Wednesday, December 13, 2006

a trend follower

i'm definitely not a trendy dresser. i have always been quite behind in clothing trends because i inittially dislike them. (lulu lemon, pants tucked into the boots, fur-lined hooded jackets, etc.) then as they're around for awhile, you get used to them and eventually start to like them. by then, i'm usually too late.

augh. clothes.

well lately i've been shopping for jackets. i have a fleece and a rain jacket but not a regular warm but not for snowboarding jacket. everywhere you look, the jackets are puffy and have faux fur-lined hoodies. initially i disliked this look. the more you try on jackets and the more you see, the desensitized you get. now i've bought one myself. am i too late? am i too old for this trend? what is you your opinion on these jackets? i had my "ask liz" moment when i was buying it because she always gives a clear opinion when asked. what do you think of the photos liz? (and anyone else with clear opinions)

the jacket i bought is not puffy. i didn't want a puffy jacket. it's army green with two big pockets on either side of the jacket (equaling four). the hood zips down the middle so the fur is just on either side of it. you couldn't actually wear the hood on your head unless necessary. the fur is detachable. i detached it and was trying to decide if i like it as much without. the fur is also ugly and cheap. is that like all of these jackets? here are the photos to make an educated opinion. the question to answer? do i take it back? it was $49.99.

the jacket in it's original state.




the no fur version in poorer light.



FYI: the candle holders were returned. i decided i wanted the $10 towards this jacket...

7 comments:

TheRachel said...

Can I see a picture with the hood on? Either way, I think it's cute. You look charming!

ang said...

Very functional, I think you'll want to wear it everyday.

caedmon's mom said...

i'm with rachel - i need to see the hood on. the fact that we can't wear the hood unless necessary? that has me skeptical. but from what i can tell i do echo both girls opinions, it looks pretty awesome. but i feel like maybe i'm shopping online where everything looks good. i probably need to see it in person. come to think of it we should really see each other in person anyways right? good excuse. let me know.

ang said...

however...are you doubting it? Are there other flaws besides you think the fur could be nicer?
Sometimes if you feel you need to get someone else to convince you that something is okay, it's because you know deep down it's not. (take the candle holders for instance) Now I feel like $50 is a very reasonable price for a jacket, I'd even say that it's cheap for one that could possibly be your main jacket (5 days a week for possibly 7 months of the year) If you are looking for a jacket to wear all the time, I'd splurge for one that you LOVE and aim for around $100. I just like buying and owning things that I love and don't wonder about, but obviously that is Ang talking, not Bec. If I were you, I'd do a little search online just to make sure that there isn't something similar out there that you love more. I do really love the length of your coat because a lot of the military style looks tend to be cropped, but yours sits very nicely and gives you a great waist.
www.ae.com has a jacket called Boot Camp Canvas Jacket that looks very similar but without a hood
Roxy carries two similar looks called Brady and Kathlene Plaid you can see them at www.swell.com
Check around, www.nextag.com is a great place to start. I think you will realize that the jacket you've got is really great.

Rachel said...

Before you make your final decision I'd reccommend you drop by your local thrift clothing store. I love coats and i typically buy them second hand 'cause you can find cool vintage leather jackets or wool overcoats or whatever for under $30. Set your own trend! :)

Alyssa said...

Personally, even though I own a coat that has some fur-ish stuff around the collar, I am not a fan of the faux fur look. It always creeps me out. But I like the jacket without the fur.

Also, I feel like a cute coat for $50 is such a steal, you should keep it and wear it. Without the fur it's not too trendy, and also what ang said about it not being cropped... i really like that. I feel like the cropped jacket is a young look.

Alyssa said...

PS... if you only spend $50 on a coat this year, then you could totally justify getting a new one next year if you want...