In Review: No Exceptions Lace-Up Ruffle Jacket

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The team at No Exceptions in Melbourne sent a call out for fatshionistas who would like to do a road test. I was immediately flying off an email into hyperspace to them and in literally less than a week I had a parcel to pick up from the Post Office. No Exceptions are a seriously fabulous brand, catering for a plus size alternative market. You can get some super stuff from them, including gothic jackets, corseted skirts and lots of awesome pin-up style dresses. The best thing is that they don’t stop at size 24; most of the ranges go up to a size 30, and that is good news for ladies who need a little more fabric, but are still looking for something fabulous.

I chose to review the Lace-Up Ruffle jacket because one similar was on my wish list when I reviewed the No Exceptions site (you can find the post here) in March. I couldn’t believe the quality of the garment; it was made very well and the materials seem to be of a high quality. The finishes were also great, with a corset style back, satin ribbon and silver buckles on the wrists. To show it off, a group of friends and I headed into my favourite hang out, The Fringe Bar, where the bathrooms have these fabulous pink boudoir chairs and a wicked background. I mean, who would want to go to the loo when you can sit here and look fabulous?


Here’s my favourite and least favourite things about this awesome jacket;

 In my opinion, the jacket runs small in size, according to my own jackets. I ordered this jacket by measuring myself off the size chart and sized up, opting for the size 24 because I normally wear a cardigan under my jacket. By the size chart the size 22 should have fit. I found the size 24 to fit very snug, and while the buttons do up, I found it restrictive and only a very thin knitted cardigan would fit underneath. I also found the arms to be a tiny bit snug, so if you have bigger arms, I suggest trying to order a size up from your body measurements. While I found the jacket to be a snug fit, I rarely wear a jacket done up (where I can) so I can show off my outfit underneath and I found it sat really nice over dresses such as my ASOS CURVE biker dress (shown in the pictures).
The Lace-Up Ruffle Jacket comes in sizes 14-30, which is great for all curvy ladies!

Materials and Finishes
I loved this dress from the moment I saw it! It just looks and feels great on! The frills and the corset lace-up back are a really edgy touch and I received a lot of compliments on it when I wore it in Paddington last week. If you like your fashion with a touch of gothic, Lolita or punk, or you just want something no one else has, I suggest this trench! The materials are cotton and satin, so it isn’t a coat you would wear on a super cold day, but it gave me some wind and rain protection when I wore it out last week. I also found that the cotton did crease easily, but nothing horribly so it was fine to wear after being worn on the train, bus, hung over your arm and, in one case, shoved into my handbag to avoid being saturated by the rain!!

Would you recommend this jacket?
Hell yes! I think it is super awesome, and I really think it’s a fabulous buy. You can grab this jacket from No Exceptions online for $59.00 (on sale right now!) and check out some of their other designs on their great website. If you ever have any issues with sizing, have any questions, feel free to email the team and they get back to you as soon as possible. I found talking to them was easy, communication was simple and it was just easy!

Where can you get it?
You can find No Exceptions online at their website, and find the Lace-Up Ruffle Jacket here for $59.00

Any questions?
If you’d like to know more about my experience with this great trench, feel free to leave a comment at the end of this blog post, and I will answer your questions and concerns here!

Thank you to the team at No Exceptions for providing this jacket for the review. I have never had so many compliments! It’s a real hit!

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