Jeggings: J.Brand Shoes: Aldo heels & Vince Camuto booties (returned)
J.Crew online is having 25% off everything with code STAYWARM, good until Wednesday, 11/9. Currently, there is also a generous 8% cash back if you go through ebates (referral). For petite women, I recommend checking out their coats and blazers that come in a vast selection of materials and colors (beautiful, vibrant colors!). A while back, I ordered two blazers to try on in petite sizing. Descriptions below are from jcrew.com:
Schoolboy Blazer - "One of our all-time favorites updated for fall in classic wool flannel. Featuring a posh, slightly shrunken fit and finished with details like a lapel buttonhole, a ticket pocket, a secret interior pocket...and crested gold buttons for a touch of legacy luxe."
Hacking Jacket - "Inspired by traditional British riding jackets, our newest wear-with-all third piece features a longer, leaner silhouette with a nipped-in waist for a flattering effect."
True to the descriptions above, the Hacking riding jacket (in gray) has a longer and leaner silhouette, with a more defined waist. This is especially evident in the back view. In comparison, the Schoolboy blazer (in camel) was about one inch wider and two inches longer. What a dilemma...I liked the shorter length of the Schoolboy, but the slimmer fit of the Hacking!
For reference, I am about 5 feet tall and 93 lbs. Both jackets fit me well in the shoulders and sleeves, but on someone with longer limbs the sleeves will be too short. Too-short sleeves seem to be a common problem amongst J.Crew's petite sizing. You can call customer service or do online live chat to get the exact measurements of any item in a particular size.
Leather-covered buttons on the herringbone Hacking, vs brassy buttons on the wool Schoolboy:
As for material, the herringbone hacking jacket felt significantly heavier than the wool schoolboy. The fabric just had a better weight to it, and seemed more expensive in comparison. See the gray Schoolboy on Kelly, the red Hacking on Cher, and the blue Hacking on Tara. Aside from fabric, there are also differences in lining:
In summary, for someone my height I preferred the Schoolboy blazer for the shorter length. However, be warned that this blazer has a boxier, more casual silhouette and is thinner than the Hacking. If I had some extra height, I would prefer the sleek, fitted hacking jacket. I returned both because neither was perfect for me.
Readers - Which blazer do you like better?