Summer in Soho, such a fun area to shop and dine in, and to shoot. I really do miss working in this area. This day was fairly warm with a cool breeze and it was the kind of day where you would need to wear a light jacket. This jacket is from Chriselle Lim’s new line with J.O.A. And although I love the concept of the jacket, unfortunately the construction of this blazer is a miss.

I am a fan of Chriselle Lim and watch her You Tube channel and read her blog

I am a fan of Chriselle Lim and watch her You Tube channel and read her blog. I think she has great fashion sense and can see why she is such a successful influencer. The design of this blazer is fashion forward, and the cut of it should look flattering on most people. I love the white and black checked pattern—very on trend, and I think the gold button details give it luxe feel. However, the poor construction of this fashion forward piece failed. Such a disappointment. I really did have high hopes for this blazer.

I really liked that the it was long and covered the bum. Surprisingly this can be hard to find in a blazer. I also liked that the sleeves were long and did not run short. I often have this problem as most retailers assume that people who are extra small or small are five foot five or under. So with the long cut and long sleeves I thought I had found a winner, but to my dismay the torso is cut way too big. Not sure if this blazer is supposed to be fitted, or more boxy like the Isabelle Murant jacket which kind of kicked off the whole boxy blazer trend.

The blazer cost $100 not super expensive for a blazer but not cheap

However this piece was in be-twixted- in-between. Kind of fitted, but then way too big. There are darts in the front chest area which suggests a garment that is more fitted, but it was not fitted in the least.

Most people who wear extra small do not wear a C or D cup bra. Just saying. But the most frustrating part were the tuxedo cut lapels. Lapels are meant to fall folded back along the opening of a blazer. Well these lapels would not do that. They folded forward! I had to actually pin them back with safety pins for the shoot. You may be able to see this in a few of the shots. This was a deal breaker for me.

The blazer cost $100 not super expensive for a blazer but not cheap. For the money the construction was not up to the level it needed to be. Some people complained of the poor quality pointing to the material, but I could live with this—a light blazer for warmer weather—fine. It was the poor construction and unflattering fit that had me packing it up and sending it back.

I feel like J.O.A was kind of cashing in on Chriselle’s name and assumed the product would fly off the shelf

Perhaps they should have had a slightly higher price point and sold it for $120 or $130, and produced a garment that fit well and was flattering. I feel like J.O.A was kind of cashing in on Chriselle’s name and assumed the product would fly off the shelf. And maybe it did. But I feel the manufacturer also needs to step it up. In this day and age there is much to choose from, and todays shopper is quite savvy.

I paired the doomed blazer with these yellow linen trousers from Uniqlo and a tee I picked up from And Other Stories.  And the sunnies are from Anthropologie. All of these are keepers.  How fun are these sunnies? The trousers are perfect for the hot weather and I love the red script graphic on the tee. Living in a Fantasy? Yes I would say about %30 of the country are doing just that. What say you? What was the last piece you bought that you had to send back?

Photography by Monika Fidler


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  1. June 26, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    As usual very interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing)

  2. June 26, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    The blazer looks nice styled with this outfit! It’s a shame there are so many shortcomings with the fit and quality. While $100 isn’t super expensive, it isn’t $30 and you’d expect a certain level of quality to go along with that. No wonder you sent it back.

  3. June 27, 2018 / 12:53 am

    First of all I want to say that this outfit is drop dead gorgeous. I understand what you’re saying about the blazer and if I look for it, I can sort of see it. It is a little bit at the dent in the last photo. But the overall look and the styling is absolutely excellent. I love the mustard yellow trousers and the way the buttons are situated at the sleeve. I wonder what country this jacket was constructed in?
    Love the red graphic T-shirt. And the square sunglasses are fabulous. This is really beautifully done . And it does take a lot to wow me ! WOW!

  4. June 27, 2018 / 7:35 am

    You look very stylish and posh! Such a lovely blazer! xo

  5. June 27, 2018 / 9:21 am

    Love this outfit, very cool and chic. The jacket is fabulous and the colour of your trousers is awesome. Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it. I hope you’re having a lovely week so far xx

  6. June 27, 2018 / 10:42 am

    too bad the blazer doesn’t fit perfectly but this entire look is killer.


  7. June 27, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Allie, despite the construction problems of this blazer, you look fab and love how you wore it with that awesome shirt and UNIQLO pants (which I now want:D). I do think it’s weird that they would put darts in if it’s supposed to be boxy, and the lapels would be a deal breaker for me as well…but still, you do look great:)

  8. Lorna
    June 27, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Oh that’s such a shame about the blazer being boxy and the lapels not staying down! I hate that! You’re right about the sleeve length, I have longer arms even though I am 5ft 4 and I also have a D chest so I feel you! It’s cute though, shame it didn’t work!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  9. June 27, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    You look stunning in the pics ! The blazor do look very chic and sadly you had to return it . But the overall look is just awesome!

  10. June 27, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    You look great! 🙂 Regards: *

  11. June 27, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    You look amazing in this outfit, Allie! It’s such a shame about the blazer! Everything else is fabulous though and you look so chic. XXX

  12. June 28, 2018 / 10:07 am

    This blazer is just awesome and you look great too!

  13. June 29, 2018 / 4:26 am

    That is such a huge shame about the cut of the blazer, would it be possible to get it tailored to suit your body shape better?

  14. June 29, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    While the blazer didn’t quite make the mark, but I think you made it work so beautifully and so chic. I love love the simplicity of the styling. Oh-so chic too with these ensemble. The bold colour of the pants is everything. Absolutely gorgeous Allie!


  15. June 30, 2018 / 6:57 am

    It’s a shame the blazer was so frustrating to wear for you! I do like the print. My favourite part of your outfit though is those fun pants – what a great colour and style! 🙂

    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  16. July 1, 2018 / 5:32 am

    That’s a shame the blazer from that line was a dud (it looks fantastic on you though–you pulled it off so well) but I’m relieved to hear an honest opinion about the Chriselle x JOA line. They have so many pretty things but after purchasing a top from JOA, I’m a little disappointed in the quality. I mean it’s not THAT cheap. :/

    PS. You wear those square frames like no one else! THIS is your signature look!


  17. July 1, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Oh I loved to read through your little blazer story Allie! I have to admit, I wouldn’t have noticed those pins if you wouldn’t have mentioned them 😉 but such a great idea! I can totally feel you that finding the perfect blazer is not that easy. I still think you paired it so lovely, much love for this styling <3
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

  18. July 1, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    As usual very interesting! Thanks for the post)

  19. July 2, 2018 / 10:36 am

    What a fabulous look dear! Love the mustard yellow trousers, really chic combo with the edgy blazer.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  20. July 24, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    You look fantastic! I’m also into yellow this season! Nice top as well

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