Monday, March 14, 2016

J. Crew Review: New Arrivals!

Spring arrivals are here and they are really cute. I like the direction that J Crew is headed in although I'm not sure I love gingham quite as much as they do. Here are some things I tried on my most recent visit:

Short-Sleeve Shift Dress in Ornate Lace (size 0)
 It's really fun and the material is rather light (it's lined). I usually take a 0 in these shift dress styles and although that is probably the right call here I did find it a bit tight through the shoulder area (which is unusual for me). The pattern is a bit strong for my personal taste but I love the overall idea of it.

Tipped Sheath Dress in Dotted Jacquard (size 2)
Clearly this is more of a work dress (it's in the suiting section) but oh my goodness I loved it. The fit was so perfect - fitted but skimming and the material feels so good on. The waist hit at exactly the right spot and the piping was a lovely detail. I really love this dress and wish I worked somewhere that would require something like this!

Midi Skirt in Ornate Lace (size 0)
Tippi Striped Sweater with Shoulder Buttons (XS) in Ivory Navy
 I love the ornate lace skirt - there is just enough pleating to provide a little volume without adding any weight. My problem with J Crew skirts right now is that the size 0 is a little tight in the waist and the size 2 (see below) is always a bit big.

 Midi Skirt in Ornate Lace (size 2)
 Close up of the lace detail - it's so pretty! I love a white skirt in the summer - so classic and elegant. I do have this skirt on my wishlist.

Pleated Midi Skirt in Polka Dot (size 0)
 This was surprisingly cute but I've sort of made a promise to myself that I won't do any more elastic waistbands. They are good for making my post-baby tummy comfy but they do not do any wonders for my figure. The drape of the skirt is pretty nice and I would definitely wear it with something over it like in the last pick but not that exact sweater.

 A-Line Midi Skirt in Mirrored Floral (size 0 and 2?)
 This is yet another skirt where I am in between 2 sizes. I do love this print. I was hoping it was a bit more vibrant in person but I think it's actually good that it's a bit more neutral. I was going to keep the Teddie Pant in this pattern but I think I've decided that the Teddie Pant is not for me so perhaps I'll reconsider the skirt. It's too long but I like the overall shape.

  Teddie Pant in Fern (size 2)
 LOVE this color. The regular teddie pant is a lot stretchier than the mirrored floral pant and I actually liked it less. As you can see it shows all the lumps and bumps. The fabric reminds me a bit of my beloved Sloan Pants from BR. The 2 fit okay in the bum but the crotch and waist were funny.

 Teddie Pant in Fern (size 0)
 The size 0 still looks funny in the crotch area but the waist fit well. These are way too tight for my taste though - I feel like you can practically see my veins. It's a shame because this color is amazing.

 Toothpick Jean in Harborside Wash (size 26)
 I almost never try on jeans at J Crew because I usually buy my jeans at TJMaxx. They have so many great designer brands for much less. Tried these on a whim and I loved them! Just the right amount of fading and whiskering and the length is perfect. The material felt very different from J Crew's usual denim and the SA informed me that it is much better and retains its shape better. I usually size up in Toothpicks but these are my usual size and I think that's the right call.

 Colorful Jacquard Striped Skirt (size 0)
 I love the cheery stripes and the fabric. The fringe is a bit out of my comfort zone. I would say this fits slightly large. As I mentioned, I'm really having trouble with the waists of pants and skirts at J Crew right now and this waist fit great. It's really adorable, I would probably take a petite.

I have more reviews coming when I get a moment. I really like a lot of what I see. how about you?

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