Tuesday, February 1, 2011

J Crew New Arrivals-dressing room reviews

 Well it is February and I am back and 8 pounds heavier (oops). So lets start this off with my trip to J Crew yesterday.

Forever Cotton Cardigan in smoldering brick ($69.50 item 35751). This is a size Medium and was very comfy and lightweight. Because of the fabric, I would recommend sizing down (which I do later). I liked this cardigan a lot and I liked the way it fell much better then the infinity from the fall/winter.

Vintage Cotton Sunburst Tank in grey ($58.00 item 34085 ). this is a size small, I sized down like I do in most J Crew cotton tanks. This tank lived up to everything I had hoped it would be. The belt makes it hard to see but this tank fits beautifully, I love the detailing and it looks good tucked and untucked. This was a must have for me.

Aurora Tweed Pencil Skirt ($118.00 item 38137). This is my normal size in J Crew skirts, 8 and it fits TTS. I loved this skirt online and in the catalog but I wanted to see it in person. Don't let the word tweed fool you...it is lightweight and shimmery. So gorgeous IRL. The coloring is a red/orange with cream threading. It photographs more orangey but to me it is similar to the nutmeg color in person.

Braided Wrap belt ($52.00 item 39359) Size Small/Medium. This belt is really pretty in person but I could not make it work for the life of me. It did weird bunching things belted over a cardigan and slipped off the waisband when worn under. A no thank-you for me.
Camp Pocket cardigan in smoldering brick ($88.00 item 35750). This is a size medium, my true size and I think it runs a little smaller. I loved this cardigan in the catalog and ended up getting this one over the forever because it was different then my other cardigans. Only dislike was that the bias tape lining like to poke out a little (you can see that in the picture) but that wasn't a huge deal to me.
Scalloped Lace Shell in weathered sage $48.00 item 36952. This is a medium (my true size) I tried it on in a small and it fit but the medium flowed better and was more flattering. Really cute top, easy to wear. Staying on my wishlist for sure!

Horizon Stripe Pencil Skirt ($138.00 item 37986 ): This is my normal size 8 and it fits a little snug. If you go between two sizes in J Crew pencil skirts I would say go with the larger but I wouldn't say you need to actually size up. I liked this skirt better IRL then I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, it was on my wishlist already but in person the quality was better then I expected. The fabric is very thick and crisp (which is good when we are talking about a fitted white skirt) and the detailing was really lovely. I even liked the black waistband.
Here is the forever cardigan in a small (sized down since I wear my long cardigans open at all times)

Striped Drawstring Dress ($69.50 item 34960): ummmm, no thanks. This dress did nothing for me. I feel better about it now that I see it did nothing for the model either. I did like the length of this dress though. This is a medium. I tried on the small also and it fit more like it did on the model so you might want to size down on this one for that look.
 Striped Button Back Tee ($39.50 item 37810). I sized down on this one and it was still away from the body (as designed). I really like this tee. It is cut a little boxy but it drapes well so I don't think it adds a bulking effect.
While I was there I ordered the much coveted No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Citron that is on the website but won't add into a shopping cart for some reason. Ladies, this skirt is in stock it appears to just be a glitch so you can order it over the phone .

What are your thoughts on J Crew's Spring line so far? Any must haves or already gottens??

29 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

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JulieStyles said...

You look great! At first glance the Feb. catalog didn't do it for me at all. At 2nd, 3rd and 4th glance, there are a few items I need to see in person and try on. So after my 10am client meeting, I'm off to J Crew. The Horizon Stripe Pencil skirt and Levelette dress are on hold, and I'm hoping to see the silk driving scarf and Tulle blossom dress.

SassyStyle said...

I love that you went and tried some of these new items on. My closest J Crew is about 4 hours away, so all of my ordering is online and it's not always easy to tell if I'm going to like an actual item versus the online photo. I'm drooling over the Horizon Stripe Pencil skirt - the pencil is my 'go-to' cut for skirts!

Lisa_Groves said...

So glad that you're back! I truly missed reading your blog and seeing your awesome OOTDs. I'm glad that you were able to take time off (I never could figure out how you managed it all - I have four children too), but am so excited to see today's post. You look fabulous as always in all of these...I'm really loving all of the orange tones for spring. Exactly where is that 8 pounds? I certainly don't notice it!

modernmom said...

Yay! Glad you are back. ;) Love the reviews.

Norma said...

You're back!

norma

Closet Crisis said...

Yay! You're back! The smoldering brick colour is so pretty. Think this is JC's "key" colour this season? Love seeing your try on's, think we take the same size tops/cardis (but you're much taller than me :P) thanks for all the reviews!

Molly said...

Thanks for the reviews. Welcome back.

Hollylovescrew said...

I'm so glad to see you back too! Thanks for the reviews. I like the white with black stripes pencil skirt better on you than the JC model.

triciathomas said...

YAY so glad you are back!!! Debye you did not gain any weight you are a twig! I love the new line at J-Crew and once I am off my no buy and things go on sale I will be picking up a few cute things!

Debye said...

Oh Tricia.....you are now officially going to be my best friend ;)

Holly & Molly (how perfect did that work out?)-your welcome now if I could just figure out how to be a professional (and well paid) "try-er on-er"

Closet Crisis-I agree, the smoldering brick does seem to be a key color this season which is kinda funny since I think of it more as a fall color...luckily, I don't discriminate

norma & modern mom-thanks for the warm welcome back ;)

Lisa-okay, you are my new best friend too!

Sassy Styles-that would be tough not to have a store to try things on at. You'll love the horizon skirt. pencil skirts are my go to as well. So much so that I tried to ban myself from buying any in 2011 since I have so many. That obviously didn't last very long ;)

JulieStyles-ohhhh...have fun trying on today! I hope you find some great pieces. I didn't care for the early spring catalog but Spring always gets me. My favorite lines from all the my favorite stores are the spring ones

Steve-thanks for the invite :)

gina said...

I love your shoes in these pics! Who makes them?

Misty Lynn said...

I'm new, but so excited to find someone who is also a J.Crew size 8/med/sometime small that is also interested in being modest. Thanks for the post/pics. I live much closer to a J.Crew factory store, but may have to take a trip to the regular store now.

Tara said...

So happy to see you back! I'm in love with the Aurora tweed pencil skirt, and you look amazing in it :)

Pamela said...

I don't believe you gained an ounce. Your figure is fabulous and you look awesome!!!!

Everytime I see you in a pencil skirt, you make me want to buy it. I swear, you show them off much better than the catalog models, no lie!!! I love the Aurora Tweed on you and now it's totally on my radar.

Welcome back!!

Anonymous said...

Nice picks, the smouldering brick is really nice. I hope you will show IRL photos and comment on the sizing of the No.2 pencil skirt. I'd love to get in in the basic black.

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Cleo said...

You look great in everything! I'm liking the horizontal striped pencil skirt. I actually picked this one up in my usual size, but found the waist wide (as i do for most J.Crew pencil skirt). I can't size down because of my hips. :) (AT and ATL skirts fit me better.)

Loving all the tees and cardigans, and the colors look great on you.

Carie said...

Welcome back.

The Horizon pencil skirt is a must own, but first it must be marked down. I also loved the sunburst tank.

Debye said...

Gina-the shoes are the Come Dancin Peep-toe Pumps by Seychelles and they are my favs. They are so comfortable and go with everything!

MistyLynn-welcome :)

Tara-thanks a bunch!

Pamela-ahhhh, thanks! It must be because pencil skirts are meant for curves. The Aurora tweed will look smashing on you, especially with that beautiful red hair!

Anonymous-I will definitely post some pictures of the No.2 skirt once it arrives. Especially since I plan to wear it a whole bunch!

Covnit

Debye said...

Covnitkpr-thanks

Cleo-Ahh that is a bummer about the horizon pencil skirt although I will trade you for the teeny waist that goes with the hips any day ;) There is a GORGEOUS pencil skirt coming out sometime this month at the LOFT this month...I can't wait.

Carie-I agree with you, they are both must haves but the full price is always hard to swallow at J Crew

Toyin O. said...

Love the two skirts outfits and the shoe, very nice.

thatdamngreendress said...

ha, you're wearing my wishlist!! I have to actually decide now which of the many splendid smouldering bricks is me!

Leslie said...

Welcome back! I love that tweed skirt!

Jan Russell said...

Whaaaa??? 8lbs where I'd like to know! You look as slender as ever and amazing in that tweed skirt - the outfit you put together is perfection! Fun to see you posting!

Tammy said...

I like the dress and top on you!!!

Lake Nokomis said...

Love the first look...I think it looks great on you!

theunquietlibrary said...

I very much enjoyed your blog post! So you think the Forever Cardigan fits better/hangs better than the Infinity? I am torn between Infinity in soft sage right now and the Forever in light spearmint!

Julie said...

Your blog is so great - hope you come back soon with more!