I was shocked and most pleasantly surprised to see that J.Crew is back in the prep game. After a solid half decade of carrying minimalist, one button, and boyfriend blazers, the brand is going back to its roots with the J.Crew Dalton Blazer. It has been a long time coming, at least since early 2016, when I realized the brand was moving away from its heritage aesthetic. It was a look with which I fell in love. From that moment, my J.Crew covet list grew smaller and smaller and my gripes as aired day-drunkenly on Twitter, more and more frequent.
Though I have not seen the Schoolboy Blazer offered since 2014, I retained four of the colorways that I purchased back then. (Sorry, the Cherry Red just had to go.) The J.Crew Dalton Blazer is a reincarnation of the Schoolboy Blazer; I have not been able to discern any differences between the two styles. It is single breasted with anchor detail brass buttons, functional buttons at wrists, back vent, and a contrast flip collar in some colorways. In the words of SNL’s Stefan, this blazer has it all.
The J.Crew Dalton Blazer is available in three colorways in the cotton / Irish linen mix. It is available in two colorways in the Italian stretch wool mix. Would you like to know the best part? It is available in sizes 2 through 20 in the tall range. It is available in petite and standards ranges as well. A size for lots of bodies, who does not love that?
Let us hope that J.Crew brings back the Tweed Hacking Jacket, Contrast Tipped Wool Blazer, Contrast Tipped Peacoat, Sequin Embellished Flannel Skirt, and Matchstick Corduroy Pants complete with a 36 inch inseam. I know I am crossing my fingers for the J.Crew prepster aesthetic renaissance.