Monday, April 27, 2015

Madewell Reviews: Embroidered V-Neck Top and Marled Button-Back Sweater

I fall in and out of love with Madewell. The IDEA of Madewell is appearing - laid back, cool, slouchy but skimming the body just right. A lot of the "drapiness" ends up looking like "dumpiness" on my body and sometimes I wonder who the clothes were intended for. Maybe a younger jetset? Nonetheless, I can always find a few things to love and who doesn't love their current 40% off sale promo? Here are a few things I recently tried:

Embroidered V-Neck Top (size XS) in Bleached Linen
 This is an "I love the idea of this top" top. There's nothing particuarly wrong with it I just didn't love it and I'm trying to get better about loving what I buy. The embroidery is quite cute and I like the hem. It felt slightly low cut in the front.

 Embroidered V-Neck Top (XS) in Dark Plum
 Same shirt in the dark plum color which I didn't like as much. It read more muddy brownish then purply/burgundy-ish.

 Embroidered V-Neck Top (XXS0 in Dark Plum
 I'm not sure if smaller is better in this case. It provided a little more shape but I'm not sure this kind of shirt is supposed to have much shape. On the up side, the cotton was soft and thicker than most little t-shirts and I appreciated that.

 Marled Button-Back Sweater (XS) (find it here and here as well)

 This is slouchy Madewell done well. So cute soft and comfortable. I'm a bit concerned about the extra material under my arms so I ordered the XXS to compare. I'll review that when it comes in. Love the little hem and the buttons down the back. Just a cute casual piece at a decent price point.

Did you grab anything during the 40% off sale?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

J. Crew Review: Perforated Drapey Crepe Dress

Spring is almost, sort of, finally here and I am just getting ready to say hello to spring clothes! There's nothing I like more than walking into one of my favorite stores and seeing all the fresh new colors. While this neon persimmon color is a bit out of my comfort zone, it did make me want to go sit on the veranda (like we have one, ha) and sip a cocktail.

Perforated Drapey Crepe Dress (size 2)
 I would definitely throw a belt on with this. Those elastic waistbands don't do anyone any favors. Check out the model shot - even she could use some extra waist definition. The armholes are a bit gaping but I didn't mind on this style of dress. I will say there is something that feels cool about this piece.

 The left shot is the "Gigi heels"shot. I never think to bring heels with me to try-ons but I did learn the trick of pretending like I have them on. Gigi does this in most of her reviews and it's amazing how a little heel height can really change the fit of a garment. There are pockets that don't add bulk on this one - yay. It is slightly low cut so perhaps not work appropriate without a cami but everything else is pretty subdued. I REALLY like this dress but am not loving the colors. Black is sort of boring, the walnut color I have not seen IRL, and this color is a bit too bold. Plus it is constantly sold out online and not on sale. What's a girl to do?

Have you tried on this dress? What do you think?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Madewell Reviews: Spring Dresses and more

I haven't been to Madewell in forever. I love their slouchy casual vibe but that's totally working for me right now. While I still transition back to my normal pre-baby body (ha ha is there such a thing?) I'm preferring more streamlined silhouettes and a preppier vibe. I was, however, quite thrilled to catch my all time favorite printed denim in a bigger size the other day. Have no idea what these jeans are doing back on the website since they originally came out a year and a half ago but I'll take it.

They were still running extra 30% off sale in store so it is definitely worth poking around.

Silk Two-Piece Dress in Woodcut Paisley (size 2)
 I knew this would be a disaster on me but was curious anyway. This blousy top over dress silhouette has become popular but is not a great match for my body type. I didn't even mind the front view SO much but the side view was pretty preggorific.

The back is a cute detail but not for those of us who have to wear majorly supportive bras. At all times.

 Button-Down Shirtdress (XS)
 I loved this. It felt so good on - comfy and yet with a slim enough shape. It is a bit transparent but I would happily wear flesh-toned underwear and a cami underneath. I almost walked out with this but couldn't help think I looked a little too much like a nurse or lab technician in it.

 Pockets in the right place - no bulk added. Yahoo! What do you think of this one?

 Vista Shirtdress in Colorblock (XS)
Wanted to love this and it is quite cute overall. Crisp cotton. What was weird is that it was really tight across the chest and then HUGE at the hips. The pockets were sticking out and I can't even comment on the area around my bum in the side view. Perhaps would work on the less busty?

 Sleeveless Tee Dress in Stripe (XS)

 They basically had this same dress last year but just in the grey. I love it. So comfortable but doesn't look dumpy, easy cheesy could wear it to park or work. It's way too expensive right now but I think I will have to invest in it if it doesn't go on sale. I'm lifting my arm up to show you that there is a bit of bra exposure but nothing too terible.

 Trelliswork Eyelet Skirt in White Eyelet (Size S)
 This type of skirt is really popular right now. There are a few over at Anthropologie including this one that I have been wanting to try on. This was a size bigger than my usual and I could barely keep it up. Seems like it would add a bit too much bulk around my hips and waist. I would much rather try this one at Madewell.

 Alley Straight Jeans in Raw Wash (size 27)
 I had been curious about the Alley Straight and overall I like them. Medium rises seem to be really in right now but they don't work on me. I'm really short-waisted and I always get that pulling at the crotch (see photo #1) when I try to make it work. Overall the silhouette was nice and no waist gap! These are pretty slim for a straight fit which I like.

Some cute stuff right now. What do you think of the Button-Down Shirtdress? Debating that one!

Monday, April 6, 2015

J. Crew Review: Pleat-front Mini Skirt

Ok. I have really wanted to get excited about something at J Crew - and I think I have finally found something! The reviews of this skirt are pretty mixed online but a lot of the complaining is about the length (at 5'4" it's perfect on me). The exposed zipper is not my fave but overall I think this skirt is a winner. Wish it came in other colors. Can't do neon green, black is a bit blah and this pink is leaning a bit towards pepto.

Pleat-front Mini Skirt (size 2) in Petal Pink
 The skirt is a fairly heavy weight but I really appreciated that. I think it helps the pleats to lay flatter. This style is really hit or miss on me but I wanted to give it a try. The exposed zip is blah de blah but the cute little box pleats are working.

 Pockets that don't add bulk, yippee!

 I think this skirt runs a bit big which is saying a lot since I'm still holding onto 5-7 pregnancy pounds and my waist is certainly not at its best. I'm trying to show that the waist is sagging down a bit in the left hand picture making the butt stick out a bit (duck butt as my mom used to call it. Nice). When I pinched the waist in a bit the skirt lay flatter in the front and back (RH pic). So, I think I would like to try a size 0 in this skirt (one size down).

Overall I think it is adorable and short enough to be cute without being inappropriate for work.

What do you think?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I bought this so you didn't have to: J. Crew Blurred Ikat Drapey Pant

I have been eyeballing these pants in the sale section FOREVER. I just didn't want to risk it with final sale. Well, the 50% on them has gone away but so has the final sale so I decided to try.

Blurred Ikat Drapey Pant (size 2)

 I normally would not be drawn to this print but I really like it on the pant. Sort of fun and cool without drawing too much attention.  These do the same things that the Dutch Floral Pants did - create a little pouf on the front thigh (see 2nd photo). The pleating is done in an odd way although it didn't find it TOO terrible. Length is good if you are going for the pajama-y versus ankle pant look. Nice elastic waist in back but flat in front. LINED. What? Yes lined.

 Blurred Ikat Drapey Pant (Size 0)

 The size 0 (one size down) definitely fit better and helped in the pleating department. I'm trying to show that the side view is not quite as funky but it does still get a little "crotchy" as you move. I wish they had made these out of the same material as a Martie or the Dutch Floral pant. They are a really lightweight (read: static-y) polyester that feels like a fake silk. I'm just worried they'd always be sticking to me, especially in winter.
A lot of reviewers mentioned tight calves but I didn't notice this at all. When I bent down in a squat there is a bit of snugness because of the lack of give in the fabric but that's all I noticed.

Overall these are cute but I have to debate a) whether I need them b) if the fabric is going to drive me nutty and c) if they look good even with the slight pleating bagginess in front.

What do you think?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

J. Crew Review: Spring New Arrivals!

It's amazing how one day of warmer weather and melted snow will change your spirits. Ahh... it was so nice to be outside and have a light jacket on, and sun on my face! My poor baby barely knows what the outdoors is at this point. I took her to the library the other day and I think it almost blew her mind - she pretty much knows the inside of our car and the four walls of our house :)

Anyway - J Crew was certainly reflecting spring and I think they are starting to do some things right!

Photo Floral Tank Top (XS)
I was immediately drawn to this top in the most recent rollout. It's very cute but the pink is rather blah with my skin tone. The fit is right on in my usual XS. Liked a lot but would prefer on someone with a darker skin color.

 Indigo Stripe Floral Baseball Tee (S)
Love a good baseball tee. This one is fine and onsale but nothing to get excited about. Somehow felt the floral stripe section added weight to my arms.

Same tee, different name, grey. I would probably take an XS in this (my usual size) in anticipation of the eventual weaning and return of normal bosoms. I liked it a bit better in grey.

 Aquatic Floral Silk Dress (size 4)
Ok. So this is absolutely lovely. The silk feels REALLY nice and the colors are so sweet - slightly minty. I'm almost sure this was a size 4 and it fit perfectly in the waist and bust which means this dress might run slightly small in the waist but probably fairly big in the chest. The neckline is perfect and the waist hit me exactly at the right spot. This dress is really special and would be great for a summer wedding/event/cocktail party whatever. I am not personally so drawn to the print but if you are this dress is fabulous!

 Double-Stripe Cap-Sleeve Dress in Black Natural (size 2)
This dress is more my personal style. It is very snug in my usual size 2 but I think that's the unrehabbed abs and breastfeeding talking. I think it's super cute and I even like the slightly longer length. The little cap sleeves were adorable. The material had a nice linen-y feel to it but not thin at all.

 Martie Pant (size 2)
My other pictures of these got messed up. This are great. I don't feel like they are like the minnies at all - they are fitted but not TIGHT like the minnies are on me. Very flattering. They are not quite a match for me at this point in my pregnancy recovery because they have a small waistband and that is not working for my mummy tummy. There is also a bit of extra material in the crotch area which I am finding with lots of pants right now. Not sure if it's me or them. Ha ha.

Striped Side-Zip Tee Dress (XS and S)

Size XS above. Size S on the left. I soooo wanted this dress to work. The Xs felt a little snug for this type of dress. The S did weird things along the zipper line. It's like the dress needs to be a little tight so the zipper doesn't bulge out along the side. On the right I am trying it as a slightly unzipped tunic. Me no likey.

XS again. I love the shoulder detail but that darn zipper kept on bulging a bit. Plus the snugness. Plus that zipper is heavy and COLD. I knew I wouldn't reach for it in my closet. Why couldn't they do this but with small zippers like the maritime dress. Boo.

I also tried on a really lovely skirt but my computer didn't want to download the images. I'll try again and post later.

Anything from the most recent rollout that you are loving?