Tuesday, January 20, 2015

J Crew Review: 2 new arrivals and some Reid Jeans

I keep on checking out the J Crew sale section like some poor puppy hoping for a special treat. The same old stuff has just been hanging around for so long! At this point my goal is not to be sucked in by rock bottom prices. I'm doing okay with that. I did cave and purchase this sweater for about $34 in store and I'm not regretting it. I'm not saying it's the most fashion forward piece ever but it is so comfortable and cozy and can be thrown on over anything. I actually wore it as my coat yesterday. Loving it.

Merino Wool Tippi Sweater in Heather Lavendar (size XS)
In all honesty, I thought this was the Tilly and wanted to give it a try. It's not. I'm not a huge fan of the tippis - 3/4 sleeves get boring and I really don't like the neckline. Too high and too thick. I know I am in the minority here but it's just not my favorite silhouette. Plus, I find it runs a bit small. Do LOVE this color though.

Sequin-Trim Sweatshirt in Heather Grey (size XXS)
The XXS basically fit fine but was a little snug.The fabric is sort of stiff so it didn't feel super comfortable. I supposed it's fine as sweatshirts go but the drop shoulders, stiff fabric and high neck made for an unexciting piece.

Reid Jean in Classic Rinse (size 26)
These have a lot of mixed reviews online. I wish I could have tried on the size 27 to compare. I'm still holding on to about 5 post-pregnancy pounds. Overall I think they are quite nice and they feel stiff enough that I don't think they are going to bag out by the end of the day. I'm generally not a fan of slightly higher rises but I'm starting to feel differently about that now that I have a little belly bulge to hide. They are way too long so I will probably have to take them to the tailor. They are full price online and were mismarked in store. After the 50% and my educator discount I think they were around $21.

Tuxedo Pant in Retro Floral (size 2)
I wish I liked the print better because the style is really great. This style of pant can be a hard sell but these fit beautifully. Very comfortable, good length, not too baggy or saggy in the crotch or legs. Maybe they will do these again in a print that I like more.

Reid Jean in Black Wash (size 27)
These have a totally different feel than the classic rinse. Much softer and bigger. I know I'm trying on a size up but even so they ran big.

Reid Jean in Traction Wash (size 26)
I thought these were quite cute. I can't really hop on board the whole destroyed denim train so I passed but these are subtle enough.

For now I may be taking a break from J Crew until I see some fun and fabulous spring stuff! Come on liberty prints! Come on beautiful printed pencil skirts (where oh where have these gone in recent years?)


  1. Thanks for your reviews. I haven't been to a store to try on things in a while, only to do quick returns and go back to work. I agree with you re: Tippi sweater. I have lots of them but don't find myself reaching for them. The XS is usually too small in the shoulders on me so I size up to S and it's too big in the body and looks terrible. Didn't stop me from accumulating a ton of them on super sale, though. No more - I am doing pretty good this year and hope I can stick to it like you and not let the low prices tempt me.

    1. Glad to hear someone else not loving the Tippis. I am trying my best to avoid the "it's so darn cheap" trap. I have not perfected the ability to say no yet but I am getting better. I think just being aware of it as a habit is the first place to start!

  2. Same experience with the Reid classic rinse - smaller and less giving than the Traction or Macaye washes. And they're all too long on me too. Thanks as always for the reviews!

    1. Glad it wasn't just me. You're welcome for the reviews!

  3. I like the look of the Reid classic wash on you and I love the tuxedo pant but then again I am a crazy pants gal! You look fab to have just had a baby! Congrats.

    1. Thanks, Shopping Celle! I'm getting there. Once I actually get the baby to sleep I will be able to devote more time to baby recovery! The tuxedo pants are really spot on. I also like crazy prints this one just isn't my absolute favorite. Overall they are lovely and actually flattering!