Originally Posted by dunelly
tell me about the cadet jacket robert
i need a lightweight jacket to replace my hoody. How was the faded black, goes with jeans/chinos?
The faded black color goes very well with both jeans and chinos. My store didn't carry the tan color, though I feel that that one would be harder to match with pants. I personally like the faded black color (I have the fatigue jacket in faded black too, though that one seems to be even more faded along the edges than the cadet jacket). The cadet jacket fits a lot better in the torso and the sleeves (though J Crew winter jackets tend to fit larger).
The cadet jacket is kind of frayed along the edges, and has a sort of broken in look to it. Each one seems to be frayed differently too, because I saw one that was more frayed along the corduroy collar than the one that I bought.
My store carried the new utility jacket in a dark brown/dark khaki color. I tried it on, and there didn't seem to be any difference in fit between it and the cadet jacket (it might have been a tad bit wider in the waist area). I don't own any of J Crew's utility jackets, though I'm sure they are a good choice too.