Blinded by Love

Monday, September 24, 2012 154 0

Jacket: Zara. Sequin Tank: J.Crew (similar). Jeans: H&M. Shoes: Topshop (old). Bag: Chanel. Rings: H&M. Sunglasses: Chanel.

 

My critical eye and judgement of clothing quality were both thrown out the window when I saw this pretty sweater coat. I was so in love with the cut, fabric and beading that I neglected to see the very poor quality of this piece. The collar was sewn on crookedly, the beading on one sleeve feel off almost immediately after leaving the house, the lining is longer than the outer layer, all edges of the jacket had frayed within 3 hours of wearing it, and to top it off, it’s over-priced.  I would NOT recommend buying this jacket.

 

Hopefully this can serve as a “buyer beware” post.  Since I’m now stuck with this jacket, I will wear it, but I will not show it here again.  I think I will contact Zara, explain the situation, and see if they will take it back as a defective item, however I’m not holding my breath.  (Expensive) lesson learned.

 

P.S.  A big hello to Jennifer, whom I met yesterday at H&M. So sorry to run off so quickly with a bright red face from embarrassment, and I know I was totally awkward.  You’re the first person I’ve met in real life from the blogging world.  It was wonderful meeting you, even only for a few seconds.

 

 

 

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154 Comments
  • Janet
    September 24, 2012

    Good to know! It looks awesome but if its poor quality not worth it. My hesitation from buying at places where I know I won’t get lifetime use out of my purchases. Guess you get what you paid for???? It’s gorgeous jacket!!! Maybe just a bad jacket?? Can you exchange it?

    Great look girlie 🙂

    Zara gift card giveaway for $400 at http://fashion-a-holic.com/page/14/

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      I agree. . .Zara is so hit or miss though. Some pieces seem to be so high quality, and others are just embarrassing for the brand. Thanks Janet!

  • Amy Shaughnessy
    September 24, 2012

    Love this look! The sequin top is so cute and I LOVE the heels.

    Amy

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thanks so much Amy!

  • Amy
    September 24, 2012

    I”m so sorry to hear about this jacket Jenny, it’s so beautiful!

    you look fabulous!

    xo Amy
    Leopard and Lillies

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      You are just so sweet. . . thanks Amy!

  • Maria
    September 24, 2012

    That sucks! In the photos is still looks great though. I know how you feel. This summer the same thing happened when I ordered from Zara online. I live two hours away from my nearest Zara so it was an obnoxious couple of phone calls but they did let me return it. I hope the same goes for you!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Maria! That’s awful, but so great you could return it. I definitely think I’m going to try. I only wore it for a few hours to dinner, so it’s not like it was out of excessive use. Cross your fingers for me! 🙂

  • Di - City and Burbs
    September 24, 2012

    Bummer that this jacket didn’t work out for you. It’s so nice! I saw it at Zara and contemplated it but then I decided not to because I’m trying to buy more color and less black. Sorry you didn’t have a great experience with it. We win some and we lose some, right? On a brighter note, your wardrobe is amazing! 🙂
    xx,
    D
    City and Burbs
    OLD NAVY CARGO VEST GIVEAWAY!!!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Be thankful you didn’t buy this jacket Di! 🙂 Thank you so much!!

  • Catherine
    September 24, 2012

    Well I don’t blame you for being blinded at all – that jacket looks adorable! I would definitely contact Zara – there’s really no excuse for poor workmanship, especially when the piece is expensive.

    Also… can we talk about that bag? Like seriously, if I had a holy grail piece of fashion, it might be a Chanel bag. Major envy over here!!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Ha ha ha, thank you so much Catherine! I do love this bag, and it pretty much looks good with everything. I’m definitely going to call Zara today.

  • Always Maylee
    September 24, 2012

    Aw man, I’m sorry to hear the jacket is not as amazing as it looks in these pictures. You still look gorgeous though! I hope Zara can help you out! 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Yi-chia! Hopefully they’ll take it back!

  • Alyssa
    September 24, 2012

    OK this is actually good to know. I saw that jacket in a passing glance and fell totally in love with it–I’m talking can’t-stop-thinking-about-it love. But I have yet to try it on. I might pass now knowing your review (although you still look great!).

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Alyssa! I definitely would not recommend buying this jacket, unless you get it on super sale. I’ve heard from a few others now that all the jackets they saw all had the same poor quality, so I don’t think it was just mine.

  • Red Tag Chic L.A.
    September 24, 2012

    Awww that’s too bad Jenny but nobody would even have noticed if you didnt mention it….I dont blame you either because the cut & texture of the jacket is great….those shoes are the best BTW!!

    REBECCA
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thanks Rebecca! That’s definitely why I posted about the quality…it looks really nice in pictures but I didn’t want anyone to be fooled! 🙂

  • Sarah
    September 24, 2012

    The heels are FABULOUS. I’m so disappointed they’re not currently being sold because I would buy them in a heartbeat. LOVE them!!! (And for what it’s worth, you look adorable, and photos don’t reveal the poor quality of the jacket!)

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Sarah! These shoes are great, and actually really comfortable. I was super excited when I bought them, but I just wish they were still available for you.

  • Lindsay
    September 24, 2012

    great pumps – loving those!!

    fashionable footprints
    fashionable footprints (facebook)

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Lindsay!

  • meghan
    September 24, 2012

    such a huge fan of your blog! sorry to hear about the jacket purchase! if it makes you feel any better the last 4 items i bought from zara arrived to my house damaged! not sure about ordering again..but regardless u look fabulous and this is a chic and super sophisticated look!

    XO Meghan
    citrusrefreshingfashion.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so very much Meghan! You are super sweet!

  • Emily
    September 24, 2012

    Ahhhh… I also tried on this Zara top and was lining up at the cash when I noticed it was defective… only to notice they were ALL defective… Silver lining: it looks amazing on you!!!

    Happy Monday,
    Emily
    http://partymixtape.blogspot.ca/

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      That’s awful! I definitely have to be more careful in the future! Thanks so much Emily!

  • Star White
    September 24, 2012

    Bummer about that jaket. It’s a great outfit though! I like your spin on the ‘all black’ outfit by wearing a pair of jeans. I need to give that a try! Blessings!

    http://www.beautyandbows.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so very much!

  • Jess
    September 24, 2012

    omg, i LOVE your shoes!! haha

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Jess! These shoes definitely look great with jeans!

  • Jessica Broyles
    September 24, 2012

    Aw, man! I’m so sad that jacket was made poorly. It does look so pretty, I’m sure I would’ve bought it as well! At least it looks good on you in these photos! Love the shoes, too!

    http://www.highheelstosneakers.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Jessica! I hope I can save others from buying this jacket.

  • Sarah
    September 24, 2012

    That sucks about your jacket. It looks nice in the pictures though, so maybe it’s not a total loss!

    Sarah’s Real Life

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Ha ha, yes, I should definitely look on the bright side!

  • respect the shoes
    September 24, 2012

    I love Zara’s offerings, but I’m with you, the quality is pretty hit or miss. I’ve had pretty good luck with their blazers and shoes, however. Too bad for that cardi, because after looking at that first pic of you in it, I immediately thought “I need it!”

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Yes, totally hit or miss! I must say that I usually have good luck there, but this piece was definitely not so good.

  • Emily
    September 24, 2012

    oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. It’s such a beautiful piece, hopefully they will exchange it for a new and improved version! xx

    http://www.glittersgold.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Emily! I’m hoping they’ll take it back!

  • oliviamoone
    September 24, 2012

    I would contact Zara for sure! Expensive things dont always mean quality, but if I paid big bucks, I would get those bucks back. You do, however, look AMAZING!!

    Oliviamoone.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      So true Cami. After reading a lot of these comments, I’m definitely going to try to bring it back.

  • Jonathan
    September 24, 2012

    Super cute outfit! I’m sorry to hear about the issues with the jacket. I hope Zara makes it right!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you so very much Jonathan!

  • Kendall
    September 24, 2012

    Great shoes Jenny! That really sucks about the jacket, but thanks for sharing your story, it reminds me to take a second and look at the quality of things, not just how pretty they look on the hanger!
    xo K
    http://www.lilieslattesandlace.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Kendall! I definitely learned that lesson too!

  • Brenna
    September 24, 2012

    I hate that! But by pairing that coat with a Chanel purse, it made the whole thing look expensive. Love the lipstick!

    XoXo Brenna

    http://www.chicstreetstyle.me

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thanks so much Brenna!

  • Joanna
    September 24, 2012

    Love that jacket, but thank you for the buyer beware!!
    If only I had said hello to you in J.Crew, I would have been your first real life meeting 🙂 Still always keeping my eye out for you when I go to Yorkdale…maybe one day we’ll cross paths again!
    xo
    http://www.piesandpearls.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Ha ha ha, yes, so wishing you said hi!!! 🙂 I’m at Yorkdale about every other week, so hopefully we will run into each other again!!!

  • Clare
    September 24, 2012

    Hey I say that those “Defects” is what makes it perfect! (I’m one of those people who likes to make others jealous of my “unique” pieces!) You look great, and from the pictures, it doesn’t look as terrible as you described it.

    Good luck with explaining it to them!
    Clare
    Understated Classics

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Way to look on the positive side Clare! 🙂 Thank you so much!!!

  • Ali Hval
    September 24, 2012

    Oh, no!! I hate when the quality of things are super decieving. “Oh, this piece will last forever!” you think, only for the buttons and hems to fray after a few wears… yech!

    It especially hurts when you love how it looks, but know that it won’t last and forcefully have to put it back. Ouch.

    Anyway, I can’t stop staring at those heels of yours. The straps are so gorgeous! I’d like to snatch em up from you. 🙂

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      So true Ali!!! Thank you so much for your super sweet comments, and for stopping by!

  • Lindsay
    September 24, 2012

    Hate when that happens! I would definitely try to see if they will let you return it for a defective item, thats unacceptable!

    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      I definitely need to try to bring this back. It’s just too expensive not to try. Thanks Lindsay!

  • Mollie
    September 24, 2012

    Jacket is amazing!!! I want it!! You look cute!!

    go for the glam

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Mollie!

  • alison*elle
    September 24, 2012

    So disappointing about the jacket! I find that happens a lot with Zara’s beaded/bedazzled pieces though… one time I found an entire rack of dresses with these jewelled collars (which were gorgeous) but jewels were literally falling off or already off! And they were new!

    xo, alison*elle

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      I totally agree! I always thought it was because customers were rough when handling the pieces, but I think some of it is due to poor quality. Thanks Alison!

  • Lauren
    September 24, 2012

    Despite the trouble with the jacket it looks great in the photos!! The rest of the outfit is also fab!! LOVE it! xx The Golden Girls

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thanks so much Lauren!

  • ciaa
    September 24, 2012

    The Jacket is beautiful You should totally try to return it . It happened to me with one of their leather bags that ripped only a week after I bought it . I went back and they exchanged it .

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      So good to know! Thanks so much Ciaa! I’ll definitely try!

  • Ani
    September 24, 2012

    Jenny, there shouldn’t be any excuses why Zara shouldn’t take it back. When you still have the tag and everything they do it, I had some issues before and they took it back 🙂
    I am on a hunt for the same exact pair of black heels, such classic pieces and stophisticated that match with jeans and dresses. That is a chic and comfy sweater but to be honest with you, I can kinda see the poor quality.

    Have a lovely day
    <3Ani

    http://www.fleurani.blogspot.de

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Ani! I don’t have the tag any more, but I’m still hoping they’ll take it back because it is falling apart. Yes, looking at the photos, I can see the poor quality too.

      • Ani
        September 25, 2012

        Just tell them it didn’t have a tag in the first place ;-), that worked with me too, when I threw it away because it sometimes happens for real 🙂

        • Jenny
          September 25, 2012

          Ha ha, I’m the WORST liar in the world! They would definitely see right through me! 🙂

  • Kristen
    September 24, 2012

    You can’t tell from the pictures! Looks great! Those shoes are fabulous!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you so much Kristen!

  • apopofpurple
    September 24, 2012

    Hey Jenny, such a shame about this piece – you are completely right though. I LOVE zara and they have amazing pieces but we still have to be careful with quality.

    Great pairing though! Please do send that note to Zara! 😉

    http://www.apopofpurple.wordpress.com

    xx JENN

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you so much Jenn! I agree, it is a shame because this jacket is just so darn cute!

  • Nathalie
    September 24, 2012

    For what it’s worth, I think the jacket looks fabulous in these photos! It’s peplum AND a jacket. Can’t go wrong. Unless of course it’s defective and overpriced… Such a shame!

    Maybe the folks at Zara will be nice/intimidated enough (since you’re a big fancy blogger) and will take the jacket back or give you a refund.

    xo,
    -Nathy
    Earnestyle | Enter my worldwide statement necklace giveaway! Ends September 26.

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Ha ha ha, thank you so much Nathalie! I don’t think I could intimate anybody, but it’s a nice thought though! 🙂 I would definitely crack first!

  • adore to adorn
    September 24, 2012

    SUCH a bummer to hear about your jacket! =( That is the bad part of the fast turn around with Zara…they have such cute stuff that doesn’t always turn out great.
    Pretty look though! I love the black details!
    xo,
    nancy

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Nancy! You are totally right. With the amount of clothing they put out in a year, not all of it can be perfect I guess.

  • Miranda
    September 24, 2012

    I’d never be able to tell from these photos that the jacket is less than perfect because it looks so pretty! That’s such a shame. Definitely contact costumer service and see what they can do. You should tell them that you have a very influential fashion blog and would LOVE to report back saying that Zara has great costumer service 🙂

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Ha ha ha, well, I don’t know about influential. . . 🙂 Thank you so very much Miranda!

  • kiwifashionblog
    September 24, 2012

    At first I thought you are wearing all black but as I zoom in I realised there’s more details than what met the eyes 🙂

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Whitley Hamlin at th
    September 24, 2012

    Am sure I would have put the money down for this one myself. That is so disappointing, though it does look gorgeous on you. I am guessing Zara will help you out on this one. What I am really loving, however, is those rings! And your dark nails… Very cool.

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thanks so much Whitley! I’m hoping they’ll take it back!

  • Laura
    September 24, 2012

    Oh I have been admiring this jacket, such a pity the quality is not up to standard. It’s gorgeous on you though! xo

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you so very much Laura!

  • alison dulaney
    September 24, 2012

    What a great find! I love the length of this jacket/sweater. Great for fall:)
    xo
    Alison

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Alison!

  • Meredith
    September 24, 2012

    What a bummer about the jacket Jenny! It does look great in the photos. Too bad it’s not so fabulous when you wear it. They should totally refund you. Either way I love how you styled it. Loving the sparkles and jeans.
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thanks so much Meredith!!

  • Libby
    September 24, 2012

    Sorry to hear about your jacket, but at least it looks amazing! Surely Zara will do something to correct the problem…I would expect that of any company (especially because of the price tag). I love the monochromatic look with the texture of the jacket and sequins!
    -XOXO-
    Libby at http://libbysoutlook.blogspot.com/

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      I sure hope so! Thank you for your sweet comments Libby!

  • Amy
    September 24, 2012

    Thanks for the warning. I hope they let yo return it.:) I love those heels Jenny!!
    xo, amy
    http://www.dreamingincashmere.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so much Amy!

  • Zhanna
    September 24, 2012

    Good to know! I love your honesty. Thats why I would rather pay a little more and receive good quality pieces!
    XO,
    Zhanna
    http://www.lifeandbows.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      So, so true! Thank you so much Zhanna!

  • Jenny
    September 24, 2012

    Aww… Sorry to hear this jacket didn’t live up to the expectations, Jenny, because it actually looks great on pictures and I would have never guessed that it has such a poor quality. And I don’t blame you for being blinded, it is a really beautiful piece, and this outfit is super elegant and chic! I really hope you get some help from Zara!

    Jenny
    http://www.jensoutfitjournal.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so very much for your sweet comments Jenny!

  • Jessica
    September 24, 2012

    wow that jacket is such a combination of trends!

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks for visiting Jessica!

  • thehautecookie
    September 24, 2012

    love those shoes…. amaze! you look so gorg as usual! awesome long blazer!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so much Sooae!

  • Rachel
    September 24, 2012

    You seriously always look so stunning! Love the jacket, sequin top and shoes!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so very much Rachel!

  • Tara
    September 24, 2012

    Sorry the jacket wasn’t up to par, but I love all of your sparkly details!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you so very much Tara!