When I get my mind set on something, especially fashion-related, it's over. I have to have it. This particular item (the Military Anorak Jacket) was something I'd shopped for for over a month. Initially the hunt was on for this style, but in a vest...I couldn't find it. The designs I found were all too short.This one fit perfectly, so I ended up with a jacket. I guess if next Spring I'm still vest-obsessed, I'll cut off the sleeves.
The key to the "right" jacket for me was length. I wanted a true anorak that not only was long enough on me, but that also cinched it at my natural waist. I'm a total bargain shopper, but there are times when fit & cut trumps sale price. I could easily have gotten a similar jacket at Target or Old Navy but if you are tall or have a long waist those two probably won't be the fits for you.
I ended up going full price at Nordstrom and while it ate up much of my Feb clothing budget, to say that I've been wearing this a lot is an understatement. I love the easy pale green, it coordinates with so many colors, & literally any pattern. Here I'm wearing CAbi's gather top in one of my favorites, a digital print. I also happen to be wearing it backwards because the front is a low v, and the back is a nice high necklace which I preferred here .
Jacket :: Nordstrom (sadly sold out online, but still in some stores) // Top :: CAbi // Jeans :: CAbi (similar splurge, similar save) // Boots :: Old Navy w/ DIY glitter heels (similar) // Handbag :: Cole Haan (via ebay years ago-similar) // Jewelry :: misc J. Crew + Vintage
To buy something that doesn't fit because it's on sale is silly. Pay more for something that flatters & is likely better-made. It will make you feel great wearing it, & you'll probably sport it more often! Also, if you're so inclined to turn your blouse around because it looks better from that side, then do it. Who says you can't?