Even though this is my 3rd year of living in a place with seasons (I’m originally from Southern California…the land of 70-degrees-flipflops-tanktops-weather-365/24/7), I still become 100% befuddled about what I’m supposed to wear during the transitional times like early spring. I decided that even though the weather might be confused, I would not be confused this year. This would be my year to solve my spring befuddlement, dangit! I planned ahead and bought the two items I’m reviewing today toward the end of winter. Result: I’ve been thoroughly prepared for the inevitable psycho temp swings which have ranged from the 20s-80s the past several weeks.
First up, the J.Crew Tall Downtown Field Jacket in mossy green.
I bought both a small and medium and ended up keeping the small. The jacket has a boxy fit, and I felt like I was swimming a bit too much in the medium. Even though I have a small, don’t think that I don’t cram one (and sometimes two) layers under this jacket because…mmmhmmm…I definitely do. The fabric weight is perfect for temps in the 40s-50 (especially with layers underneath) and low 60s over a light tank or tee. The fabric itself is a bit stiff and “canvasy” (technical description from J.Crew website is “water-resistant waxed cotton”), but it’s definitely not uncomfortable AND it’s machine washable.
The gold buttons add a little extra pizzazz and the awesome deep pockets are super convenient for carrying your wallet, keys and phone if you want to ditch your purse whilst frolicking around town. I even easily fit a water bottle in one of the pockets once. It didn’t look that attractive, but it worked in a pinch.
I usually know that I’ve made an excellent purchase when 1) I wear the item immediately and obsessively; and 2) I get tons of compliments both from people I know (including some guys) and from complete strangers. The temps this week will be 40s-60s later this week. Fingers crossed that I get a couple more wears out of my new, trusty jacket before summer hits.
Next up – the Long Elegant Legs Boyfriend Knit Jacket in navy. First, let me say that LEL recently sent me a gift card so that I could try an item or two. As always, even though I didn’t pay for this jacket with my own pennies, I’ll still be providing my honest opinion.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Boyfriend Knit Jacket. Would it be professional looking enough to wear to work? Would I be able to wear it with dresses? Overall, I’d categorize this jacket as part sweater, part blazer – shall we say swazer? Swazer it is! For me personally, the knit fabric makes it a little too casual to wear to work with my dress pants BUT it looks great with jeans on casual Friday (or any day). I ordered a small and I think it’s a perfect, easy fit. The sleeves are more than long enough, and the jacket has a generous length hitting a bit below the hip. Speaking of sleeve and overall length, LEL really seems to get it in that department. I’ve been an LEL customer for years and feel like the company truly does pay attention to the unique fit that us tall ladies so desperately want and need.
I really love being able to throw this jacket on when I need to keep myself warm or when I want to add a little extra polish to a jeans-and-tee look on the weekend. I’m not the only one loving this jacket – it has great reviews on LEL’s website.
Is spring still playing games with you where you live? How do you deal with it?