Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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! :)

25 comments:

  1. Love the Chevron Pleated Dress. Fits tts and flattering. Construction is top notch and you don't see that much anymore. I think I will get a lot of wear out of it this summer - it reminds me of the Beach Dresses of yore and I wore mine to shreds.

    I'm tired of shift dresses and the a-line w waist definition looks a lot better on me.

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    1. Glad to hear it! The style reminds me of the Peyton seersucker dress I wore for my city hall wedding in 2006 that no longer fits. Maybe I'll try this one out for my anniversary. : )

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    2. I heard someone complain about how low cut the V was, would you need to wear a cami under it?

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    3. I was one of the two that complained. If I wanted to wear to work I would definitely have to wear a cami. Even at a party it would probably be too much cleavage for me personally to show and I am not opposed to showing a bit. I am also only a 34B so it will lay different if you are a larger cup size. It did fit great otherwise and was well made. In the end it may came down to comfort for me and I would not be comfortable in it so it was a pass.

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    4. Thx for sharing opinions about the chevron pleated dress. It looks really pretty online. The v doesn't look too low, but comfortability is individual. I'm on the modest side, so I'll have to try it on.

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    5. It was too low for me, too. I was really disappointed because I loved the dress otherwise. I'm glad it's working for some of you!

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    6. The dress looked aweful on me(and it was low too).

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    7. It's definitely a low V, but I wasn't thinking about it as something I would wear to work. I've had my share of fails with J. Crew tops/dresses being too revealing, and I think this one will depend on bust size and how short-waisted you are.

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  2. I put on my 2010 Icon trench this morning, and had my first encounter with the prickly shoulder pads. It was unbearable to wear! Ladies that have had this issue in the past, did you have the shoulder pads replaced, and do you recall if it was an expensive fix? The coat is in fine shape otherwise, it just feels like I'm wearing a porcupine on both shoulders.

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    1. Ugh. I never did anything about mine and just live with the annoyance, but I don't think I'll be able to live with it much longer. The dry cleaner wrecked all of the buckles on mine anyway so they look very distressed and a bit shabby. I have my eye on the trench at Club Monaco as a replacement - I seriously doubt they would have any issue like this. I wonder what J.Crew's response would be to us, five years later?

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    2. I'll be interested in the replies to this -- I have a J.Crew jacket that has the same problem--just on one side. I think I'm going to take them out myself when I have time this summer.

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    3. I had the same problem with the Icon trench. I complained to J. Crew right after purchasing, and they told me they would credit me for having the shoulders fixed. My tailor quoted me a price of $14 (fairly large Midwestern city prices). However, once he started working on it, the issue was a lot worse than he thought. He had to rip out the entire shoulder area, put in a new pad, and replace the lining on the sleeves. Because I am a frequent client, he honored the quote. For anyone else, it would have been more like $35+. On the whole, I think it was worth it having the shoulders fixed because they are quite comfortable. Unfortunately the sleeve lining doesn't match the rest of the coat, though.

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    4. The dry cleaner also wrecked my buckles. I found replacements here: http://www.atbutton.com/buckle-style-2520. The company was a bit difficult to work with, but the buckles are a pretty close match (the mahogany color worked best for me).

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  3. Some reviews of the new arrivals on my blog.

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  4. Collection Moroccan Tile Jacket -- I LOVE this print. It's beautiful. But, you need to size DOWN. I bought my regular size and it's just too big. It fits almost like a bomber jacket yet there is a little swing to it as well -- pleats down the back. I would say size down at least one size, maybe even two. But, gorgeous print. Thumbs up.

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  5. Pics of the Drapey double-twill skirt and the metallic lame shirt on my IG @inawonderland5.
    I sized down one size in both of those.
    HTH

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  6. J Crew Factory - 25% off of $75+ or 30% off of $100+ & free shipping w/SPRINGFEVER today only. Reviews here of the print tuxedo top & flutter sleeve top.

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  7. My review from jcrew.com for the Double-faced pique eyelet dress in navy/black - the dress looks like it has mixed reviews based on body type:

    This dress is a perfect addition to my spring/summer work wardrobe. I am 5'8"/ 12/L on top, curvy, D chest, usually a 12/14 in bottoms at J.Crew and took a 12 in this dress and it fits perfectly all around. I often have issues with the sheath dresses being too tight on the bottom, or too tight on top, if I size up it's too big up top, etc. So I could see if you are straighter that you may be able to size down one size. The length of dress hits right at my knees. As a previous reviewer said, the material is a very thick polyester, which I actually didn't mind, it doesn't feel too odd like some thick polyester does and in my air conditioned office all summer I will be fine. The top part of the dress with the eyelet is lined in cotton which will at least be breathable. I am very much liking the navy/black mix and am happy to add this to my work rotation.

    The part I couldn't include in my review since it was price related...I did pay full price for it but I'm holding out to try and rebuy it with a promotion!

    I also recently purchased the punched out eyelet skirt - I love it. It's knee length on me, plenty of room for my hips to breathe...it's a smidge big in the waist at my regular size 12 but not enough that I think I could have sized down.

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  8. Has J Crew really scaled back its handbag offerings? Things seems a little sparse in that department recently.

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    1. I noticed that too. They're ramped up the tote offerings and dialed back the handbags.

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  9. Some denim reviews:

    Wide-leg crop jean in odell wash (#B9073). The online photo shows distressing at the knees, but they are actual full-size rips. Not a bad thing, but not what the photo shows. They run a bit big. I'm only 5'4" and while they're technically cropped, barely, on me, they don't look great on me. They'd look better on someone taller. I tried cuffing them once, and surprisingly that looked okay. The legs really are wide, through the thighs too. All in all they weren't very flattering on me, though, and they were slightly too big, so they'll be a return.

    Wide-leg crop jean in lowry wash (#B9071). Fit exactly the same as the Odell wash. These had no rips (as expected) and the wash was very nice. These will be a return for the same reason as the other ones, though.

    Vintage Crop Jean in white (#C2122). I like them, but I think they run a bit smaller than the same jeans in the Werner wash. Maybe I should have just gone up a size because they're white, but I think they'd be too big in a size up. They fit nicely, though, and I might keep them. The crop on these is just right on me. Waist is mid-highish rise. These were snug in the thighs, not roomy in the back.

    Point Sur vintage cropped jean in griffin wash (#A3634). These fit much like the Vintage Crop jeans in white and werner washes but I think they look nicer. Maybe it's because the wash is a bit darker than the werner and they aren't white so snug looks better. They have an unraveled/unfinished look to the hem, so that's a matter of personal taste. They were ridiculously priced at $265, but are marked down to $169 now, then 50% off, so not a bad deal if you've been thinking about trying them. There is a full size range right now, but it's saying final sale.

    Linen boyfriend tee (#C1900). I tried it in the spring peri color. It's really big and boxy, with undefined/dropped shoulders. I could try it in a size down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do it. This is a return.

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    1. These are really helpful reviews, Cate! Thanks for the detailed comparison.
      Seems like the linen tees are always too big.

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    2. thank you SO much for these reviews cate! i was very interested in the vintage cropped jeans...i'm much shorter than you so hopefully they'll work out.

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