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The prepster in me has been eying contrast trim blazers for some time now, but finding a good combination of fit and color had eluded me, until this one!
I decided to give this blazer a try after finding a petite-friendly fit with an Esprit jacket last year. The fit on the model looked fitted and shrunken (a hint that it might fit my 4’11” frame more like a normal blazer), and I liked the low-contrast color combination between the navy and grey. Many contrast trim blazers tend to be black with white trim, and while I like the look, the high contrast color combination always gave me the impression it would be hard to mix and match with other items (please tell me if I’m wrong!). The navy and grey combination stuck me as a nice, easy on the eyes combination.
When it arrived, I was shocked at how heavy it was! The fabric isn’t notably thick, but for some reason it’s heavy…maybe a tight knit? The weight feels nice, and actually gives the fabric a really nice drape. I was also pleasantly surprised to see it’s partially lined, running along the inside of the sleeves, the front panels, and shoulder. The fabric is a soft viscose/polyamide/elastane blend that I was happy to see looked more expensive that most knit blazers I’ve seen. The buttons are plastic navy blue rimmed with silver, which I’m considering swapping out for something like a crested-metal.
Here it is, fully buttoned and from the back:
The sleeves are a tad long for me, and the extra length is tucked under in these photos. The side pockets are sewn shut, but there is a pocket lining, so these can be opened and used. I would love it if the sleeves were just a tad slimmer in the upper-arm, but they’re really not that bad and I’m probably just being overly picky. The shoulder is a bit more padded when compared to my Theory blazers, but surprisingly doesn’t look bulky despite my narrow shoulders.
I’m really excited about this blazer and see it serving me well into spring and summer with nautical inspired looks. This also marks my first navy blazer, which is probably more exciting than anything else. It’s still full price online (I snagged it at 40% off during Cyber Monday), and available in all sizes, so here’s hoping for a good sale on this soon!
Also, I just learned (thanks to Jean on Twitter) that Esprit is closing down it’s North American stores! I’m wondering if this means the online e-commerce site will remain.
Product Info., size 0 (laying flat):
73% viscose/23% polyamide/3%elastane