July 7, 2012

Favorite Finds: Linen Blazer

While it appears that the summer heat is in full effect, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay stylish with some tailored pieces. The most important thing when buying tailored clothing (after fit of course) is to make sure they are weather appropriate, and in the heat that means linen or cotton.

Uniqlo, my go-to place for stylish basics, has the perfect jacket to help you look cool while staying cool. Ever simplistic, the ‘Premium Linen Slim Fit Jacket’ is exactly what it purports.

According to the hangtag, the linen is “natural and high-quality ‘French Linen’ sourced from Northern France and Belgium” and I would have to agree. The feel and quality of this linen jacket could easily rival several $500+ pieces that I have tried on.

This two-button blazer features a single vent, patch pockets at the hip, and two inside pockets, perhaps for storing your wallet or handkerchief. It is ¼ lined to allow for maximum breathability. The lapel button hole is non-functional, but is stitched in a way that any tailor could easily open it up.

The color selection is great as well. Uniqlo’s website says it comes in 4 solid colors (off white, beige, navy, and black) and two colors in houndstooth (gray and blue).  The store I stopped into did not have the off white or navy, but a great selection nonetheless. All of the colors felt surprisingly soft except for the black, which had a slightly stiffer hand.

I tried on the gray houndstooth in a Medium and it fit about like a 40R. This is definitely a very slim cut, which is surprisingly not that easy to find in linen pieces as they usually tend to be more classic and draped.

The list price on this jacket is $79.90, but it is on special promotion in-store (at least in NYC) for $59.90! Honestly, there is no reason not to buy this jacket. For this price, and even for a slightly higher price, the quality and practicality cannot be beat. I am currently trying to find space enough in my closet to justify buying it myself, especially since it looks like we are in for a summer full of heat waves.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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