Jackets on my mind...help!

It is late and I should be in bed and I have enough work to take my mind off anything else and I am supposed to be on a shopping diet until NAS...but somehow I am stuck on Zara's website looking at jackets.
I can count the number of times I have been in Zara store on one hand and I don't own anything from this store. However I am intrigued by the jackets there.
Also I found that I really can add a couple of more jackets to my summer closet. I wear them to work at least a couple of times a week in summer due to AC so it is a summer essential for me. I also would like to branch into different styles to spice up my summer wear. Right now I have a couple of blazers (white, yellow, green) and denim moto jackets (white, light grey, faded).  I need a different style to change the landscape like Angie says but which should it be?
Here are the ones I have in my shopping bag right now. If you saw any of them IRL I would appreciate the input on the quality, style and especially if you think they can work for me. What I really want to avoid is kind of slippery polyester fabric which looks really cheap to my eye. OK here is the list:

I am warming up to the idea of bomber but for me it cannot be utilitarian in fabrication but rather lux or unexpected. I love Angie's lace one for example!
1. Oriental bomber 
I really like the pattern and color palette. I find it hard to like floral patterns but I make exception for oriental ones! Concern - may be hard to pair with patterned dresses so limited usability?
2. Jacquard bomber
Maybe next best to lace in texture. Cropped length should work with dresses well - even midi flares. Concern - I have an optic white blazer and  denim moto jackets - does adding another shade of white makes sense?
3. B/W patterned bomber
Graphic pattern looks like another alternative to lace (can you tell I cannot get Angie's lace beauty out of my head?) Concern - not sure if pattern is sophisticated enough for my style...
4. B/W combination bomber
Love black and white graphic appeal, will work with a lot of my stuff. Concern - black it is faux leather, not sure if it will be too hot...

5. Combination linen
Like the style, the fabrication and that it is mixed media. Concern: not sure if khaki color will work in my wardrobe or do me any favors..

6. Combination cotton
Love the texture, shape and length for dresses. Concern -  the same as #2: do I need another shade of white?

7. Denim biker
Love faded denim for summer! Concern - I have 3 moto denim jackets already - white, light faded and light grey. I may also try Gap one from Angie's post, it looks pretty similar in style.

8. I was also looking at kimono jackets but I have a hard time imagining them in my style. This printed relaxed jacket reminds me of kimono in print and some swing but it is still structured: would it work for me? 

I would really appreciate your input if any of those will work for my style and wardrobe and give me that landscape change I crave...or if you have other suggestions I am all ears!

Now I really must get myself to bed!

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  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I like 4 for you if it isn't too warm. It has that touch of drama but would go with most things. I also like the last one, but have a sweet eye for that style.

  • bj1111 replied 7 years ago

    Janet has a floral bomber similar to the first. She loves it.

    #3 is fun but reminds me of the ella moss that many have or the club monaco bw floral that shannon(?) has. Cm prob has better construction this season. Ella moss be on sale at half anniv.

    4/5 are totes adorbs. These are what i would get.

    Honestly tho, do you want a luxe bomber/moto or do you want a zara item? I've been really disappointed in zara this season. Lots of stuff are already falling apart, on the hanger! Huge size inconsistency even in the same item at the same size! Many of the jackets a just a little off. Leather jackets that fit people with really long arms and a very short waist, skirts that are supposedly tailored but when you look at them, the waist to hip proportion fits someone who is a polyhedron with absolutely no curves.

    I think, for the money, you could get nearly indistinguisable jackets at a lower price point or at a higher production value.

  • Mach1975 replied 7 years ago

    I like the 2nd one and the 4th one. #2 looks very sweet, when you want to dress like a gentle lady, this one helps. And #4, the style is simple but sharp. and as you said. "will work with a lot of my stuff". So why not choose this one?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Sveta, any one of these could potentially work with your style. And Zara now has free (and very fast) delivery so you can check them out. 

    In terms of quality, they really are all over the map. I haven't seen any of these in person, but Janet has one of the bombers. 

    Strike the denim moto off the list right away, I'd say. Too much like what you already have and not a need. 

    Then, of the rest, I might try one of the bombers (to see if you like the style), #4 (which if it fits will certainly work into your wardrobe), and the last one, which would be completely different from everything you have.

    Of the bombers, I like the first or second one best but that is because I suspect that the B/W one is in that shiny poly that you don't like and that the pattern up close will read too "sweet" for you; at a distance I really like it, too. And I could be wrong about the fabric, also. 

    The patterned jackets might or might not be the right scale and level of drama for you, but the only way to know is to see them on. A patterned topper can be a lot more versatile and useful than we imagine and can feel like a big change up from others.  So I would say, see if you can add one of those (whether it be a blazer or a bomber). 

    Of course if most of your dresses and tops are in patterns already, this may not make sense. Looking in my own closet I discovered so many solids that my solid toppers just weren't enough, and hence my search for a patterned topper. 

  • missvee replied 7 years ago

    Just a quick observation - I think you have enough white jackets already. I like 4 and 8 best. 4 because of its clean lines and black/white palette, and 8 because it is an interesting take on the kimono. I can see you in a bomber too but not sure about the print in 1. But it might be worth ordering a few just to see how you like them. The fit in Zara can be tricky - I find the sleeves are often cut too narrow for me even when the body of the garment is just fine.

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Joy, Mach1975  - thanks.
    bj1111, this is a very good point about the quality. As I said I did not shop at Zara enough to know how the quality runs, thanks for the feedback. Maybe I need to hold on for NAS after all?
    Suz, I think you are partially in fault that I am looking at Zara now with all these jackets you posted lately :-) As for the denim biker I forgot to add that my current faded one is not the best fit for me (sleeves too wide - I got it from my mom) but I really like how well faded wash plays with summer stuff. I am looking for a better fitting faded denim jacket to replace it and thought that biker style would be an interesting variety from a regular moto style. BTW #3 says cotton, not poly so there is a hope. I also hear you on patterned topper and its usability for mostly-solid wardrobe. I have 2 patterned dresses but the rest is solid so I think patterned topper may work nicely - I just have to get used to the idea.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    If you are looking for a new faded denim jacket, the moto style sounds like a winner. There are so many tones of faded blue denim that you may want to look closely to see if this shade is the one that works for you.

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    I think #1 might be fun and different for you. It does remind me a little of Janet's.  
    I thought #4 was nice until I zoomed in and saw that it has some sort of design embossed on the upper part.

    If you're looking for a light denim moto I would bet on the Gap one being better for you than the Zara one. I find that Zara's fitted jackets run really small, so I would bet you'd want an XL, and that one only goes up to L. 

    I tried #8, and it is nice- it's quite soft and unstructured and feels good on. I ended up sending it back because I didn't like the floral print for me, but I think it is a neat jacket for the right person. It runs much bigger than the fitted jackets, so a L should be ample.

    The question about  both 1 and 8 is whether you would be comfortable with the floral prints, since they are not your usual style.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    #1, #5 and #8 really speak to me for you. They are different from what you already have and have interesting detail, either in pattern or in shape. Plus I think they would be long enough for you. I would worry that #4, #6 and #7 would be too short.

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    Another vote for #4 and #8. I think #8 would be a fun departure for you to wear with solid items and I have a feeling you would look stunning in it dressed up or down.

    I think #4 would work with your wardrobe (if this one is too hot, maybe find another option at a different store with a similar style?).

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Ooh, really like 4-5!

  • bj1111 replied 7 years ago


    i would buy a few things from your list at zara's if and only if in canada, it is free shipping both ways.  if so, then you have nothing to lose and you get better experience with the range of merch quality so you can decide how much the item is really worth spending on.

  • celia replied 7 years ago

    I think you would rock #8.

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Parsley, good advice on Gap vs Zara, I wonder how they compare in quality?
    I am not sure about floral prints  for me but I like oriental much better than others.
    Shannon, you may be right on the length...
    Looks like #8 gets some love here - and I was afraid I was loosing my mind..
    bj1111, it is free both ways so I may try them just for kicks. :-)

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