After being disappointed by the J.Crew Petite Schoolboy blazer, I forged ahead full speed in my search for a grey, nicely detailed blazer. Fall merchandise is hitting shelves, and tales of the tiny fitting Talula Exeter blazer from Aritzia began to re-surface. After seeing the size 00 fit snugly on some of the tiniest of petites (on LaLaaLove and Jean), I had to give it a try.
Artizia is a Canadian brand that is slowly making it’s way into the US, infiltrating from the north. With two locations in Northern California, Aritzia has left us SoCal petites with no store, and no online shopping. Now, I realize Canadian readers are probably scoffing right now, thinking, “Artizia? Seriously? I shopped there when I was in high school. Pfff.” Well, Americans have only recently got our hands on this stuff, so it’s going to take us a little longer to catch up .
I called an Artizia store in Northern California and asked to have a charcoal grey Talula Exeter Shrunken Blazer in size 00 sent to my home. The sales associate explained to me that only the black came in size 00…the other colors came in size 0. Hmm…ok…well, I don’t need any more black blazers, and that size 00 did look tiny…maybe the size 0 will work. So I made the order and waited for it to arrive.
Today, it arrived on my doorstep:
The fit is more of a boyfriend blazer on me than a shrunken blazer, but being 4’11”, this is common. The torso buttons up without being tight, but could use a smidge more shape. The sleeves are a tad too long, but I tend to wear my sleeves cuffed anyways. The real problem lies in the shoulder, which, like the rest of the blazer, is just a smidge too big. Darn…I need a size 00.
The fabric is a thin wool polyester blend that feels similar but not quite as nice as some Theory suiting fabrics. The blazer is fully lined, with a striped lining on the sleeves for some fun when cuffed. My favorite part is the metal engraved buttons, which also run down the sleeve cuff.
Size 0 Product Details:
Body: 59% wool, 39% polyester, 2% spandex
Lining: Cupro Rayon, polyester & viscose
Now…if I were to keep this blazer, I need to find a size 00 to make it worth my while. To return this blazer, I’ll have to ship it back to the Northern California store and lose about $20 in shipping charges (it cost $10 to ship to my house, and probably another $10 to ship it back). Since the US store couldn’t find any size 00 blazers in charcoal (or navy, my other color preference), I’d have to enlist a Canadian to track one down for me, since several Canadian petites on Twitter assured me that size 00 exists in CA stores. Having the blazer shipped from Canada will be another expense I’d have to consider, which would add to the cost. So…my question to you is…
Would you return this blazer and cut your loses? Or search out the size 00 in Canada?
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