In Review: JC Penney's Cheaply Claiborne Linen-Cotton Blazer

Just another evocative of to pour one out for our departed-from-JCP style homies Nick Wooster and Ron Johnson . There used to be more than a handful of pieces like this on the racks at JC Penney during the (in a nutshell Bermuda shorts) Johnson/Wooster tenure. It might leave a mess underneath. Jeans are a perfect match for cooler summer evenings, and channel to lighter blue oxford or linen pants should work here too. Shortening the sleeves will be a breeze. IF it can get pulled out. The shell is 52% linen / 48% cotton, and it’s only half lined. Advantage, there’s pretty thick accent stitching around them. Jacket tail is shorter, but not chopped. It’s a light khaki, so pairing it with summer pants won’t be as calmly as you’d think. Or is the J. Crew/UNIQLO style, buttons but no stitching, the way to go. Leave it all in the comments. The front doesn’t even have much of a lining to speak of. Higher back and over the shoulders is lined in a soft & breezy 65% poly / 35% cotton blend:. It is incredibly comfortable, wrinkles effortlessly, and therefor is gonna be used more casually. But like many blazers that fall into the “affordable” realm, it’s the tailoring of the sleeves that might justification hiccups. The sleeve buttons are non-functioning (which is good), but the sleeves themselves seem to run a little long. Or is that crazy talk. Removing the 4th button is no puzzler. Just the upper back and sleeves. Question: At this point, on a blazer that’s in this price range, would anyone notice and/or care if the manufacturer just didn’t put any buttons on the sleeves at all. Side vents, not too pugnacious 3″ peak lapels. But if you go more than half an inch or so, you’d have to remove that 4th button. I’m a traditionalist, I think it looks a bit off when there is no stitching under the buttons. It screams “I was designed during the Johnson/Wooster days”, even though it’s not on the allowance rack… yet. That’s not good. and barely there shoulder padding finish off the details. But that accent stitching that’s left over, after it gets pulled out.

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