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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

J Crew - snowcap quilted jacket

J Crew's snowcap quilted jacket (97326, $158) runs XXS - XL. Color choices are authentic red, black and dried olive.


Size S  - chest = 38.5", waist = 37.75", length = 21.25"
Size M - chest = 40.5", waist = 39.75", length = 21.75"

Size - S - Authentic red - I found the red brighter irl than it appeared on my monitor. It came off as much brighter than I expected. I guess this is a true red. I always think of true reds as a little darker, like it appears on the monitor. My monitor, anyway.


I'm not one to gauge warmth as our climate is mild. Probably best as a fall jacket that you can layer, but I don't think it would get you very far w/super cold temps. 

I'm not a big fan of the neckline on my neck, but it would likely look/feel different with a turtleneck, rather than an open top like the perfect-fit stripe henley with gold buttons I happened to try on with it (sz S, too low cut for me). It's like the neck length was a little too short to fold open and stay and too long to just sit up right.


The Feeling
This isn't my favorite color of the three, but I appreciate the vibrant option. The jacket is executed fairly well and the fabric doesn't feel weird or sound unreasonably noisy.


Size - S - Black - I was definitely disappointed in the shade of black. It's not a rich, black-black. It's got that faded, slightly brownish tone to it. That doesn't always mix well with other blacks.


I like the gold zippers, though. Nice contrast.


Looks good zipped up & felt comfortable on. This would be the perfect jacket to throw on over other layers on a cool day, or just have in the car as a stand-by when you know you'll be out until the temp changes in the early evening.



Sleeve length. I'm 5'2".


The down was coming out, too. Not horribly, but there were a few feathers floating around. 



The Feeling
Still a thumbs up, but to the side. It's not a purchase for me because the sleeve length just isn't there. That could be remedied with an alteration from the shoulders, but I didn't love the collar or color enough to justify the cost of that. It'll be great on others.


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16 comments

  1. Thanks for the link love, gigi. I agree, the red looks darker on the monitor than it is in real life. Ladies will have a surprise if they order online without seeing it in real life first.

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    1. Rose - You're welcome. Thanks for chiming in about the red.

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  2. Thanks for the review! I'm looking into getting it in the olive color but would really want to try it out and see the true color in the store next week. Did you see the olive color and what do you think of it?

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    1. Small Town Gal - I neglected to mention that the olive was my favorite of the 3, and the one most accurately depicted online -- at least based on my monitor compared to irl.

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  3. Thanks for this review Gigi. I was on the fence but given the sleeve length issue I think it is a pass for me. I am on the tall side and I don't like outerwear with shorter sleeves. It's fine on blazers and sweaters but not for something that is my top layer in cooler weather. I think I might be turned off by the gold hardware as well so best just to admire from afar.

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    1. xoxo - Glad you saw the review. I say wait for something else to try from another retailer. AJC mentioned a quilted jacket from Athleta. I didn't see one on their sire when I saw her review last week, but I do think a sports oriented store might be a great option to consider when looking.

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  4. Love it. Very cute and sporty. :) But then, I also loved the shrunken anorak. LOL. (Must get that review up, eventually.)

    I found a great alternative to this at TJ Maxx the other day, a teal green Columbia jacket that was $50 (originally $125 or so). I am all careful with my budget (especially now with school stuff costing so much), so knowing that there are other options out there may be helpful to people who want the look without the price tag.

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    1. Dina G - Drop your link in any post or email it to me when it's up for the shrunken anorak. I haven't been able to visit blogs as much these days as I've been able to in the past. Thanks for the TJ Maxx tip!!

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  5. I actually really like it on you Gigi. Much more than on myself. On you or looks more like on model, longer and lean, on me it was shorthand boxy. ITA about the colors, the red I think is pretty but , like always with red, it has to look good with your skin tone.

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    1. ajc - Agree about the red tone. Has to go w/one's skin. I think that will be the case with olive, too. It will look good on some and not others. I usually cannot wear yellow undertones, but that one seemed like it could possible work on me. Too close to green khaki boyfriend anorak jacket(s) I have, though.

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  6. I ordered the olive in a small and medium - really liked the color (not too green, not too brown) but did not fit well. I think a petite medium would have been good (but does not come in petite sizes). Banana Republic makes quilted, insulated jackets and coats - I snagged a coat in a petite M on sale last Spring and am looking forward to wearing it. I also think Eddie Bauer does a nice job with that type of outwear and in a range of sizes.

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    1. SE Mom - I also totally wish it came in PM. If so, I probably would've kept it. It would be a great, casual jacket with some style. Oh well. I will nose around Eddie Bauer, thanks for mentioning as I forget them. And Land's End. Plus they have better return policies.

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  7. Thanks for the detailed review. It's very helpful.

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  8. great review! I ordered this jacket and the down was coming out of mine too....everywhere. I exchanged it and hopefully won't have that problem again, but I've never had a down jacket so is that kind of normal for some of the feathers to come out? The feathers in this jacket look so tiny, so maybe unavoidable?

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    1. Melia - I think it's normal for some down to come out. I've seen that w/some comforters I own. However, it happened over time and after washing; not right out of the box. I didn't like that about this jacket. But you're right about the feathers being small, so maybe that's why they're escaping easily.

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