Men's Heritage Navy Blazer
Great Jacket, but Incorrect Description
Firstly, there are a couple misstatements in the description of this jacket:
The jacket is described as having functional sleeve buttons and being fully lined. The sleeve buttons are NOT functional, however this is actually a pleasant truth because it is much easier to tailor sleeves with non-functional buttons.
The blazer is also NOT fully lined. It is partially lined, meaning the sleeves are lined and there is some lining on the back near the neck (to maintain structure). This truth is neither good nor bad, it just depends on your personal taste. Being partially lined makes the jacket marginally less suited to colder weather but ideal for spring and autumn.
As for my personal take on the jacket, I purchased it with the hope of having a blazer for cold weather and was somewhat disappointed to learn it was not actually fully lined. Furthermore, the lining is cotton rather than the more typical rayon or cupro. The cotton lining compounds the biggest issue I have with the jacket: fit: the jacket is extremely slim. I am a 40R, so I ordered this in a size 40. This jacket was much too slim, even when I was only wearing a tee shirt. I exchanged it for a 42, which has been much better. However, all but the thinnest of sweaters still render the jacket too small. For this reason, I'd 100% recommend sizing up. I am 6'2" with a slim build (around 170lbs), for reference. If you don't like a super trim fit, or if you are not slimly built, I'd recommend choosing a blazer outside of the Canvas line (there are several navy options on the Lands' End website).
This is where the cotton lining comes back into play: materials like rayon are popular for lining because of their slick feel, allowing one to slip on the jacket with ease. The cotton lining, combined with the narrow sleeves, makes it a chore to simply put the jacket on, even when all I'm wearing is an oxford shirt. The only upside I have discovered to the cotton lining is comfort when wearing the blazer over a short-sleeved shirt. Obviously, however, short sleeve shirts are not what I want to wear when it's cold outside. (Side note: the description says the sleeves are 100% polyester. They are actually about 2/3 poly, 1/3 cotton. The body lining is all cotton.)
Lastly, a couple smaller design issues: The sleeves are very long. This jacket doesn't come in short (S), regular (R), or long (L) sizes (designations which refer primarily to the sleeves) and consequently, unless you typically wear L sport coats, the sleeves will be too long. Thankfully, the jacket is easy to tailor because it has non-functional sleeve buttons so this is an easy issue to fix. I've also noticed some pilling on the jacket even though I've only worn it a dozen or so times since I got it a couple months ago. This comes with the territory of purchasing a less-expensive blazer. A Brooks Brothers or other higher-end blazer would have much higher quality wool (less pilling) but would also run you about $700. You get what you pay for.
Despite the negatives, the jacket is still worth considering. Although I can't layer under it, it is a very attractive and modern-looking coat. Despite my critical review, I rated the blazer 4/5 because it has all the styles relevant to current menswear trends and is considerable quality for the price (I waited for a 40% off sale). It was not what I was hoping for (a warm blazer for winter), but I have kept the blazer for its features. I have had no trouble wearing it from anything to dinners, to class, to "business casual" events.
December 18, 2013
Great blazer, but...
Consider this a great blazer for the price. Be sure to follow the sizing guide to get the right fit. I normally wear a 42R, but according to the guide I needed a 44R. Thankfully I listened as the 44R fits perfectly. As a previous reviewer commented, the sleeves are just a little too long (1/4-1/2 inch), but that's to be expected off the rack. The major issue I had was that the top button popped off(!) when I first put it on out of the shipping package. This isn't a huge deal for me since I'll be taking it to a tailor for the sleeves anyways, but it means I cannot wear it as it is. A simple repair, but not something you'd expect after one wear, especially brand-new. Without the defect, this blazer would easily get 4 stars, possibly 5. If small issues like these are acceptable, the price can't be beat.
August 19, 2013
Excellent quality for the price, fits perfectly and looks great.
If the sleeves were half an inch shorter it would feel like a bespoke blazer (I went for the smallest size). It has a comfortable inner liner and is quite warm as well. I bought in on sale but even at full price I would have been just as happy, I wore it out to a formal dinner and revived many compliments on it. Overall I couldn't recommend this product enough.
May 28, 2013