Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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! :)

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  1. FACTORY TEXTURED-KNIT SCOOPNECK SWEATER - my new fave. I bought it in Vibrant Flame. It's 100% cotton, sleeves are the perfect (full!) length, body is not too boxy nor too tight. The textured front makes it a little more interesting than a plain knit sweater. The body length is spot-on. Very comfortable, true-to-size. The only gripe I have is that the neck is a little wide - not a true boatneck but wide enough so that your bra straps would be showing if you didn't wear a special bra or wear a wide-strapped tank underneath (which is what I wore). I wish it came in more bright shades instead of the remaining colors, which are all pastel. I just love a cotton sweater for the office during the warmer months - it's always freezing in here but at least I won't melt once I walk out the door.

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  2. On the Factory side, I'm loving the striped knit dress (E7077). I posted a picture of it on Instagram. The material is a nice thick cotton with a hint of stretch (opaque and doesn't bag out over the day), and the fit is slouchy slim. I took my usual size, but I could see sizing down if you're usually in between two sizes. A word of caution though: I think it might be on the short side if you're a lot taller than me (5' 4"), since it's already above-the-knee on me. I could see wearing this casual dress all spring!

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    1. I picked up that dress too and agree it's a great little spring/summer dress! I'm usually a M and ordered the S and M since, went with the M even though the small fit, but prefer the looser, relaxed fit of the M. Agree it is short -- I am 5'10"and I probably shouldn't be wearing this dress, but I plan to just wear with converse or birks, and hanging around the house or at the pool with the kids so not too concerned about it being a touch short on me.

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  4. Can anyone out there with the old style patio pants that are now $25 w/ the 50% off comment on if they regain their shape when washed. I love the silhouette and did not expect to. Sat around the house in them for a bit and did have some knee bagging but not bad butt bag. Trying to decide if I want to order next size down and take my chances with the bagging. TIA

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    1. JessF,
      I am new to the Patio pant game as well. I bought my first pair of the wool version at the clearance store last weekend in one size larger than my usual size primarily because that is the only pair they had in the bright blue color. :) They fit nicely and I have them on at work today. Of course, because they are wool, they have not stretched one bit. I like them so much that I tracked down a navy pair today at the Syracuse, NY location. I have a pair of the cotton Cabarnet color at home that are one size smaller but I haven't worn them yet, so can't comment on the cotton. I think the wool will be much nicer and stay nice longer. It is almost 80 degrees today where I live but the wool still feels fine. Depending on the color you want and your temps, I would go wool.

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    2. Thanks for your input DD. Good info. I was looking for basic navy and black. I may try to hunt the wool down based on your recommendation. I am in PA so I have 4 seasons.

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    3. The bi-stretch cotton does not retain it's shape after washing, that's why it's recommended you go down one size. That's what I did and even those bagged out a little as the day wore on. They really are not the perfect pant, IMO.

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    4. I should add, my comment above only applies to the bi-stretch cotton. The wool pants are nice.

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  5. Some reviews here and here including new arrivals. There's a lot to like!

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    1. Hi OperaRach, thanks for the pics and reviews! You're making me rethink the white skirt. :) I think the Teddie pants look great on you, I hadn't noticed the fern color before it looks really nice.

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  6. Wearing the long sleeve tweed fringe dress with Elsie Bow Tie heels and lemon crystal necklace. I really like the dress; had to size up 1, but its a perfect work dress. Length is perfect and the color scheme is versatile. The bow tie heels were on my list because I "needed" a pair of stripe shoes. Fit was tts and they were comfortable right out of the box. I love heels and the height works well. Look forward to wearing both a lot this spring. Posted OOTD pictures on IG (peterst1). Still have a few orders I'm waiting on; hope everything works, especially the collection leather zip front top and strappy stripe sandals.

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    1. This dress looks fabulous on you and the shoes add a perfect bit of pattern mixing. Thanks for sharing the pics!

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    2. The dress looks great on you! (so does the floral one!)

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    3. @cate, really appreciate the compliment! Thank you!

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  7. Recently received the PATIO PANT IN SKINNY STRIPE and like them a lot. I took the larger of my two typical sizes, one size smaller than I took the bi-stretch cotton. This version of the Patio Pant has no stretch. I really like the cuff at the bottom. I see these pants as a nice twist on the classic seersucker. They are included in the current 25% off promotion.

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    1. do you mean, one size Larger than the bi-stretch cotton?

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  8. Received the Billie denim in the dark rinse and white in 27P.
    The dark rinse - high rise was not a problem, but since I'm short-waisted, it does go up a tiny bit past my belly button. Length was fine, ends at my ankle, as it should be. Pants hug in all places.
    The white denim - length, high rise was fine. But it didn't hug the way the dark rinse did, which was strange. And it seems more stretchy than the dark rinse. I feel as though going down to a 26P will help, but it would end up tight for my tummy.

    I might consider the dark rinse. But the white is going back.

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  9. http://wearthislikethis.blogspot.com/2016/03/black-lace-and-scattered-daisies.html

    Got a delivery today which included the pull on pants in black lace, the NEW Campbell blazer in scattered daisy, among a few other items. Pics and info on the blog, above, as well as on IG.

    Not shown yet—faux leather pleated mini skirt in black, which I've been thinking about since it first came out (LOVE) and the military trench which I began coveting after I saw the new washed trench (the tan doesn't work for me but the green does).

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    1. Love the blazer on you and how you've styled it too! Seems so versatile in terms of being able to dress up or down.

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    2. I agree, the blazer looks great on you! It fits you so well! I like how the waist nips in, I never tried the Campbell blazer before.

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    3. Hard to show a pic of the waist nipping in with a selfie, but yes, it does. Thank you both!

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  10. I'm styling the tunic sweater and gingham Kiki flats on the blog tonight. Sweater is definitely TTS, but the flats run big. I'd size down in these if you're between sizes. I have the cork Kiki flats from a few seasons ago, and this style runs larger.

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  12. I purchased the convertible zip anorak rain jacket for an upcoming trip to India and Sri Lanka. I looked at the chateau trench, but decided that would be too bulky & this would be more practical for travel purposes. My issue is this jacket is only $40 less than the chateau, so it seems to be overpriced IMO given the fabric, the details and the style of the jacket. Fit is tts; I'm normally a medium or size 8 in jackets. I can layer with a long sleeve mid weight tee and have plenty of room. I also like the fiery sunset.color; it's a nice pop of color and versatile. The leather accents on the hood ties are a nice touch. I was on the fence because of the pricing, but it's something I really need so I'm going to keep it. Was able to snag on promo and with double points on my JC card, so that helps too.

    Collection leather zip front top. Had my eye on this every since it was released. So, when it went on sale, I "stalked" it until a size 8 popped back. Again, I was able to get 50% off final sale plus educator discount, so pricing was great. Fit is tts and the leather is very supple; guess it should be at the original price point. This "top" wears like a light jacket, so it's very versatile. I can wear it for 3 seasons since the winters are typically mild in my "neck of the woods." Can definitely dress this up or down, so glad that I can wear it to work or casually. Gonna hang out with one of my besties tomorrow night, so planning to wear this with the Collection sleeveless leather jumpsuit and Loubie slingbacks.

    Finally, the ruffle sleeve stripe top in black vintage champagne that was shown in NYFW. This was a surprise love. I sized down to a small at the VPS's recommendation and that was the right call. This made the top more fitted in the waist & less boxy. Review on JC website references difficulty of taking on and off; I didn't have an issue. Styled the top similar to how it was worn @ NYFW. I wore an AT oatmeal pencil skirt that I picked up for $12 during final sale. Accessorized with wide black leather belt, Target pearls and black Loubie slingbacks. I posted a picture on my IG (peterst1).

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