Thursday, June 16, 2016

JCA "Help Style Me!" Weekly Post

This is the weekly "Help Style Me!" post, where we can share items we are having trouble putting outfits together with. Elaine (in this post) says it best, "You know, that thing you bought because you love it and you keep pulling it out and then putting it away without wearing it?"

Please share your J.Crew item (either that you own or are thinking about getting) that you would love help creating an outfit with.

Also, please help out by offering your styling advice. Feel free to include links to your blog (where you incorporated that piece) or to Polyvore (where you showcased an outfit with that piece). Thanks in advance! :)

11 comments:

  1. Regent blazer question - I'm 42, work in professional services and need some new blazers. I really like this blazer, but hate the stand up collar. Any idea if I could press the collar down to make it look like a regular blazer? I don't care for the look (it feels a bit trendy vs classic to me) or the feel of the collar points around my neck. Thanks for any feedback!

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  2. Let's clarify . . . if you hate the stand-up collar and the trendy look, then do you really like this blazer? I think the whole point of the Regent _is_ the stand-up collar. If that's the feature that bothers you, I would look at other styles like the Rhodes, which comes in linen for summer and Italian wool for cooler weather. Also the Campbell, which is JC's new suiting blazer available in cotton and wool blends. I have the earlier versions of the Campbell and Rhodes, so I have not purchased either (my closet has enough Schoolboys to outfit a prep school . . . ) and can’t comment on the fit, but the reviews are consistently positive. I agree that the Regent is kind of trendy, but fine if you want something to wear for a few seasons for a business-casual office. The Rhodes and the Campbell will still be in style years from now. Good luck! Jennifer

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  3. Thank you Jennifer! I hate the collar but love the fit of the jacket. So I guess you dont know if the collar can be ironed either LOL

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    1. @ Lori, I hadn't thought to try ironing the collar to see if it would stay down (that's how I prefer to wear it as well, collar down. I usually just manually turn it down, although it does NOT stay down on its own.) I will see if I get a chance to iron it later this week and will report back. If I had to guess, frankly I'm not certain ironing would do the trick, hopefully I'm wrong. (I think this only bcc of the cut - wonder if it might have a tendency to pop up, despite any ironing.)

      One last note - I bought this item last year in the Navy color - it's a workhorse and a classic, great piece, but I find that it's a veritable lint magnet!! Need to clean it after every wear, just something minor to keep in mind.

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    2. Also, bcc the lapel is so short it makes me wonder whether ironing would be deficient to hold it down. I'll try to give it a quick try later in the week and let you know.

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    3. I have a linen one and always wear it turned down. I haven't had any issues with it staying down on its own, maybe because of the fabric?

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    4. That's funny. I have a black linen one from last year and the collar on mine turned down on its own too. It's actually a good compromise.

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    5. And I don't have any issues with lint.

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    6. Oh, that's a good point -- I should have mentioned that my blazer is a wool one, from last fall, so perhaps that accounts for the lint factor & the lack of flip issue! I can see why linen might stay be easier to stay down. (I do recall seeing a few reviews for the wool regent mentioning the lint issue.)

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  4. I have the chambray Regent and originally saw it with the collar turned down at a consignment shop. Realized it was a Regent because the lapels were so narrow. Something to consider, the lapel will be narrower than any other jacket if you turn it down. And to answer your question the chambray stays down just fine, no pressing needed.

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  5. I'm styling the Factory embroidered scarf and Factory straight and narrow jeans on the blog tonight. The jeans are the 29" inseam, and I bought two pairs!

    Heather
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