2.24.2011

Thrifty Thursday: J. Crew Maritime-Stripe Blazer on a Budget

Darlings, in the left corner savor the sauciness that is J. Crew’s magnificent Maritime Stripe-Blazer; in the right feast your eyes upon Forever 21’s fabulous Striped French Terry Blazer.

While the Forever 21 piece is made up primarily of polyester, whereas the J. Crew gem is constructed entirely out of heavyweight slub cotton; for a mere $22.80, as opposed to the $118.00 necessary to take its Crew cousin home, it is the ideal way for the frugalista to add a smattering of sailor style to her wardrobe – at a price that allows one to scoop up both chic color combos (Cream/Black and Navy/White)!

So mes chéris, what are you up to today? Will your AmEx take a beating with a splurge, or will you stay safe and thrifty with a frugal buy?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to J. Crew and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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76 comments

..R May A.. said...

another super useful post :)
i think i might get the F21 jacket!! x

FashionJazz said...

Love them babe! Ur so good at ur posts! Mwah x

Couture Carrie said...

I have had my eye on that J. Crew blazer... am going to have to splurge on this one!

xoxox,
CC

StyleID said...

ME? Thrifty .... Thanks for the find, I love them both but definitely staying with the Forever 21.
I think this spring I am getting into many stripe jackets and pants, I am getting 'this thing' for them :)

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Joanne said...

Definitely the Crew. I like the cut of this style, it just looks like an all around better fit. And I'd wear this jacket often, so I'd invest.

Label of Addiction said...

what a perfect copy. wow... great post :)

tiny dancer said...

awww love that you posted this one! There has been a lot of J. Crew look-a-like items popping up lately, I'm def going to post a bunch of them on Sunday :) Ooooo Exciting! and I'm soooo not trying to spend today - J.Crew just uploaded a ton of new arrival beauties aaaaaand uploaded the sales bins :)

Tasia
http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.com

Lemondrop Marie said...

Fabulous alternative, but I do so love the Crew smaller lapel, though I wouldn't love the weight for spring.

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
Super cute necklace giveaway!

She is Sara said...

I love teh f21 one! But I like how the J crew one is styled better :P not that it matters. :)

michelle_ said...

what an awesome steal !
i love striped blazers ever since i first saw them on givenchy's show !

Paislea Elyse said...

i love the forever 21 one. it's way too cute!!

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Lux and Stan said...

Honestly, I love the Forever 21 better!

ivy's closet said...

So cool from Forever 21.

cait said...

So love the Forever 21 lapel.

lucy and sarah said...

great Forever 21!

meg said...

The way I am with clothes. I better go the cheaper route.

Rachel said...

You post this after I buy the jacket from JCrew!! Lol :)

stilettodiaries said...

What a fabulous find! I am definitely onboard with the nautical theme this Spring Season. That Forever 21 alternative is a winner, for sure!

Jamie said...

Heck ya Forever 21 all the way!!

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Megan said...

My favorite is the J. Crew jacket. Great find!

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Rachel said...

Wonderful blazer! Gotta to love F21. :D

janettaylor said...

Yepp, yepp - love 'em!

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nookie said...

I'd go for the f21 one:x

Twenty.Something said...

I never considered a stripped blazer but I love this!! Perfect for spring with jeans.

Accounting for Fabulous said...

This just got added to my "Ti Amo" list for today.. thanks for the inspiration!! :)

What a cute jacket!

Rick said...

the Maritime theme and horizontal stripes continue to be the rage. Great choices, Erika.

I do prefer the JCrew option because of the slimmer lapel, which makes the jacket a bit more sophisticated looking. Depends on what a stylista is looking for. The F21 is great for a more casual look. Happy Thursday!

daisychain said...

Nautical and blazer in one? Heaven!

Maddy said...

JCrew for sure! I just think the cut is much more flattering. It's tough to pull off horizontal stripes, even more so if the item isn't fitted. I think the F21 jacket would makes you look wider!

Style with Benefits said...

SO I'm going to have to 'splurge' and get the JCrew one! I like both, but I do prefer the slimmer lapel... it's a sleeker look. Another great post, Erika!

xx, becs

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Eeek! I am so getting this! I'm so glad that you find these Erika! I think the forever 21 could work if it was taken in a little, so I will have to check it out in the store and if it's not sewn crookedly (sometimes their stuff is) I may have to snag it. LOVE this one!

xoxo Mary Jo

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

cute! i can picture myself wearing this alot... i love the steal price!

Megan said...

i love this segment u do because it makes me much less stressed about all i CANT afford ;-) and i know i can get things much cheaper, especially for how little i wear things!

gorgeous blazer!

<3 megan
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Josie said...

These are super cute -- love the F21 one!
xo Josie
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ediot said...

you really did a nice redo of this blog. love the j.crew blazer here. i can never get enough stripes..
hope you're having a great week!

xx

My Heart Blogged said...

Now that is one heck of a deal.
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Sherin said...

A striped blazer is such a perfect piece to have. I love the J. Crew one. It looks like it fits so much better.

Tights Lover said...

I'm loving the F21 Blazer.

Seriously, is it me, or did J.Crew get waaaaay more expensive overnight? I always feel beaten down when I come out of there...hahaha.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Forever 21!

Miranda said...

ahhh I feel a strong need to order this, I'm going to give it a day and if I can't stop thinking about it them I will HAVE to get it. Thanks for sharing!

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AH said...

i'd have to splurge and go with the j. crew one, it's gorgeous!

Dancing Branflake said...

I gotta go J. Crew on this one. The fit seems so much more slimming and relaxed. But $118 is a tad steep...

Joanne Faith said...

Forever21 is so ridiculously cheap! I am careful with blazers now though... must be careful that the cut is flattering on you!

Audrey Allure said...

I love the J.Crew one!

Sarah said...

Forever 21 all the way baby!

Angelica Ng said...

Need I say? J Crew of course! The cut is sooo much better, and again, never F21 for me!

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Deidre said...

Sooo cute! I love the jcrew one. but no, no splurges on my credit card today :)

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Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

They look the same to me! Awesome!!

Laura said...

I'd have to go for the J. Crew version here. It looks classier to me for some reason.

Natasha said...

I just really like to buy the Forever 21 blazer, because it's looser than the J. Crew version and J. Crew really like to overprice their stuff. Hope you had a good Thursday.

Nikolett said...

I'd have to splurge on the J. Crew blazer! Mainly because I have to be careful with polyester and cotton sounds amazing :) Great finds!! Have a great rest of the evening!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Your so good at this! Loving this striped blazer look...xo

Clare said...

I like the J. Crew one. I WISH i could afford it! Ugh J. Crew WHYYYY are you so far outside of my price range.

Samantha Elisabeth said...

I feel like I'd have to try them both on, and it would depend which one fit better. I've learned blazers are so fickle when it comes to actual fit!

Emily said...

F21 takes the win for me!

xoxo

Mimi said...

yay for forever 21!!! :D

<3, Mimi
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Kavery said...

Perhaps on sale the J Crew would be worth it. Otherwise the F21 one looks good to me

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oh my freaking gosh I am so in love with that F21 blazer I am seriously considering rearranging my schedule tomorrow so I can see if I can find it.

Hazel said...

But I think I like the more expensive one this time primarily because of the collar ;)

yiqin; said...

Ah I love f21.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

oo nice work on this one! I'd definitely go cheaper- such a trend deserves the smaller price!

Glass and Splinters said...

Great comparison, but I think I like the collar on the Crew!

The Blonde Duck said...

This makes me want to get on a boat!

SoHo Accessories said...

Great post. You could wear that blazer so many options. I would be thrifty on this one!

Susu Paris Chic said...

I'm still trying to muster up an inspiration to wear stripes... I probably had too much as a kid.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

love that blazer Erika! will visit forever21 to have a look closer. happy friday, darling! xo

very married said...

i do love Forever 21 but just looking at the two next to each other, doesn't it seem that the J.Crew one fits the model better? it gives her more shape...

Ruby Mines said...

I must be a terrible snob but I still like the Jcrew jacket more. maybe because I gave my heart away to jcrew a long time ago and now only have eyes for it. lol.
Still a great find though- if I was in college still I would go for the Forever 21 jacket in a new york minute because its more budget friendly!
xoxo
Robin
Ruby Mines

Rachel said...

Oh, Erika... I actually really love the J.Crew one. I'm going to have to splurge this time. And I will definitely be stopping by J.Crew to check it out in person! It looks perfect!

Anna Gray said...

I LOVE the one from Forever 21. :D

Sahar said...

I would definitely purchase the F21 jacket as opposed to the J.Crew, it's just such a better deal and looks exactly the same! Who would ever know? And honestly if it's trendy and looks cute, paying less is not a problem. Strips seem to be in style during the winter/spring season, so they will probably be everywhere soon (if they aren't already)!

Claire Kiefer said...

Gotta be honest, I like the J.Crew one better in this case. The shape, the slim collar, the color . . . but I'd have to try them both on to really decide. Great find, and they're both really cute!

Kristin said...

I'm jumpin' on that F21 blazer!

Dylana Suarez said...

Love the style of this jacket!

xoxo,

colormenana.blogspot.com

Diana said...

Love your new look! The header is fabulous! Love this striped blazer! Have a great weekend Erika! :)

Meream said...

j.crew has a factory in my city, interestingly. I will keep an eye out for this nautical goodness when they do their yearly super sale. :D

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