It’s finally starting to feel like fall in our neighborhood! The weather has cooled to the 60s and the leaves are slooooowly but surely starting to turn orange. I take this as a sign that it is now more appropriate to start talking about lovely, warm fall things like outerwear, sweaters, boots, and flannel. (Two fall things I won’t talk about? Pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin beers. Just no.)
Anyways, speaking of flannel: I was excited to see that J. Crew came out with a grey flannel version of their popular excursion quilted down vest this season. After being sized out of the regular-sized excursion vest from last year (see my review of it here), I was also happy to find that sizing has now been extended to petites. So how does this year’s petite excursion vest fare? Let’s see…
First off, some IRL photos of the excursion quilted vest in flannel:
I initially wasn’t sure about what size to order since current reviews of the regular-sized vest on jcrew.com describe it as running large on average. After chatting with customer service about measurements, I ended up ordering the PXXXS since the chest circumference is closest to what I usually wear for outerwear.
Here is a comparison of the PXXXS, PXXS, and PXS measurements for quick reference:
|Size PXXXS||Size PXXS||Size PXS|
|Sweep circumference (bottom of vest)||34″||35″||37″|
|Front body length (from highest point of shoulders)||22.25″||22.25″||22.875″|
|Center back length||22.75″||22.75″||23.375″|
In comparison, the approximate measurements of regular size XXS from last year were: front length 23.5″, back length 28.5″, across shoulders 13.5″, chest circumference 36″.
The vest is lightweight with a down-filled wool/poly/Lycra composition. Navy-colored poly fully lines the inside. The grey (“heather graphite”) flannel is soft to the touch, but not so soft that I would worry about it wearing out quickly or pilling. Compared to the original excursion quilted down vest, the quilting on this flannel version looks visibly less puffy. This could be due to differences in the exterior fabric and the filling. Similar to the original excursion vest, this version has gold snap buttons and a zipper. There are also openings on the sides of the flap pockets for comfortable hand tucking. All of the pockets are lined in navy.
For reference, my measurements are here. This is what the vest looks like on:
For comparison purposes, here is what the vest in regular XXS looks like on:
The overall silhouette of the vest is boxy but noticeably slimmer than the regular XXS that I tried on last year. The vest is not fitted; there is enough room that I could comfortably wear a medium-weight sweater and button-up shirt underneath. The front of the vest hits at the hips and the back is slightly longer. I think the petite sizing makes a difference here especially with scaling of the arm holes– with regular sizing I found the arm holes to be too large, leaving a bigger gap above the bust and “puff” of extra fabric in the back.
The Upshot: If you were sized out of the excursion vest in the past, I think the petite version is worth a try. I like the simple hardware and design of this vest and the heather graphite flannel is a nice neutral color that will match most of my fall/winter wardrobe. Despite this, I’m skeptical about how much warmth this layer will actually offer beyond the current transitional weather, since the vest feels pretty lightweight overall. Only time will tell!