J. Crew’s mounting financial woes and frequent leadership changes finally led it to do the one thing that it previously shunned: reintroduce/recycle old designs. Why it waited this long to open its cavernous vault of past hits eludes me. In any case, I am on board this nostalgia train as I missed out on nearly all of its early-aughts bestsellers.
The “iconic” style that caught my eye immediately is The 2007 Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool Toggle Coat that I know well, having come across archived images of it from the Style Guide on Pinterest. J. Crew made some adjustments to the original design that I am indifferent to, like adding a detachable hood and removing some accent seams.
To keep the price of the coat under $300 (retail is $298), J. Crew is using a version of the “stadium-cloth wool” that is 70% wool and 30% nylon, and slightly thinner than some of my older “stadium-cloth” coats. It’s plenty warm despite the lower wool content, though.
I ordered the style in two colors–“Bright Butternut,” a canary yellow, and “Heather Beige,” which is a beige with pink undertones (it reminds me of my “Dusty Giner” Chateau Parka)–and in my usual size (00P). I thought it ran slightly small and short (though the length may have been intentional). I like my coats to end just above the knee, but this style hits at mid-thigh. While I already have a number of bright yellow coats, the style in Bright Butternut was a keeper for me, though in retrospect I probably should’ve exchanged it for a size in regular length.
(The coat in 00P measures about 30″ in length, and 17.25″ from underarm to underarm, with sleeves that are 22.25″ long.)
|J. Crew The 2007 Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool Toggle Coat || Heather Beige|| Size 00P|
While debating which of the two colors to keep, I decided to play dress up which resulted in some photos. Here are some ideas for how one might wear this coat.
|J. Crew The 2007 Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool Toggle Coat in Heather Beige (size 00P) || Ann Taylor Cable Turtleneck Sweater (past season) || H&M Super Skinny Low Jeans in Dark Gray Denim (size 24/30) || Miu Miu Vitello Lux Large Bow Bag (past season) || Sperry For J.Crew Shearwater Buckle Boots In Colorblock Champagne Pebble (past season)|
|J. Crew The 2007 Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool Toggle Coat in Heather Beige (size 00P) || Zara Contrast Guipure Top in Ecru (size XS) || H&M Faux Leather Pants (past season) | Chanel Medallion Tote || c/o Marc Fisher Aprille High Heel Dress Booties|
|J. Crew The 2007 Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool Toggle Coat in Bright Butternut (size 00P) || Ann Taylor Cropped Cable Sweater (past season) || H&M Super Skinny Low Jeans in Dark Gray Denim (size 24/30) || Sorel Winter Fancy Lace II Warm Waterproof Boots in Elk/Grizzly Bear (also here, here, and here)|
J. Crew is running a 30% off storewide sale this weekend (use code GOSHOP at checkout) so now’s a good time to order this coat if you are interested, as most sizes have started to sell out.
More sale picks: Academy Loafers in Leather, Sweater with Ruffle Sleeves, Gingham car coat, The 2008 Andover Peacoat in Italian Wool, Gingham One-Shoulder Ruffle Top, Button-Front Puff-Sleeve Top, Lady Jacket with Fringe Hem, Tie-Waist Short with Bees, and Field Trench Coat.
p.s. there is a Columbus Day sale roundup scheduled for tomorrow, so check back then if you are looking to shop.