Hallelujah the shopping ban that wasn't really a shopping ban is over! Which means I can buy and try brand new things like this Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Jacket in cotton canvas. Since I'm new to ES cotton products (I've only ever tried their linen before here and here), I don't know what the cotton twill was like. But this cotton canvas is super heavy duty and sturdier than most cotton canvas bags I own.
First a note on sizing, I ordered the XS since I didn't want this jacket to be oversized. I usually wear a size 4 on top and found that this jacket fit well with just a tee on. If I tried layering it over a sweater though, there was some tightness around the shoulders. I didn't actually measure myself before ordering so I chanced it a bit. All in all I was fine with the size.
So what do you think?
TBH I was a little meh about it. I paired it with skinny jeans to balance out the volume on top. I think the length of the jacket is perfect, cutting right below the butt. And I liked the sleeve length and pockets as well.
I guess my problem with the jacket, and it's completely personal, is that it looks and feels like a Japanese Happi coat (festival coat) to me. See what I mean?
It's hard to pay over $200 for a Japanese style coat that I can get on eBay for $20. Also I guess the volume and excess material on top is just not for me. It would get in the way if I bend over to do things at the Airstream garage. And since I was going to treat this as an everyday work coat, that doesn't really function well for me.
Anyway in the end I returned the jacket and the Elizabeth Suzann customer service is excellent. They sent the exchange gift card even before I sent back the jacket, which requires a level of trust of the customer. Anyway I now have some ES credit burning a hole in my pocket. Hmm what to get next?