Too oversized? (k/r)

Two shopping decisions needed!

1. I really really want a cotton velvet jean-style jacket. This oversized one from Rag & Bone is luxurious and beautiful - but just too big? Alas, I can't ever seem to pull off the oversized jean jacket look. Luckily I'm hoping it'll be a trend and I can find a more fitted version.

2. Uniqlo's JW Anderson collection had this very trendy sweater. Thin merino wool, oversized sleeves, with (the trendy part) ties at the wrists.

I like it but I'm torn about the purchase. On one hand, I like the look of it, it's good quality, it fits my style, and it's fun to have one item from that collection. On the other hand:

- I keep my clothes a long time, so I don't want something that will feel played out in a year. To be very clear, this doesn't reflect any dislike of this trend, or of trendy clothes in general. In fact I'm impressed by people who have an eye for trends and constantly update their look.
- Much as I like wool and turtlenecks, it's rarely chilly enough here to wear them all day. The loose cut of this makes it more wearable though.
- Related to that - I wear shirts or cardigans a lot more than pullovers.
- It was $50. For half that I'd keep it in as a wildcard.

(Both items are XS. I don't think sizing down would help -- I think some oversized clothes just work better on taller, more angular bodies.)

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  • bridgie replied 6 years ago

    I really like both items. 

    Could you use a smaller size in the jacket?  I think the top in no 2 is good.

  • replied 6 years ago

    I like the fit of the sweater on you, but I have to question whether it is a good purchase for you. You say yourself that it is rarely chilly enough here to wear all day.  I'm not sure a looser cut will help that much (at least not for me).  

    I really like the black velvet jacket.  I don't think it looks too big in the pictures. 

  • 3style replied 6 years ago

    Ditto what Sterling said. Like the jacket on you. I think that you might prefer a cotton turtleneck. Maybe even one with a chunky knit to it.

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Heh. I seriously considered that JW sweater but opted for a couple of the Lemaire UUU knits instead. Too late, it's done now. It looks great on you though.

    Turtle necks come and go, but I don't think you need to worry about it dating if it's your style. Do you need it? I can't answer that.

    The velvet/denim is lush. It works from where I'm standing, but if you feel you need a smaller proportion, you probably do.

  • LaPed replied 6 years ago

    Well, you look great in a black turtleneck, that's for sure! If you're worried this one is too warm, maybe it's not the right one. I like the idea of chunky cotton. I have a chunky cotton turtleneck sweater that gets a lot of wear in a wider range of temps than wool or cashmere would.

    The jacket -- I'm not sure. It looks good but not "wow" good. I have the same problem with oversized denim jackets -- went through this in the spring with white ones. The combination of added shoulder bulk plus waist surrendering apparently crosses the JFE threshold for me.

  • replied 6 years ago

    I feel like I can actually see your lack of certainty and it's making the oversized-ness look overpowering. Neither looks easy to wear.

    I love the idea of a velvet jacket but because of the dense stiffness of the fabric I think a trimmer cut would be more flattering on you.

    The voluminous sleeves on the turtleneck are kind of pulling you down so I don't love it. 

  • Jaime replied 6 years ago

    I like the oversized look of the velvet jacket, but it is a bit hard to tell with these small pictures (at least on my screen). I think you need to go with your own instincts. I have not found uniqlo sweaters have great longevity (perhaps I am spoiled by vintage cashmere), but more importantly those ties would get wet, dirty and/or caught within a very few minutes if I wore them.

  • gradfashionista replied 6 years ago

    I like the jacket on you in the photos, but because of the colour, is hard to see some of the detail. The sleeves seem a bit long, but not disproportionally.

    As for the turtleneck, keep in mind that the warmth of the neck itself can make one feel quite warm, even if the material relatively thin.

  • Jenni NZ replied 6 years ago

    Those wrist ties would drive me crazy immediately. I have no opinion on the jacket really as our styles do not align.

  • Bijou replied 6 years ago

    I do love that velvet jacket, but if it does not feel right, then you must follow your instincts. The black is so very black, which I love, but it does make it hard to see the fit in photos. As for the Uniqlo sweater, that seems like the right fit. I passed on this myself because of the tie sleeve - just too fussy - but it does look good on you. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    I like both pieces on you.  I can't really make out details of the jacket on my screen , but the overall silhoutte seems good.  Same with the sweater - fit looks perfect, I quite like the sleeve detail and don't necessarily see it as super trendy .

  • UmmLila (Lisa) replied 6 years ago

    What Lisa said.

  • karen13 replied 6 years ago

    The jacket looks too big to me. I know what you mean about trends and I are been avoiding a lot of sleeve detail for those same reasons. After reading you statement I looked at the pics expecting to see something a bit more "pronounced". But I think the sleeve detail is fairly subtle and will wear well. And the sweater looks great on you.

  • Jane replied 6 years ago

    I like the idea of velvet, as a jeans style jacket, but maybe I would go for a less oversized option. I think this may be the conclusion that you are coming to. I can see it being a really great piece, but it looks a bit too oversized to me. 
    On the jumper, I really like the cuff detail and that alone would probably mean that it would stay home with me!

  • Jules replied 6 years ago

    I like the jacket on you actually, but would pair it with skinnier jeans is all.

  • replied 6 years ago

    the turtle neck  looks too big to me

  • replied 6 years ago

    I like the velvet. As Biljou points out, the ultra black is gorgeous.
    To me, the sweater looks good and regardless of the sleeve detail, will be more of a workhorse.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Greyscale, I vote return both items. The sleeve lengths are just too long. They don't look intentionally fashionable to my eye. You have a LOT of black wardrobe items that look and fit soooo much better than these pieces. Your own hesitation is telling. 

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Angie, you're right, my heart was telling me no. I just returned both. Luckily that frees up quite a bit of $ to find a better jacket! I can't even describe how wonderful the cotton velvet felt, more supple and richer than most cotton velvet or velveteen. But anyway I'm sure there's one out there for me.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    The jacket did come in an XXS from Rag & Bone but not in stores. But I imagine that if it's cut to be oversized, going down from my usual size won't really fix the issue. In fact I considered a S (I'm usually between XS and S) with the sleeves rolled for a more intentionally oversized look. But at this price it needs to be a clear winner (I got it at 25% but still...).

    Incidentally the sleeves were folded up in these photos - I might have been able to get it altered to shorten them, but my arms really are quite short. Perpetual problem.

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