So following on from this post where I declared I would be getting to grips with a denim jacket this year, I bought two.
First in the bag was a little H&M one. I bought it at full price (£24.99) and then noticed that it was on special offer a week or so later online for around half the price. The sales girl I spoke to in store said the online stuff is a separate operation and they do their own thing hence the different pricing online to in store. Well they shouldn't because it's just plain annoying to find different pricing for the same product in the same shop and to make it only available online which means you then have to wait a month before it lands on your doorstep .... if you can be bothered. Ranty ramblings over.
Something which I didn't pay much attention to originally when I bought this jacket was the shorter back as I was so busy checking that the distressing was even and not patchy. The back of it is higher than the front which gives it a slightly cropped effect which I personally am not so keen on. The front is the perfect length, the back is not. I think that sometimes when jackets are cropped up the back, they emphasise your bottom - which is good if that is what you want but I spend a good amount of time hiding mine from the world and a cropped back would have served to emphasise the width of mine. Thank you AnnMarie for alerting me to this. But other than that, it was a good fit, colour and price. Drat.
The next jacket? The WIT denim jacket. I had to ring up and down the country for this one as it sold out after being featured on Laura's blog. I originally went to try it on in store in Leeds to be told that the last one had just been sold to to a fellow blogger Claire. Pipped at the post! So I tracked one down to a London store where I spoke to a charming lady where I asked if they had this denim jacket and in a size 8. She replied "oh yes we do - we have just the one left and it's in my hand". And I asked, is it reserved or anything? And she said "yes ... for you!" Now that's what I call a clever saleslady!
Well I have to say, I liked this one too. It has a slightly ombred effect with it being darker near the shoulders and fading down the body but ever so subtly. In some pictures I've seen, the effect looks quite stark but in real life the effect is much more gradual. Again - a lovely fit, a lovely colour but not so nice as a price as the H&M one. And there was no short back which was a huge bonus.
Me trying it on with different things and having a play
And I kept trying them both on and then I also tried on my old original one and do you know what? There wasn't actually that much in it with respect to the fit. I think I was being a little bit harsh on my poor old jacket. So I decided ....
..... to return both the new jackets and stick with the old. After all, I still don't think I really get on with them and if I've managed for 10 years not worrying about them so I think I can do another 10 years with the one I've got. It's a lot cheaper anyway ... polish denim halo!
Last Note :
- The Jigsaw collarless denim jacket goes in and out of stock so keep checking back if you are interested or alternatively, ring round a few stores. They are super helpful at tracking down items.
- I bought the Jigsaw jacket in a size 8 rather than a 10 though I am usually a size 10 in clothing. The 8 was a perfect fit across the shoulders and flattering through the body but I couldn't fasten it comfortably. I personally don't have a problem with this as it would have been unlikely for me to wear it fastened anyway and I find that some jackets when bought in the slightly larger size, lose their shape and make me look boxy. Sounds silly but it all makes perfect sense to me.