Happy Friday!! For this week’s Fit Review Friday, I have a fall blazer from Banana Republic in a beautiful shade of burgundy. As per usual, you can find my measurements for comparison here. On to the review…
I’ve tried this blazer shape in the past that BR has been producing lately, and it’s been largely a fail on my height and body shape (I don’t think that crisp fabric helped either). Even given that track record, I had to give this one a shot because I’m never one to pass on a good burgundy tweed. Like it’s predecessors, it’s a boxy “boyfriend” fit with very slim arms and a gently contoured waist. Where this one trumps the others is the fabric and the season, because the drape of the wool blend tweed and fall appropriateness of comfy oversized layers makes this one finally work. Also, the color doesn’t hurt. Seriously, it’s better than I thought it would be from the photos…in real life, it’s a deep burgundy and black herringbone, with little flecks of cream.
Instead of a blazer, I think of this more as a light blazer-coat. The slim sleeves keep the slouchy torso polished and intentional, although they will make it hard to layer anything too thick underneath. They do however, make it perfect for pushing sleeves up the arm and having them stay where you put them. I love that! Best keep this one around for layering with tees, thin sweaters, or vests.
I was distressed at first because while I loved this blazer instantaneously, the shoulder is bigger than I prefer, and bigger than usual for BR size 00p. I ordered another one just in case the first one I received was a fluke, but no, there’s that same big shoulder. I’ve been analyzing it in the mirror, and have come to the conclusion it doesn’t look bad on me…it just further justifies that whole blazer-coat designation and gives it a more relaxed look. As per usual, this blazer also comes with details such as real working sleeve buttons, two working side pockets, and a third working chest pocket in which I love to stuff my pocket squares.
The approximate measurements of size 00p are as follows (laid flat):