Style Bee - Regent Blazer

Look 12 – Regent Review

03.30.15

Style Bee - Regent Blazer

The first official product review on Style Bee was of these jeans and it seemed to be a pretty big hit. So I’ve since had my eye out for another great closet staple to review here on the blog. In my first outfit post ever I wore a white blazer and I’ve worn that very blazer about 400 times since (honestly!). It’s still one of my closet faves but has started to show signs of wear and tear so I’ve had my eye out for a slightly more structured option with a few updated details. The J.Crew Regent Blazer has crossed my path many times but when I saw it’s release in a beautiful spring-ready white linen I decided to try it out. See below for my breakdown on fit, value and overall rating.

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REGENT BLAZER

The Regent Blazer has been in the J.Crew repertoire for some time now. When I first looked into the linen version the reviews had me a little hesitant as there was mention of a smaller than normal fit and several complaints about the cotton lining. But I’m a shopping optimist and with a sale and a decent return policy there wasn’t a lot holding me back. I decided to give it a try and the moment I tried it on I knew it was never going back. Here are my 5 criteria for assessing whether a new blazer/jacket stays or goes.

1. FIT

  • Excellent overall (no tailoring needed). True to my usual J.Crew size (2, XS/S, 26). For reference: I am 5’7”, 120 lbs.
  • Sleeves are not too tight on me. I find I can even wear a light long sleeve sweater underneath.
  • Length is perfect. Longer than a typical office blazer.
  • Plan to wear it open but the single button is a nice option and worn closed it’s not too tight.
  • Flattering and sophisticated.

2. CUT

  • Sharp and chic cut.
  • Angled forward ever so slightly to hit at a flattering spot on the leg.
  • Collar can be worn up or down. I prefer up as it gives it a more contemporary feel.
  • Sleeves are a great length. Hit just past the wrist. Will look great rolled up too.

3. FABRIC

  • Beautiful linen for spring.
  • A true, fresh white. Not off-white or ecru.
  • Linen is easily wrinkled by nature which gives this blazer a more casual vibe. Works for me!
  • Lining is cotton which does cause friction when wearing it over another long sleeved shirt. Silk lining would be ideal but will undoubtedly drive the cost up.
  • Will have to see how the edges on front and sleeves hold up to use. Might wear down.

4. DETAILS

  • Buttons are plastic but don’t look cheap.
  • All pockets are functional but I will keep them darted.
  • Back vent helps with fit and comfort.

5. PRICE

  • $178 USD is, in my opinion, a fair price for such a well fitting and well made blazer. If you can nab it on sale even better!
  • Quality equivalent to Club Monaco and their blazers are $280 and up.

Overall Rating: 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10

So that’s my two cents on the J.Crew Regent Blazer*. If you’re in the market for a new spring blazer I’d start with this one. With free shipping and easy returns (about $10 +) it’s a pretty safe bet. Many of the reviews online said it runs small but I’d stick to your usual size.

Hope you found this review helpful! Are there any items you’ve been wondering about? Let me know! 


J.Crew Regent Blazer (size 2) || Elizabeth Suzann Cecilia Pant (size S but had waist taken in) || J.Crew Vintage Tank (size XS) || Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch || Madewell Mira Pump (TTS 7) || Laite Atelier Jewelry

*This post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Leave me a comment here!

  1. That blazer truly is stunning on you! I love your review of this piece, and now I am convinced I need it in my life, STAT! p.s. your curls look amazing. How do you style your hair?

    x, Jordan Taylor
    petiteMODERN

    • Thanks so much lovely!! You really can’t go wrong with a great white blazer 😉 Ah, I just use a curling wand and then let it settle for a while. I use some protector serum but no hair spray so they don’t look too stiff. Hope that helps! xoxo

  2. Kelly Lynn says:

    Yay thanks for this review, been contemplating it for a while!

  3. Laura says:

    PERFECTION!! what a beautiful blazer and you look lovely in it!

  4. Amie says:

    I’d love to hear more about your Everlane items. I have also been window shopping Elizabeth Suzann for awhile now, since you introduced it. Such nice pieces. However, I currently can’t justify anything in US dollars until our Canadian dollar gets its act together again! xx

    • Hey Amie, Yes! I was thinking of featuring a review of some Everlane pieces. I always get tons of questions about them (loafers in particular). I have a couple Elizabeth Suzann items on my May wishlist, but it’s tough to justify with the dollar the way it is. ARG!! Thanks for reading love! xo