J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Wool Flannel, size 00P
That’s one good looking blazer!
Blazers have proven to be a dynamic part of my wardrobe, so my current mission is to build my blazer options. I have the basic black and white, dressy tweed, and even summer-weight seersucker, but I’m on the hunt for more interesting colors, and my favorite neutral of all…grey. Because I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of these blazers, I’m willing to splurge on ones I really love, and looking for interesting details and nice fabrics.
I keep waiting for Theory to come out with some nice blazers, since their size 00 has the potential to fit me right off the rack, or with minimal alterations. Sadly, Theory hasn’t read my mind, and their current blazer offerings are quite boring. Here enters J.Crew.
Just look at those details! I’m completely smitten with those buttons, and adore the inside ticket and lipstick pockets. Fully lined, reinforced buttons, and working sleeve buttons are other great details. There’s even a chest pocket for pocket squares (he he). The fabric is a thin and soft wool flannel, which is perfect for most seasons here in Southern California.
Here’s the fit of size petite 00 off the rack:
Boxy and unflattering, this jacket would need some alterations. Luckily the shoulder is a good fit and the sleeve length is spot on, but the jacket still needs the torso slimmed, and I would like to see the sleeves slimmer as well. Slimming a jacket isn’t a deal breaker for me…but there is this one thing…
See how that side seam runs under the pocket? That’s a problem. That means the jacket can’t just be easily slimmed down the seam. The pocket is in the way. In my last post, commenter Jasmin had this same style of jacket altered, and here’s what she had to say:
Because the blazer was on final sale and non returnable I decided to pay for alterations and had the waist and shoulders taken in by my tailor. I love the fit of this little blazer now after alterations, but the alterations were really expensive (100$) because the blazer is fully lined and the little pockets on the blazer are placed in such a way on top of the seams that my tailor had to remove them first before slimming the sides and sew them back on later.
Hmmm…now I’m in a pickle. This little blazer has a lot of potential, but will cost quite a bit to unleash it. Here’s a rundown:
– Style, fabric, color and details I’ve been searching for.
– Petite sizing, so the proportions are right for my height.
– I love it and it would get a lot of wear.
– Needs to have torso and sleeves slimmed.
– Fully lined and odd side seam placement makes alterations costly.
– Still full price.
This blazer retails for $188, and with the added cost of alterations (I’m going to guess a cost of $100), I’m looking at about a $300 blazer. However, this is cheaper than a full price Theory jacket.
I have 60 days to return this blazer for a full refund, so you can bet I’ll be watching and waiting to see if any discounts on this blazer pop up. Of course, small sizes are always the first to go come sale time, so I’d be surprised to snatch this jacket in this size at a good discount.
Size 00P Product Info (laying flat):
Body Lining: 100% Acetate
Sleeve Lining: 100% Polyester
A lot of people expressed interest in the houndstooth version of this jacket. That one does not come in petite sizes, so expect an all around bigger fit than the jacket I’m wearing in this post. That one is pretty much off the table for me, since it would need not only the torso and sleeves slimmed, but probably the shoulder and sleeves taken in as well. Not to mention might be too long.
What do you think? Invest in the costly alterations, or continue the search that may never end?
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