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J.Crew describes this top as the following:
Wear it year-round—our classic check print (borrowed from our men's collection) in crisp cotton and tailored just for you. For a looser boyfriend fit, we recommend ordering one size up. Long sleeves. Import. Machine wash.When I first saw this top online, I knew it would be a matter of time before it would be mine. However, I wanted to try it on in-person first. Imagine my surprise to see this top selling-out fast in J.Crew's stores and now wait-listed online (until mid-April) in most sizes and colors. After some searching, I finally was able to track down the Vintage Navy version in size 0.
As far as sizing goes, I find it true to size. But here's the thing... it's true to size in the shoulders and arms, but it is a bit boxy around the body. That is because the shirt is cut as a "looser boyfriend fit". That means it is not fitted like the Perfect Shirts (refer to the "Product Review: Tiny-Buds Perfect Shirt" post as an example). I honestly do not know why J.Crew recommends ordering a size up. I would ignore that suggestion.
Although the shirt is ever-so-slightly boxy, it still looks quite nice on. Especially when the sleeves are rolled up or under a white cardigan.
Another thing about this shirt is the sleeves, which I find to be a little short. Maybe a half-an-inch longer would have made the sleeves the right size. (I should add that my arms are normal length. I never had an issue with sleeve-length with J.Crew's items before.)
As for the fabric... it is standard cotton. Nothing extraordinary about it. It also explains why the starting price point is a bit lower than some of their other button down shirts. The print is a standard cotton check that makes it a timeless piece— usable for seasons to come.
Overall: I like the shirt and I would recommend getting it. Especially if it goes on sale.
Lastly, there are some other reviews & real-life images of this shirt that you should check out if you are considering this shirt:
- GigiOfCa's "J Crew - cotton check shirt" post
- GingerSnap's "Blogger Inspiration- J.Crew Cotton Check Shirt" post
- Patina's "Jcrew's Cotton Check Shirt and Olive Jackie OOTD" post
- RatsOnParade's "OOTD: Field Jacket & Cotton Check Shirt" post