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Crazy or cute?

zara crazy jacket

I look at this and wonder: do I think it is cute because I’ve gone snow blind from looking at too many prints and lost all perspective?

Posted on February 20th, 2014 66 Comments

66 Responses

  1. Jean says:

    It rings as too matronly to me.




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  2. Beck says:

    it’s not crazy enough and def not cute




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  3. Marci says:

    It is a little to old for my taste as well. But, maybe with the right styling it could be chic???




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  4. Carla says:

    You’re snow-blinded.




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  5. Colleen says:

    I think it would be very cute if styled just right.




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  6. Mary Alice says:

    It reads very Grandma at bingo to me.




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  7. Jozelle says:

    Although the colors are lovely, it reminds of a jacket my grandmother would wear.




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  8. Ann says:

    Nothing good about it.




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  9. liz says:

    Very cute but not for me. I’m more of a Liberty or Lily Pullitzer print gal.




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  10. daisyj says:

    I agree with the consensus here– there’s a cute idea there, but between the shape and the amount of embroidery (needs more or less), but as it is, I’m getting an ‘out for a nice dinner with the grandkids’ vibe.




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  11. Celeste says:

    Aw, all these nays have finally prompted me to delurk to say I like crazy grandma things. Maybe I spent too much time in the thrifts as an impressionable teenager…




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  12. Would be super cute dressed up a bit with a simple black skirt and/or heels.




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  13. Jean says:

    If the jacket was somehow converted to an a line skirt, I would wear it.




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  14. Amy says:

    Usually when you pose this question I think “Cute!”

    But in this case, I think I have to go with crazy.




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  15. Rebecca says:

    Cute. My only caveat is that I think one needs to be stupid skinny to keep it from going mumsy. And stupid skinny is crazy.




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  16. Kelly says:

    Walk away




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  17. Dianne says:

    My mom is 72 and even she would think this is matronly. I think I have a vintage western wear shirt with embroidery like that. Ok now I need to find that picture of Gram Parsons in the cannabis leaf embroidered Nudie shirt.




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  18. Subi says:

    I think it’s the cut that’s a bit off and a bit mom jeans-ish. Reminds me of the the Michael Simon sweaters that were popular in the 80’s.




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  19. I wouldn’t say it’s crazy, but it’s not my style.




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  20. MarieM says:

    Well, I love the craziness. But I just don’t like a cropped, boxy cut like this. You have to have a very slim, long lower half to make something like this work (aka, be a model). So, I wouldn’t buy it or wear it.




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  21. Susan says:

    I’d walk away from this one. Even the model doesn’t look good in it – the cut is unflattering and the embroidery looks grandmotherly. Notice how many of the poses have her moving the jacket out of position, which is always a sign that no one thinks it looks attractive or flatters her when just hanging normally.




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  22. mlinky says:

    Between the boxy shape and the bow and flower embroidery, definitely grandma.




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  23. c.w. says:

    Something from the Soft Surroundings catalogue? I ditto all the grandmother comments. As a matter of fact I think my 87 year old muther OWNS this jacket!




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  24. christine says:

    Frumpy. If it looks unflattering on a 90 lb model, well ..




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  25. Kita says:

    My Nana would look cute in it.




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  26. Kate says:

    My mom’s best friend is a quilter and she makes and wears these weird quilted jackets with leftover scraps. This jacket reminds me of her.




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  27. mims says:

    I would pass it up if it was haning in a goodwill or a boutique….but I would slow down and scrutinize it…parts of it are allright.




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  28. Aimee says:

    Very Coldwater Creek. That means “no, keep on walking…”




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  29. joannawnyc says:

    Good idea, poor execution. I think even the IM versions of this are difficult.




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    • Viajera says:

      Hold the phone. That couldn’t have been an … International Male reference?

      I bet it wasn’t … and now I have embarrassed myself. IM to you probably means something so chic, I’ve never even heard of it.

      Honest, I don’t *even know* how I got on that mailing list to begin with. (Really.) (And, you know, nttawwt. If I were a young, in-shape gay man, I too might wear a lot of mesh.)




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      • joannawnyc says:

        IM = Isabel Marant




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        • Viajera says:

          Ha ha!! Thanks. I knew it had to be something like that, but all I could come up with was I Magnin and that didn’t make sense. And I’ve even heard of her. Well, it’s sad … and to me, funny too. I hadn’t thought of them in years. I think I got on the list b/c I needed clothes … probably for aer-O-bics…




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          • Viajera says:

            Eesh. Workout clothes, I meant. And I’m *still* looking for the perfect tanks. Men’s ones always have armholes too big.




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  30. Tucson Diva says:

    Yikes. Get yourself away from the snow, gal!




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  31. AGnyc says:

    hideous!




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  32. Turner says:

    I actually kind of like it. I dont get a western vibe at all. Maybe in a layered outfit with some very worn-in jeans and boots?




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  33. Jennifer says:

    looks like a bad Christmas sweater to me…I’m feeling your snow pain though!




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  34. Jane says:

    Ugh. No, sorry. It looks like part of the Alfred Dunner collection at Macy’s.




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  35. autumn says:

    Zara had some other much cuter jackets – ecru bomber was darling




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  36. Lesa says:

    I’m a sucker for embroidery, and love the colors, so if this reminded me just a tad less of those boxy boiled wool jackets from the 80s (of which I owned several — not sure what I was thinking at the time) I might like it, but all in all I have to go with the majority here — the cut makes it seriously frumpy.




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  37. Anne says:

    A skinny young thing might get by with it, but barely! Get thee to a tropical island vacation immediately. 🙂




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  38. ktcorz says:

    Oh dear. The Birkenstocks aren’t helping. But agree it could be an A-line skirt done w/ a wink to the 50s by the right punk/pin-up type.




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  39. Cher says:

    Only if crafty grannie is the vibe you seek.




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  40. sarah says:

    I’d skip the jacket and get the sandals.




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  41. Nan says:

    Absolutely dreadful. Don’t go near it!




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  42. Janet says:

    If your not really young, thin and hip it’s going to look matronly very quickly. Sorry




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  43. jhops says:

    Full-tilt Cray.




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  44. annabel says:

    No. just no.




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  45. Brigiat says:

    For 1 second I thought yep cute …then .. the print descended into a crafty, 80’s, padded shoulder kind of vortex … no amount of cool, ironic references could get me out of this .. I’m with noooo.




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  46. Deborah says:

    I’m grandma age. I wouldn’t wear that jacket, and none of my friends of any age would wear it. Calling it crazy is actually too kind. If someone famous is photographed wearing that jacket, it will sell out, though.




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  47. Deborah says:

    Guess I should have checked the link before my first response. Only size medium is available. Shows how much I know.




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  48. Mieke says:

    We’re supposed to have these above reactions. The very young & very ironic are counting on it. They don’t want us as part of their tribe. The’ll pair it with those shovel framed glasses from the 80’s to make certain we stay away.




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  49. Kate says:

    This has “tourist” written all over it. The one who comes to NYC to eat at Olive Garden, Times Square.




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  50. Tamara says:

    Looks like teacher clothes.




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  51. shefferman says:

    do you remember when your mother described a woman she knew as wearing St. John clothing and David Yurman jewelry? this is what she throws on for her weekly mahjong game.




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  52. Caroline says:

    Remember that rare twenty year old girl who is so crazy pretty she can throw on literally anything?
    That’s who can pull this business off..

    Also that Graham Parsons reference is hilarious!

    But I admire that your up it!




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  53. jess says:

    Cute, as long as it’s well executed




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  54. Teresa says:

    Echoing the crazy, not cute consensus. (Sorry….)




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  55. sasha says:

    Reminds me of Leonard. That design house. Like some print we had to cover from advertisers in the day. I would call in what I thought was the best from the line and have it literally thrown back at me. Yep. But i loved it (getting it thrown).




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  56. Mary Alice says:

    Can I just say, reading the comments here is so fun, all your readers are so smart & witty. I wish I could go out for a drink with each & everyone of you!




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  57. Meg says:

    It would look really great worn over twenty layers and while pushing a shopping a cart




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