Review: J. Crew Classic Schoolboy Blazer in Navy vs. New Schoolboy Blazer in NavyJuly 31, 2013
In one simple jacket is embodied the corporate philosophy of J. Crew, who consistently delivers wardrobe staples that befit the modern woman and her evolving roles. J. Crew will dress her for her day job, on her wedding day, out on to town, at her beach getaway, throughout her pregnancy, and supply the shoes that will take her places. All this despite her weight fluctuations. For many, it's a one-stop shop.
But J. Crew can't be everything to everyone.
This curious move to "update" a classic seems to be at odds with Mickey Drexler's message about J. Crew returning to basics. Or, perhaps, on point, depending on your confirmation bias. At what point did the "average" woman conclude that J. Crew has strayed too far from its original path? 1998? 2002? 2005? 2008? 2011?
|J. Crew Classic Schoolboy Blazer in Navy | Banana Republic Engineered Stripe Tee (similar here) | SewPetiteGal Cameo Pendants & Pearls on a Chain Necklace | J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Navy-White Stripe | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch | Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag (reviewed here) | Zara Studded Court Shoe with Ankle Strap|
(For those similar to me in size, I kept the Classic Schoolboy Blazer in 00R. That's the size I was wearing in these pictures).
Classic in 00P:
|Classic Schoolboy Blazer in Navy | 00P|
Shoulder: 14" | Chest: 16.5" | Waist: 14.5" | Sleeve Length: 21.5" | Total Length: 22.5"
|Classic Schoolboy Blazer in Navy | 00R|
Shoulder: 14" | Chest: 16.5" | Waist: 14.5" | Sleeve Length: 23.5" | Total Length: 24"
|New Schoolboy Blazer in Navy | 00R|
Shoulder: 14" | Chest: 16.5" | Waist: 14.5" | Sleeve Length: 23.5" | Total Length: 24.5"
|Top: Classic Schoolboy Blazer in 00R | Bottom: New Schoolboy Blazer in 00R|
Below: J. Crew Classic Schoolboy Blazer in 00P (top) and 00R (bottom):
|Below: One of three exterior pockets on the New Schoolboy Blazer|
(Edited; thank you Rosie!) The newer version comes with a third pocket on the right side; the Classic Schoolboy Blazer has only two exterior pockets.
The New Schoolboy Blazer also has four buttons at the cuff, compared to three buttons on the older model.
|Below: Classic Schoolboy Blazer on left and New Classic Schoolboy on right|
J. Crew quietly raised the sale price of the Classic Schoolboy Blazer in Navy yesterday to $178 (plus 40% off with code STYLE40). A few people, including me, bought the jacket for $60 during the initial price drop.
At $60, I feel the price is justified. I have paid this amount for H&M blazers in the past and think J. Crew's version is comparatively better made.
|I don't know why these pants look so wrinkled in pictures...when I wore them I didn't think they looked particularly wrinkled. I really need new glasses.|
|J. Crew Classic Schoolboy Blazer in Navy | J. Crew Café Trouser in Cotton (reviewed here) | Banana Republic Engineered Stripe Tee (similar here) | Forever 21 Bracelet | MICHAEL by Michael Kors Selma Large Satchel (buy here) | Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps|