The heat is on, but despite summer I still wear jackets occasionally in cool fabrics and with flattering lines and shape.  I am calling this Zenergy garment from Chico’s a jacket, though I am not wearing a blouse with it.  So, I suppose it is more of a top.

I found this last year on a clearance rack and though I was not in need of this type of garment, I thought I would try it on because the placement of the pockets and a zipper up the back looked interesting.  The price was right, so I took it to the dressing room with me….and so glad I did.  This is one of my most flattering jackets in my wardrobe.  Yes, the length is just right at the bottom of the hip (or top of the thigh), but the way the pockets angle and the buttons down the front just take the eye where you want it and it is a very figure flattering style.  The neckline can button up high, or be allowed to hang in this V shaped neckline …my favorite neckline.


The fabric is cool and relaxed.  I wore this for casual Friday at work and was very comfortable even out in the heat later in the day.  It pays to spend time in the dressing room to really think over a garment before you wear it.  I do not recommend shopping if there is no time to spend in the dressing room.  And, as in the case of this garment, sometimes it pays to try something on because it looks as though the design or the sewing will cause it to do something special when it is worn.

Do you have any favorites in your closet which surprised you in the dressing room?  Please share the story!  And, as always,



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