Thursday, August 8, 2013

Herringbone excursion vest @ J. Crew Factory

Thanks to the wonderful bloggers who post on J. Crew Aficionado, I was "in the loop" about the J. Crew Factory Herringbone excursion vest. (Note: This item is currently not available on the Factory website.)

I missed out on the retail version of this vest last year. After it was sold out, it seemed I saw it everywhere. I wasn't paying eBay "gouger" prices, so I was prepared to live life without it.... until it showed up at the Factory! As I've mentioned on this blog before, it seems to be a trend that Factory is offering more nearly identical versions of last season's most popular clothing. Last week I bought my French Hen sweater (see earlier post)
As far as I can tell the Herringbone vest is nearly identical to the retail version (there might be slight nuances but I don't have both vests in front of me to compare.) I think it will make a versatile addition to my wardrobe. I bought two excursion vests from Factory last year and I think I got a lot of use out of them. I expect I will continue to use them this coming season.

I'm glad I ran out and got the Herringbone vest the other day because while there, I saw two behind the counter with "on hold" tags on them. According to JCA posts, the vests seem to be going fast at other Factory locations. In case you are wondering, the vest was $108 minus $10 promotion on vests. I also was able to use my educator discount and my J. Crew card rewards, so it was nearly free.  I am trying to limit my retail shopping for the rest of the summer, so I was extra happy about that!

What do you think of this vest? Do you already have the retail version? Will you buy this Factory version? Do you love or hate excursion vests?


  1. Thank you so much for this heads-up! I ran right out to the store and there was only one left - in my size. I snatched it right up and can't wait to wear it this weekend.

  2. In my Factory store the vests were moving fast so I am happy this worked out for you! I was happy to have a good reason to use my reward so I'm happy to say my vest was practically free!

    Thanks for being here.

  3. I love this vest! I'm so glad you got to find one in your size! I was lucky enough to grab one at my local factory store too. I featured a look on my blog. I'd love to see how you would style this vest!


    1. I noticed that the item seems to have magically "resurfaced" at my local factory, though not in every size. I'm glad I bought it when I did. At this time I don't post photos of how I style outfits, but I generally wear this with any colored long-sleeved top with jeans. I've also seen other women wear it with Chambray.

  4. I know this thread is old but if someone could comment on the quality and fabric of the vest, I would appreciate that. Is the J.Crew Factory vest made out of the textured "Herringbone" material? Or is it a digital print that feels plastic-y.