Monday, October 26, 2015

J Crew Field Jacket Review

I, like every other 20-something white girl in America, am the proud owner of a J Crew field jacket. It was an impulse purchase over 2 years ago, and is one of the first three pieces of clothing I would repurchase if my entire closet tragically died in a fire.  I was shopping with a friend recently and she referred to the jacket as a "Kyle Jacket" in the store.  My legacy is complete.

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Style //  I absolutely love the look of this jacket - basic but not boring.  It comes in three colors (moss brown, black, burgundy) and I have the olive/brown.  The style of the jacket leans towards military/utalitarian, but with the gold buttons and feminine shape, there's a nice balance.  So far, I haven't found an outfit this doesn't look cute with... I also love that there are 4 pockets.  The two chest ones don't hold much, but they work for my little wallet, a hotel key etc.

Fit //  As someone with a classic hourglass shape, jackets can be a hard fit for me. Basically, I need a jacket that doesn't make me look like a potato, but that does it's jacket job well - keeps me warm, works over other clothes and holds the huge number of random things I carry around (currently 2 lipsticks, my wallet, keys, a poop bag and a ticket to the Cliffs of Moher).  The jacket has waist snaps that allow for a more tailored fit, which I love, and the cut is generous enough that, even wearing my normal size, there is plenty of room for chunky sweaters without looking like an over-stuffed sausage.

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Functionality // My favorite aspect of this coat is the waxed cotton.  Though not particularly cozy, the coating means the jacket water resistant, without looking like a rain coat.  Personally, this feature is what makes me reach for this again and again. Throughout the winter and spring, this coat is able to take me from walking the dog in the morning to work and out to dinner at night no matter the weather. The best.

Worth the Price // Overall, absolutely. I've worn mine at least three times a week for the last 2 years, and, though it's showing it's age a bit, the jacket is still in good condition.  As you can see in the pictures above, the fabric is getting a bit thinned out in the back, and the arm creases are now permanent, but the snaps, zippers, corners etc are all perfectly fine.  I may replace it for next year, but even so, my cost per wear is down to about a nickel, so I'm happy to make the investment again.

Overall, my love for the Field Jacket is deep and wide.  I would feel bad about being so basic, but honestly, I don't even care.  The jacket is great and I'll wear it into the ground and buy a new one. Love it and highly recommend.  Buy it here (currently 25 percent off).

4 comments:

  1. You must have gotten it on a steal of a deal to have your cost per wear down to a nickel! That's awesome. They're retailing for just shy of $200 up here, but I'm still considering biting the bullet on the burgundy one. I'm glad to hear it holds up well, I might have to go check it out again this week.

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  2. I've (like everyone else) eyed this jacket for quite some time, but this is the first review that has me seriously considering purchasing it. Like, seriously. Do I need it?? Will it change my life? Tell me!

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    1. It probably won't change your life, but it's hands down the most worn piece of clothing in my closet - it looks good with everything, keeps out the rain (kind of) and keeps me warm in the temperate-ish weather (all of the spring and fall).

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  3. Haha, I love that characterization of the thing you'd rebuy if your closet tragically died... and I would have to agree. Seriously love my field jacket.

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