Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The rehabilitation of a J Crew Schoolboy blazer

Earlier on this year, during the hot days of late summer in the Southern Hemisphere, I bought the J Crew Schoolboy blazer in purple wool on super sale. I think I paid about $80 for it.
It arrived and I loved the colour and the style. I quite liked the lining, but the buttons annoyed me beyond belief.

Every time I put it on or wore it, the bright, cheap-looking goldness of them would make me uneasy.
I put up with them due to lack of motivation to change them, but I knew that I'd love the jacket Far More and wear it more if I changed them.


Last week, one of the buttons fell off!
This was a blessing in disguise, as it meant I could no longer procrastinate with button-changing.
So, last Saturday, I went to the fantastic button shop in our 'hood, and, with the help of my daughter, chose some new ones.
I'm not one to sew, so the jacket and buttons were duly dropped off at the Launderette, which has a wonderful alterations lady.

I picked the jacket up yesterday, and I'm thrilled to say that I now love it!




I'm sure that some will dislike these buttons immensely.
We almost went for a bright chatreuse colour, but they only had big buttons in that colour, not smaller ones for the cuffs, so red won.


I disliked the original buttons very much indeed, so these new ones make me very happy!


What do you think?
If you own this blazer, have you kept the original buttons?

More to the point, do the wrong buttons (or other details) bother you to the point that you have to change them?

27 comments:

  1. I have nearly bought that blazer a few times, but resisted (I'm not sure I'd wear it enough?). Love it on you in the purple... and I LOVE the new buttons - totally fab colour and I think it lifts it a notch. Those shiny gold ones were not great, it's made a real change to it I think xx

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    1. The gold ones were very cheap looking! I'm glad you like it.
      I don't wear blazers that often, but they're handy to have in the office to throw on for meetings, and good for Autumn/Spring.

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  2. The red buttons are very you:)
    I probably would have changed them to black,but i am boring that way.

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    1. I so nearly changed them to a very dark grey, but my daughter wouldn't let me do dark!

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  3. You have made me giddily happy - love, love, love these buttons on this coat! Now I need to look at some of mine to make them pop! Love!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I thought you might appreciate the buttons!

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  4. I too replaced the buttons on my schoolboy blazer a few years back. The gold ones are very cheap looking in my opinion. I, however, have the blazer in a dark grey and I chose pewter buttons. Not as bold, I know. But so much happier.

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    1. Pewter would be beautiful on dark grey! And probably a more classic and elegant choice.
      My friend C has a pale grey schoolboy and she chose gunmetal grey and it looked fab!

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  5. Boss. Boss I tells you.
    The red buttons pop just the right amount.
    WIN. xx

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  6. Love the red buttons, great choice!!! I really hate the cheap buttons that J. Crew uses these days. I got the navy schoolboy blazer during last month's promo and my first thought was to replace the buttons.

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    1. I reckon changing the buttons is a good investment if it makes you wear the blazer more.
      I think J Crew's buttons are woeful!

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  7. What a makeover!! I need to rebut on my clothes now :)

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  8. I like the contrast of the red and purple, it works well because the buttons are only subtle. If you wore a red shirt.....now that might be a little too much ha ha. I think the colour really suits you and it's different to the traditional black and blue blazers!

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    1. haha! I'm planning to wear a bright orange shirt with it next week!
      I'll share some pics so you can wince!

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  9. Nice job! Little details make the entire look, IMO. That's why I love shoe so much:)

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    1. Yes, details are what make an outfit interesting, aren't they....

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  10. Wow, the red looks great and it suits you more now. The whole jacket looks more high end now.

    I would never have thought to choose red, but it looks so good.

    I really like how all of you bloggers in Australia (I won't say Australian, because I know you're not), wear so much more colour than we do in Europe or in N. America. My theory is that it's the sun. Even in summer I wear more colour. It's counter intuitive, though, we should be getting all brightened up in winter!

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    1. Thanks Abby, and good to 'see' you!
      I think you're right about bloggers in Australia.
      I'm from London, and when I first moved here, I found it all very bright!
      It took me about 5 years to start wearing colour, but now I am a firm convert to it.
      I feel very blah if I wear too much black (which used to make up about 80% of my wardrobe!)

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    2. Thanks Ruth, it's nice to be around :)

      I love that it took you five years to wear colour! I think I'm going to try to wear more, I'll keep that in mind as I attempt to adjust.

      I was in a pretty big meeting last winter, and I looked around counting the people who were wearing colour. Most were in black or grey, and a few had a very muted colour on. One person had on a green scarf and she looked so cheery compared to everybody else!

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  11. What a great transformation!!!! I own this blazer too, but I've never changed the buttons. Great work!!!

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    1. Thanks Rynetta! I love it so much more now!

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  12. oh, brilliant!

    I have some antique blazer buttons with crests, but have always hesitated to take the plunge and actually sew them on. I'm the only one I know who'd get using a dozen or so different crests, none of which belongs to me. Kind of like the time I needed dining room chairs, and saw a table that resembled mine surrounded by 12 different gothic chairs. That was the look I wanted, a collection lovingly and whimsically assembled over time. The salesmen disabused me of this notion, explaining that each chair was part of a set of 6, 8, 10, or in one case 24. He wouldn't sell me 8 or 10 "samples," so I left, feeling like an uncultured peasant who couldn't remember how to count to 12 chairs.

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    1. Those chairs sound amazing! What a shame you weren't allowed to buy them...
      I love eclectic and mis-matched furniture and tablewear.

      Your buttons sound fabulous and I think you should take the plunge. Who cares what others think?

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  13. Love that bold color. And the buttons really personalize it!!

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  14. I like the color contrast with the new buttons. I've got a navy blazer that I am switching out the buttons on to gold ones - except I've done the bodice buttons but I really don't want to sew all those tiny buttons on the cuffs now, bleh!

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