Sunday, January 30, 2011

Notes From the Dressing Room-Simple and Soft at J. Crew

I swear one of these days, I'm going to review clothing at other stores, but I was so excited about the new arrivals at J. Crew last week, that I had to check them out.

Silk Blythe blouse in alabaster, $98, available here
Lace skirt not online, Style #31326 Color code SCH, $110

Since Equipment silk blouses have been so popular and featured on tons of celebs, many retailers have come up with their own version. J. Crew's version is very similar with a much easier to swallow price point. This would be a perfect piece to pair under a blazer or cardi for work and would go just as nicely with a pair of jeans on the weekend. I tried this on in my regular size and although it fit fine there was just a bit of snugness around the shoulders and a button gaping; however it should be noted that I have broad shoulders and some boobies. A silk blouse would be the perfect piece in my wardrobe, but I would prefer one without the big pockets. I feel like they are a design feature to highlight a place you don't need people's eye drawn to
I was pretty certain this skirt was the lace dobby, but it is all lace and not cotton. I thought this was a very pretty number and definitely liked that the tiers laid flat. It is a mix of purple and grey color with an elastic waistband. I tried this on in my normal size and it fit fine. My only issue is the length which makes it borderline too short for work.

Maritime-Striped Blazer in Dragonfly Blue, $118, available here 
This seems to be a popular blazer on the JCA blog and I definitely liked it too. This is a soft cotton blazer that would be perfect for spring, it was a good length and still had shape. It only loses points for the long sleeve length and that price tag. Cotton blazers should not cost over $100!!! Stripes are still the in thing and I can see LOFT making something similar and I stepped into Forever 21 yesterday and spyed a look-a-like for about $23.

Dress not on website in Pop Pink, Style#38762, $128

I'm a big lover of pink and this bright number was sitting right near the door so I immediately picked it up to try on. Although I adore the color and pockets, I wasn't too thrilled with the shape. It felt a bit too cutesy with the cap sleeves and waist band detail, although I know that will work for some. It does have a nice deep v detail in the back and a long exposed zipper.

Waverly Chino in Midnight, $69.50, available here 
Metallic detail tee not on website, Color Ivory (IVO), $39.50

I have a million tees to last for awhile, but thought that this one would be a nice little addition. There is a simple shimmery silver trim around the neckline and the pocket and I can see it with a multitude of outfits. I paired the tee with the Waverly Chino that was a simple item that could be a workhorse in anyone's closet.

Organza Dots skirt in Seaweed, $110, available here

I'm all about trying something different and the print and color of this skirt certainly doesn't look like anything else in my closet. Although I would prefer a richer shade of green, this is a perfect spring color. The fit, however, left a lot to be desired. I tried this on in my normal size and if you look on the side there is some stiff puffing action going on. I don't know if this skirt was folded, but the front had the same issue. When I tried it on a size down, the poofing was less pronounced, but still present. It gets a thumbs up on the design, but a big thumbs down on the fit.

Sailor Sweater in Black Linen, $88, available here
Riveter Pant in Rose Shadow , $85, available here

I was really intrigued by these pants when I saw them on the website. They had some seaming detail down the front and a soft pink color, but those weren't enough to give it a complete thumbs up. These seem to be a step up from jeans and I feel like another pair of chinos would be a better purchase.
If there are stripes in the store, I am usually drawn to them. This would be a perfect sweater for a warmer day, that is if it weren't so darn itchy. This is a silk-linen blend and the silk wasn't enough to disguise the tell-tale signs of linen's itch factor.


Slouchy Knit Twill Pant in Spiced Olive, $68, available here

Pants that are soft like a pair of sweats but aren't are usually a plus. But pants that show the pockets and all of your lumps are a serious minus. These pants do have their good qualities, soft with features of a regular pair of pants. Size down in these for a less baggy fit.
I find myself a lot more interested in the jewelry this rollout, but I'm sure I'll be buying something soon in one of those softer colors.
Are these colors appealing to you or do you prefer brighter spring colors?

Posted by Picasa


  1. I like bright colors, but purples and greys, black, blue usually work better for me. I really like that lace skirt and the Sailor Sweater, too -- too bad it's itchy.

  2. I love the dress and am obsessed with that blazer!

  3. Oooo, I love the bright colors! And the Waverly chinos look really good on you! I'm not too enamored by J.Crew's elastic-waisted skirts -- they tend to make them too poofy on me. Ugh.

  4. @Lady Cardigan- I love the brights, but usually stick to a certain set of colors in my wardrobe. It does make for easier dressing.
    I was really disappointed that the sweater was itchy too because I really liked it.

    @basiccravings- We might be blazer twins if you decide to get it. I've been looking for some new blazers and cardis and one that is a soft knit is a winner.

    @Amy K- Thanks!! I was really surpised that I like the Waverly chinos too. I'm just patiently waiting for a discount code so I can use my Xmas gc.
    I'm in the no elastic waist camp too. I go in pretty much anticipating that they won't look absolutely fab.

  5. Thanks for all the pics! I also love the striped blazer and striped sweater. Both are on my wishlist. :)

    I have to say that you look absolutely amazing in that color of pink. I hope you're able to find something in it that you like. It looks SO good on you! :)

  6. Thanks for the reviews. My favorites are the cropped pants and the striped top!

  7. Thank you for your reviews! I am new to your blog and the reviews are v. helpful. I think the sailor sweater looks great on you, so do the riveter pants and Waverlys. :o)

  8. LOVE your reviews....and shamefully, love love that pink dress. Did it come in number or letter sizes?

  9. pink pants look really good on you, i hpe you get them, and that bag pictured in last pic, is that jcrew? curious.......

  10. @ FFM-I see someone has a thing for stripes. :) I think either piece would be great for the spring.
    I was tempted by that hot pink color too. I'm hoping to find something in that bright shade.

    @Anonymous-I'm glad the reviews helped!! Chances are I'll be picking up at least one of those pants in the future.

    @ElleBelle- That is definitely a fun dress and it came in number sizes.

    @mrs.anketell-I'm still debating whether I should get the pink pants.
    The bag is J. Crew too and something that was featured in Marie Claire magazine last month, I believe. I stalked it for awhile and finally found it in the stores. It also came in a olive green color and it is $69.50 (I think). Sorry for not having the tag info. I was silly and took a pic of everything else.

  11. I love the stripped jacket, but I agree that the price is a little rich. Luckily just about everything at J. Crew goes on sale eventually. I've got a hawk eye on it! LoL.

  12. I love that pink dress, striped blazer, and floral skirt. You have a good eye.

  13. I love that pink dress, striped blazer, and floral skirt. You have a good eye.


Leave your thoughts after the beep....beep. I love to hear from you!

Pin It button on image hover