I have to admit, I made this shopping trip several weeks ago so the items are not exactly “new” to J Crew stores anymore, but the bonus for you is that most of them are now on sale! I wanted to show something along the lines of #keepingitreal and that outfits don’t just magically put themselves together in my closet. Sometimes there’s a lot of lemons before I get sweet lemonade. Also, I enjoyed writing my Stitch Fix post and wanted to show a version from a retail store.
Stripe Knit Shift Dress: I really like the fit and styling of this dress. It’s simple but fun with the basket-weave texture stripe center panel and I could think of several different ways to style it in the 5 minutes I had it on my body. BUY
Merino Elbow Patch Strip Sweater: This sweater was ok, but given it’s wool (even though it is light weight) and a boxier fit, I opted to pass. I have 2 other sweaters in a similar style so it just wasn’t something I needed in my closet.
Seamed Motorcycle Pants– The picture doesn’t really tell the best story about these pants, but the bottom line (no pun intended) is that the zippers at the hem line were just not doing it for me. The seams curve in so the zippers were hitting on my shin, not the side of the pant. I just couldn’t. NO GO
Fluted Skirt: I was really excited to try on this skirt. While the material is a little dressier than I truly need in my wardrobe right now, I like the style and the color enough to come up with mental ways I could style it to fit my current #funemployment state. Sadly, this is one of those items that looks SOOO much better on the hanger/shelf. I’m not sure if the picture is clear enough but it did this weird bell poof in the back. I don’t know many (any?) females who want a poof on their butt. NO GO.
Drapey Crape Tank: I was honestly trying this on for size since I wanted the green, but I’m glad I did. It’s cute, but it’s also big (hence drapey). Given my *ahem* lack of a chest, the v-neck was so low I couldn’t wear it without a cami underneath and it just wasn’t everything I was hoping it would be. NO GO.
Salon Stripe Mini: This skirt is silk/linen blend and I liked it for the style, stripe and length (short enough to be fun, but not age inappropriate). I initially purchased it, but once I got it home, I realized I had a very similar skirt in my closet already so I returned it. BUY (but return).
Lightweight Merino v-neck sweater: I know I said above I didn’t buy the strip sweater because it was wool, but something about this sweater was just everything I’ve been looking for and didn’t even know it. It’s super lightweight (yeah, yeah, so the name says…I’m a genius) and I’ve actually already worn it 3 times. It’s a great “closet basic” that I can see wearing for years to come (and without a budget busting price tag!) BUY BUY BUY!!
So there you have it, the good, bad and ugly of a recent J Crew shopping spree. I had a reward card to spend, and I chose 3 (2 after return) pieces to fill holes in my wardrobe and with versatility.
Happy shopping, Happy closet!