Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: J Crew Factory Maritime Blazer

I was super excited to see that the Crewlet had released a version of last year's retail maritime blazer.  Since I missed out on the original, I thought this would be my opportunity to cash in.

It arrived today and alas, it was not to be.  I assumed for the price, it wouldn't be up to it's retail predecessor's quality....but come on!

1. It's a heavy duty t-shirt! (This was a deal breaker for me)

2. It's unlined (I probably would have dealt with that if it were made of different material)

3. It's a bit short. (I just purchased the Gap Striped Sweater Blazer...I like the longer length of it much better...for reference, I'm 5'5 1/2")
X-Small measures 36" armpit to armpit and
21" from the top of the shoulder to the hem
Small measures 38" armpit to armpit and
22" from the top of the shoulder to the hem
While J Crew had a great idea in bringing the maritime blazer back by way of the outlet, imo they did not implement it very well.  It's no where close to the original retail version....and therefore for me, this was a pass.  :o(

Have you tried this jacket?  If so, what are your thoughts?


  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't had the chance to do it, but I prefer the Gap sweater as well. It's great!

  2. Thank you very much for the review! I was hoping you would review it as I have been debating it. If I recall correctly, the retail Maritime blazer was also a tee-shirt type jersey knit? But I have to agree with you, it does seem a bit overpriced for what you get. I will keep an eye on it and hope they cut the price.

  3. Rose...agreed! So prefer the Gap sweater blazer to this one! are correct...the original was knit as well. For some reason, I thought it was a silk blend of some sort. (Don't know where I pulled that from! :o)) Yep, I bet you can catch this little guy on sale before long.

  4. Thanks so much for the review -- I've been wondering about this. Boo about it not being up to snuff. The shortness is definitely a deal-breaker for me.

  5. I didn't care for the shortness either...I definitely like the extra couple of inches on the Gap sweater blazer. I wish they would do something like the Hacking jacket in this print...Do you hear me J Crew?! :o)