Craving: J. Crew Regent Topcoat

Come every fall, I become obsessed with knee-length wool coats. I’ve loved them since my early years in undergrad and my fondness of them has yet to wane. I had to retire my old J.Crew Wool knee-length coat a few years ago and have been unsuccessful at finding a good replacement that is within my budget.

I happened to be browsing the J.Crew website this morning and came across this J.Crew Regent Topcoat in Double Serge Wool:

J.Crew Regent Topcoat in Double Serge Wool

LOVE. It has the signature Regent popped collar but in a longer length and it just looks stunning on the model. It seems to have more of a straighter cut as opposed to an a-line cut (at least that’s what I’m hoping). Note that this isn’t sold as outerwear, but is in fact a “topcoat”–basically a long blazer.The material is also in a double-serge wool, so I can imagine it can be used as a type of outerwear that can be used in the early months of fall.

J.Crew is also having a Labor Day Sale weekend with 30% off on your purchase of $125 or more (and 50% off final sale, use code GETSHOPPING, exclusions apply). I may or may not have ordered this jacket. It also comes in ivory and pink, which look just as stunning. It’s regular price is $350, but is reduced to $245 with the labor day discount. If you are as curious about this jacket as I am, it’s a good time to grab this to try out if you are in fear that it might sell out before you can get your hands on it.

There are some great items in the J.Crew fall collection this year. Here’s a few of my picks that are included in the sale, which I may or may not have also picked up:

Re-Styling with Weddington Way

I have to admit, I was a bit surprised when Weddington Way asked me to re-style one of their dresses from their chiffon bridesmaid collection for a fun summer night out. As you can see on my blog, I am not a huge fan of dresses in general. I have very few in my wardrobe, so to say that re-styling a dress isn’t exactly my forte would be fairly accurate. But, I am always up for a challenge and I felt like this was a good one that I was happy to take on.

Weddington Way sent me a selection of dresses to choose from (although on their website, each dress comes in a multitude of colors). I didn’t want to be swayed by color because most women actually choose color for their bridesmaid dresses, so I thought I would say true to the challenge (of course by default, I would choose the black dress). I ended up choosing this beautiful halter dress (which happens to come in 90 colors. Yes, I said 90!), named After Six:

Weddington Way Re-styled

And some great thought, I came up with this set:

Weddington Way - DAB

I decided to style the dress with pieces that I’m loving right now including the white leather vest. I actually purchased one recently from the Club Monaco sale (which has yet to be seen on this blog), and I’m obsessed with it despite the fact that we are going through a pretty significant heat wave right now. I love this particular vest because of the way it looks zipped up so that you can only see the skirt exposed.

I also went with a nude flat gladiator sandal. It just seems practical and if I’m trying to style a long dress casually, I opt for a flat sandal as a high heel can instantly turn a maxi dress into something super-fancy which is what we’re trying to avoid here! I hope you enjoyed my own edgy spin on how to style this chiffon bridesmaid dress. How would you style this dress?

Shop the pieces I’ve used to style the dress here:

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The Perfect Dupe: J.Crew Regent Blazer in Bohemian Red

I know many of you lust after my bright coral blazer that I’ve shown a few times on this blog (see here). I know this because a few of my readers have inquired about whether I was willing to sell it! Though, I do not wear it that often, I  am not willing to part with it just yet. But great news, J.Crew has once again come out with a blazer in what appears to be the exact same color only in the Regent cut, which happens to be my favorite at the moment.

J.Crew Regent Blazer in Bohemian Red

I love the turned up lapel and the slightly longer sleeves. The Regent is also not as thick as my Double-Serge Wool Blazer, which makes it easier to wear year-round. A note on fit, it’s pretty TTS, though some may find the sleeves a bit too tight. The 0P fits me spot on. So much so, I am considering going up a size for my next purchase of this style (and there certainly will be!) just so I can wear some thicker layers underneath.

This upcoming season, the Regent also comes with a contrast satin lapel. swoon  I’m going to have to make some tough decisions this fall!

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