Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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! :)

39 comments:

  1. Review of the marled colorblock sweater (sale) & floral embossed sweater (reg price) in this post.

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  2. Just posted a review of the Berry Bouquet top here. I think it's a really lovely top, fit is TTS. The colors make it versatile for year-round wear.

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  3. I'm reposting my comments about the Military Pocket shirt. I got it for $25 or so online and love it!! I am between a 4/6 in JC tops and got it in a 6 b/c I plan on wearing it layered over tops most of the time. I'd say it's TTS as in JC button down tops, I think they run smaller than the ones you pull over or zip in the back or whatever. One SA was wearing it w/a white t-shirt underneath, black Minnies and tall boots and it looked really cute. I'm going to wear it that way and add the tassel necklace that I grabbed for about $30. I'm also going to wear it w/that adorable black t-shirt w/the gold foil heart from Factory underneath, skinny jeans and black boots of some type - probably motorcycle type. I also got that black/gold heart t-shirt on a pop-back for a song. I paid the $5 to ship it b/c it was such a steal, so cute and tough to catch.

    Moongleam Paisley Silk Tee - I grabbed it as a ride-along with some other items. I ordered it in a sz. 6 and it was huge on me. So, I'd say size down most likely. I'm not overly busty or hippy, so keep that in mind. But I have broader shoulders and this top was so big through the shoulder area on me. I thought it was really pretty and might consider it if it does go down in price. I wish it had been a touch longer. It's hard to say if it's boxy since it was the wrong size, but it might be given the shortish length on it and it being so big on me.

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  4. Pleated Silk Dress in Daisies (color Navy). I normally have trouble with the fit of J. Crew dresses, but this one fit well in my usual J. Crew dress size (10). The length on me was just above the knee (I'm 5'4"), and the waist was at a good place. Armholes not too big. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the neckline. With the buttons buttoned all the way up, it seemed a little high, but that would be fixed with a necklace. Unbuttoning one or two buttons still had it falling closed and giving the same look as if it were buttoned. It would be cute with a cardigan or a denim jacket for spring. It's silk with a polyester lining, and it comes in two solid colors (a green and a blue) for $20 less than the print. You can see the details of the neckline, pleats and waistband better if you look at the dress in the solid colors.

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    1. I love this print! I think it is the same as the winter floral that they have in the girls' section -- got the dress and sweater for my daughter and was hoping they'd do this print for women.

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  6. Rec'd my first order(s!) of the 40% promo, which included the metallic blush martinas. These run a 1/2 size small, as often reported; definitely order a 1/2 size larger than your normal shoe size. These are super comfortable for 3" heels, as also often reported. Just be aware that these are very much a gold, and not at all a "blush" gold. That said, if you are looking for a gold wedge, this is a perfect gold, not too yellow or too shiny; a much prettier option than the gold metallic Martinas that JC offered last Spring.

    This version, the "blush gold", is just a slightly darker gold than the white gold Maisie Wedge, from Banana Republic, which I also own and really like, so I initially was going to return my Martinas (none of the items on any of my three receipts were marked FS!), but after walking around in both, I've decided to keep them. Here's why: The BR shoe has more padding and the sides are more comfortable. The JC shoe, like all of my JC shoes other than the Ceces, have little padding, and the sides run stiff and high and do hit my ankle bones, as many JC shoes do on my admittedly overly bony feet. BUT, the BR shoes are 3.5 inches and the JC shoes are 3 inches, and that 1/2 inch really does make a difference in comfort -- I feel like my feet are not as pushed forward in the shoe, and in spite of the lack of padding, the Martinas are actually more comfortable. The Martinas are really a well designed shoe -- yay for JC on this one!

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  7. I just put a review up for the Petite Stadium cloth coccoon coat. review here

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  8. Few reviews from the past few weeks.

    I have a review of the Nike Vintage Waffle Racer Sneakers in this post (second and fifth outfits, I believe).

    I did a review of the Vintage Sweatshirt in metallic triangles here at this post.

    And I did a quickie review of the Lace Peplum top today at this post (second outfit).

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  9. 07431 Cashmere diamond scarf - Currently sold out online, but could pop back and might still be available in stores. It was more $$ than I would usually spend on a scarf, even with the sale + 40% off ($118.80), but I asked for it for Christmas and I love it! It's really thick, soft and warm - very cozy - and the 2 patterns (black & white with a bit of gray) are beautiful. So far it seems very well made and hasn't started pilling or anything. I saw a matching hat in the store but passed on it since I usually just wear earmuffs.

    A0165 Factory starry sweatshirt - This has the style of a sweatshirt but the fabric is more like a T-shirt (although not as ridiculously thin as the vintage or tissue tees). It's cute - hopefully it won't sell out before the price goes down to something more reasonable. I took the larger of my 2 J.Crew top sizes.

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  10. Slightly off-topic: has anyone had the J.Crew pencil skirts shortened by a tailor? I don't usually get anything other than jeans shortened, so I don't have a good sense of the price range. I've dropped off two at a downtown Boston tailor with an excellent reputation and they'll be $45 each. I have two more that I'd like to get shortened and I'm wondering if I should try to find somewhere cheaper.

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    1. That sounds like A LOT to have a skirt shortened. This a pretty basic alteration. Based on my experience, I would pay about $20 at most. I am paying $15 each to have some dresses and a J Crew skirt engthened and I think that'a a more complicated alteration.

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    2. Thanks 213JCgirl. Would love to hear others' example prices too. I've paid $40 to have jeans shortened with the original hem retained- the few times I've bought them somewhere that doesn't do complimentary alterations so that's my only guidance!

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    3. I had a jcrew pencil skirt taken in at the sides and shortened as well, that in total cost me around $40-$50 I think (I'm in Canada).... I would say for just shortening it should be about $20-$30....

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    4. AJLinBoston. As a shortie, I have had jeans, dresses and skirts done. Jeans-$15, Dresses&Skirts-$20. I actually now do my own jeans, they don't have the thread showing hem like original jeans but works for me.

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    5. I pay $20 to have my skirts hemmed.

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    6. I pay $12 to get pants hemmed and $24 to have skirts hemmed since the seamstress has to hem the lining and skirt. I would go on YELP and find someone like that. I found my seamstress like that.

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    7. Also ask at your JC whether they do alterations. My local B&Ms all do hemming, often free of charge...

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    8. Thanks all for your responses.

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  11. OT, but did anyone notice the Edie Tricolor Vachetta purse marked to $99 (before discount)? Any thoughts on this bag and how it's help up over the years?

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    1. tiffany q - I saw the colorblock Edie on instagram recently and it looked great. Super bargain. I would apply leather conditioner and protecting spray before using. It's a smooth leather and will show more wear faster than pebbled.

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  12. Anyone have the scoop on the new promo (?) tmw?

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  14. the lace trim top looks great on, a little long but it is TTS and feels wonderful.

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  15. If you've been looking at the cutaway dress, the byzantine purple is $69.99 online & marked $79.99 in-store on 1/7. Black is $99.99 and was marked regular price in-store today. Of course it could be on sale and not marked. I didn't see the wine color, which might be online only.

    Size 6 fit well, so tts. I liked the pockets and the byzantine purple color. The top of this dress looks like the top of the gold-stripe dress (review). I tried it on and the size 6 fit well. Still a little big around the shoulder, which surprised me. The fabric and look is more office/career, until you get to the cutaway. That doesn't say office at all for me. You could wear a blazer over it and then remove that if you're going out in the evening, so it's a good transition dress in that way. Will be reviewing w/pics soon.

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  16. Some reviews including Liberty Popover in Burton Paisley, Military Pocket Shirt and Medallion Tie-Silk Skirt can be found HERE

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  17. The new promo is 40% off select outerwear, shoes, boots & bags with TAKENOTE.

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  18. Thirty minutes left to use SHOPHAPPY for 40% off sale & promo items. Will expires at 11:59 PST.

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  19. I just posted a review of the Colorblock Shetland Jacket, which is now on promo with TAKENOTE. Here is the review. Love this jacket, it's adorable!

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  20. I buy a ton of crewcuts for my 4 kids so I'm going to review:

    Girls' Pixie pant in windowpane
    item 07401

    I love the girls pixie pants in the solid colors. The color stays through washing (I don't put them in the dryer) and they have belt loops. The windowpane and other prints that cost about $10 more tend to loose the color, especially on the knees, and do not have belt loops. They also seem to run about 1/2 size larger than the solids.

    http://whatthemom.com/2013/10/03/j-crew-crewcuts-favorites-fall-2013/

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  21. Am loving my $10 Pear Bracelet, wearing it today with my Hothouse Floral blouse from 2012.

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    1. Also, has anyone seen or has this item and can comment. Wildflower pearl collar necklace item 40396 ($29.99). TIA

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  22. Reviews of the Pear Bracelet, gallery tees, sparkle Darby loafers, tweed schoolboy blazer and lace peplum top

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