Thursday, May 19, 2011

JCA "Help Style Me!" Weekly Post

This is the weekly "Help Style Me!" post, where we can share items we are having trouble putting outfits together with. Elaine (in this post) says it best, "You know, that thing you bought because you love it and you keep pulling it out and then putting it away without wearing it?"

Please share your J.Crew item (either that you own or are thinking about getting) that you would love help creating an outfit with.

Also, please help out by offering your styling advice. Feel free to include links to your blog (where you incorporated that piece) or to Polyvore (where you showcased an outfit with that piece). Thanks in advance! :)


  1. I am not sure where to post this, but I find this a little hard to believe. I just scored a pair of
    Gibson suede lace-up platform heels in tuscan olive on ebay. J crew has been sold out of my size online for quite a while, so I decided to browse ebay. I got them for $79.00 and free shipping and the seller has 100% feedback (1500 + items sold). I am not sure how to feel about this, I guess I won't believe it until I see them!

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  3. Stene, I bought black Gibson heels on eBay for a strangely low amount and I too was wary, but when they arrived they were absolutely perfect. Not a single flaw. Later I bought the grey color from J Crew for more $$ (thankfully with a 30% off promo) and they have a faint smudge on the toe! I hope your olive ones are perfect. Also, not sure if you've ever had these shoes on your feet but I think they look better on feet than in J Crew's product pictures, they are extremely flattering.

  4. Has anyone ever seen the Emellines in a catalog picture or on the J Crew web site shown on a model? My "moment of clarity" this morning at 4:45am which convinced me to return them (since I also have the aged driftwood color) melted away into googly eyed dreaminess when I looked at them again later. :) But I really cannot allow myself to own a pair of shoes at that price just to look at them and never wear them. They are beauties though, that's for sure. Anyway, any leads are much appreciated.

  5. I just bought the v-neck Costine sweater in mustard yellow from a clothing outlet--size S, which fits pretty large on me, but the cotton is great quality.

    But why is a 100% cotton sweater labeled as dry clean only? If I WANT it to shrink down a size, is it OK to machine wash and dry? Anyone have experience? It's Crew, not Factory (no dots on the label), and Costine is what came up when I Googled the style number.

    I'm also a little stumped about how to wear it, other than with jeans/sweats. This is literally the only piece of yellow clothing, aside from free org-related t-shirts, that I own... I bought it for $4, so why not. Right now I'm pairing it with a black and white striped cami (since the v-neck is very low) and navy sweats for a super-casual look, but I don't know if the oversized look works for dressing it up a bit.

  6. Keix, I would try the dryer shrink first. If you shrink in the washer you don't have any control. At least with the dryer you can check periodically and stop when it's the right size. In my experience cotton doesn't shrink nearly as well as wool, but the dry clean label might actually be a good sign that this sweater WILL shrink. Even more reason to start with dryer-only.

    You could probably wear the Costine with a pencil or a-line skirt, maybe with a low-slung belt added on top since the sweater is long. Or if the Costine is thin, just tuck it in.

    As for colors, if the Costine is in a mossy-oak or curry type color it might be tough to make it work for spring. But if it's a little lighter than that, in addition to navy I think a medium grey bottom would look nice. And if the Costine is pale enough you might also be able to pair it with a pale pink or mauve or chambray blue bottom.

  7. Thanks Tamara! I didn`t think of just shrinking it straightaway in the dryer without washing.

  8. Oh, you'll have to get it wet to shrink it in the dryer. You could just handwash it, then pop it in the dryer and take it out frequently to check. Sorry if I didn't make that clear. Let us know what happens if you do it! I routinely shrink wool and have done linen, but not cotton. Not intentionally at least. :)


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