At my former job, I could definitely get away with a lot more casual wear at the office. At my new place of work, although it does not require formal business wear, many of my co-workers tend to wear suits, or at least, a blazer most days. As a result, I feel "peer-pressured" to do the same. I'm sure that feeling will pass pretty soon as I wore a full matching suit Monday to Wednesday this past week, and on Thursday, I already felt like it was getting old so I opted for some mixing and matching of separates. =/ Consequently, I've decided to add a few more non-classic-but-not-too-trendy blazers to my wardrobe to help keep me looking like I fit in with everyone else, but at the same time, not to offend my fashion sensibilities.
This weekend I ran a few errands and decided at the last minute that I wanted to look for a new oversized ring. I didn't find a ring, but instead found myself in H&M. I've been trying to avoid H&M purchases lately because during my last closet purge, I realized that many of my purchases from the store don't get much wear, and as a result, they were donated. Although I'm already quite picky about my selections, sometimes the purchases I do make from the store still aren't the best due to quality issues. I, too, can be blinded by the style and the price of fast fashion.
Surprisingly, I picked up five blazers to bring into the fitting room with me. I'm still a noob when it comes to using the camera on my new iPhone, so I apologize for the bad angles and blurry photos, and please ignore my outfit, I was on the way to the gym. :)
The first jacket I tried on was this houndstooth blazer:
I'm not a huge houndstooth person, but I thought it was would be a nice addition to my current blazer collection that is made up of mostly black. The quality was not great, it seemed a bit too flimsy and the fit was awkward. It felt rather tight and the edges dug into my neck/back. It also didn't seem to hang right on the body and had no button closure. I tried this on in a size 4, which is my usual jacket size in H&M (sometimes I can go down to a 2). However, I really liked the way the back looked, sorry no pics of it on, I couldn't get a good angle:
The price is $59.95CA. Typically, the US prices are $5 cheaper.
The second jacket had a tuxedo-like lapel, longer in the front than in the back.
Initially, I thought I was going to bring this one home with me. It had a good fit (for me, size 4) and of decent quality (polyester, of course), but no button-front closure. The material also has a slight sheen, which I could have done without. It has some non-classic details, but it did not otherwise appear too trendy for the office. The price is $59.95CA.
The third jacket I fell in love with:
It's collarless jacket with a strong shoulder (but not too strong or obvious), a longer length, and a single hook closure. It is very similar to the Theory Lanai blazer. The fit around the shoulders is perfect for me in a size 4, although buttoned up, the waist is a bit big (not really planning to wear this closed anyway). It is made of polyester, but the material is more crepe-like, is fully-lined, and is of better quality than many other H&M blazers. The price certainly reflects it at $79.95CA. If you are interested in this jacket, it comes from the Trend Collection so unless it is a return from another customer, you may have a hard time finding this jacket in a store that doesn't typically carry this line. In the end, I took this one home just to ponder, but I don't think I'll be returning it.
I've been looking for a tweed or tweed-like jacket for a while now, and when I saw this motorcycle-style jacket I thought I would give it a go. The material has a bit of metallic silver in it but the overall quality just isn't great. Size 4 fit in the shoulders, but it was a little bit too boxy and unflattering on the body. It also has zips on the end of the sleeve. The price is $29.95CA.
Finally, this jacket was my least favorite:
It has a peplum detail in the front, but none in the back. It also fit on the smaller side. There is nothing really special about it so I immediately put it back on the hanger. I am wearing it in a size 4 and I felt rather squished when buttoned up. The quality is typical of an H&M blazer (i.e., meh). The price is $39.95CA.
Any great blazer finds at H&M lately?
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