Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Weekly Share: Other JCrew-like Retailers

This is the weekly "Other JCrew-like Retailers" post (similar to the "Off On A Tangent" posts), where we can share our finds from other retailers that have offerings similar to J.Crew (like Anthropologie, LE Canvas, Gap, BR, Talbots, Ann Taylor, and the like.)

If you have recently encountered items that are similar to J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including experiences with certain merchandise pieces, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.


  1. Boden is having their big mid season sale and I've added quite a few new pieces due to recent weight loss. Here's what I love:

    Colorblock pencil skirt - hands down my favorite purchase! Love the colors, especially the pop of color!

    Modern pencil skirt - great colors and pattern in the white floral print.

    Easy tunic - love the bright green of this tunic. If you're not an Amazon woman like me (5'10) you could probably wear this as a dress. I'll stick to leggings though.

    Ruched skirt - this will be a staple for me all year round. I got all 3 colors but love the navy stripes best. I wear skirts 75% of the time (and most of my jersey dresses still fit even with my weight loss).

    Check out my Instagram for recent outfits with these pieces:

    1. I just received two Boden skirts: the Metallic Silver Zoe Pencil Skirt and the textured Jacquard Mini. I'm torn because I like the metallic pencil but it is thin, an issue mentioned in the reviews. I love the fabric and sized down in the jacquard mini, but it does flap open. I'm waiting for the Tipped Clover Dress but I worry that the long version will have a problem waist. Boden lengthens their clothing but doesn't adjust the waist for tall women. Every year I purchase at least three items from Boden during their mid season sale, and I'm usually very pleased. I've been stalking the clover dress for awhile.

    2. Similar issue re: Boden petites -- they shorten the length but don't otherwise adjust proportions. Everything I've tried from them seemed to be excellent quality, but I've never kept anything b/c the fit was off.

    3. It's funny, the fact that Boden adjusts for length but not otherwise is what I really LIKE about their sizing! I think it's weird, for example, that for jeans, I wear a 26, but if I switch to petite, I have to go to 27P. 26 and 27 are supposed to be waist size, no? Yet clearly the waists are different sizes in a 26 and 26P.

      In Boden, I generally take a 6 in their dresses because of my shoulders. The 6P fit the same, except shorter, which I love. I am only 5'2" and have a short torso, but these days it seems to me that most manufacturers seem to be making dresses with high waists. I have quite a few Boden dresses, and not one of the 6 Regulars are too long in the torso, so if they shortened it for the 6P, it almost certainly would not fit me correctly...

      This particular trait obviously works in favor of petites; I can see the point about the torso being lengthened for tall. But I love that the actual width measurements (e.g. waist) are consistent between regulars, petites, and talls.

    4. I love that they only lengthen hems in talls. My height is in my legs. I also like that the dresses have higher waists because that's where I am smallest. Fit issues are so hard which is why a lot of people find a brand that fits them well and stick with it. By heir quality is suberb though. I've never donated a single item from Boden. Can't say the same for many other brands, including j crew (blanket cardigan from last year, I'm looking at you. Good riddens!).

    5. Somewhat related, but I have a question for you Boden regulars. I was just reading about Price Adjustments with Boden b/c I recently ordered two dresses last week and I saw that they were marked down slightly. I considered calling, but after some Googling, I learned that they don't really do price adjustments (or at least, as of a few years ago anyways -- not certain if that's still the policy.) Some comments I read stated that PAs in the UK and Europe aren't common, so buyers looking for PAs were told to place a whole new order and then return the original, higher-priced ones (! Surprising, especially since they ship free from overseas -- you would've thought if anyone PA'd, it would be them!)

      Can any current Boden shoppers speak to their PA policy pls? Would love some current info! TIA

    6. TM93, I don't have much experience with this but they have done a price adjustment for me once. I have read on Dinas blog (My Superfluities) that they don't usually do them but it probably wouldn't hurt to try. I emailed CS and got a pretty quick response.

    7. I just got a price adjustment last week! I think they offer them to US customers only. I think its a 7 day rule.

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    9. Thanks so much for that info, Lauren and Liztriden, I will contact their CS and see what they say. This was my first purchase with them (ordered 2 dresses, one arrived yesterday and I abso-freakin-lutely love it!) I won't go thru the trouble of re-buying or anything but it would be an extra bonus if they can adjust. Either way thanks for your feedback!

    10. I have had many pa's from Boden. Never an issue at all, but they keep them as "credits" that I use on a future item. I've even had multiple adjustments on one item in the past.

  2. I live in dresses all summer (here in the DC region, late April - Sept.) and am always game for a 100% (or nearly, maybe with a small percentage of stretch) cotton summer dress (outer and lining), which is increasingly hard to find these days. I bought three that arrived today from Land's End: the Woven Eyelet Shirtdress and the Woven A-line Dress, in both color ways. I love all three of them and am happy to report that all of them are consistent sizing, and also consistent with my normal dress size at JC (4, or 6P). Take a look, they are very pretty, very comfy, and you just can't beat an all cotton summer dress.

    I know Land's End has come across a lot of controversy lately with their Gloria Steinem stance and I have to say that the pro-life/pro-women's rights is a debate that I have to stay out of, so I cannot take any position for or against LE. My personal opinion is that a woman should absolutely have the right to decide what to do with her body, but at the same time, I do believe that IF I believed that life begins at conception I would be horrified at the idea of abortion. To be very honest, I don't know enough about Catholicism to understand their convictions on this topic; perhaps I should be looking into it. At this point, I am at a much more basic level, just the belief in the OT God and NT Jesus, and have started reading Harold Kushner, a very remarkable rabbi whose books I can whole heartedly recommend... (Can you tell, this has been on my mind lately...???)

  3. The Shopbop Friends & Family Sale Event started today and runs until 4.7.16. Save 25% off your order with code INTHEFAM. Lots of Madewell items including the Transport Tote which nets $126 with the discount. I've shared my picks for the sale event in this post for those interested.


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