks more modern and edgy. It looks good on you, but I don’t hear “I love it” from you. So I fear you will find something you do love down the road and not wear this.

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    OMG I love this!!  Greyscale this is a very defined look.  You have to like it.  I think it looks absolutely stunning.  That's the style.  I bought the Tweed blazer last year and I wear it frequently.  But then I love this style.  I am so all over this.  The Everlane glen plaid is backordered till the end of october and I just joined the wait list.  I love glen plaid also.  Incredibly versatile.  There's just something waif, tough, elegant, olsen twin, confident, authentic - but then this is my look.  I'm not sure you'll get a lot of love on the forum for it, many prefer more feminine fitted looks, it's on the edge, very edge even here.  You know deep down if it's you.  I can only tell you this is me, big time.  Only you know, but I think it looks marvelous.  I did size down last year also, and I usually take my normal size in Everlane because I'm looking for the boyfriend fit, but that was way too much volume even for me.  I'll be interested to see what you decide.  Our styles often abut but don't overlap, what's not edgy enough for you is often perfect for me.  I found the frye shane tipped booties thanks to you, I'm not sure I would have tried them, I wanted a more cowboy like detailing and wider shaft opening, but they are refined cowboy in a good way for me.  Also the Gap Icons zip denim jacket in black.  I could not find a denim jacket I liked and a tried a ton on.  So although our aesthetic often crosses over the exact pieces don't always resonate. But two thumbs way up from me.

  • replied 5 years ago

    I feel like this doesn’t have enough of an “intentionally oversized” look. I think I might be expecting something with a bit of a dropped shoulder or something. We’ll see what Angie says.

    (I think you might try rolling the cuffs as well.)

  • replied 5 years ago

    Oh ok...I see how it is supposed to look. So I do think the sleeves need to be shortened. I would try styling it with a white crew neck tee and see what that looks like.

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    i'm with gryffin on this one...LOVE! yes, its oversized, but IMO it fits perfectly and you wear it really well....much better than the NAS one. this one fits texactly he way i would expect a "borrowed for the boys" blazer should fit! and thank you the review and size update, i was looking that this one yesterday, and about half the reviews on everlane took their regular size, 1/4 seemed to size down 1 and the other 1/4 said they sized down 2......

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    I actually really love it, too. The everlane is so much better than the Nordies option. The everlane looks intentional. The Nordies looks like you are wearing a blazer for the accounting job you don’t have (sorry, but I studied accounting so can say that, right?!)

  • JAileen replied 5 years ago

    I’m no good at fit, but I like it, juxtaposed against your tough items.

  • Gaylene replied 5 years ago

    For what it’s worth, I think the fit is perfect for an oversized blazer, so I’m with gryffin on this one. This blazer definitely doesn’t have that “officey” vibe that I get with the Nordstrom version. The Everlane reminds me of the oversized, Armani-inspired jackets we loved back in the 80s before the tight-fitting, shrunken look swept the fashion world. Check out Diane Keaton in Baby Boom to see the look in action.

    I suspect, if the model in the picture asked the forum to judge the fit from the back, there would be a chorus of “drowning in fabric” comments here. The oversized look in jackets, much like high-rise pants, requires some adjustment but I’ve always been a fan of the style. It looks so elegant to see fabric drape on the body instead of stretch on it.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Gryffin, I remember that you bought this when it came out, and I was hoping you'd chime in.

    I do see the concern many of you have about the size. It's right on the edge for me - part of me really loves it, part of me isn't sure. I suspect shortening the arms would make it look more intentional.

    One interesting thing about this cut - it's actually bowed out slightly, not a straight rectangle. I think that's how it accommodates a larger chest without ruining the boxy effect. But, like many boxy fits, I think it looks best either on tall stick figures (coat-hanger-like effect, where it hangs and doesn't add bulk) or fuller figures. eg, Everlane's square cut oxford shirt looks fantastic on larger sizes and strangely in-between on me.

    I think I'll stop by the store again today (conveniently -- or dangerously -- up the street from me) and try it with skinny jeans and a fitted tee. I do have broad shoulders so I doubt I can size down, but I tried the 00 over a top with bulky sleeves, so it's worth trying again.

    Jesskams - your point about "EVERYBODY is wearing this" is another concern. Not because I worry about following trends (I'm happy to, when the trend matches my style) but because I worry it'll look dated very quickly. And because, like you say, it might not represent my style as well. (I'll ask my boyfriend!)

    This photo was my original inspiration for my glen plaid quest, but I doubt that I could pull off this full look in my style and my setting:

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    (Update: boyfriend likes it. He's a good judge of my style.)

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    Greyscale - if you haven’t tried her jackets, you should try Rebecca Minkoff. Longer boyfriend styles, nice fabric but much more shaped through the body. I have two. Look at to see last years tweed. You might find that works for you. I love both cuts.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I love the oversized blazer on you too, Greyscale. KILLER. Works for your style. Very '90s. ON TREND. 

    Prefer the Nordies one though - just a touch more KILLER :) - but onward with the Everlane. Better price point too. 

  • DonnaF replied 5 years ago

    Is the Everlane as stiff as it looks? I prefer the more drapey jackets that griffin recommended because they seem more versatile and wearable with more than skinnies.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    I went back to the store to buy the 0, and I noticed that some taller, more angular women were intentionally sizing up. My boyfriend actually thought it looks better a size bigger, so that it’s very clearly oversized. So here’s the 2 (my usual size).

    I waffled for literally an hour and came home with the 0. Tags are still on and I’m still debating between the sizes (or neither). Though, it might be sold out in a 2 now.

    These photos show the 2. I’ll take another photo of the 0 today for comparison.

    Incidentally my camera roll is full of photos but I couldn’t tell which size was which until I hit on the idea of using my fingers to show the size!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Oh Greyscale, I think I agree with your bf and the 2 looks really good, but I might be distracted by the rolled sleeves, which I rather like.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    I think he's right too! (He generally is.) And yes, the rolled sleeves are key - that's why I want to add a new photo of the 0. Will update soon!

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    The 2 looks really good... waiting for the other pics!

  • LaPed replied 5 years ago

    I like the 2. More intentional!

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    I prefer the size 2.

  • Jonesy replied 5 years ago

    I prefer the size 0, which is odd for me since I tend to prefer everything oversized! But it's likely I'm being influenced by the styling in the first set of pics with the size 0 (with the boots, which I prefer to the flats in the second set with the size 2) and my poison eye for rolled sleeves on blazers.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Here’s the 0 with sleeves cuffed. Late afternoon light made it hard to take photos in my usual spots so here I am in the kitchen.

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    Greyscale - I ordered this too. There is a little defect in the plaid by the shoulder seam. I took my usual size 4 and it fits like the 2 fits you. I really like it but I’m waiting on restock. I think Nov 9 is estimated. So I can try a size 2 against a hopefully perfect 4. I love it on you. It’s very roomy. As much as I love oversized I like the 0 on you. But you know I love both.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    And here are the two side by side, for direct comparison.

    Left: 2

    Right: 0

  • replied 5 years ago

    The 2. I’m so glad you put them side by side because the differences are subtle. You can probably see and feel the difference better in person.
    I think there is a little extra length on the 2, right? I think the shoulders are a little wider and the sleeves seem a little roomier.
    So, the 0 looks like it fits better, but the 2 looks slightly more in-style.

    I hope that was coherent :-)

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Also, regardless, I'm definitely going to wear this with a scoop neck white tee and solid black jeans! The styling in today's photo works so much better.

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    So which are you keeping?!! Do you ever follow She likes a pocket square and scrunching and rolling sleeves. I think you might enjoy her blazer styling ideas.

  • LaPed replied 5 years ago

    Agree with Smittie that it's the little bit of extra length that I like best about the size 2. Alterations Needed is a great blog; I always get good inspiration there. Thanks for the reminder, Gryffin!

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Welllll, I went back to exchange the 0 for a 2 and they’re sold out and not expecting more until May.

    What to do?

    I’ll keep the 0 for now and keep the tags on and see if a 2 pops back in stock, I guess. In the end I might settle for the 0.

  • Helena replied 5 years ago

    I vote for the 0 ... It still looks like an oversized cut but fits you well. I love this look!

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Decisions, decisions!
    Don’t have solution because I often waffle sizes in the same top— more fitted for skirts or tucking, more roomy for pants .

    The different fits give different vibes. I do like the more conventionally flattering fit of the 0 in the photo. That makes it look somewhat easier to wear and also with lighter T’s. The 2 does look more like outerwear, which you said might be your thing,
    With the size 0 in hand, try it buttoned and with different tops & having BF take some video of it in motion, where pulling and such would show up. I know you can’t compare side- by - side now, but see if it looks good to you and feels good or if you will pine for the size 2.

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    I vote 0. I looked long and hard, and diff are subtle, BUT I see it clearly on the bust. Why "drawning" in so much fabric:-) when size 0 fits like a glove still looking perfect for oversize look! (Nordstrom was great, too- as only 1 button is always looking great on a girl!:-)).

  • replied 5 years ago

    Good Greyscale. I wouldn't fret about getting the 2. The 0 looked great too. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    This is not a cop out, but my dear Greyscale, BOTH sizes look KILLER, and you can't go wrong either way. 

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 5 years ago

    If the 0 fits better up top but the 2 is a better length, why not check out the seam allowance on the hem of the 0? It might not be a simple alteration, but it could end in a blazer that’s exactly right for you.

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 5 years ago

    Just came across this party version & thought of you.;color=009

  • replied 5 years ago

    Agreeing with unfrumped. If youd wear any heavier layers under especially you should definitely try them with both.

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