WIW: Soft & Slouchy for Burberry Brit/Vince Camuto Recon. Mission

Wore these soft silk cargo shorts and my loose panther tee to go out to the chiropractor. It's markedly cooler today - beautiful day - so I initially tried the outfit with my new Frye Veras. However, oddly, I thought that the combo of short shorts and heeled boots made my legs look too long... that's something I never thought I'd say!

I passed Nordies on my way home, so I popped in to find some answers once and for all about the quilted jackets I'd been ogling. The Vince Camuto Quilted Jacket is too long for what I want. Not quite crotch length, so a strange in-between length, and the hips are too tight for my big butt compared to the top half.

I was also able to play around in the Burberry section. They did not have the cool convertible trench that Una has been eyeing , but I tried on this Burberry Brit Patch Pocket Quilted Coat and found the cut in the bust and shoulders to be large compared to the waist. When the waist fit me, the bust and shoulders were big, hollow shells.

One thing that I was amazed by with all the quilted jackets I saw, at every price point, was that they were all either unlined or lined in polyester! I really, really do not understand this. Is a little silk or rayon lining to prevent that garbage-bag-on-skin feeling too much to ask? Even in a luxury item?

For the sake of Science (heh), I also tried on this short Burberry Brit double breasted trench. This style was cut much straighter, which suited my body better. However, I'm usually a pretty standard Italian 38, and I think I would have needed a 40, because the shoulders were too tight for any kind of layering. There was no 40 available to try, but 42 was too large all over.

So now I know - and I hope this helps Una and maybe others as well. And I for one can stop stalking quilted Burberry jackets on Ebay, because I don't think they will work for me.

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    "made my legs looks too long"....are you CRAZY???? Women like me with short stumpy legs would KILL for your gorgeous gams girl! You look casually fabulous!

    And good Burberry sleuthing - way to take one for the Team!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Wow, thank you for your sacrifice in the name of fashion science! I was thinking that most quilted jackets are poly fill, right? And I'm imagining that's because with down, the fewer seams, the less leaking out of feathers through pinpoint holes? All my down items lose feathers through any hole at all, especially at the seams.

    I'm wondering whether there are quilted down jackets... the ones I see tend to be gearish and not as "dressy" to my eye. Burberry has some but they are more like puffers.

    Your fit issues actually sound like they might work in my favor. I need bigger shoulder and a bigger fit in the waist, unlike hourglass you!

    Sorry to hear nothing worked out, Rae. We WILL find our dream coats! I did get the measurements for the Burberry coat I'm eying and it would most likely fit me in a M because of the shoulders.

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    Absolutely love your panther shirt. Reminds me I should wear my baboon shirt.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, I wonder if it is the BF jeans effect - my eyes are adjusting to a less-than-fully-lengthened leg. O_O

    Una, you're probably right about the filling. I would still love to have a rayon barrier between my skin and the poly fill, though. Maybe most of the world does not care about this because they would never wear short sleeves with quilted jackets? I did look up quilted silk jackets, which do exist, but most of them are not so cute. :T

    Anna, I for got you had the coveted Baboon shirt. Yes, wear that baby before the look gets totally played out... if F21 is making them there might be some danger of that happening.

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Well, all I have is an owl shirt. Not so tough.

    You look cute Rae, and I like the look with the boots as much as the sandals. Not too much leg.

  • replied 6 years ago

    I love that panther shirt on you! It just makes your glossy hair gleam blue-black. Nice sleuthing; don't you love it when you try something really expensive on and then it doesn't work? You will sleep well tonight, lol! Una, well she's another story. ;)

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    HAHA! I think I may have a free ticket to the CA meetup, in which case Rae will experience my angst in person!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Oh I'm sure EVERYTHING relates to the BF jeans somehow - lol!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Denise, I think owls are tough. Birds are scary - all those beaks and claws!

    Claire, yes, I have to admit it felt good! Almost as good as trying on something for a buck and finding it looks like a million. ;)

    Una, the idea of the two of us in a Burberry store is either exciting or terrifying - depending on whether I think of the pretty coats or our wallets...

    Shannon, have we become *those* women, who think the world revolves around our BFs?? lol

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Can't even imagine the pandemonium. Or maybe we'll finally be freed of our obsession...

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Okay - Rae - WHERE did that panther shirt come from. My daughter would absolutely love one of those. And she has glossy black hair like yours so she would rock it like you do! I need to get her one. NEED to.

    You look fabulous with sandals OR boots. And wow, what legs!

    I think your sleuthing was extremely well-motivated and you benefitted the entire community here!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Freed of the obsession... well, it's a good thing I have plenty more. ;)

    Suz, the top was found at the flea market, but it is made by Forever 21.

    They have a tiger version as well. :)

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    I love the outfit with the boots! Your leg line looks just great on my screen :)

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