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Appearance: Very pretty black lace jacket. Bought to wear over a sleeveless dress. Slightly annoyed to find that a white tag with washing instructions has been sewed into the bottom of the side seam, on the inside of the jacket. Of course it shows through the lace. I didn't dare to snip any threads to get the tag off, so I cut it off short and will dab some black marker or fabric paint on when it dries.
Size: I bought a "large," and it fits as I expected. I'm 5'8" tall, about 150 pounds last time I checked. The back comes down just past my waist, near the top of the butt. The sides are designed to be slightly shorter in front. The sleeves are roomy and come down almost to the elbow, concealing my not-quite-gym-fit upper arms. It doesn't seem like it's designed to close in front, and there are no buttons, but that's fine, I just bought it for the sleeves. I wouldn't want to wear it any smaller. I did think about sizing one up so it would fit more loosely, but if I did that, the sleeves and back might be too long, and a larger size would look it would look sloppy if I loose any weight.
Quality: I didn't see any visible flaws to the machine lace. There were two very small loose threads sticking out of the bottom seems, but they didn't appear to be causing any raveling, so I just snipped them. There is a white tag sewn in, as I said above. It's polyester, but not the "sticky" kind. For just over twenty dollars, I think it's pretty awesome.
Washing Instructions: Hand wash cold, hang dry in shade. I washed it in cold water, but don't use too much soap because it's hard to rinse it out again. There is a bit of a typical "new fabric" odor like stuff you would bring home from the mall, but not a "bad" type smell. Strong enough that it did need a wash. I hung it on two plastic hangers with some cloth underneath to pad the shoulders, so the hangers won't leave stretch marks on the shoulders.
I love the feel and weight of the lace. I agree with another reviewer who said the elastic around the entire item is to tight. It wanted to pull to the back. With a lot of time (hours) and patience and bright light I was able to remove the elastic thread around the sides and back and it fits much better. I did not want to return it for that reason so I just took my time.
It’s a really cute little shrug, but I’m not entirely happy with the sleeves - they’re just a bit tight. They don’t “feel” tight (the material is nice and stretchy) but they “look” tight. Obviously my arms are not as thin as the model’s, LOL! But I’ve been wearing it, and it looks really cute - I bought it to cover my arms when wearing sleeveless summer dresses. It’s not enough of a complaint to warrant a return. If I had bought a larger size to be loose in the arms it would’ve been too big everywhere else.