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.

 

 

 

154 Comments
  • Ania
    September 24, 2012

    Amazing bag 🙂

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Ania!

  • CRAVING FOR BARNEYS
    September 24, 2012

    I have seen the jacket in Zara and I was wating for a colder weather in Spain to buy it! But now I won’t!
    You should go to Zara and tell them that is defective, I’m sure they will give you your money back!
    Btw you look so beautiful with it!

    http://cravingforbarneys.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so much! Yes, please stay clear of this jacket! I think you will be disappointed too.

  • Adrienne
    September 24, 2012

    Love those shoes!!! Cute look!
    -Adrienne. xo

    http://sending-postcards-home.blogspot.com
    http://sending-postcards-home.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks so much Adrienne, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Marie-Eve @aprettyne
    September 24, 2012

    That coat is totally gorgeous ! And you look equally gorgeous in it !

    My Blog – A Pretty Nest

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you so much Marie-Eve!

  • Kacie's Kloset
    September 24, 2012

    Bummer about the jacket! I can understand why you overlooked those things. The jacket is beautiful. Hopefully you can get your money back. At least your shoes are amazing!

    http://www.daisyraeboutique.com
    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Ha ha, yes, at least I love the shoes! Thanks so much Kacie!

  • natasha
    September 24, 2012

    I heart your chanel bag… you can fit everything in it – love the size!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you so much Natasha! You are so right, this bag is fabulous!

  • Katie Frost
    September 24, 2012

    I hate that about the sweater. Maybe you won’t be the only complaint and they will refund you. That being said, I love the look. The shoes wear a great choice to go with it!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thank you so much Katie! I’m hoping after they see it, it will be really hard for them to say no.

  • Jen the Librarian
    September 24, 2012

    Wow, good on you for revealing the poor quality of this jacket… I hope you’re able to resolve this issue through customer feedback. But really, I wasn’t able to pay too much attention to the jacket because all I kept saying was, “Those SHOES. Those SHOES.” You are rocking those heels, Jenny. And the red lipstick. 🙂

    Jen @ Librarian for Life Style

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Ha ha ha, thank you so very much Jen!! 🙂

  • Northern Style
    September 24, 2012

    That bag! Wow!

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Aww, thanks so much!

  • Nic
    September 24, 2012

    The distraction bit happens to the best of us! I’m getting better at it but I remember forcing myself into a pair of shoes that were entirely too small when I was younger. I loved them but they didn’t have my size in that instance heh.

    Did you end up using that Pinterest inspiration for this? You look amazing even if the item isn’t perfect. I LOVE those shoes and I’m sad they’re old… just sayin 😉

    xo
    nic
    mymannersandmoxie.com

    • Jenny
      September 24, 2012

      Thank you for making me feel not so silly for this! 🙂 No, I wore this outfit before I pinned that all black look, but I definitely want to recreate that outfit too with a fabulous statement necklace! You have such a great memory Nic!

  • Sofia
    September 24, 2012

    Love this look! Perfect!

    http://insofiashoes.blogspot.pt

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thank you so much Sofia!

  • Alice
    September 24, 2012

    What a bummer! Let’s hope Zara does the right thing since you buy ALOT of your clothes there.

    Too funny about someone recognizing you…I think it would throw me off too.

    BTW – I am in love with your sexy heels!!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thanks so much Alice! I’m hoping they will take it back, but we’ll see! 🙂

  • Sabrina
    September 25, 2012

    Wow, I love how you dressed down the sequin top. Great look, you look so trendy!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thank you so very much Sabrina!

  • diana
    September 25, 2012

    that jacket is super cute – but im sorry about all the malfunctions with it! although it does pale in comparison to the chanel…x

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Ha ha ha, yes, the bag is pretty special. 🙂 Thanks Diana!

  • Sophie
    September 25, 2012

    As usually you look so stunning! 🙂

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thank you so very much Sophie! 🙂

  • Patricia
    September 25, 2012

    Unfortunately Jenny, this is something very common lately with Zara clothes. That’s why I’m so reluctant to buy something (especially when it’s not so cheap) . I also saw that coat in Zara last week and at first I felt exactly like you. But after careful consideration (and after trying on the coat) I decide NOT to but for some of the reasons you’ve gave to us.
    I really can’t understand why here in Spain all the bloggers are SOOOO crazy about Zara clothes when for me it’s clear that the quality has become really poor while the prices have increased quite a lot.
    However I can assure you that you look AMAZINGLY CHIC AND GORGEOUS!!
    xoxo
    Patricia
    PS: BTW which has been Zara’s response??

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      You are so right Patricia. I love Zara because they offer all of the current trends, and also because they are constantly offering new merchandise. I can go in there every week and find something new that is right on trend. They also offer a lot of clothing for my lifestyle (pieces that can be worn for both work and weekends). However, the quality of their merchandise is really hit or miss. Most of the items I like have a decent quality, but some of them are really poor. This jacket is definitely one of those low quality items. I’m going to Zara tonight to see if they’ll do anything about the jacket. I’ll keep you updated. 🙂

  • joyshana
    September 25, 2012

    Gorgeous,i love your shoes, sorry about the jacket

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thank you so much Joy! 🙂

  • Paula
    September 25, 2012

    I ma sorry to hear that. I know how it is, happened to me more than once.

    You look fabulous, love jeans and sparkles.
    Thank you for visiting Blush and your lovely comment!.

    Xoxo
    Paula
    Blush-paula.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thanks so much Paula! I do love me some sparkle!

  • Kathleen
    September 25, 2012

    It’s a beautiful jacket so I can see why you were attracted to it in the first place – that’s too bad that it’s of poor quality though. Hopefully Zara can help you out. I’ve had instances like this happen to me as well. Your J.Crew tank on the other hand is amazing! I love it!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thank you so very much Kathleen! I actually bought this tank in 3 colours! I scored it on major sale for $9.99!

  • Fiftyfabulous
    September 25, 2012

    This is a beautiful look, love the way you dress up jeans, taking it from casual to elegant! You wear it well dear!
    FF

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thank you so much FF!

  • Lauren
    September 25, 2012

    I love this look Jenny! Your Zara jacket is too cute!

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thanks so much Lauren!

  • Martha
    September 25, 2012

    Hey Jenny,
    That’s terrible about the jacket 🙁
    I know how it goes…you see it, you love it, you buy it and only later to you realize it’s not THAT great of a piece or like in your case, it has major defects.
    I really believe that Zara will help you out…it would be such a shame to their brand and their customer service skills if they don’t.
    Let me/us know what happens….
    Nonetheless, you always look fabulous!!
    XOXO

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thank you so much Martha! I think you are right…I’m hoping they’ll help!

  • Suzanne
    September 25, 2012

    When I buy now I literally take the item and look at all the seams, inside and out, checking for problems. It’s sad to say but often I find issues. Especially in places like H&M, Zara and Forever 21. Since Zara’s prices are higher you’d think the quality would be better. I’m glad you wrote about this.
    I hope they offered to refund it for you.

    That is hilarious that you freaked out on the real life encounter! I’d probably do the same. LOL

    Bisous
    Suzanne
    http://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

    • Jenny
      September 25, 2012

      Thanks so much Suzanne! I’m definitely bringing a critical eye from now on!

  • Jessica
    September 26, 2012

    The jacket looks great in photos though! I would never know it has so many problems. Zara should definitely take it back…or ask for a discount for a future purchase or something!
    ~Jessica

    • Jenny
      September 26, 2012

      Thanks Jessica! Good news…Zara took it back (but it was a bit of a process, and they didn’t seem happy about it). Oh well, at least I’m not stuck with it.

  • Verlyncia
    September 26, 2012

    Oh Chanel, why have thy forsaken me with your blinding beauty.

    Your blog is amazing.

    • Jenny
      September 26, 2012

      Ha ha ha, thank you so much Verlyncia!! This Chanel is my favourite bag!

  • Zoi
    September 27, 2012

    Hi Jenny….thanks for the comment!
    I love your blog and your outfits!
    The Zara jacket is awesome, please contact with them. I followed you everywhere…
    Kisses!

    • Jenny
      September 27, 2012

      Aww, thank you so much Zoi! Good news! I contacted them and the let me return the jacket! Thanks goodness!