Fiona wears Isabel Marant, Topshop and D.Co.

Isabel Marant Jackets

Posted on February 26, 2013

I have long admired Isabel Marant jackets on many a fashion blogger so I decided to have a go myself. Now, at €300-400 a pop, I will most likely never get to bring one home – even if I did suddenly come into money, I wonder how long it would take for four decades of thriftiness to ease its way out of my consciousness. So, just out of curiosity, I wanted to see just how much better a €400 Isabel Marant jacket felt than its €50 Zara counterpart.

Fiona wears Isabel Marant, Topshop and D.Co.Fiona wears Isabel Marant, Topshop and D.Co.

My favourite was the navy quilted jacket (above), although I liked the fit and feel of all of them (they are all from the cheaper Étoile range). They were cosy, snug, fitted in all the right places and they were all smart enough yet casual enough to go with anything. If Alan Partridge hadn’t commandeered the phrase, I might use it here in the nicest possible way. Or to use another similarly naff term, dressed up boho chic.

Fiona wears Isabel Marant, Topshop and D.Co.

What I loved most about these jackets was that they felt like they could hold their own against anything – that they could be worn with the plainest or most outlandish of clothes and still stand out over everything else.

Fiona wears Isabel Marant, Topshop and D.Co.

 

So, Isabel Marant v Zara? Definitely a better cut, fit and style. And you won’t see them on every tenth person on the high street. But eight times better? As with most things, it’s how you wear it so I will take my Zara jacket, raise you a flea market scarf and an old necklace and, while I might not feel so snug across the shoulders, I will be much happier in the pocket.

Dress is by Topshop

Boots by D.Co

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Joanna Donnelly February 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    The first one is definitely the nicest on you there. But the red one is also gorgeous. Are they available anywhere else?

  2. allyson February 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

    The red one is stunning. It would always look timeless and be in your wardrobe forever. Suppose it’s one Marant vs a few years of Zara!

  3. Fiona February 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    @Joanna They are in BT2 but I don’t know where else in Ireland. They are also at http://www.net-a-porter.com/.

    @allyson That is it exactly. I have definitely come round to paying a bit more for longevity over the last few years but I think I am just too much of a fan of fashion to buy one item that will last years over a new one every year. Plus Zara have a version of the red jacket at the moment: http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/ie/en/zara-neu-S2013/358030/1101530/PRINTED%20QUILTED%20CARDIGAN

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