Fall 2007 is all about practicality with Balenciaga. Sensible, functional separates were sent down that runway—and for once, one could almost(/kind of) justify buying a clothing item priced in the four-digit range.
Some of the biggest standout hits of the show included these fitted blazers with high-contrast trim, pictured left. And luckily, J. Crew (seriously: J. Crew) has come up with their own versions of these prep school designs gone high fashion in a variety of colors. Their double-faced wool Lexington jacket (pictured right) is the perfect solution to you not blowing that month's pay on a fall/winter statement piece.
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Dress it up or dress it down (just be sure to layer heavily if you want to avoid looking uh, too J. Crew)—the jacket hits at the hip, has that same contrast piping, flap pockets, is fully lined and even features cute, little hand-painted buttons. Not tooooo bad for $250.