I don't like anything asymmetrical, so didn't think this jacket would work for me, but thought I'd try it. Turns out the front is perfectly symmetrical: both sides are exactly the same length and width, and the collar is also identical on each side in the front. The colour is not mauve at all, but a pale pink, and I did fit my regular size, and could easily get a long sleeved top under it (although I do have smaller arms and shoulders...) The collar is quite big, and sits/drapes quite nicely on/over the shoulders. While the front does not zipper or tie, it hangs straight and looks quite classic. If you'd prefer to show more of your shape in the front, you can just push the front sides back,where they'll drape nicely. This is definitely a sweater you could wear too/from the gym, but also with jeans or even over a top for a casual dinner out. A surprising win!