I'm trucking right along on my Project Remix shopping list. As a reminder, here's my general shopping list (with the items I've purchased crossed out).
Skirts - 1 in navy or gray, 1 in orange or teal and 1 print skirt
Dresses - 1 print dress
Tops - 1 gray or navy top; 2 orange or teal solid tops; 2 orange or
teal print tops
Completer Pieces -
2 Grey or Navy Blazers, cropped jackets etc., 1 teal or orange blazer, 1 teal or orange cardigan, and 1 denim jacket
Accessories - Belts, belts and more belts
I've been lusting after the J.Crew tall Schoolboy Blazer for awhile now especially after seeing how great it looked on Kathy over at the Elevated Style Blog. I've been tempted to buy the non-returnable colors that are on final sale BUT I figured I better order a returnable style first to determine my sizing! When J.Crew had a (somewhat rare) 25% off and free shipping offer, I ordered the navy color in size 8 tall. Overall assessment - love the buttons, the striped lining in the sleeves,the overall style and the length of the sleeves.
|Snazzy buttons+Stripey Lining on Sleeves+Pretty Navy Fabric=FABULOUS - J.Crew Tall Schoolboy Blazer in Navy|
The size 8 tall fits well overall although I may need to have it taken in a bit at the waist 1) because it is a bit of a boxy fit and 2) because I ordered a size up. One of the things I gleaned from Audrey's Wardrobe From Scratch Series (which is serving as my trusty guide as I navigate the choppy waters of building my wardrobe) is that I may have to start tailoring my blazers in order to get the proper fit. Heretofore, I've bought my blazers in a size 6 because I want them to be fitted but they are inevitably a bit snug in the shoulders and arms and kind of cut off my circulation at times. Probably not the best for my health to have dead arms due to my tight sleeves. Audrey's post on tailoring says you should buy the size that will fit the largest body part (in my case my broad-ish shoulders) and then you can have things taken in. Check out the sleeve length on this blazer...it's perfect for me!
|J.Crew Tall Schoolboy Blazer in Navy (Size 8T); Blindingly Bright Pants - J.Crew (Last Season)|
Remember my frustrating and somewhat amusing (at least to me) Project Bright Pants where I ended up with a pair of cropped green pants that looked like I was wearing a diaper by the end of the day and then another pair of crops with terrible whisker-wrinkles? Well I FINALLY found a more relaxed fit (non-tall) cropped pant from J.Crew last year and will FINALLY be able to wear them this week since spring decided to show its bashful face. I think the bright orange-ish pants go quite nicely with the blazer. Now if I just had a fun long necklace or two to add.....
|Project Bright Pants Success! Pants are from J.Crew (last season). Top - Banana Republic (Old)|
I also love me some green and navy together, so I'm sure I'll be pairing the blazer with my J.Crew tall green stovepipe trousers.
|Yay stripey lining on the sleeves! J.Crew Tall Schoolboy Blazer in Navy (Size 8T); J.Crew Tall Stovepipe Trouser;|
Now, here's my deal/dilemma - I'm feeling like the combo of navy and wool might be a bit much for me right now because I'm majorly craving spring and bright colors so I'm debating whether I should return this blazer for the time being and order this bright one that's on final sale (AND an extra 30% off to boot at the moment) or order one of these linen ones which are also on sale. Have you had any luck with buying blazers lately?