Thursday, October 24, 2013

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! :)

35 comments:

  1. Hi ladies! After looking through the new arrivals, I've concluded there's nothing my closet truly needs. We'll see if I change my mind when things hit sale.

    However, there is one irrational want: the Fair Isle Leggings in navy/green. They're my favorite colors & they just look so cozy. But realistically I wonder if I would ever wear them outside my house. And $98 is WAY too much for me to spend on loungewear. Do any of you have similar leggings from previous roll outs or years? Are they as comfy as they look? And how did you style them? Obvs not for the office, but any casual or weekend suggestions? Or do I just need to keep talking myself out of them?

    Thanks!

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    1. I have the ones from last year! I thought that I would style with them with chambray or a casual sweater/sweatshirt but they look too much like pajamas to wear outside of the house

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    2. If you think the leggings are too much pattern, the wool racing-stripe track pants are a great alternative. In stores they were 40% off. I reviewed them here.

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    3. I wear them xcountry skiing (with a down jacket and lightweight wool sweater and I feel so bright and nordic) and downhill skiing (with ski pants on top). It's nice to take ski pants off after downhill and have cheery merino leggings for sitting by a fire. I also wear them under a skirt with a wool sweater on top and ankle boots.

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    4. I love them too, but I would NEVER spend that much on pants to lounge around the house. I was searching for cheap knockoffs on the internets last night, to no avail.

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    5. Last year, Lands End Canvas had similar leggings that were reviewed well and a little cheaper. Maybe they'll have them again soon?

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    6. Thanks for all of your responses. I avoided an impulse purchase and for now, am content to shop around & see what else is out there. However, I have to admit to loving LTee's comment! It perfectly described exactly how I would want to wear the leggings! Sadly, even though I live in Utah (aka the greatest snow on earth) I've only skied once. :(

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    7. Look on Ebay for Fair Isle leggings. It's a crap shoot, but a cheap one.

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  2. Posted this under new arrivals but this is the better place for it -- anyone who has the leather-front Pixie pants or the Pixies with the inner leather trim (like jodhpurs), which shoes/boots are you wearing with them?

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    1. I got the ones with the inner leather trim but it hasn't been cold enough to wear them yet. I see them styled with ankle booties with heels or no heels, or with flat shoes such as oxfords or loafers. J. Crew's Aggie or Martie boots would work quite nicely, I think.

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  3. J Crew Factory - SALE30 gets 30% off sitewide. I recvd the optical lace top yesterday. The black & creme pop together. They're not faded. The lace print is pretty. I'm not sure it's for me, though. I didn't like how it looked under the suit jacket I tried it with. I didn't get the feeling I did with the hothouse print blouse (review).

    More links to reviews in the Irl Pic Guide.

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  4. Sara - I have last years version And they are nice. But check out roots.com - they have a similar pair which are cheaper, just as lovely and not quite as thick. I find mine too heavy to wear under other things (ie skirts) easily. HTH

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    1. Thank you for your input. I'll check out the roots pair!

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  5. okay I could use some inspiration. I am contemplating the verdigris cashmere T and the Kikis in the berry pattern.

    For the former, I have thought of the usual suspects - jeans, black, grey, brown trousers or skirts. Other colour combinations?

    As for the kikis - I think black, grey bottoms or jeans. Other ideas?

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    1. For the verdigris...Navy. I would also try cream or a light pink (maybe too easter egg but give it a go in your closet)

      Kikis - Bit hard to tell but red/wine, cream/winter white. These shoes will really brighten ones spirits and I do see them as year rounders.

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    2. I think the verdigris cashmere T would look nice with navy and camel/ivory, or maybe the right gray or taupe. Go across the color wheel for a red/berry accent. A scarf with one of those colors might be nice with it. As much as I like it, I think this is a difficult color to coordinate. Would your ivory moto cardigan be too heavy over this sweater?

      I can't think of anything other than black or denim for the shoes.

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    3. WMM - I would try navy and cabernet w/the shoes.

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  6. Hi ladies! Popover in Navy Foulard and new arrival picks and styling ideas here.

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  7. Has anyone seen the pack green or faded teak schoolboy IRL? I don't trust the colors I see on my screen and the color names don't help much. (Tho pack green does look suspiciously like green bay packers green . . . ). Trying to figure out if either color would work with my mostly blue/navy/black wardrobe. TIA!

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    1. Gigi: you're super sweet, thanks for linking to my review!

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  8. Has anyone seen the "dried papaya" skirt in person? If so, how would you describe the color. TIA

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  10. @TFT gal, Rynetta posted photos of the pack green blazer on her blog, link here

    hth!

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    1. Many thanks! I also looked at Rynetta's pix of the heather mineral schoolboy, and now I want that one too. My wallet is getting nervous . . .

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    2. oops -- didn't see shopmurphy's link to Rynetta

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    3. shopmurphy: You're super sweet, thanks SO much for linking to my review!!!

      TFTgal: I love the Heather Mineral color too!

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  11. I need help styling my excursion vest. It's navy, so I know that it'll go with a lot of different colors, but I was wondering if it would look dumb with skirts. I've only worn it with l/s shirts/sweaters and jeans with boots.

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    1. I have worn mine with pencil skirts. A pencil skirt and a gingham top sleeves rolled up...I think you could easily wear it with more of a mini skirt with tights and boots (I don't do mini skirts but think it would look cute)...you could also switch up the color pants and shoes or wear it with leggings with a longer tunic/shirt. I like to wear mine open with a scarf to add some color...especially if the rest of my outfit is pretty neutral. Hope that helps!

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  12. This is a bit off topic but has any one tried the Field riding boot? I am looking for a classic, sleek black riding boot. The boot looks quite wide in the ankles on the model in the Nov style guide. I fairly skinny ankles so am concerned that the fit may be bulky.

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    1. 312JCgirl: I've tried them, and I think that they fit great. I have pictures of the Kindling color on my blog. I hope this helps!

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  13. I have purchased the everly jeweled pump...so undecided whether to keep or return. They are cute, but not sure if they are just too much (glitter and jewelry); and how to combine. Was thinking would look best with capri pants in uni color with simple uni color tops; maybe a skirt or dress but all plain colors to let shoes standout, maybe? Help please!

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