Wednesday, January 30, 2013

J.Crew Updates Website with New Arrivals!

 "Thanks!" to many of you, including JulieStyles (in this post), as well as GigiOfCa, JCrewGal, & Ruth (in this post), who let us know that J.Crew had an update to its website today (click here to view online). 

There are some new arrivals for men (click here) & women (click here). {wahoo!} It looks like Crewcuts (click here) has been updated, as did the J.Crew Collection (click here). 

The latest catalog (click here to view) is not yet available to view on J.Crew's website. However, it is being mailed out to customers this week. I was able to get mine the other day. (I know, so quick!) There is one page (page 6 to be exact) where the model is wearing a cardigan backwards. With the exception of that styling move, the catalog is pretty nice.

This time around, I am very excited about the new arrivals! There are a lot, and I do mean a lot, of things that I can't wait to check out. Since there are quite a few things I am crushing on, I will make a quick list:
  • Gilded Brocade (Item 39975; $150.00) — This top looks absolutely stunning thanks to its brocade design. It might be because I am use to J.Crew's crazy pricing, but this top looks more expensive then its price!
  • Translucent Stone Necklace (Item 59823; $95.00) — So simple, so perfect! The glass stones are the perfect size and color for Spring!
  • Collection Spring Modern Toggle Coat (Item 71161; $575.00) — I have enough Winter coats, but this one in Festive Red is making me reconsider if I should get another one. Absolutely beautiful!
  • Tartine Satchel in Colorblock (Item 53166; $325.00) — They have done it again! J.Crew creates gorgeous handbags and this is no exception. What an absolutely "must-have" bag with its perfectly-over-the-shoulder handle length. Plus it comes with a shoulder strap and interior snap-off wristlet pouch, bonus!
  • Darby Printed Loafers in Leopard (Item 42185; $168.00) — The slipper style paired up with the leopard print is amazing. What's that, there is an interior wedge for extra height? Swoon.
  • Mini Medallion Tie Neck (Item 31427; $198.00) — This dress looks like last year's Polka-Dot Tie-Neck Dress (Item 97186; $198.00). Consider me sold on it!
  • Schoolboy Blazer in Mixed Stripe (Item 39921; $198.00) — I love the striped jacket! Especially since they have a coordinated stripe pattern inside the jacket: clever!
  • Schoolboy Blazer in Liberty in June's Medow Print (Item 47924; $225.00) — The classic blazer now comes in the most lovely flower pattern from Liberty. Pretty!
J.Crew is also offering free shipping (no min!) with promo code FREESHIP. This offer expires Sunday, February 3, 2013.

Plus, J.Crew has a nice update to their Final Sale section online (click here) earlier this morning. Lots of merchandise for everyone (1060+ for Women and 440+ for Men). However, there is no "additional percent off sale" available anymore. Bummer!

What items are you most excited about and why? Which items are you surprised (or not surprised) to see? Which items did you hope would be included? Were you expecting a bigger roll-out? Also, did you receive the latest catalog? :)

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  1. I love a lot of the new arrivals. This is when I wished J Crew had a wishlist feature.

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    1. I agree! The method I've found most helpful is to create a Pinterest board of J. Crew and I pin the items that I want, making note of their name/item number/color/price/release date.

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    2. I put all the items that I want in my cart and take a screenshot. That way all the information is there on my desktop and I can stalk accordingly.

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  2. I'm really disappointed with the new arrivals. I feel like they have labeled many items as collection but they are so plain and cheap looking. Some of these items remind me so much of forever 21! (Butterfly blouse and collection colorblock blouse). I love them but feel as if they are majorly overpriced!

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    1. The prices are crazy high for the quality. No thanks. Don't see anything for me this time around.

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  3. I have such a weakness for sailor pants/skirts, so I bought the Sailor Pants in navy even though they are an unlined poly blend. I can always return them if they feel gross. Also bought the Sera Top in Traced Medallion since I wear my other sleeveless silk collared blouses to work all the time. I'm just worried about the size - I bought my usual 8 to be on the safe side even though I sized down to a 6 in the Naomi top. Hopefully I'm not swimming in it! I'd lke to get the butterfly blouse, but based on the copy I think it's a Blythe silhouette and those aren't the best for me. Hoping to see it on another JCA soon!

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    1. Whitney, I saw sailor pants at the Factory store too!

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    2. Thanks cate! I'll check them out if I don't like the ones that rolled out today :)

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  4. I picked up the catalog yesterday and while it is pretty to look at there was only one must have for me, the tweed-front tee. Very Tory Burchesque, I hope it doesn't disappoint in person! The other stuff has to grow on me, I guess!

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  5. No great standout things for me. However, I did order some things from the "sneak preview lookbook" from a couple of weeks back. For some reason, I don't see these items in today's rollout, though if you search by item number you can see them. I got the linen umbrella t-shirt (item 66948) and the liberty shirt in the riotous Tresco floral print (item 39988).

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    1. Meredith, have you got the liberty shirt yet? I got it today, and I am really loving this shirt. I am going to wear it tomorrow.

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    2. Yes, I have it and it's very striking. I haven't worn it yet...too sick with sinusitis to want to put on anything other than lounge clothes.

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  6. Alexis, I like all of your picks. The tweed front tee that Ema mentioned, the Pop art dot tee, and the Short sleeve chambray shirt are also on my list to check out.

    Madewell added new arrivals to their website yesterday, and I like some of their items even better this time around. I posted my favorites here.

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    1. I purchased it today from the Paramus store. It is beautiful.

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    2. pearl girl, how did you fit it fit? TTS? would love any IRL pics if you have them! TIA!

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    3. It fits TTS. I think it has a tailored fit so if you plan on wearing a shirt underneath, I recommend sizing up.

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  8. it's a good thing, personally for me, that they took away the % off final sale because otherwise i would've bought another $$$ worth of stuff. my closet is really bursting in its seams....

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    1. we're in the same boat. I had to take out the rolling clothes rack that I had from storage. Guess I'm going to have to spring clean early this year. lol

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  9. A little surprised at their feather jewelry, as it is a bit too similar to Lulu Frost's feather line too. You would think they wouldn't copy the original collection of their collaborator, unless feathers are *in* this season?

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    1. That is a good question. I will say that I saw the feather ring in person a week and a half ago at my b&m, and it is very pretty in person. It looks kind of lackluster online!

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    2. That feather necklace has my name all over. Must sell more stuff from my closet! :-)

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  10. I like your picks too, Alexis. The Gilded Brocade top is really lovely, as is the Collection pink paisley top. The prints in general are very pretty this time around, so I hope the colors they are offered in are nice IRL, too.

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    1. You know, I rarely say anything like this, but this post seems to be in poor form. You have included a whole bunch of affiliate links (for those who are unaware, this means that if you were to click on one of these links and purchase something from the website, this commenter would receive a small payment. These links are very common with bloggers). I generally have no problem with affiliate links if it your blog, but to slip these into your comment on someone else's blog is questionable. I hope Alexis removes the links or replaces them with her own affiliate links. Or, if permission has been granted for this commenter to use them, then please let us know.

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    2. Hi Roxy, I am sending you an email. :)

      In general: I ask all comments on the JCA blog be posted without affiliate links. I don't mind links back to people's posts where they incorporate those monetary links. (In fact, I appreciate all the information shared in those posts, including real life images and detailed reviews.) I just prefer to not see those direct monetary links in the comments of the JCA blog. (My concern is that others will do the same and then the comments of the JCA blog will be full of monetary links.) Thanks!

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    3. My apologies! Alexis emailed me and we agreed it was best to delete the comment.

      Reposting my question: While in the Soho store in NYC I saw a new version of the Jules dress that was an ivory base with some small florals on it. Has anyone else seen it? I didn't have time to try it on and would love to hear other JCA's thoughts.

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    4. Roxy,
      Is this the jules dress you saw?
      http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=290853940023

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    5. Hi Jamie,

      No it's not, although that one is pretty too! I wish I had taken a photo, I'm going back tomorrow and will try to snap one. :)

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  12. Alexis, I agree on the mini medallion tie neck dress. Sold! Well, once it goes on sale...

    I also love the Sera top on medallion paisley. It reminds me of an older top that I missed out on that was extremely similar, it was burgundy in a gorgeous printed silk twill.

    I am strangely attracted to the liberty toothpicks in tresco floral. Somebody stop me!

    The pleated dress in Super 120s looks nice, but thanks to their new policy of posting lengths, I will be staying away as it is only 38". Not work appropriate for me.

    Biella tassel loafers in navy are probably my favorite item, even though they are extremely impractical.

    The collection cafe capri in colorblock = NO. nononononono.

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    1. LOL at the NO. nononononono. :) That was my first though.

      I was also a bit NO. nonononono. at the Tresco floral pants but that is only because I know what all that crazy color and pattern would do to my bottom. It would not be good and I refuse to ever have anyone ever have to see something like that on my frame.

      That said, I clearly love the shirt since I have already received and worn it, washed it, dried it, and am looking forward to wearing it again within the next couple of weeks.

      If you do get the toothpicks, you must do a review!!! Would love to read what others think of it!

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  13. ALexis, love your picks too and I'll add the Guipure Lace ... so pretty.

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  14. I love your picks, especially the tote. I am happy to see that most of what I saw in store is online. I know that is not always the case. I have listed some of my favorites here On Trend Orchids. I especially like some of the shoes this time around, and I like that there is a balance between stripes and other prints.

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    1. I love that it is not all more stripes and polka dots! I like them but have enough and am happy to see something different.

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  15. I just got the styleguide yesterday and for the first time in a long time I loved a lot of things but at the top of my wishlist is the pixalated houndstooth skirt. The bf thinks it's awful but I love it. I'm also digging the new colors of the Saturday pant now named the Skinny Fleece pant. Also the tweed front top and reverse jacquard top are adorable.

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    1. Do you think those are the same as the Saturday pants? I thought they might be a version of the sweatpants they used to carry. If you look close up at the model shot, they look like Saturday pants. Definitely no pockets on the model shot. If you look close up at the pants by themselves, they appear to have bottoms like sweatpants and possibly pockets. I'm going to try them, I'll report back on what the heck they really are (personally I'm hoping for sweatpants!).

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    2. Cate: I didn't do a closeup but yeah from faraway they do look like the Saturday pants. I love the red so I'm hoping they're similar. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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  16. Brocade fan too. I bit on the mint brocade capris, pink tipped silk boy shirt, silk blythe in green (love color!), and the reverse-jacquard stripe popover in mint stripe.

    There are always some collection pieces that I wishlist and this round it's sequin stripe pencil skirt and the washed silk side tie pant.

    Disappointed by the jewelry this time as I was hoping for more earrings. Oh my those colorblock cafe capris are so wrong!

    I'm interested in seeing what other JCAs have to say about the tartine. I saw it IRL and although a great shape, the leather was too plastic-like for me. I sent a Phillip Lim Pashli handbag back because of this.

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  17. I was hoping to pick up a new cashmere v-neck, in a nice new color for spring, but their color palette once again is quite limited. Aside from black, navy, white, grey, there's fuschia and mango and then 2 neon colors. Boo. It's been a no-go for me for 3 seasons now in a row.

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    1. Have you tried Pure Collection? Their partial spring preview is up, it's 25% off with free returns, and the quality is fantastic. If you don't want a cardigan, they will almost certainly have a pullover later one.

      http://www.us.purecollection.com/.Cashmere-V-neck-cardigan_LK-003.htm

      Boden has some too, though the palette isn't fantastic. Again, I've been very pleased with their cashmere quality; I'm wearing Boden cashmere today.

      http://www.bodenusa.com/en-US/Womens-Knitwear/Jumpers/WK802/Womens-Cashmere-V-Neck-Jumper.html

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  18. I'm hoping this means these new items are in stores now too? I'll be in the area of a store today so am hoping to pop in. Lots of pretty things and colors in this rollout. The only item in the catalog that I didn't go for particularly is the colorblock cafe capris.
    Regarding the cardigan worn backwards: this is actually a very retro styling trick that was popular in the 50's, I remember my mom saying that her mom used to do it.

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    1. AJLinBoston, now I feel old. I remember my mum wearing that look LOL.

      My word..grpower (girl power???)

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    2. I find it a convenient look for those days when the coffee spills, except for having to back out of conference rooms.

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  19. Oh, I love that Liberty tresco floral print! I ordered/preordered the clutch, perfect shirt, and girls' tote bag in this print. I also really like the June's Meadow floral print, but will wait for sale, if any remain.

    The only other item I am almost sure I will buy, at some point, from this rollout is the rosie dress in medallion paisley (63756). I'm thinking this one I might be able to try in-store to see how it fits first, whereas I'm never sure if the Liberty items will show up in my local B&Ms.

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  20. Thought there'd be more I loved, disappointed, but my wallet isn't. I am loving the chambray dress, unless it looks like crap on, it will be mine. The anchor bathing suit. I'm a sucker for anchor anything. And the Contessa Snakeskin bow pumps... (stopped breathing), I'm almost tempted to PUT ALL THE COLORS IN MY CART.

    Definitely will take a second look at the tweed front shirt since a couple JCAs are into it!

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  21. I saw several things that I wouldnt mind trying out and then waiting until they go on sale!

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  22. Is it just me or is anyone else looking at how everything seems to labeled collection in the new catalog and the prices are just over the top!!??!!

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    1. Yes- I totally agree with u and obsessed with shoppings comment. Seems they are really pushing "collection cashmere" and "collection" this and "collection" that. Don't get me wrong - some pieces are really nice but impractical for my lifestyle and my budget. Definitely think the prices are way too inflated. Better for my wallet at the moment. Well my spring $$ wardrobe already went to Boden. Think I'll just wait for JC spring sale.

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  23. Love the colourblock tote, but it's just too big for me.

    Ordered the #2 pencil skirt in medallion paisley (would love the dress, but "hits mid-thigh" is too short for me!!!) and that's pretty much it.

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  24. I see the guipure lace skirt in ivory on the collection look book page. I wonder if that's going to be available at some point?

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    1. I think it might be the dress (item 28266) with a sweater over it...

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  25. In general, I like what I see (except, of course, those tragic colorblock capris mentioned above). Like the jewelry.

    Love the Tartine satchel! Just trying to choose the color.

    Awaiting more dresses!

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  26. Curious about the Everly wedge-I like the look and hope to try in store. The brocade top could be perfect for spring evenings out and the Tartine satchel is pretty.

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    1. I'm curious about those Everly wedges, too. If you try them on, be sure to let us know about sizing and comfort level! TIA

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  27. Love about half of the blouses, a few skirts, cashmere two-tone sweatshirt.

    I wish they would get their lighting fixed though. Everything looks completely washed out.

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    1. I'm glad you wrote that. My computer screen is a white haze, I can't really see the details.

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    2. I thought it was just me. A lot of the pieces nearly appear white for me.

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    3. It's really getting ridiculous. Look at the model pics of the pixelated houndstooth skirt and the No.2 pencil skirt in neon tweed - and then compare them to the item shots. The colors are so different!

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  28. My Tartine Satchel did NOT come with a wristlet... I purchased it at the Aventura store on Saturday. I think that might be an error in the product description.

    Has anyone else purchased a Tartine Satchel that came with the wristlet inside?

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    1. I didn't get a wristlet either (I ordered the blue one online).

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    2. Can either one of you tell us if you like the bag or not? I am thinking about buying the black one.
      Thanks!

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    3. agreed - i purchased the tartine in blue at the store, and there was no wristlet attached (but would have been an extra treat if it did!)

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    4. @Sue Bolster - I really like the bag. I purchased it in the Casablanca blue color, but saw the black and color block in store. All three are lovely. Though similar in shape to the Tillary Tote, it's a bit smaller and the leather is smooth rather than pebbled. Another JCA commented that she thought the leather looked too plastic-y, but I actually like the way it looks and I think it might be more durable in terms of helping the bag keep its shape and fair better in the rain. Also, for those interested in the Casablanca blue, it's definitely true blue and not navy like the blue sea Tillary. HTH!

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    5. @Sue Bolster - I LOVE the bag. I bought it in the Colorblock. It is roomy, yet not too huge. I can fit my little 11-inch laptop inside, which is helpful for work. The leather is strong and durable. The black one is gorgeous - you just might fall in love!

      P.S. I still want to know if anyone's bags come with a wristlet. Hmm...

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    6. Thanks Susan & Erica!
      Love the tillary totes and those didn't come in black so this would be a great addition to my J Crew bag obsession.
      Is there anyone you can complain to about the wristlet missing?

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  29. I'm heading to my local store Friday and was told they would have new items out that morning. I'm really only loving three things: The Beaded Rose Necklace, Neon Flower bracelet and the Pixilated Houndstooth skirt. I'm hoping they are available to check out. I do like the bow pumps, but I don't wear any skinny heel shoes anymore. I have skinned too many heels in cracks or sidewalk/brick spaces.

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    1. If you do see the pixelated houndstooth skirt I would love to hear your thoughts on it! I'm in Australia so have to rely on the website pics and description.

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  30. It was really disappointing that every thing was either collection or really expensive, I shop at J.Crew because it was affordable not so I can purchase expensive collection pieces.

    -Jacqueline

    www.jenesaisquoifashin.blogspot.com

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  31. I love the Liberty perfect shirt in Lodden print (pre-order), the Umbrella tee (pre-order, ships in April ugh), Chambray shirtdress, and 5" chino shorts (finally in red! I love the sea glass and soft mint colors too), 5" seersucker shorts, and so many things that I can't entertain getting because I've no place to wear them (just as well since they're all $$$). I just love the butterfly blouse and shorts (3" inseam is a no-go for me, though). Merino sweater in inky floral print, Collection silk top & No. 2 pencil skirt in tossed carnations, Tweed-front tee, Pixelated Houndstooth skirt, cafe capri in silk foulard, Biella tassel loafers.

    I love the hummingbird floral print in the Arabelle dress, but wish it were in something besides the Arabelle dress. There is a similar print in blue on 3" chino shorts.

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    1. Cate, there is another dress (a sheath) in the hummingbird blue print, it shows up in the Collection lookbook. I asked my VPS for more informations about it as I have an event in April and it would be perfect. If the price is not too crazy I might preorder it. I will let you know what he says

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    2. Thanks Ema, I can't find it but I'd love to hear about what you find out.

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    3. If you click on the JCrew Collection link on the side you will land on the "TOne piece, two looks" page that is shown above. It's the third Look.

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    4. Thank you! That dress is stunning. I'd love to know the price, and the fabric (the shorts are silk cotton according to CFS).

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    5. Wow, wow! That is a gorgeous dress, Ema.

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    6. Its on the site now $495 silk/cotton

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    7. Where? I can't find it!!!

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    8. try here

      http://www.jcrew.com/browse/multi_product_detail.jsp?externalProductCodes=92952%3A22800%3A44804%3A56168&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441815478&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302032061&bmUID=jOhE1ob

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    9. Ema, it is item 92952. Gorgeous, but ouch, the price is eye-watering!

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  32. Loving all the floral prints! And is that a pair of REAL red 5" inch chino shorts??!! I also love the stripe schoolboy blazer, the plaid boy shirt in strawberry mint and the sera top. I love all the print shorts, but a 3" inch inseam is out of the question! Please j.crew make cute print 5" inch shorts!!! Now, how about a nice promo on full price items? :)

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    1. Yes i think it is! For reference, do you remember the red eyelet pencil skirt from last year? The color of that is "chili", same as the new 5" red chino shorts. I think it is a true red, not orangey at all. I think Mickey must be reading here, hooray! I have been whining about this for a long time :-) I love that plaid shirt too.

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    2. Wooo hooo!!! I think that might be the most exciting thing from this rollout, real red shorts!! I do remember "chili" being red. I may have to order the shorts just to confirm the color!

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  33. I like quite a few things, particularly the June liberty print items, but realistically I will probably only get some new chino shorts when the new colours go on sale, unless some of the other things I like miraculously don't sell out before going on super-sale. Too expensive JC!

    With their sky-high prices + rapid reductions and huge markdowns, I feel like I'm being treated as a second-class customer. Like they release things with crazy high pricing to allow those that can afford it to get first pick, then when the initial burst of sales is over, they release what's left over to a more general public and let us pick through the leftovers. I'm sure it must make sense from a business perspective but it sure feels shitty as a long-time middle-class customer.

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    1. Sorry, that last bit should have gone in the vent post!

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  34. J.Crew is playing fast & loose with "Collection" label, n'est-ce pas? That scalloped lace skirt, 98395 - it's cotton/nylon/rayon, and an unfinished hem. A version of this skirt is available by 90% of women's retailers, for far, far less.

    It's not that I don't like what J.Crew is showing any more, it's that I won't be fooled into overspending on their products.

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    1. Especially since a nicer lace version of the navy skirt was available a couple of years ago for a third of the price. ;)

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    2. Yep, I have this navy one from 2 yers ago, paid $40 for it and love it.

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    3. My thoughts are similar. There are some nice items, but the prices are too high. Same story, different season, huh?

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  35. I love the Liberty-collar merino sweater! That is a peter pan collar I can do :) I also, inexplicably, love the Houndstooth skirt. I'm not sure I can pull it off, but I think it is adorable.

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    1. I bought the liberty sweater in blue on preorder and it already came. It is really cute, a little more boxy/wider through the body than a tippi, but darling.

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  36. OT, but I was just in the Union Square store. They had a full run of pink excursion vests in every size, and a bunch in orange in well.

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  37. I received my style guide yesterday I'm not crazy about the pasted palette. I liked the mixed stripe schoolboy, chambray shirt dress, Tartine bag. There seemed to be a lot more of the same old stuff, though.

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  38. Yay for spring! I love the new arrivals! Picked up a few goodies online :)

    Canadian shoppers: don't forget to use FRIENDGIFT12 (20% off until Feb 1 @ 11:59pm). Sorry, doesn't work in the U.S.

    Happy shopping!

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  39. Holy mackeral - I just looked at the collection look-book. What, are sullen teenagers the new thing? What a bizarre photoshoot. The athletic-socks-with-gold-sandals look was especially choice.

    A little too faux "editorial" for my taste. (Some of the clothes are nice though)

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  40. Went to B&M (North Michigan Ave., Chicago) to see if the new arrivals were in the store yet; I was told tomorrow. Small sale section and the additional 50% off promotion was still on. Very few customers in the store this afternoon but then again the weather is horrible here today. I'll probably go back on Friday to see the new stuff in person.

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  41. Love the girls Liberty Tote in Tresco Floral, wonder what it looks like IRL?

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  42. Went to the Rock Center store to do a return. Store very, very empty with practically nothing new. The sale rack was small, though the store still said it was running sale items at 50%.

    Oh, I was so lucky. I have been thinking about a JCrew coat--I don't have one. But I wasn't sure about sizing and of course now the whole Final Sale thing is on online. Well, there was a double metro cloth with Thinsulate, size 4--a size up from my usual size. It was perfect for layering. And . . . I got it for $114. I love it. I feel like a grown up in my new coat. Should there ever be another promotion online . . .

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  43. I like several items but most are priced out of my budget. So, I'll watch and wait (and wait) for several markdowns. If the item sells out, then it wasn't meant to be. I mean I love tossed carnation #2 pencil, but $400? Even at half off, I wouldn't buy it. The one item I will get for sure is the burgandy cafe capri. And I'm hoping the sosie top shows up in my b&m even though it's list as online only. I love the bright indigo but sometimes the style works on me and sometimes it doesn't.

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  44. I enjoyed looking at some of the spring items but wouldn't buy most as the prices seem awfully high plus some fabric content is not so great. I like the houndstooth skirt but I don't know how the colors would work IRL, I think it might be hard to find shirts that would work with it.

    Some lovely pieces but I have too many silk shirts that I barely wear already. :)

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  46. Picked up the liberty blazer, tilda jeweled oxford in blue, merino sweater with liberty collar, linen scarf in soft mint, navy minnies, and boyfriend sweater in heather silver. I was hoping to get another solid blazer--but I'm not sure if I should order the grey schoolboy blazer or get the herringbone blazer that debuted today. Any suggestions? TIA!

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    1. I own the schoolboy in navy, grey, and camel. You will get so much wear from them.

      Even though I have the Lexington wool blazer in black, I am going to get a black schoolboy

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    2. I have the schoolboy in wool in black and navy! I can't decide if I should get another wool or linen herringbone one!!

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  47. I made my 'wish list'. Not all of the items that are available for pre-orer showed up in this new rollout so it looks like I'll actually have to pre-order.
    From this rollout I like:
    pencil wrap skirt (I believe that I might be inoculated against stripe sickness), minnie pant in bright berry (these are my go to summer pants), contessa snakeskin bow pumps (hope they're comfy), tipped boy shirt (like I don't have enough bou shirts or silk shirts), floral stripe tunic (wonder if I can wear as a dress?...) and of course some of the new spring shades of my go to basics; Tippi and Martinas. Of course since I hate buying anything full price...

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  48. The brocade collection dress is TO DIE FOR! I wish they hadn't sold out of my size within the day :(

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  49. Not crazy about the mint-green eyeliner.

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    1. I'm replying to myself!
      The no-eyelashes, mint-green eyeliner makes all the girls look like aliens, I think!
      I just got a new Mac and have been slowly learning it and working out the glitches. So I could not post comments here around Jan. 21, the day the Orland Park, Ill., J Crew store closed. I can now, thank heavens. I am so sorry that store is gone. I had shopped there since it opened, and loved all the SAs. I might sound silly but I have many memories related to that store: The day I shopped there and bought a skirt to wear to my long-ago mentor's funeral; the day my boyfriend and I shopped there before traveling to Florida; the day I shopped there with my favorite dog, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier who is now long dead.
      I feel like I have lost a friend.
      RIP, Orland Park J Crew. I'll miss you.

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    2. I have to consider the models as hangers to display the clothes, because they all look so awful - hair, makeup, eyebrows--ugly.

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    3. Well said, Rip-a-Roo, well said! I'm really missing the Orland Park store, too. As you mentioned, lots of memories tied into that place. The little thrill of excitement running in after work to pick up a sweater or a necklace. All of the wonderful SAs who took such good care of me. Molly and the excellent cookies she would bring in on the weekend. I haven't been to the mall since the store closed. Don't even want to think about what craptastic store will take its place.

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    4. what a heart-warming couple of recollections by true J Crew Afficiandas. I don't have a BM store near me, but if I did I'm sure I'd feel the same way if it closed. Best to you.....

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    5. Shopalot,
      I haven't been there either. I know I'll just feel sick if I walk past there and some tacky store has taken J Crew's place.
      Vava, thank you for the kind things you said. When I posted, I was concerned that someone might think I was being overly dramatic or silly. But I really, really loved that store -- I was once told by an SA that the store sold a lot of marked down items so sale-price merchandise often was shipped to the store. I often found clothes in Orland Park that I could not at first afford and now were long gone from other stores and the web site. There they would be, in my size and on deep, dark sale.
      I really never will forget the day I brought my dog in there. In Chicago, people often bring dogs into Bloomingdales, for example, but I don't see it happen much in the 'burbs. I was afraid the SAs might ask me to leave but of course they gushed over him.
      Sigh.
      Sometimes my boyfriend and I would be at the mall and I would not stop in J Crew. It usually happened if I was trying to stick to a budget. He always would ask me if I was ill ...
      Mickey Drexler is my hero but I am pissed about the store closing.
      Thanks a lot, Mickey.

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    6. Rip-a-Roo, I feel your pain. Trust me, I completely understand and feel the same way. I guess the south suburbs are too low rent for Mr. Drexler's taste. Could not get a straight answer out of anyone as to why the store closed. There were good sales there, but I also found that a lot of things sold through at full price. Thank goodness for fellow JCAs, because certainly none of my friends or family quite understand my attachment to this retail store!

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  50. just a heads up - it looks like the "love40" code (40%+free ship) is still working at madewell, even though technically it's over. not at j.crew though.

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    2. The SALE page at Madewell still has the code posted. Thanks for pointing it out.

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    3. Thanks hannah! The LOVE40 at Madewell is extended until 2.3.13.

      For those interested, I've noted the Madewell Promo-priced items here.

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    4. Whoa. I didn't know the Orland store closed, Rip-A-Roo...why?? I grew up in the area but only occasionally get back to the Orland area. They have a new Whole Foods, so it can't be because the neighborhood won't support it. WTF?? J.Crew- bad move to get rid of the only J.Crew on the South Side! (On another note, I noticed that a new Madewell is opening this spring on Rush near Oak).

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  51. I caved. I ordered the tossed carnations no. 2 pencil skirt. The only consolation is that my store was having a promo last night, 20% off any purchase over $250. They were very nice and applied the 20% off to the skirt even though they had to order it on-line and will not be getting it in that store. It is still a big price tag and I hope it is worth it. It does not ship until Feb 11 but I will post a follow up comment as soon as I receive it.

    With respect to store inventory (Robson St, Vancouver), they had very few new items but are supposed to start receiving new stock friday. There was still a lot of sale merchandise but I was told today (thursday) will pretty much be the last of it and it will be shipped back to the warehouse to make room for the new arrivals. It was very quiet in the store last night. There were maybe only a couple of other customers which surprised me since they were supposed to be having an event. My VPS had lots of available time and was able to show me what items of the new rollout the Robson St store will be getting. That was good information so I can know what I can try on instore and what I will have to try on-line.

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  52. I totally caved, no promo except for "freeship"! Coraline patent pumps, pixilated houndstook skirt, tippi tipsy parsons print sweater, and the gilded brocade top (thanks for the suggestion, Alexis!). Love this rollout!
    Shima Maceo, I love the tossed carnations print (in the pencil skirt and the top) but I couldn't bear to pay $300-400 for it!! Waiting for a promo code. Let us know how you like it!

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    1. Hi ldc! I will definitely post a comment with my thoughts on the tossed carnations skirt. I too choked on the price and in Canada it is actually even more ($450). But it is really the only item from the latest style guide that I felt like I had to have and pencil skirts are my work "uniform" so I am sure that I will get a lot of use out of it if it works out. Fingers are crossed!

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  53. Um, when all the sale inventory is shipped will there be another percent off sale? Does that typically happen?

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  54. Green and white butterfly shorts, so cute! Fabric was substantial but I forgot to check what it is. No beltloops, though. And there is a small pleat on each side in the front near the top of the pockets, but it doesn't add bulk. 3" inseam, though, and not enough hem to let out. And I really need beltloops. I did not buy.

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  55. OMG! The Collection Contessa Bow pumps looks to be selling out online in many sizes in the aqua color. It is not even spring yet. I am wondering if they will back order more due to demands. I placed my order last night and it was already an advanced order to be shipped on 02/20. I am surprised by how fast they sell.

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  56. I liked a few things but overall, not super wowed by the new catalog. I'm actually a new Madewell fan. That said, I need to use my rewards card, which I just got this week, by 3/15. So I'm thinking of getting the Pop Art Dot tee...It's overpriced but looks kind of cool. I also like the striped bikini but it's like, 17 degrees in Chicago so...I can live without it for now! Everything else is WAY overpriced. I like the Coraline shoes (both kinds) but if they never go on sale then I'm not getting them.

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  57. OK. I lied. I ordered the tee AND the overpriced bikini. Last year it never made it to sale and I really like it, and I'm on my second yummy happy hour cocktail (Effen cucumber vodka and Dry Soda, cucumber flavor). Dreaming of summer...TGIF!

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  58. Dear Shopalot and The American Observer,

    So cool to meet JCAs who either are from the south burbs or live in them!

    Right before Christmas, I had lunch at the new Cheesecake Factory at the Orland Square mall and the manager -- I believe -- of the J Crew store sat down next to me at the bar. We chatted for some time, and then I went into the store and bought some Christmas gifts.

    I next was in the store around Jan. 5 and the same manager -- I am so embarassed that I do not remember her name and she remembered mine -- told me the store was closing Jan. 21. I gathered that J Crew was closing some of the smaller stores such as the Orland Square Mall and the Las Vegas store. She said the company seemed to want to focus on the bigger stores.

    Miss Observer, your cocktail sounds awesome! I drink a lot of seltzer but never have heard of the soda you mentioned. And I often bought full price at Orland too. But I loooovvved the sales!

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  59. Just got the February catalogue. No sizes are listed, which I find strange. I'm of a size where I have to order things online. It would be nice to have the sizes. SMH.

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    1. I am with you Soigne1908! I totally picked up on that as well. Hmm.

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  60. i'd love to know wear to buy the mint colored eyeliner the models are wearing????

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