Berry-trim Astrid Jacket
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Colors: Plum, Bright Blue, Heather Charcoal
A big "thanks!" goes to Weab who was kind enough to share with us her review of the Astrid Jacket she purchased (in the scrumptious heather charcoal,) recently. The following is her review in its entirety:
As I mentioned, my mom was with me this time. The second she laid eyes on it (in charcoal) her jaw DROPPED! My thoughts exactly. I (and the SM) insisted she try it on but she didn't want to buy the same one I just bought. She finally caved and the second she got it on her face just lit up! She bought it. :)First, "thank you!" again to Weab for sharing with us her awesome review. Second, I am totally loving the heather charcoal color! It seems like such a fabulous shade that transitions well from business to casual. Love it! Also, I actually tried on this jacket but at the time there were no other colors in the store besides the bright blue. Although I liked the jacket (especially the berries), I didn't think the bright blue was versatile enough to warrant the full retail price. So I am thrilled to see that heather charcoal is an option for this jacket. :)
I have to note that she saw the other color options in the cat but felt the same way I did: not versatile enough in such bold colors for that kind of money.
It's more structured than I expected. And SOOOO CHIC!!! I thought the jacket was so novelty looking and had been advising everyone to stay away from it. However, I think this particular combination of charcoal with the special details makes it a showstopper but with class. You won't feel self conscious or kitchy walking into a room with this on. But I believe it's one of those pieces that will draw compliments every time you wear it. It looks like a $2000 Chanel jacket. Again, I believe it's the neutral color that really makes it work so beautifully (somehow the bolder colors don't have quite the same effect imo.)
The "berries" seem to be sewn on very securely and have some firmness to them. It doesn't seem like they're going to fall off as soon as you put the jacket on. I do understand the concern of the backing fraying but, if it does, I really think it will add to its character. It also has hidden hook closures that I didn't even know were there until the SM fastened them for me. But a nice feature to add to it's versatility.
I found the fit true to size. I took a 2. I usually need a petite but this jacket is cropped and has bracelet sleeves so I was fine with a regular. I think it's something that can be dressed down and worn with jeans and a graphic tee or dressed up with a skirt and pearls. SO beautiful!!! (In fact Tracy Gardner is photographed wearing the Astrid in this very color in the "How Much does the J. Crew Team Make?" post. )
Now, I just have to be sure my mom and I consult with each other first before arriving anywhere. ;)
What are your thoughts on the Berry-trim Astrid Jacket? Have you tried this jacket on? Would you love it or leave it? Are you planning to purchase one? If you already own this jacket, please let us know what your review is.
P.S. What are your thoughts on J.Crew calling the heading "jackets" now "blazers" on the website?