J. Crew's Herringbone Excursion Quilted Vest was at the very very top of my wishlist. It's definitely not an understatement to say that I was feverishly lusting over this vest. To me, it seemed like the perfect fall piece. It would have matched so many things in my closet. I was planning on wearing it with jeans on the weekends and with sweaterdresses or a bright top and kicky black skirt for work (fortunately, my workplace is business casual - emphasis on the casual)
The reality? So not lustworthy. In real life, the herringbone is a black and tan, not black and white as it appears on the J. Crew site. It's printed nylon, not a three dimensional herringbone and it's not sophisticated. It's basically a printed puffer vest. Nothing spectacular and certainly nothing out of the ordinary. You could find a doppelganger for this vest hanging listlessly on the rack at TJ Maxx or Old Navy.
Quality: It was ok. Probably not worth the $128 price tag. As you can see in the picture above, the edges were beginning to fray a bit. I returned the vest, so I cannot comment on whether these little frayed bits would grow, or not.
Fit: Fits exactly the same as the J. Crew quilted vest that I bought last winter. Same fabric, same quilting pattern, same exact fit. I compared it to my vest from 2011 and it's an exact carbon copy.