J.Crew Petite Regent Blazer in “Black Plaid” // Size 000p
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I’ve strongly resisted the Regent blazer, disliking the stand collar which I feared would be less versatile than a regular folded collar, and a magnet for makeup smudges. However, after being pummeled with image after image of others looking great in their Regent blazers, and reading reviews saying the collar can be sightly folded down on some styles, I gave in and tried the Regent in black plaid with satin lapel. I’ve been eyeing this pattern ever since it first arrived, and with no other styles (ahem, Campbell) coming out in this fabric, decided to give it a try. I was also eager to try it since many reviews had it running small in the shoulder and fitted through the sleeves, both things I like in a blazer.
I have to admit, I like this blazer a lot. The shape and length feel fresh and flattering, and the color “black plaid” turns out to be more of a charcoal grey in person. There is a very small black and white houndstooth pattern, which is then further patterned into a grey and light blue plaid. The shoulder is nice and narrow (my favorite!) and the sleeves are nice and slim.
Then there’s the issue of the stand collar. Black satin lines the inside of the collar and all the way down the lapel, so it can’t really be seen unless the jacket flops open in the wind or you show it off by posing (my personal fave is the ol’ “push the blazer open so I can put my hand in my pocket”). The stand collar does look very nice, and I imagine I’d wear it that way often, but I was happy to see the collar could be flipped down to make a mini-lapel, and it actually stays that way. If you flip the collar down, you also get to show off that nice black satin lining. I imagine this is the way I’d wear it most.
Some more things I noticed…the chest pocket is wider on this style vs. the Schoolboy or Campbell, and the crested buttons are puffy vs. disks (like the Schoolboy and Campbell).
I’m going to hang onto this one for a few days until I make a final decision, but I’m already itching to wear it out, so I’m pretty sure it’s a keeper. =)
The approximate measurements of size 000p are as follows (laid flat & buttoned):