As a petite gal, I tend to get stuck on the same few brands, and would love a little variety to my wardrobe every now and then. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the usual suspects of LOFT, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Theory, but it gets a little boring sometimes shopping the same few brands over and over and over and…you get the picture.
So, I’ve been dying to add a little designer to my wardrobe lately. I get all giddy at the sight of a beautifully made, high quality garment, but the sizing keeps me away.
Lots of people mention that high end and European brands tend to run small. This is partially true. I’ve definitely found high end and European garments that fit me around (as in they run very slim), but the proportions are always for a taller person. Wide shoulders, low bust and waist details, and high pant rises prevent me from being to able to wear designer duds. And the ones I could alter, I’d have to invest quite a bit into tailoring costs, on top of the already high price tag of the garment, which deters me.
Then I found this jacket…
I unearthed the Diane von Furstenberg Roccoco jacket on major sale at Nordstrom in white in a size 2 and couldn’t put it down. It was beautiful! Feminine but not girly. Amazing, high quality material (silk). Interesting layered detail. Chanel look and shape. I was captivated.
I stared at it, held it, and tried it on (a million times). My inability to walk away from something usually means I will obsess about it until I have it safely hanging in my closet, so I raced home to search for a size 0 online.
I found size 0 in black, and knew I couldn’t rest until I at least gave it a shot. I figured, black is not only easier to keep clean, but also slimming, so maybe the boxy shape will be lessened by the darker color.
It arrived, and now I’m torn. I love the idea of the jacket (it’s so chic!) but it needs a fairly expensive alteration to get the shoulder taken in. The jacket would be completely worth it, since it’s silk and a classic shape (very Chanel-esque), but I’m scared to take the final plunge, especially considering the jacket, even on sale, was not exactly cheap.
Will the alteration look good and reign in the extra fabric at the back? Will it better align the sleeves so that the whole jacket sits better on me? I’ve never had the shoulder taken in on a garment, and I don’t own a boxy jacket style like this one, so I’m unsure about how it will work out.
Here you can see the shoulder drooping on me, as well as the extra fabric at the back:
Oh, decisions, decisions!
In my head, this jacket will look very sophisticated and fun after alterations, but what if I’m wrong? Eek!
What do you think? Is it chic and worth altering?