Surprise! NAS.

I wasn't planning to do any NAS shopping, but two things caught my eye. I didn't actually get either package until after the sale ended so I'd almost forgotten about it.

To my surprise, both are really great. I don't know if I'll keep either, mostly for money reasons, but here they are.

1. Halogen wool-blend moto jacket, XS, $120. I think the oversized fit matches my style? I sort of love it.

Last year I had an oversized wool boucle bomber from H&M that, sadly, I left on an airplane (caution: do not put coats in the overhead bin!). It left a real wardrobe hole for a warm jacket that fits over tops with large sleeves. I do have a lot of jackets, though.

My one hesitation is that it's wool/viscose, not pure wool, and some wool blends pill badly. This one looks quite durable, though? And, unlike many synthetic blends, it doesn't make me sweat instantly. I think I'll wear it around the house a bit to test that concern, because I have a few otherwise lovely jackets that failed for that reason.

2. Nordstrom Signature wool plaid blazer, 4. I was expecting this to have a less modern shape, from the online photos, so I'm pleasantly surprised. The fit is great through the shoulders and torso. 

I posted last week about my plaid blazer quest. This one might be 'the one' but I think I'll order the Massimo Dutti option to compare. And, as the season progresses, I see more and more wool blazers appearing. I'm a little sad that this one is regular plaid, not a glen plaid with houndstooth...

At $300, it's a real splurge, and I already have three very nice black blazers that I rarely wear. If I'd found this last year while shopping for interviews, I'd have spent the money, but now it's not clear that I should. Sometimes a quest takes on a life of its own, and I have to consider whether I'll really use this. I have a lot of professional clothing I never wear, but once I start teaching, perhaps that'll change.

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  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Well, I love them both. I can't vouch for the fabric quality on #1, but it sure looks like you. And the plaid is fantastic! But if you'd rather have glen plaid and/or houndstooth, you could hold out and see what else appears as the season continues. 

  • bridgie replied 5 years ago

    Greyscale, you certainly  have good taste in clothes.  I know I have the reputation of enabler on this forum (lol).  But honestly if you can use those two jackets, get them.  They are marvelous in my opinion. 

  • JAileen replied 5 years ago

    We have the same jacket! It looks great on you. I know what you mean about blends. I think the only pure wool I saw was a $500 (on sale) Mackage Black Watch coat. The fabric feels nice, but who knows. I still haven't decided. That might mean I shouldn’t keep it. I ordered a couple of other pink jackets, but didn’t like them very much.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    JAileen, yes, your posts were what brought it to my attention! I also tried the pink on in the store, and it's more interesting than the black, but with my mostly-black wardrobe, it would get less wear.

    I think the fabric is probably great. It seems like an item that's punching above its weight: cut, fabric, construction all feel more expensive than its actual cost.

  • LaPed replied 5 years ago

    The moto is super!! And it looks from the pics like it has a high happiness factor. I love the plaid blazer, but if you think you'll still be looking at houndstooth and glen plaid jackets with this one in your closet, it might be best not to cut the tags just yet.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    The NS tweed blazer was a top pick for good reason, and looks SUBLIME on you. Better than any of the other blazers, Greyscale. 

    KILLER moto with shorter sleeves. 

  • jussie replied 5 years ago

    They both look really great on you. I especially like the plaid with your hair down.
    Most of my wool jackets/sweaters are blends. My budget just doesn’t often stretch to 100% wool unless it’s from uniqlo.
    I sometimes find the blends to be better actually, depending.

  • Lucy replied 5 years ago

    I love both of these on you! They are both super flattering, in different ways. What a great fit on the blazer.  


    To be honest, I find a bit of authority never hurts in the university classroom, and also in administrative meetings which are attended by men in suits. I think the jackets will get a workout with your changing role :) 

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Lucy, it's a great point - especially as (if this job works out, which is very complicated at the moment) I'll be one of only 4 women faculty out of 22! Gaining the respect of students can be challenging.

    Jussie, I agree that wool blends can be better - nylon helps things not get stretched out, etc. I just have some sort of weird skin-crawly + sweaty feeling with a lot of synthetics, but this one doesn't seem to cause that. My first 'grownup' winter jacket was a wool/poly blend from H&M that looked and felt fantastic (and was very affordable, extra bonus).

    Angie, your comment a while back that the blazer was a top pick was what convinced me to give it a shot! It's beautiful. And yes, the moto sleeves need to be shorter, and maybe the blazer, too.

    Suz and La Ped, I think I'll take advantage of Nordstrom's return policy and hold onto it while checking out other options. The J Crew one that was too big was real glen plaid woven with tiny little houndstooth patterns, but I suppose I don't really care much about that.

  • Jaime replied 5 years ago

    Love the plaid blazer and looks professorial but better iykwim, like the second coat too but depends on your next climate.

  • karen13 replied 5 years ago

    I love both of these on you - they fit, have great silhouettes and look like they fit perfectly with your style. 

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    Both are great and sound like they fill real niches in your closet. Have to say
    The blazer is waayy better IRL than in the online catalog photo. Doesn’t look like the same jacket at all.

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Beautiful looking fits to the body on both jackets. FWIW, if you found the pink coat more,interesting, why not go for it? Pink can blend in very well with a predominantly black and white wardrobe.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Runcarla, you're so right - I am actually building up a small pink/lilac capsule, and it does go well with black and white. But, the pink version was a warmer pink than the shade I've been gravitating towards and was too close to my skin tone for my taste. Plus, the oversized cut just felt so me in black. I'd be more likely to get an icy pink leather moto jacket or cropped jean jacket.

  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    I love the plaid blazer.  Great for teaching and looking professional but still like you.  (I must have missed the info about job?)  
    I can't tell what the black moto looks like but I am sure it fits into your wardrobe.  Oversized cuts are so you.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Another enabler! Both seem true to your style, the moto looks big enough to layer under, and the blazer is quintessentially professorial.
    Before shortening the sleeves on the moto, make sure you try it layered as that may alter the sleeve length though.

  • UmmLila (Lisa) replied 5 years ago

    Oo, I really like the blazer on you. Such a good fit.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    YES, the sleeves on the blazer need a gentle hack. KILLER on you. 

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    Both jackets look great!  I really like the blazer on you.  Try throwing your blazers into casual mix.  Your black jeans, booties and blazer and see if you are comfortable.  It's my just everyday weekend and after hours outfit.  Until my mid to late 20's I was a cardi girl, but after I got my first boyfriend blazer I was hooked.  Cool in a grown up and confident way.  As you progress in your career, sometimes you want something a little more grown up sophisticated that reads as cool but adds a new dimension of power (or not!!)  But that would let you incorporate the blazers you do have.  I'm interested to see what you think.

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Love this blazer on you - and to me, it's exactly the right thing to splurge on. It's timeless and will be an amazing counterpoint to some of your more modern/avant garde looks. I second the suggestion for a "gentle hack" of the sleeves. But keep!

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