Aritzia, a Canadian retailer for juniors/young women, recently expanded its US presence from San Francisco to Chicago, Dallas, NYC, Portland, and Short Hills, NJ. They offer apparel starting in XXS and 00 regular. NYC didn’t have a navy 00 blazer in stock, so I paid $10 to have it mailed to my home from another store (which ended up being cheaper than buying there, because my state doesn’t have clothing tax nor an Aritzia store). You can call any US store and order over the phone for this $10 fee.
I was so excited to start assembling outfits with this blazer, but upon carefully assessing it, I decided it wasn’t a keeper. While in-store, I was blinded by “tiny fit syndrome” (being oblivious to issues because I’m too amazed by how tiny something is – does this happen to others?) plus I was practically pushed to the cash registers by super clingy SA’s. I didn’t take proper pics before returning, so I apologize for crappy iphone pics.
Fit: Sz 00 measures about 13.5″ across and fit me perfectly in the shoulders, but was pretty narrow in the chest and torso. When buttoned, blazers should lightly graze your body but this one was snug on me and creased. I tried on a 0 but then the shoulders were too big. Sleeves were very long when un-cuffed. This blazer was designed for proportions taller and slimmer than mine.
I’m drawn to long blazers on others, however I haven’t yet found one that doesn’t make me feel like an orchestra conductor. I know high heels can be a fix-all, but I often wear flats, so I have to assess the merit of a garment without the enhancement of heels. This one felt too long on me.
(Below: another Talula blazer I tried on in 00 – on sale for $50)
Quality / Value: Retails for $125 plus tax (Twitter friends said they got this during 20% off promos or with coupons). I found all of Aritzia to be expensive for the quality, even when on sale. Blazer is a lightweight wool/poly/spandex blend similar in quality to H&M; Trend or Zara. Nitpicking complaints of mine were the details: ginorm bottom pockets, cheap-looking material lining the sleeves, and brassy buttons.
Verdict: I’m spoiled by H&M; pricing and fit so I didn’t keep this jacket, but I know many women who love it. Its super slim cut makes it a top contender in the world of petite-friendly blazers. I recommend Talula jackets for casual wear or dressy nights out, but not as business suiting.