Tuesday, January 8, 2013

J.Crew Reviews {straight from the JCAs!}

This is the weekly "J.Crew Reviews {straight from the JCAs}" post, to help each other share our reviews.

So if you have recently purchased, or stopped by a J.Crew store to try on an item (or two) from J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Also, this request is not just limited to clothes. Please feel free to discuss bags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, etc.

In particular, if you could mention a few of the noteworthy details like fit, size, fabric, and the like— that would be fantastic! Thanks in advance! :)

108 comments:

  1. Hi!! I finally just received my order today, even though I ordered on the 27th.
    I ordered the JULES DRESS IN SCROLL PRINT item 38169, the LONG NO. 2 PENCIL SKIRT IN SCROLL PRINT item 37259, and the Shoreline-stripe dress is kelly green item 83380 (because I couldn't resist the low price).
    I ordered both of the scroll print items, because I was hoping to like one item better than the other, but after trying them on, I am having a hard time deciding. I was sure that I was going to like the dress better, but I really like the skirt too. The skirt is really long, however I would wear it higher so to me it is not that long. I really like the print on the cotton, the colors are very rich and a little bit more pronounced than in the dress. And the cotton almost feels like a cotton sateen (which it should for the price). However, the dress is very cute. I do not have a Jules style dress, so fit wise I can't compare styles. I am usually between sizes, and I went with the larger size and I'm glad I did because it is a little more roomier, because with this style I feel like you do not want it to be tight anywhere. It is quite short, being 5'8 it is probably as short as I would go without tights (vegas outfits excluded). I love the detail of the side pocket. I do wish on the dress that the print started a little earlier, as the top 8ish inches are all yellow, but with my J.Crew Crystal and Pearl Pastiche Necklace from 2009, it is just perfect. Btw, that necklace is my favorite and I get complements on it all the time. Hope this helps our someone, let me know if you have other questions.

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    1. I too ordered the scroll print dress and skirt and both came in today. While I had every intention of keeping both, the dress will be going back. It simply does not fit well - I'm a size 4 and the dress does not appear to be very well cut for a shift - it's neither too big or too small it's just not flattering. In addition the fabric is very thin and flimsy which IMO does not work well in a shift - something with more structure( like the skirt fabric ) would have been much better. The skirt on the other hand is gorgeous - I'm 5'6 and the length is very flattering - makes my waist look tiny!!! Plus the material feels expensive - this one is definitely a keeper!

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  2. Also, btw the Shoreline-stripe dress is kelly green item 83380 is horribly big, just moomoo style. gross

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  3. Happy New Year JCAs!!

    I posted a review here on the Wool Flannel Schoolboy Blazer, Midnight Tweed Jacket, Lustre Lace Mockneck, Colorblock Top in Stripe, and Honeycomb Wool Sweater Jacket. In the same post there are also a few items from the Banana Republic sale.

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  4. Collection pencil skirt in rush hour here.

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  5. I recently bought the sterling skirt in double serge wool. I think they are still on the sale menu. Size wise I would say they true to size to ever so slightly large J.Crew. Loved the colours: retro jade and heather acorn. Size compared to anything else who knows. With the vanity sizing going on some retailers will soon have start using decimals. l think the slubtle a-line cut flatters my frame which I would succinctly decribe as short waisted, slim hourglass with chuncky arms and legs. May final sales be short lived and promotions abundant in 2013.

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  6. Reviews of some new arrivals,including the merino boyfriend sweater on my blog,here.

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  7. Review chiffon blouse in soft fuchsia, romance pink herringbone cafe capris, bling bling cardi in deep violet, deep violet crepe skirt and currant/grey houndstooth scarf. Oh and the wildcat violet bracelet. The violets are a perfect match for the mirror tshirt and I loved the capris so much I am now searching for matching schoolboy!

    http://onecantgetoverthehabit.blogspot.ca/2013/01/j-crew-reviews-ups-man-cometh-and-last.html?m=1#comment-form

    Have a great day!

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  8. I ordered both the double cloth slim trench in caribbean pink and the double cloth lady day in golden sun and just received them yesterday. Thankfully, as both were final sale, both are lovely. Both run similarly, TTS but slightly slimmer. Not enough for me to vary from my normal sizing.

    The slim trench pink is, as AJC said in her great review at the beginning of the season, a very flattering pink, soft and muted without being too sweet. I personally don't like belts on coats, and this is the only thing I was worried about. Fortunately, there are only two belt loops, both on the back, so the coat can be worn w/o the belt, and it looks a lot like a car coat version of the lady day. I removed the belt loops, very carefully with a seam ripper, and it looks totally pristine. After discounts, this was about $120.

    The lady day fits as my older lady days do; I find the fit very clean and flattering. The yellow is a great, warm yellow although somewhat sunnier than the yellow peacoat from last year, which was more of a saffron (also gorgeous). After discounts, this was about $100. Totally worth the price, for both.

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    1. Audrey
      You and I must have the same taste because I bought the same two coats too! I received the golden sun lady day coat yesterday and thought the color had a bit of neony green undertone. Nonetheless, I am happy with the fit. I bought the slim trench in navy via eBay and paid $120 more than you. Navy was sold out online.... I have yet to try on this coat but liked the look so I took a gamble. A question for you: what color handbag do you think would go well with the golden sun coat?

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    2. This shape is definitely my favorite of the JC coats -- I love that it is shaped and not boxy.

      Funny, I did not see the golden sun as having green undertones until you mentioned it -- and I can definitely see it (and don't really like it) when I hold the coat next to a lime green handbag I have. It is an unusual color, but that's what I love about the JC coats. I think it looks great with navy, red, any bright colors -- cobalt, pink, orange -- and it looks okay with silver, but IMO, it does not look good with gold or with green, both of which seem to bring out that green undertone... Yay, definitely looking forward to wearing these.

      And, after you mentioned it, I took a look and was able to grab the trench in navy in my size! I swore NO MORE COATS at the beginning of the season, but these are just too hard to resist....

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  9. Received two final sale gambles yesterday and happily, both were keepers!

    The cashmere cable sweater was my first purchase - I had tried it on in store but they were still regular price and the sales staff refused to match the online sale price with additional 30% off, so I had to order online. I got the heather poppy in size Small, my usual sweater size. The colour is really pretty - a bright true red. It's a looser weave than the usual cashmere sweater so it may be a little snag prone but for the colour and the price, I can live with it.

    My next gamble was the metallic trim ballet pumps. After being burned so many times with final sale, I have been really leery of buying anything I can't try on but these looked so pretty and the price had dropped to 50% before the discount, so I figured they were worth a shot. Luckily worked out and they are excellent - all leather construction and fits TTS (I took my usual size 7.5 and it is the same as my other JC flats). I love the contrast metallic trim against the inky black suede, it really dresses up what would otherwise be a plain black flat shoe.

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  11. Does anyone have J. Crew's "Laundress for New York" cashmere comb (#39237 for $18) or cashmere brush (#12350 for $60)? Do they work? Are they worth it? Or is there a better product to care for cashmere pills? My cashmere isn't pilling but I expect it will with more wear.

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    1. I'd love to know the answer to this as well cate! I've been eyeing those 2 products for the last year every time I buy yet another cashmere sweater :D

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    2. I have the cashmere comb. It does a good job of removing pills, and you can use it on even delicate items.

      I also have an electric sweater shaver that I would not really recommend unless you are extremely careful. I thought I was, until I cut a hole in one of my favorite cashmere sweaters :( But it is still used on heavy duty sweaters. For everything else, I use the Laundress comb. It is tedious if there is a great deal of pilling, but the end results are worth the trouble!

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    3. I have the comb and the wash from the Laundress. I really enjoy the comb and think it does a great job without causing the damage that an electric shaver would. Also FYI if you are not in a rush - I believe RueLaLa is having The Laundress at some point this week. I bought my items the last time they did a deal with The Laundress - I think it was $50 for a $100 gift card so I splurged and bought a ton of sweater care items. Something to think about!

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    4. Thanks so much J.CrewJD & frugalprepster! I am not in a rush, but I don't know how RueLaLa works so I'll have to take a look. I'm glad to hear the comb works well because it's so much cheaper than the brush. Ingrid Jones, hope you have good luck with whatever you try!

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    5. frugalprepster, thank you for posting about the Laundress deal. It is tomorrow! Looking forward to checking it out.

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    6. I love the comb and use it on all my sweaters. I was going to buy more combs and give them away as stocking stuffers. If you have pills on your sweaters it's a must-have. I also have used the Laundress cashmere sweater wash to wash my JC cashmere and woollens on the gentle cycle. It did not cause any shrinking.

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    7. I use a Remington handheld pill shaver. It's battery operated and I love it. I think it was $6 on Amazon. I was all Our cashmere and wool knits, plus my hand knits and lingerie in Eucalan non rinse wool wash. It is very affordable and the results are fantastic. It is marketed to knitters. I buy it in Joann.com. I buy a gallon, which lasts forever, but smaller bottles last a long time and are very economical. I stacked coupons and got a gallon of Eucalan for $35, shipped, which was great. No shrinking, no fading, no stretching. It's wonderful stuff.

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  12. Can someone post how the MACKINTOSH® ROUSAY TATTERSALL COAT IN WOOL sizes/fits? I've seen a few posted from right after Christmas saying a few people ordered it, but haven't been able to find any IRL reviews. I love the look of the coat but want to make sure I know what to look for on pop-back and go with an XS or a S (I'm usually a 2 or 4, XS or S depending on the cut). Thank you!

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    1. Ingrid, I was one who posted I ordered it. I take an XS or 2 in all jcrew tops. I bought the XS in this and it fits perfect and I think would have the little room you might need. Its not really fitted and it also doesn't just hang. It has a great shape to it. I think the pic on the model makes it look big. IMO, it's even nicer in person and I will be keeping it. For some reason it doesn't show up final sale. It didn't when I ordered too..nothing on the email or on the packing slip. So you could order and try it. Hope that helps!

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    2. Thanks kms423! I missed my chance today - but now I know what I should buy - hope it pops back again!

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  13. Bought a few things on FS+30% off Promo last week:

    Boy Shirt in Neon Gingham, Neon Pink. Size 8, fits TTS. They're not kidding with the "neon" part, it's as bright as a highlighter. BUT the pink is broken up by the gingham print so it's not obnoxious, and I thought it was very flattering with my coloring. The thing I love the most about it is its thickness - it's thicker and softer than the Snowcat Boy Shirt and I can already tell that I'm going to wear it a million times for Spring/Summer. Crazy good deal at $24.49.

    Trompe l'oeil Lace Blouse. Size 8, fits TTS. I love this blouse. The print is gorgeous, it's so comfortable to wear and the silk drapes beautifully. It's lined and doesn't need a cami underneath, but both layers are thin so wear a nude bra unless you're trying to make a statement. Gigi reviewed it on her blog and the lace stripe was wonky in front, but mine doesn't have that issue so maybe it was a one-off. I wore it to a baby shower with black skinny jeans and it was a hit, plus it will be perfect for work with trousers and pencil skirts.

    Denim Short in Faded Indigo. Size 29, fits SMALL. Here is the online copy for this short: "A soft, slouchy short made of cotton denim." Seems like that might indicate that they have a relaxed fit, right? I usually wear a 28 and I wanted them to sit low and loose on my hips so I sized up to a 29. FYI: they are neither soft nor slouchy. The 29 fits but they definitely have that "new jean" stiffness and fit like a pair of regular shorts. To get the fit I really wanted, I should have sized up to a 30, but they should relax over time since they are 100% cotton. I like the length and the color of the wash is perfect, so I'm going to keep them, but I might have to take them down to the river and beat them against some wet rocks to soften them up!

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    1. Whitney, I have a couple pairs of the denim shorts I bought last year and I wore them all the time. They stretch out like crazy when I wear them. My pair was soft to begin with (wonder if they changed fabrics this year?) and they definitely get relaxed and slouchy as they stretch out.

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    2. That's good news! These guys could practically stand up on their own right now, haha. Am going to wash them and wear them around the house for a bit while they're damp to speed up the process a little.

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    3. Ok, so I'm wondering what size I should try in these. I had a sz. 30 in my online shopping cart, but am wondering if that's the wrong size. I need shorts for our spring vacay to FL! I'm wearing sz. 8 Minnies now (although maybe they are a little big?) and a sz. 8 in JC button down shirts, although the slip over tops (i.e. Chiffon Dot Top) fit me better in sz. 6. But I don't think I could wear sz. 29 JC denim. I've recently lost a lot of weight and really don't have all my new sizing down correctly. I'm wearing sz. 29 or 30 in Joe's Jeans, but they run more generous than JC jeans IMO. Sooooo, this a long way of me asking if you think I should size up to the 31's? I think no, b/c the 32's were big on me before I lost weight and I'm a lot smaller now....

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    4. Oh, and did want to add that my pair of these shorts that I had from 2 years ago stretched a ton while wearing. ITA w/Cate on that issue.

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    5. Whitney, did you take the same size in the neon gingham shirt as you did in the snowcat boy shirt?

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    6. @ Jruby18: based on the fit of these shorts as they are now, and assuming that the cotton will stretch, I think you should be ok with the 30's. I'd love to know if the denim shorts that you and cate have from 2 years ago are 100% cotton, or if they have some poly/spandex blended in for stretch since that might explain why mine are so stiff. It's been a while since I've owned denim that didn't have at least 2% spandex blended in.

      @ Shopping Celle: Yes, I'm a solid 8 in the Boy Shirts. Perfect Shirts tend to gape across my bust in a size 8, and I'd have to go up to a 10 in the Stretch Perfect shirts, but I just don't buy them since the bigger size looks sloppy on me.

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    7. @ Whitney, I *think* I still have mine in a bag for consignment. I'll try to look and let you know-

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  14. Two more quick reviews. I also rec'd a shipment from net a porter yesterday with two lovely JC dresses!

    First, the polka dot tie neck silk dress that Alexis reviewed in September -- I would not have bought this w/o her glowing review so thank you Alexis! I love it also. Alexis sized down, I actually went with my larger of two dress sizes (2/4) because I have broad-ish shoulders and have a short torso with no waist to speak of (thank you, three kids!) -- an unfortunate classic apple shape! This dress is just darling, a substantial silk. I like it with the tie untied or tied loosely. This dress seems to be sold out everywhere (I believe the net a porter sale just ended), but a good catch on popback or ebay if you can get a good price.

    The second dress is the flame floral jacquard dress (item 29742). I took my larger of two sizes on this as well, and it fit perfectly. It's a very versatile shaped shift dress, a shape I love -- I can easily see wearing this day or evening.

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    1. I am happy to hear you like the polka dot tie neck silk dress!!! :)

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  15. IRL photo of the lambswool diamond sweater here. I picked it up this weekend for $35 at my B&M. Love it!

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    1. What a bargin! I got at 25% just before the holidays, which I thought was pretty good. I also really like the navy colorway.

      Did they have the navy colorway at your store? If so would you mind sharing the name/location?

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    2. They have the Navy at Park Meadows (store 533).

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    3. As of Saturday, they had a big stack of the navy colorway. It's the Lenox store in Atlanta.

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    4. Thanks ladies! I'm on the hunt :)

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  16. Gah - scroll print shorts came in but the size 2 is clearly not a size 2. These fit huge, and I am not happy because they are now sold out online. Anyone seen these in the B&M? Hopefully I can find them there.

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    1. I saw them in the Collection store on 79th and Madison in NYC last week. Not sure what sizes, but they had a fairly big stack of them.

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  17. I apologize for being OT, but do any JCAs shop at the J.Crew at Destiny USA? Formerly known as Carousel Center. I haven't been to that mall in about 6 years because the J.Crew was subpar and there is a better one closer to me, but I am wondering if it is any better now that the mall is larger. It is pretty far from me but I'd make the trek if they carry, say, cashmere, shoes, and more of the nicer items like Liberty print shirts and such.

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    1. When I was there in October that store seemed to have basics only, no higher end merchandise. I asked about liberty shirts and the SA said they no longer carried them.

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  18. Another OT question. Have any of you been experiencing slower than normal processing on returns? In my experience they are processed within a day or so of arriving at the warehouse. My last return arrived last week and still hasn't been processed. I'm normally not too paranoid about it, but this time I had items from several different orders in one box and it was a pretty large amount.

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    1. Totally. I returned a bunch of items the first week of December and was just credited back a few days ago. I can't imagine the slew of returns they must be sorting through with all the non-FS promos they did before xmas.

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    2. Yep! I sent a huge box back with items from 8 orders on 12/29 (so embarrassing but I refuse to play the final sale guessing game). Have not gotten the return confirmation email yet.

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    3. It sounds like they are just swamped. I returned two boxes to JCrew last week. Both boxes were rec'd by JCrew on Jan 4, and only one box was processed on Jan. 7. As of this a.m., the other box hadn't been processed, so I contacted them and CS replied: "In regards to the second box of returns you sent, it should be processed very soon.  Due to the holidays and recent weather conditions, we're working with an unusually high volume and as a result the returns process may take a bit longer.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your patience during this process."

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  19. @J.CrewJD- Sorry I couldn't reply above. The Destiny USA JCrew is the one I go to when I can get to the U.S. to a b&m. Since the mall has expanded they have started carrying some shoes, but not a ton. Last time I was there a couple of weeks ago they had some ballet flats, booker boots and macalister wedges. I have only seen random cashmere sweaters which I am sure were returns (plus I returned some). They don't have a large selection overall (ie they never carried the hacking jacket only schoolboy) but it is better than before and better than some b&ms I've been to. They do have two jewelery cases now.

    I have always had great customer service there, very nice SAs IMO. They had a big sale section after Christmas, not sure what is left. I would give them a call if you're looking for specific items, they are always so helpful when I call there. HTH

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    1. jan, thank you very much for your response!

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  20. Tippi cashmere sweater in stripe: I bought the navy/snow in store (it is cheaper online so ask to match the price). There is something about the neckline that I don't like in the Tippi cashmeres but I found that sizing down solve the issue. I am usually a XS but sized down to a XXS (not that the XS was slouchy or anything but as I said I preferred the fit of the XXS and it is nicely fitted but not too small). The sleeves are very short, they hit almost at my elbows so I recommend this only to wear in the spring under a blazer or with with pants. Definitively not a winter sweater (even in weight, it is pretty thin) but very springy and a steal at that price (it will probably go lower but I decided that $10 wasn't going to make a big difference).

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    1. I meant white pants above. Clearly you can wear a sweater with pants :-).

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    2. hi Ema,
      I follow your blogs as we are same size, body type and your reviews are spot on! I wasn't interested in the bow cords when it came out but after seeing it on you, I got it and love it. I having been wearing them a lot!!! thank you! :)

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    3. Thank you ladybug007, glad that you find my reviews useful! I wore mine a lot too!

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  21. just to add to what Ema said. I am for the most part consistently xs in sweaters at Jcrew. But with the cashmere tippis i like the xxs better. I have xs in neon fuscha and xxs in vintage kelly and xxs fits perfectly but xs was looser but i didn't mind the looser fit since i will layer with gingham shirt underneath. I love the cashmere tippis! I have 6 merino wool tippis and I plan on getting more cashmere ones. I got mine for $70 online after discount.

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  22. Went to my B&M to do some major returns, and of course had to check out the sale -- janey glitter flats in metallic gold are $150 online but $100 in store, so with 30% off, they are $70. If anyone is interested, they have a 7 and several size 8 at Tysons, VA. I had read a review that these ran slightly narrow and short, but I am a steady size 8 in JC, sizing to 8.5 in Everlys and Monas, and I took this in a 7.5. The 8 was at least a 1/2 inch large and I could not walk without my foot completely coming out of the shoe. IRL, this is a very cute shoe, and the slight heel makes it a bit dressier than a flat flat.

    The Everly Cap Toe Glitter Pumps are $180 online in metallic gold, and were $130 in-store before the 30% off. I bought the only pair, which lucky for me, was in exactly my size, 8.5, 1/2 size larger than normal.

    So one pair in 7.5, one in 8.5. This is why I do not buy JC shoes online FS!

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  23. i just received my first shipment of potentially disastrous final sale items - the hacking jacket double serge in vivid peri and the stripe sequin tee.

    i got the hacking in 00 and - not surprisingly - love the silhouette! i have the hacking in herringbone and the piped, but both in 0 and don't know why i didn't size down. im 5'4 and usually do petite for bottoms, but for the hacking i find i actually like the longer length of the hacking vs the schoolboy which is much more slimming. however i wasn't too thrilled with the color. i thought it would be more of a powdery blue, but its actually much closer to lavender. i couldn't find any IRL reviews of the color and am tempted to revive my blog to post a photo review. the buttons i'm not thrilled about either. im thinking of replacing all of them with woven ones. ehh 7/10 tho.

    the stripe sequin tee - i stalked countless blogs for reviews and wavered whether i should go bigger for a looser fit but was afraid I wouldn't get enough length for it so did xs. i wished i had sized up because the shirt itself is boxy towards the bottom but has short sleeves and short in length in general so it reminds me of 80s aerobics sweat tops in fit. the sequins are lovely tho. im going to try to wear it with pencil skirts vs. skinnies as i had originally planned. 6/10.

    i have two more shipments coming. ehhh fingers crossed, but its so hard to resist with markdowns and 30% off.

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    1. thanks for the review on striped sequin tee. i had it in my cart when it dropped to $29.99 but after reading your comment, i am going to take a pass. thanks so much! let us know how your other purchases work out. by the way, I, too, love the hacking blazer. the colors this year were not great, though.

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  24. Can anyone comment on the chrome green color on the martina suede wedges? Considering a purchase as they just hit sale. I love the shoe but not sure if the color is neon or mint. TIA!

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  25. I just received the double cloth symphony coat. I know others have been asking for reviews and so here is my quick comment. I am usually a size 4 or 6 in Jcrew coats. When I do take the larger size it is almost always to get a bit more arm length as I am tall (5'10) and have long arms. I took the size 6 for the symphony coast and it was the right call. The shoulders and arms are close fitting but not in a bad way. I rather like the tailored look that results. The coat is well constructed and the colour (dublin green) is gorgeous! It is lined with a navy blue lining which looks very nice with the green. I am happy with the coat and would say it is a very good deal right now with the additional percentage off. I hope that helps.

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  26. Turquoise22-I just received the chrome marina's yesterday. Actually, they are a little more green than I imagined from the online pic. I thought they'd be on the blue side of mint, if you know what I mean. It's not neon, but they are bright and will be noticed. They match well to the sequin stripe shell in green. I hope that helps.

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  27. Did anyone else order from Madewell online recently and get an email asking to review the item?

    The email says: "We’d love to hear your thoughts on your recent Madewell purchase(s).
    If you could take a moment to write a review for your item(s), we’ll be sure to keep your comments to use for future ratings on our website."
    It links to this page to submit a review!

    Does this mean reviews are coming to the websites (or at least the Madewell one) soon???

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    1. I just got an email saying the same thing! Sounds very promising...I wonder if J.Crew will follow suit?

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    2. I was just coming here to post about this. I was quite surprised they actually wanted a review but this sounds like a step in a promising direction.

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    3. Yep, I received requests for reviews of items ordered in December.

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    4. I also received an email from Madewell requesting a review! I am quite excited about it - I wonder if J. Crew will also begin posting online reviews??

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    5. Should I feel left out? I ordered a bunch of stuff this winter and I have received no email! ;)

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    6. Same here. It seems really similar to the review system they use on Anthropologie's website. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's reviews posted!

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    7. I did it! :) I actually really like how easy they make it to review. I hope this trend continues...cough, cough, MICKEY.

      LOL.

      My first review was for the Manhattan city map storyteller scarf. I gave it a glowing review since it is awesome.

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    8. I got this too! Will definitely post a review...want to encourage this trend!

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    9. I too have the Manhattan city map storyteller scarf, and I second that it is amazing, and every time I wear it I get lots of compliments. I am having so much fun experimenting with different and unique ways to wear because of its shape!

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  28. They are not kidding when they say Dry Clean the Handknit Popcorn Sweater. It shrunk up itty bitty in the washer (may have mistakenly set it on Warm not Cold). I have tugged it back to a bigger size, but I don't know if I can get it back to the original size. There seems to be no hope for stretching it longer than the original length, which was what I was trying to do. Hey J. Crew, just make the sweater a normal length to begin with please so I don't try stupid things like this!

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  29. Got the Tall Emmett Boots today and they are being returned. I could only get the extended calf in my size but since I wanted to wear them with skinny jeans etc I thought worth a try. They are really baggy in the ankle and calf, so not going to work. The leather is pebbled and they are Made in Italy even though the description does not say that only 'Import'. They zip up the back and have straps at the top and the ankle that have to be unbuckled so that takes some getting used to. I will try stalking for pop backs in regular. Right now they are $249.99, with 30% off, plus free shipping. HTH someone.

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  30. OT - I was just asked by email to review a recent purchase at Madewell. I was told I would be notified by email when the review was published. I wonder if J.Crew reviews are next?

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  31. Wow, I just got a Madewell e-mail too! This is so awesome, I hope they really do reviews and J.Crew does too.

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  32. Does anyone know if the Pixie pants w/the leather are on sale at b&m's? TIA!

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    1. No, not the last time I checked (yesterday).

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  33. I just received a backordered purchase today. The fireball chain necklace is stunning. It is bright, sparkles like crazy and will be a great any season piece. I highly recommend it if its still in stores or pops back online. It is much more beautiful in person. I don't have a blog but would be happy to send a pic if anyone is interested. Kpuntillo@gmail.com

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    1. I love this necklace too and am glad you got one!

      I also love the double headed leopard necklace, which looked infinitely better in person than online. Together they look pretty sensational.

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  34. Some reviews of sweaters here and tops here . New arrival reviews to come in my next post!

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  35. Alexis's header photo has one of the sweaters I reviewed tonight in my blog post on some of the men's sweaters I bought in the last two months (Wallace and Barnes Shetland Wool Sutherland & the Inverness Fair Isle).

    Anyhow, the model on the right wearing the yellow coat has the Sutherland sweater under it. I quite liked that one, and would have paid full price (but was glad I didn't have to). The fair isle is nice, but definitely not worthy of full price (I bought this one on super sale).

    The whole review is here.

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  36. OT, if the user Natalie is reading this: thank you for answering my question a few weeks ago, and sorry I just checked back on that post now. Now if J.Crew had only explained to me simply and succinctly the policy confusion that I had, just like you did, I may not have liked it, but I would have understood. They did nothing of the sort, though. One more reason this blog and all its users are so helpful.

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  37. Hi JCA's: Have any of you ever gone with a Tall size in the cafe capri's in order to make them more wearable? They are so short for winter pants, was wondering if bumping up to a Tall would make them more reasonable for the cold weather. I am 5'6" and have 4 pairs all in Size 2R... but I'm finding I never wear them in the cold of winter... just fall and spring when I will wear flats or heels. Contemplating trying the Navy Tweed in a 2T to see what happens but thought I'd reach out here to see if anyone has an opinion or has tried it as well and liked the results. Thank you!

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    1. Hi there. I am 5 ft 2 an normally wear 0p in pants. I got the wool cafe capris in 00. The cuffs hit the ankle so it is still not a full length pant. So the 2t might not be enough length or ou.

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    2. I've had mixed results with ordering tall cafe capris in wool. The camel from 2011 were so long on me at 5'3" that I had to take them to the tailor to be hemmed. The navy from 2012 were shorter and needed no hemming.

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    3. Yes I am 5'6 1/2" and after buying the cotton cafe capris in 6 reg last summer I decided to try the wool cafe Capri in 6 Tall and I prefer them in the latter length. The reg looks ok when I pair them with flats but I have long legs and I feel they hit me at an awkward length that is emphasized when I pair them with heels. I don't wear wool pants in the summer so it is nice to have the extra length (though its not much but they are cuffed so I can always let out the hem too) in fall and winter. I think next time I buy Minnies it will be in tall too.

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    4. Flower power is right though, even in Tall they are not as long as full length trousers because they are cuffed at the bottom. They just graze my ankles.

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    5. Thank you ladies! I'm going to try it and see what happens for me!

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  38. Jruby18, I'm having trouble replying above to the denim shorts posts. I wear a 6 in J. Crew Minnies and bought the denim shorts in size 28. I checked to see if I could still fit into the shorts (gained some weight since spring), and I can but they feel a little bit tight in the legs. I am sure they would stretch out enough that I could wear them comfortably right now. I hardly ever wear a 28 in jeans, most of the time a 29 in jeans (non-J. Crew too), and if the jeans are skinny, maybe a 30. So basically, I sized down in the shorts. Hope that helps!

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    1. Thanks Cate! I'm going to order the 30's. I like them a little baggy anyway. Maybe I'll add the 29's along just to see since they are returnable and it might get me to FS. But I have a feeling the 30's will be good.

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  39. Collection luxe silk blouse: For those stalking the pewter color ( I know Ema is one), you should know that the color is not well represented online. On my monitor it looks like a light grey, but it is actually a richer color than that- more of a medium chinchilla grey. It's still pretty, and I am keeping it, but if you need a light grey blouse you will likely want to consider an alternative. The Everlane blouse may be a good option.

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  40. This was probably already covered, but quick question on the Factory Polka-Dot Popover. Is it sheer and how does the sizing run? TTS or big?
    Any feedback would be great.

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    1. JCREWGAL - I had that in my Factory cart based on the text review someone gave here, but didn't get it only because I got a popback on the retail site. The JCA said that it was comparable to retail as far as quality. And that it ran just a touch big. I take S or M in retail and usually take S in J Crew. Hope that helps somewhat. Good luck :)

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    2. ...sorry, usually take S in Factory.

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    3. That does help! Thanks Gigi! Love your blog. I have been a long time reader!

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  41. Hi! I'm a Canadian girl who has been a long time Banana Republic addict but things have gone amiss imo, for fall/winter 2012 and now early spring 2013 collections. Too much polyester! In BR sizing I'm 10P on top and bottom, 30P in pants. I'm 5'4" tall. I usually get 40% off at BR. Never pay regular $$. My style is very plain! I could never see myself in the Jules dress or silk plaid capri pants. :)

    Actually I luv J.Crew too and until recently its been too expensive to purchase online. The 30% off sales make it doable. I'm hoping for a B&M store in my city the next couple years.

    I purchased the cashmere tippi in classic pink (medium) and I love it. I layer over a BR gingham shirt. If I wasn't layering I would have bought a small and i will buys smalls in the future if I'm not layering. Online the classic pink looks peach toned but irl the color is a true light pink. I missed out on the tippi in pine green. :(

    Got the navy mint cashmere herringbone sweater in small. Love it too but the weave is much denser and the arms are tight. I have large arms though. I can't layer in the small but I'm ok with that. Looks fab with black or blue jeans because the navy is so dark..

    I have 8 different colours of the Vintage Cotton V-Neck Tees in medium. The neon rose colour is much brighter irl!

    I just received the toothpick jeans in shallow sea (30 Tall), light citron (30) and soft peach (30). Love all of them. Fit perfectly and what a steal of a price. I don't think I will hem the shallow sea ones even though they are a Tall.

    I've seen some great reviews of the hacking jacket. I got the shear mint colour in 8P thinking I would be ok. My arms look terrible, the jacket is too tight and the wool is too bulky for me. Seeing irl I have fallen out of love with the colour - it looks prettier online. Its going back.

    Looking forward to receiving the silk pintuck blouse in deep coral, size 8; the teddie dress in seashore green, sz 8; and, the biennial hobo in chrome green. I think I got this bag at the last second before it sold out. Feel very lucky and a good price too. I'm crazy over the citron colour but will wait to see if I can get it at a sale price.

    I'm keeping my eye on the Indian Voile Popover but can't decide between the neon rose or kelly green colour, stadium cloth cocoon coat in smoky coral, double cloth funnel coat in neptune free, cece suede ballets in chrome green, crystal venus flytrap necklace and boyfriend fatigue jacket. Any comments on these are much appreciated!

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    1. Unknown - Indian voile popover in neon rose is very bright. The kelly green is bright, but a more classic color. I think I have the neon rose or similar and believe it will just depend on your skin tone. The popovers are good, esp the voile because they layer well under sweaters. I tried the cocoon coat today and didn't like the continuous arm. It doesn't have seam at where the arm meets the body of the jacket. It gave me rounded shoulders and wasn't a good look. I've seen it on other women and it looks great, but not me. I'm 5'2" and I think that's a factor. I took 6 in the bow coat, 6P in the stadium cloth duffle, but size 4 fit well in the cocoon. It's a beautiful coat. Plain, but very classic. $.02 :)

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    2. Unknown = jnmullings. Its not changing the id. I will figure it out for next time!

      Thanks for the comments gigi! Now I still can't decide! I'm pale skinned with auburn hair. I think the bright flame color of the vintage cotton v-neck would be similar and i love that color so I'm thinking neon rose in the popover. I thought about sizing down in the cocoon so thanks for confirming. I'm going to wait to see if I can get it at great deal, otherwise its a pass. Btw, thanks for the reviews on your blog, they have been very helpful that past few months.

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  42. The silk pintuck blouse is gorgeous. I'm 10P in Banana Republic sizing but sized down to an 8 for this top. The deep coral colour is even brighter irl. Not for the faint of heart but a favourite colour of mine. I have larger biceps and short arms and the sleeve length worked well. This top is perfect for work and transitioning from spring to summer.

    I have to say that it seems impossible to find J.Crew reviews in my size - 8/10. I will buy petite over regular if offered. Will continue to post reviews to the JCAs.

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  43. Review of the tipped hacking jacket, snowcap jacket, and schoolboy blazer here

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