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Jan032012

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer Review

Let me preface this review by saying that this is the J Crew Factory Schoolboy Blazer in Navy. 

Okay, now let the gushing begin! I love, love, LOVE this blazer. It is actually my first casual blazer (okay, that's a lie). It is my first casual blazer that I liked. Other blazers either didn't fit well or were to glitzy for everyday wear. But this one is a gem! 

The wool outer layer is soft and not at all itchy. The jacket is lined with a satiny material. The two side pockets are nonfunctional and are sewed shut (probably my main qualm about the garment). This blazer can be considered lightweight. It is not too thick, but is not thin and flimsy either. I wore it out today in 70 degree weather and it was a tad warm, but not uncomfortable. I can imagine I would be able to wear it in colder weather, maybe down to the fifties. Ah, I am spoiled by warm southern California weather. 

The fit is great. I am 5'5" - 5'6" (depends whether I'm slouching I guess, which I do much too often :( ) for reference. The jacket hits perfectly at the upper hip, probably where the hip bones protrude. It fits perfectly on the shoulders, but is a little snug on the armholes when I reach forward. I sized up for the Hacking jacket so we'll see how that works out. The sleeves hit perfectly an inch beyond the wrist.

I prefer wearing my jacket unbuttoned, just for the increased freedom while moving. The buttons are beautifully detailed, but are a little lightweight. The jacket is a little boxy unlike the more streamlined Hacking, but I love it anyway. Leaving the jacket open eliminates the boxiness.

Here are some images:

J Crew Stock Photo


 

Hanging:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Wearing with the buttons fastened:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Wearing with the buttons unfastened:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Four Gold Buttons on the sleeve tip:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Front Buttons:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Because of this blazer, I have been on a blazer binge and have purchased 2 more from the J Crew online store! Uh oh... I'll do a review and comparison when the Hacking jackets come. I also plan to buy another Schoolboy blazer soon, so I'll do a comparison between regular and factory quality as well!

All in all this blazer is a 98/100 for me! I docked one point for the snug armholes which tickle my axillae and another for the nonfunctional (but still cute!) pockets. 

Thanks for reading and I hope this post was informative! Comment with any questions and I'll be sure to answer them!

Love, 

Kim

 

 

Reader Comments (11)

Hey Kim, thanks for stopping by my blog. In regards to your question, I wear a US small, and I am 5'8". Hope this helps!

And I do love this blazer, what other colors do they have?

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January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCee Cee

Hi Cee Cee,

Thanks for the info on the blazer! I'll be getting it for sure (if it is still in stock)

This blazer style also is available in grey, tartan and navy for wool and blue, poppy and a dark blush for velvets.

Tall and petite sizes also have caramel and cherry colors for wool. Here is the link to schoolboy blazers on J Crew:

Schoolboy

Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Kim

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterKim

whoa!! i love that blazer..so hot..!!

thanks for stopping by my blog.. :)

What is the fabric made of?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Rose, it is made of wool with a little spandex mixed in. The lining is satiny acetate.

Thanks for your comment!

January 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterKim

Hi Kim,
Thank you so much for the review. I myself have just gone on a JCrew blazer buying frenzy!!! I purchased the SchoolBoy in Navy, Black Velvet and also the Navy Pinstripe. Also, the Hacking in Grey w/Cream piping and the Reddish color (forgot the exact name). I really love the Bristol Blue velvet SchoolBoy, but it is sold out in my size. Can't wait to read your review on the Hacking. Thanks again for the terrific review. :)

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Irene, thanks for reading my review and I'm glad it you found it informative! You purchased so many amazing blazers, which I'm sure you look stunning in!

Blazers are very classy and versatile so I believe our frenzy is justified!

I'll definitely post a review on the Hacking as soon as it arrives! Hope it is helpful to you as well!

January 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterKim

The pockets are only basted close and can easily be opened.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Thanks for the information Jenny! Posted a followup correcting my error. :)

January 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterKim

Hey, I am thinking of ordering a Hacking Jacket. I am also about 5'6" and pretty narrow, though I have a long-ish frame. What size did you order? I hate boxy blazers, and would rather have it cinch at the waste, but don't want it too tight in the shoulders.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Hi Hannah!

I ordered a size 2 for the Hacking (or one size up from your Schoolboy blazer size) I found that run a bit smaller for J Crew sizing. The Hackings definitely skim the body more closely than other J Crew blazer cuts. I hope this helps!

Which color were you thinking of getting?

Kim

September 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterKim

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