Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New JCrew: Hacking Jacket

I am a sucker for color, blazers, Fall, things that are long, and wishful thinking, so I ordered up the JCrew Hacking Jacket with the recent Cardholder promo.

I ordered 3 sizes to try in this blazer. I am still working on figuring out my current size at the same time as trying to get my pre-baby body back. Its definitely a moving target. My previous size for blazers was 6 or mostly 8. I ordered the 8, 10, and 8 tall in this jacket. I usually try to grab tall versions if I can because I have a longer torso and like to have the length to balance proportions. I would say this blazer runs true to size and definitely does have a longer length as advertised, but I didn't find it too long. I am 5'9" though to keep in mind. I loved the longer sleeves and body of the Tall version, but I think I would pick my bigger size 10 for buttonability. If you are between sizes and like to layer, I would say select the larger size. This means I probably need the 10 Tall, the only size I didn't order, go figure.

The wool is a little scratchy. It feels thicker and stiffer than the schoolboy, but not uncomfortably so. The sleeves have striped lining and the jacket has an acetate lining that feels ok on. Honestly it was too hot for wool so I didn't have it on long to feel! It also felt a bit "old JCrew" in that it was a colorful fun take on a classic. I could see this with a great scarf this fall, and would be really excited to wear it.

I decided to go all out and ordered the Vibrant Flame. This color is BRIGHT. It is also fabulous. Of course, it turned out to be really hard to photograph. I mean, I look like I am radioactive. I am going to try and get a better photo in daylight, but the true herringbone is like a deep red orange woven with a orangey pink. The underside of the color is like a fawny gray brown. Note: it is not as bright as these pics. But man, knowing it photographs this way means don't wear where you might look like a traffic cone next to others in a group shot...?

I love this jacket and can see wearing it often with jeans, cognac boots, or navy. But I need a sale I think. Even with 20% off I feel like it is too steep and I know it will come down. Fingers crossed!

Size 8 Tall (little more length):

Size 8 Regular Length of Sleeve/Body:

Size 8 Regular:

Size 10, Buttoned:

Back of Collar, Popped:

Attempt to Capture Color:

What do you think of the jacket? I will post a color shot tomorrow in daylight!


  1. You're looking great! Hope the baby is well. 8 months now! I think.

    I love the color & love it on you. It looks like the 10 regular is good. You'd know best if the tall would be better. Esp for layering long winter sleeves.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I love this and think I might have to go buy it! I'm on the hunt for some new blazers so I don't have to wear suits all the time.

  3. OMG, I love it!!! I decided to go for the blue one, but it was such a hard decision between that, the purple or the orange.

    I'm sure you'll come up with lots of great ways to wear it. :)

  4. Thanks so much for the pictures and detailed review. The 10 looks great on you. I am 5'10" and wear an 8 or 10 in JCrew jackets. Like you said, if I want to layer, I go with the 10 most of the time it seems.

  5. Thanks everyone for your comments! I think I really love the orange. I am going to try the Tall 10...I like that extra length and being able to flip the sleeves a bit. That means I have to return all three of these, oooops....

  6. You're looking good in that jacket. I love the color of the back collar.


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