Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by Octoberbabe Gorgeous, but runs large
This is absolutely gorgeous, but it ran a little large, so I had to return. It is the typical Bob Mackie quality - which is the best in my opinion.
Rated 3 out of 5 by abcdef321 Heavy metal zipper detracts from dazzling vest
I have a fashion pet peeve that I shall state immediately: I hate sharp metal zippers. I hate them on outerwear, I hate them on vests, and I particularly hate them when used to close pockets or tops of handbags. The reason I hate them is that they do not feel good against skin. I want soft, not irritating. Hands down, I prefer plastic zippers because the teeth, generally, are not nearly as sharp, nor as noticeable.
My disappointment was palpable this morning as I tried on these vests that arrived last night. These vests have the type of heavy metal zipper that I so despise. If the zippers had been heavy plastic, as they were in Bob Mackie's recent embroidered scalloped vests, I would have given the vests a five-star rating. I would have preferred, as well, that the zipper were covered or hidden with fleece fabric, as with the same embroidered scalloped vests that I just mentioned. Instead, the heavy metal zipper is inserted into the vest as an exposed zipper.
Otherwise, the vest is a thing of beauty. The fit is perfect, I like the longer length, the fleece is a good weight of fleece, good for autumn into winter, the winter depending on the climate where one lives. We all know that Bob Mackie has, for some years, executed beautiful designs with thread on fleece. The sequins are a novelty, but the sequins work, resulting in an exceptional, eye-catching design with a definite Southwest flavor. However, I am sure I'll be turning the vest inside out because of the sequins when I launder it on the gentle cycle.
I bought the vest in the grey and beige. I initially ordered the vest in the green, then cancelled it pretty quickly. I would have wanted the green to go with Native malachite jewelry, and the more I looked at the green color, the brighter the green seemed to me. After careful study, I thought the gorgeous high-contrast beige would be a better choice, as well as the neutral grey. Both would go well with any Native-made black onyx Southwestern jewelry. Native turquoise jewelry would also pop against these colors. Even Hopi jewelry with its silver overlay against oxidized silver would be equally as complementary with these two vest colors.
I am sure to get plenty of compliments when wearing these vests, but every time I put them on, I'm going to quietly grimace because of the sharp-teethed heavy metal zippers that I are so displeasing to me.