11.24.2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Tibi Sequin Blazer at a Bargain

Since my quest for a bewitching blazer that is slim-fitting, sophisticated, and perfect for any occasion has sent me on a virtual goose chase for the past four months in which I have come up completely empty-handed, I have decided to go the opposite route. Oui, I have come to the conclusion that now is the preemptive time to embrace my own personal ABC’s of the ideal blazer: audacious, bold, and cheeky; and given the time of year currently upon us, the holiday season when all three are more than welcome in our wardrobes, I see absolutely nothing wrong with doing so. Farewell to fusty, hello flamboyance!

I suppose I should explain myself. After all, it’s only fair to you, my many beloveds, to let you in on what I am going on and on about, so I will. Sequins. Say it with me now, kittens…sequins. The way the word so much as slithers off your tongue is indicative enough of its splendor; but gracing a woven jacket making it possible for you to sparkle as brightly as the twinkling fairy lights adorning a Christmas tree causes them to be so much more covetable. Hence the reason Tibi’s Sequin Blazer has landed on my radar in a way that no other covering has managed to before.

While built like a blazer with front flap pockets and subtle lapels, Tibi’s Sequin Blazer harbors a fluidity; a dazzling poetry in motion in its shape, which is more reminiscent of a cozy, breathable knit cardigan, as opposed to a boxy, structured blazer. It is this fit alone which creates a yearning within me to dress it down for a day of shopping with leggings and a worn-in pair of slouchy suede boots; or dress it up for a posh party full of scrummy boys by coupling it with black skinnies and sky-high heels. Take into account the fact that this particular piece manages to juxtapose between being theatrical and inconspicuous at the very same point in time, and it is obvious that you have found extravagance at its very, very best.

But non; not everything about Tibi’s Sequin Blazer is fabulous. Case in point, the $598.00 price tag. While gorgeous in all of its glittering charm, an amount so near to the four-digit mark is quite intimidating – especially given the current state of the economy, and the amount of names on my holiday shopping list. Therefore, so long Tibi, welcome to my world Sequin Embellished Jacket!

For $27.80, Forever 21’s Sequin Embellished Jacket retains almost an identical ability to make you shimmer, sparkle, and shine in the same fashion as Tibi’s Sequin Blazer, at a fee much more friendly to the shopaholic fashionista’s wallet.

Question time…tightwad? Spendthrift? Which role will you glimmer in today?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to ShopStyle and Forever 21 for the pictures.
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45 comments

Diane said...

wow! such a GREAT FIND!!! i like both looks...but like the price of the F21 version a LOT more :)

Leah said...

F21 it is... I've been debating whether to buy the sequined blazer or the sequined mini skirt. I just love F21 for their affordable items.

Erika, I hope Santa doesn't fill my stockings with popcorn. Hahaha! Please Santa, don't fo it.

dot said...

Yeah, I'm a bit sequin mad (in my head) @ the moment.. I actually bought a pair of sequin leggings @ Zara in early September, without trying them on, and hid them in the back of my closet. (didn't mention it to my husband, but they WERE very cheap). Now I know why: they itch like crazy, and it's too late to return them. If & when I wear them, it will have to be over black footless tights.

Meanwhile to answer your question: I always lean towards the tightwad, but in this case I like the way the Tibi one falls better. One option: have you seen the Topshop version? It's been around a while now, and I've tried it on, it's lovely, soft & luxurious. Alas, I've already bought the Topshop sequin motorcycle jacket, and couldn't justify another sequin jacket. Altho, @ £75 (approx $125???) it's somewhere between tightwad, and spendthrift:

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=155551&parent_category_rn=42347&productId=1486891&langId=-1

kpeach said...

Urban Outfitters has a really cute version too, but a little more expensive than F21. Love these-so easy to look amazing xo

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Love the sequin jacket! Soo glittery and pretty. :) I'm gonna have to head out to F21 soon.

Harriet said...

I am such a magpie, I am instantly attracted to anything with sequins on it! I can't wait for forever21 to make it to the UK, I love their clothes so much!

Iva said...

wow!! I absolutely love the first blazer!

Jaime said...

Love the sequin blazer look! Both are great, and I'd prob get the F21 one but I like the length of the pricier one...

mom & son said...

good deal for F21 blazer.
i guess, i don't have any sequined clothes in my closet.
it's time for me to shop for any sequined dress/jacket.

J. said...

I think they're both awesome, to tell you the truth. But on the other hand, one of them makes a VERY good point pricewise...

jayne said...

oo totally want one of these!

The Haute-Shopper said...

A sequined blazer is the perfect touch to a holiday outfit! But I definitely wouldn't spend a lot of money on one... just not worth it, considering how it's not something you'd get to wear a lot. I prefer the cut of the pricier one, but the F21 is a good alternative. I think there are qutie a few brands that have their own versions as well.

Rachel said...

I absolutely love sequins. I've been thinking about buying a sequin blazer too. I love the length of the Tibi blazer, but I wouldn't spend $598 on it. So it looks like I will take the tightwad route and go with the F21 blazer.

Mimi said...

I love the blazers, especially for the holidays were everything is to be embellished, sparkly, and sequined. Great post!!

Kristin said...

Oh heck yeah. When am I going to get over sequins? Not any time soon!

Style, via TIa said...

As always I am the tight wad! I love sequin I actually purchased a cute blazer Arden B that I love to wear with jeans. I just love the sparkle.

Sherin said...

I'm curently obsessed with blazers right now. Both of these look really good. I don't think I can choose, but if I had to, it'd be the Tibi’s Sequin Blazer!

Couture Carrie said...

Fantastic find, darling! I will glimmer in the f21, please!

xoxox,
CC

The Lil Bee said...

Seeing as I'm a broke-ass Betty these days, I'd go with F21.

Jen said...

I'm an enigma - I'm a spendthrift, but in cheap shops! Which means I have lots and lots and LOTS of clothes!

I love both blazers, and you're so right about that relaxed, slouchy shape. I have a similar one without the sequins, but might add a little sparkle, or maybe some studs!

Jen x

The Blonde Duck said...

I like the second one--it's more girly, not as much Adam Lambert.

Now if it was pink...

Tights Lover said...

I'm loving all things sequined right now. I'm loving everything about the Forever 21 (especially the price)!

Elizabeth Marie said...

I'm getting the F21 today! LOVE IT LOVE YOU. Do you have a blackberry love??!

Elizabeth Marie said...

OH and the AA dress/tunic...how did you know I've been wanting that? I think you just pushed me over the edge to buy!! YAY!

jess said...

Ooh I love sequined jackets. I like the first one better.

ana said...

You always show us the best!!!! I love definetely the first one...

Toothfairy said...

I love this! love the second shorter one, need to get myself something like it...

loves

Jacqueline said...

Wow, I have been crushing on Tibi's sequin blazer lately too. It has definitely been on my mind! We think alike.

xoxo

www.FashionSnag.com

Claire said...

XoXo :)

Claire said...

I love that sequin blazer! tfs. XoXo :)

Emily said...

Forever 21 is heaven - I'm going with the thrifty find! I love the sequins, they are marvelous.

Nina said...

Hi Cafe Fashionista!

I'm only just getting into the groove about anything sequins. I'm afraid my background as a former professional ballet dancer has spoiled me ... I think tutus when I think sequins?! BUT I just got a sequinned shrug from Topshop yesterday (and am thinking about those black sequinned leggings as well?!) and am excited to rock it (hopefully).

Love your blog!

Nina

http://ninaballerinaclosetobsession.blogspot.com/

Keith said...

I love sequins. I think they are fantastic. I hope your week is going well so far. Take care. Cheers!

Rachel Scarlet said...

Shiny stuff are always my favourite, particularly glitter and sequins. Woah, $500+ for a blazeR? Good thing you have found yours at Forever21! I'm currently in love with the sequined beanie they're selling there :)

Taylor Sterling said...

I wore this on the blog today- so of course I adore this! So great for the holidays!

Joanne Faith said...

Mmm, the thought of sequins and suede makes my heart flutter. :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

Oh I'm loving these bold looks! The Forever 21 is just as gorgeous! xxx

Gant Knitwear said...

These are such lovely outfits! I am really digging this jacket. would love to add this to my collection!

MissNeira said...

I so need to get a sequined blazer, Its been calling my name for quite some time!!

AudreyAllure said...

haha i love how either forever 21 or H&M make similar copies of higher end items. & just when i thought i've seen almost everything in sequins - the blazers are so cute!

miriam said...

the blazer is just perfect for a night out!

All Women Stalker said...

Hmmm the long one gives me images of a Las Vegas show girl. The cheap one looks non-showgirl enough for everyday wear. PLUS it's cheap! Haha

-meream

michelle_ said...

these are superb bargain finds !
i tried finding the forver21 version . but i couldnt find it here in indonesia . so i guess I'll have to deal with that later :(

Join the Gossip said...

I actually like the second one better! Great deal =)

Little Bow Prep said...

I adore sequins :)

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