Tuesday, December 15, 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! :)

31 comments:

  1. Waffle tee. I prefer this to the older ones now. It's just the right weight for under a flannel, warm but not too thick.

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    1. @ cate, I didn't own the previous version, but I liked this one enough to buy 2 colors. It's a versatile piece that I can wear alone or with a vest or jacket.

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  2. Can anyone comment on how the cashmere and wool blends have been holding up this year? Would love reviews of wear, pilling, how well the items came through the wash/dry cleaning.

    I have a few things wish listed and I love the colors, but I'm interested in the quality before I decide how "on sale" they have to be to pull the trigger, if that makes sense!

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  3. They are almost sold out, but I am wearing the Classic Full Length Pant in Windowpane Plaid (item e1578) today, and I love them! They make my (really short) legs look a mile long. I'm wearing them with a cream blouse and a camel Tippi tucked in. The flat front and high rise are amazing. Great silhouette on these pants. They are sleek and not baggy/frumpy at all. And, they are lined, so they are not itchy at all. I'm wearing a petite and they are still a bit long, but fine with heeled boots. They run a bit on the small size.

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    1. @blakemdjohns after trying the solid colored version of these pants I am kicking myself for not getting these. I'm definitely watching for popbacks. Love the sound of this outfit!

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    2. @Anne, I ordered the solid colored ones based on your recommendation and they are on their way to me. I hope they fit the exact same. I'll let you know if they do in case there is a popback of the windowpane pants. I'm happy to have some full length pants back in my life!

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    3. Sucks to be short, even with the petite size, it swallowed me after I tried it on. It looked so comical on me.

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    4. I, too, ordered these pants in the solid color, the Aubergine, based on the recommendations here and they are indeed gorgeous -- great, quality fabric and cut. Unfortunately for me, I should've paid more attention to the reviews and given the matter more thought. I'm a 0-0P in chinos and other JC pants, such as the Minnie, so I ordered these at Final Sale and alas, although they *technically* fit, they are way too tight in the crotch area. So bummed, as these are lovely. Will watch for popback in the next size up -- they are that nice and I'd love to own them in a size that fits in this color!

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    5. I'm wearing the black ones today. They are a *smidge* bigger than the windowpane pants, but I think that's the stretchiness of the wool as opposed to the non-stretchiness of the windowpane pants. They are perfect pants. Great cut, good fabric, love the hidden side zipper.

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  4. I've reviewed the Thomas Mason flannel shirt in festive plaid on my instagram.

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  5. On a mission to find some wide leg cropped pants that don't make my size 12/14 bottom half look stumpy, I tried the cropped pant in wool flannel (E1689) in antique navy. I sized down from my usual J.Crew pants size per recommendation and this was the right call. These are definitely out of my comfort zone but this is the first pair that I've tried that don't make my legs look like sausages. Previous pairs I've tried had a 21" inseam which is too short on my 5'7" frame/31" inseam and this pair is 25" which hit a few inches above my ankle. This style hit backorder in the grey and black quickly and were also available in olive and navy. I've seen colors popping back daily. The navy is not a dark navy - it's not a heather navy but it is a lighter navy, hence the antique name. I tried them on with the shrunken wool turtleneck in navy, which is a true dark navy (and not terribly shrunken either). The pants arrived in desperate need of steaming, which is part of the reason I didn't have a chance to properly review these on my blog yet. The pleats on these are flattering and make my waist look tiny and don't add any extra bulk to the front area. The back of these pants are elastic but I think they help the shape of the waist. Again, I'm pretty new to this trend but I am going to give these pants a shot. I also think the darker color helps with feeling like they are more flattering. I will try and post pictures soon.

    I did post a few pictures of the Gold Stripe Sloan Flats with the Obi Bow on my blog which I wore to a few holiday parties this weekend paired with a simple black/ivory outfit and statement necklace. If you can track these shoes down, I highly recommend them, this was the first time I've worn them since purchasing them (took my usual size) and while I found them to fit a smidge larger than the suede version, they were incredibly comfortable. You can see the post here

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    1. Can't wait to see your pics!

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    2. Love the shoes, and both outfits. The necklace in the first look is stunning. With everything else pretty simple it looks great.

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    3. Those shoes are lovely!! Your whole outfit looks great in fact! Looking forward to the pant reviews, curious b/c I'm helplessly short (4'11") & i don't think i could pull these off.

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    4. thanks ladies! hopefully I can snap some pics of the pants this weekend and post. During the week it's dark by the time I get home and my photos don't turn out as well. :)

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    5. Anne, love your blog and reviews. A new follower on Bloglovin

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    6. Anne, love your blog and reviews. A new follower on Bloglovin

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  6. E9198 wide stack bracelet with crystals in tortoise: great little accessory, love it. I thought the clasp opened but it does not. It slips over the hand.

    E1069 glitter ankle strap ballet flat: love them but may need to return because they run really large on me. Although the strap keeps them secure it seems I have about 1/4 inch room at the front. Even at the sale price, $90 is a lot for shoes if they stretch out and I can't wear them. Otherwise they are very comfortable and I love the black detail around the shoe and ankle. The glitter is a much finer glitter than the glitter Elsies.

    E5641, E5593 wide leg pant in wool (black) and glen plaid wool: to refresh, I ordered these when they first came out but got two of my smaller size by mistake. The black just popped back but I wasn't sure if I'd need to size up even more since they were a bit tight, so I got two more sizes in the glen plaid. Fortunately the 0 fits, the 2 is ok but a little loose. (Not even trying the 4.) the glen plaid is great but since the black fits and I love this pant, I'm sticking with that (I don't need both. The length is long but works with heels on me (5'6", size 0).

    Rayner jeans in black and Keller wash: I ordered these in black with my continued quest to find great black pants. At first I wasn't sure but then decided I liked them enough to go for the final sale Keller wash. The denim Keller wash is definitely a bit stiffer out of the package. I'm hoping they soften up enough, and I will steam them since the leg lies funny from packaging. For the final sale price it's a good deal on a different silhouette. They happen to look good with flats and heels. I actually prefer the front of the black with the little front welt pockets as opposed to the traditional front pocket on the Keller wash.

    Wool boatneck sweater in stripe: I sized up one and love this. The wool is very soft and not itchy. It's a little loose but the shape doesn't seem to be meant to be worn too tight or fitted..

    Patio pant in black wool with leather tuxedo stripe, patio pant in cotton (various colors). I dislike the cotton in this style. It feels too thin and stretchy. If it was a little heavier (like a twill) I'd like it better. I do like the black wool with leather tuxedo stripe, but prefer the wider leg of the Rayner jean in black or the exaggerated leg of the wide-leg pant in wool. I like the length of these and the flat front, just wish the leg was a little more dramatic like the cropped pant with the pleats (which didn't work for me because of the pleat placement, although I loved them otherwise).

    I also mentioned the Point Sur teddy buckle back jean in Falcone wash, which I had been eyeing but were final sale for the longest time. I finally bit the bullet and ordered them in my usual size and LOVE them. However one leg is a little shorter than the other. I contacted customer service but my size is sold out, so I can't exchange. They did offer me a credit if I went to a tailor and had the hem evened out, but I'm afraid that might make them too short. I may undo the hems completely and leave the bottoms rough (there are some $$$ jeans with a similar silhouette with cut hems and they look great) or just leave them as is and figure over time they will soften up.

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    1. Wanted to add to my review for the patio pant in wool with leather stripe, a reviewer said the material feels cheap. I disagree. It's a mid weight wool, similar in texture to the full length pant in bi stretch wool but a little lighter. The leather stripe is nice, though there is a seam in the middle (somewhere above the knee I think) which was wrinkled when I took it out of the package, I've had them hung up for a few days and tried them on again and like them even more, especially with the zip back beaded shoulder sweater--the length is perfect together. I like this material 100 X better than the patio in cotton.

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  7. Any reviews on the Collection Calf Hair Loafers (E0775) in Sienna Black Cat? I ordered these in my normal size and they are a bit on the narrow side (my foot is a bit wide) and a bit on the long side. I could use half a size down in length, but I wouldn't do it because of the width. The style looks and fits like the Darby loafers (and maybe they are the Darby loafers with another name, you never know with J. Crew). I liked them right away, but am a little concerned with how they will wear. I wouldn't wear them for long outings or in bad weather, but it seems like the toes could get messed up if I'm not careful. They're super comfortable, and I think the width will be fine after I wear them once or twice. Just thought I'd ask here, before I make the final decision about keeping them. Thanks!

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  8. Can anyone speak to how their Biella Metallic Loafers are holding up? I have a pair home and I'm trying to decide if I should keep them. Thanks in advance!

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    1. You might want to ask Rynetta or Maqsad - both owns it!

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  9. All right, friends, let's talk Chateau Parka. I know this is a favorite for many, and considering it's always excluded from promos, it's considered a bestseller. I'm on the fence... it does have some great details, and I could certainly use a warm jacket to survive our Midwestern winters (though so far, this winter has been extremely mild). I'm interested in the navy colorway, but concerned about the sizing. I wear petite, and some of the reviews indicate this jacket runs huge. I've also struggled with the arms in J.Crew jackets -- the cut is too slender, but I'm afraid sizing up in this jacket would be a mistake if the A-line ends up being too large. Any petites who've had luck with this jacket and figured out the magic size that works for them? I have a 2P and a 4P in my cart, but I'm certain they'll sell out before I pull the trigger. Hoping I may score a popback at some point, but if it's a final sale item I can't commit to something that may not fit. Any feedback is appreciated!

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    1. Hi Danielle - not a petite, but when I've tried this coat on in store I'd say you should aim to fit your shoulders. The shoulders fit just right on my usual 4 with the rest of the body in an swingy A-line shape (which I liked). If I were to size down to get a smaller "swing" in the body, the shoulders would be too tight. CS is great with giving measurements before you order - you may want to contact them and have them give you measurements for both the 2P and the 4P to help you decide. Good luck! Sometimes the differences in sizes are so slight it's hard to choose.

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    2. Thanks, silver_lining! Yes, definitely want it to fit in the shoulders, especially if I intend to layer heavier sweaters underneath. I love the idea of a swingy silhouette, and already thinking that if I had to size up to get the shoulders/arms to fit, I may end up with a wider silhouette, and that could potentially be a dealbreaker. Great idea to contact a CS! Didn't think to do that.

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    3. I tried it on in the store and LOVED it. The proportions actually seemed better for a more petite person, even with the swingy-ness. I am usually a 2 in Blazers. 0 fit but was tight across the shoulders and arms were short (I'm 5'6" but seem to have long arms!). The 2 just fit over a blazer, but on me the length felt a little short. I'd probably size up to a 4 or even a 6. (To wear over a blazer and for the sleeve length).
      I absolutely loved the red, bright but not neon, and surprisingly, the pale gray was gorgeous! I have dark hair and fair skin so usually go for red, black or dark colors. I was surprised how beautiful the light gray was. I also really loved the fur hood. To me that detail made the coat more special.

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    4. Thanks for the feedback! I sprang for the navy in 2P. It's perfect! Swingy without overwhelming my frame, and the shoulders fit perfectly. I can wear a thicker sweater underneath it as well. I see why it's so popular! A keeper.

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  10. Any reviews on the Wintress Puffer coat?

    Thank you! :)

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  11. I placed an order for the Contrast Floral Lace Skirt last week after seeing it on Anne-The Fab Life, and shared my review in this post today.

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  12. I've also reviewed the J.Crew Edged Lace Blouse on my blog today. See my review here.

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    1. I forgot to mention that the blouse went on sale for $99.99 with an additional 30% off today.

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