K/R: Spiegel leather jacket (lemming sale goggles)

I originally bought this when Rae first posted about this Spiegel jacket, so I bought it at the $60 price. My size (4) was not available when the jacket went to $29 so I didn't re-order it then. (I also have a 6, but the 4 feels pretty huge as it is). I'm thinking that I am going to return them both though--I am just not sure about the wide lapels and whether this looks too tomboy on me. I'm showing it open, partially snapped and fully snapped (there are 3 snaps). I thought this might help those of you who are considering or ordered this jacket, to see it on me. Please excuse the loungewear, this is not styled at all.

However, I already have a black leather jacket from Tahari (7-8) that seems more consistent with my ladylike style. I don't know what craziness came over me that I felt like I needed to get another jacket. Lemming sale goggles, I guess. Moral of the story is if you're already happy with what you've got, do not duplicate, despite how good of a deal it seems. What do you think? Do you agree with my assessment?

1-6. Spiegel black leather jacket
7-8. Tahari black leather jacket (already own)

ETA: I did post on Style Exchange a while back on MNSara's thread that I have a 4 and 6 available--nobody seemed interested but I thought I'd do a last call before I ship them back. I got them for $60 though, so they weren't the screaming $29 deal.

ETAA: I also ordered several tops from Spiegel and they're all going back--100% polyester and they feel really cheap with terrible handfeel. I am normally totally unaware of fabrication issues (I will happily wear poly) but just wanted to let you know that even I didn't like the way these felt. The jacket feels OK, definitely not as soft as my Tahari or my new L148 leather jackets which are both buttery soft, but I would have been OK with it if the style fit me more.

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  • rute replied 6 years ago

    I love the wide lapels! I prefer it opened, the style is diferent from the one you already have, more trendy.

  • ramya replied 6 years ago

    I get what you feel... Probably because I think my style direction is towards were you are :)

  • Kristin SF replied 6 years ago

    I think I agree with you, this style of jacket does not seem very "you". I love your other one in 7/8, very clean and modern lines. For a second leather jacket, I would see you in something fitted with a teeny little peplum, for instance.

    It's a shame because the sleeves and shoulders look like they fit you very nicely. 

    How does the leather feel? Good quality? What size are you on top regularly? I have a size 6 coming. ;-)

    Before you send back, you might post to Style Exchange if you weren't planning to do so already - you will probably get some takers, esp since the price has rebounded back to something like $130 now!

  • replied 6 years ago

    I do like the look of the jacket very much, but I get that you don't feel quite 'you' in it. Perhaps it's not for you eh? Good idea from Kristin re style exchange.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 6 years ago

    Good moral to the story!   I totally see your point about the large lapels.  

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the pics!  I love it, and now I can't wait for mine to arrive!  :)

  • Sarah A replied 6 years ago

    I like your current jacket more for you. Although the partially done shot does look great in the new one. I have been working to resist the speigel sale since i want my bottle green leather to earn its place first. I vote return or style exchange. Fwiw When i get tempted i try to say to myself "There will always be another x on sale." it seems to work most on the time...

  • ruthe replied 6 years ago

    I like both jackets. Different styles.

  • Kristin L replied 6 years ago

    I think your Tahari jacket is more you. It's a good thing you realized it didn't get you before it was too late to return it!

  • replied 6 years ago

    I like your existing jacket better for your style.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    You might keep this one to wear on outings with the family when you need something that can take teething baby drool. But you probably already have that covered.

  • Isis replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for posting this!  It's nice to see this jacket in person!  I agree that this is not perfect for you.  The style isn't connecting with you, and unless you feel fab in it, I vote return or pass on. 

    I also ordered this and might have made the same mistake, and been blinded by sales goggles.  Oddly, I think this isn't tomboy enough for my style; it doesn't look very masculine at all.  I'll see when it arrives, but I"m returning mine, regardless of price, unless I feel fab in it!

    It's the large lapels; I think both of us would like something more sleek.  I find things that flop around while I'm wearing them unsettling!

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    While the Spiegel one looks nice, it doesn't feel "you". So, will you reach for it? Are you looking to stretch your style in that way? if the answer is no, I would return.

  • Isabel replied 6 years ago

    I have to agree with the other ladies, compared to the Tahari jacket, it just doesn't seem "you".  But don't ask me why, LOL.

    I LOVE the "lemming goggles" expression. 

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone! I added some updates in the original thread to answer your questions. I think I will return it--it's just not my style.

    I did post on the style exchange last week on MNSara's thread, but let me know if you want either the 4 or 6, otherwise I'm planning to ship them back today or tomorrow.

    Kristin, the leather quality is OK, not as soft as my other leather jackets though.  I normally wear a size 4-6 in tops, usually 4 in jackets and 6 in blouses. This jacket is oversized so I would definitely size down if on the fence.

    Isis, funny that you thought it wasn't tomboy enough for you! It's interesting that we could have the exact opposite conclusions about the same garment--I guess that means we are on opposite sides of the tomboy/ladylike spectrum!

    Isabel, lemming goggles...even better. I love it!

  • MNsara replied 6 years ago

    I actually like it on you in #1 a lot - open.  Maybe it's my sugar eye for it, now that I'll be wearing one. ;-)  But if you're more yourself in your current jackets, don't 'dilute your style'  (Love that phrase, and I think it came from rae's post-Burberry trench buying)

  • replied 6 years ago

    Natalie, I just wanted to chime in and say that--strictly from a body flattery viewpoint--I really like the front of this jacket on you. The way the sides come together in the front while open looks kind of "cut away" and I like what it does for you. You could keep this in mind for future reference. Looking at the pictures do you agree? I'd like a blazer or jacket that does that. I'm not sure about the lapels for my style, but I'm definitely crushing on cut away jackets.  

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Well, I actually really like it on you and think the hourglass shape it creates in front would look very ladylike with a pencil skirt. 

  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    I agree with Rae - I really like it on you.  But if it doesn't feel like it's your style and you won't wear it....no point keeping it.

  • velvetychocolate replied 6 years ago

    I really like this jacket on you and I think it's a keeper. I think it looks fabulous on you! It's flattering and very on-trend.

    That said, if it's not really your style and you don't love it - back it goes.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    I adore the Spiegel jacket (the stripes underneath is a nice contrast). I love that collar and how versatile it is. I also love the Tahari jacket, it's classic slim fit is so flattering on you. I also love the waist nipping effect of the Spiegel jacket. Decisions!
    If I am totally honest even thought I love the collar on the Spiegel jacket I think open it overwhelms your frame. Closed and half zipped looks divine. So if you're going to wear it zipped most of the time this is your jacket  but if not I think it will look best with slim-fit clothing underneath. (I hope that makes sense).

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I got the 4 also and it fits me quite similarly and I'm keeping it.  I think it's actually fairly feminine for a leather jacket, or at least very non-gender-specific.  What did you decide?  I love the fit on you but not as sure if it's your style.

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    Huh! I had the opposite reaction to Una! Thought it was pretty ladylike, as rae suggests, but think it is just too roomy for you (esp the bunching when closed)

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Sorry it takes me so long to respond on these threads--I keep falling asleep after I tuck the kids in bed! I'm up several times a night with the baby so I'm just so tired. 
    Rae--that blush jacket is gorgeous! Where is that from? 
    Seems like you guys actually like the jacket on me? After seeing the pics from Rae, Una et al I'm thinking I might need to give it another chance. Maybe I will pull it back out of the return box and try it styled to see. I see what you mean Claire about the cutaway creating a more defined waist. Thanks for the advice!

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    I guess it's not totally you, but you look incredible in the Spiegel. Have to tell you that.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Hm, not sure where I found that pic, sorry! I just googled for a draped leather jacket outfit. But I'm glad it may have inspired another try with this one!

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    OK, well the responses on the other thread were so-so on this jacket. I am going to return it--one, I already have a black leather jacket, two, it feels a little too big and roomy on me, and three, part of me doesn't want to keep a $60 jacket when it could have been a $30 jacket. Silly, I know! But if it's not perfect, it's not worth it to me to keep. Glad it worked out for everyone else though!

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