Shopping: J.Crew Crazy Sale

Last week, J.Crew had a “sale of the day” thing going on. The first day was X amount off of shorts or something, the second day X amount off of swim, and the third day was between 50 and 60 percent off of marked down sale styles. I stopped paying attention after the third day, so I don’t know what days 4 and 5 were.

Woooo! The excitement was palpable. The powers that be at J.Crew might complain about “sale shoppers,” but by marking stuff down so, so much, they really aren’t dissuading us from shopping them on sale, and really, only on sale. So much on sale you have to wonder what the company is paying for the clothes in the first place to have any of this make any sense.

I’ve had my eye on a few items, and I figured last Wednesday was as good a time as any to bite, at more than 50 percent off and without the limitations of final sale. As has been the case lately with J.Crew, most of the things I ordered didn’t work out and will be going back or exchanged. Here’s a quick run down of what worked and what didn’t:

First up, the stitched-down pleated skirt in polka dots. I really, really liked this skirt when I first saw it. I’m a big fan of polka dots and tend to jump at the site of anything with the tiny little dots on it. When the skirt when down to around $45 last week, my thought was “yes, please!”

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Except, there were a few issues (there always are). The skirt was a mini that sat above the waist. Although tall sizes were available, the Tall 6 was sold out. Which meant I could lose some off of the waist and go with a Tall 4 or lose some off of the length and go with a regular 6. I went with the regular, which is apparently 18 inches long (I didn’t measure it to confirm).

It’s probably good that I stuck with my regular size instead of going down one for length. The fit of this skirt is a little weird. As the name suggests, the waist area is stitched down, which usually creates a flattering fit and effect. In this case, it just made the waist weirdly misshapen, itchy and heavy.

Close up of stitching detail
Close up of stitching detail

While the waistband is actually a little loose around my real waist, the stitching makes the skirt a bit too snug around the area between my waist and hips. The skirt just feels strange on, being both too tight and too loose at the same time. There’s also something weird going on with the lining, as it’s a bit more snug that the rest of the skirt. Lengthwise, the regular version of the skirt is just a bit too short for my 5’10” self. Although I was really excited about the skirt on paper, in reality, it’s a bit of a mess and I’m going to return it.

Next: the Perfect Shirt in Green Crinkle Plaid. I never have any idea of what size to get in J.Crew’s shirts. I’m usually drowning in a 6 while their 4’s usually give me some problems in the shoulders and armholes. So, I went with a  6 in this one.

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As you can see, it’s quite big, both in the arms and the body. I do feel as if I’m swimming in the shirt, but I also like it, because I really like green and I really like plaid. I got in touch with customer service at J. Crew and they let me exchange it for a 4, at the  same price that I paid for the first size ($35 after the 50 percent discount). We’ll have to see how the 4 fits. Fingers crossed that it’ll work out.

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On a different note, the shirt looks OK when tucked in, probably because I am taking all of that extra fabric and shoving it into the waistband of my skirt. The sleeves are still too long and puffy.

Finally, the winner of this J. Crew order: the ladder stitch silk shell. I got this in a purple color in a size 4, because the size 6 was sold out and I really wanted purple. Purple seems to be sold out in all sizes now, so I’m glad I was able to order it when I did because it was the only item in the order that truly sparked joy. There’s also a champagne and a blue color, and I may just go back for those.

jcrew_ladder_stitch_shellThe shirt looks great tucked in or left hanging out, as seen above. I really love the color and the quality of the silk is pretty decent, for J. Crew. It’s not the best silk I’ve ever seen, but it’s miles and away better than some of their other “silk” tops I’ve tried on lately.

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Some might object to the ladder stitch detailing across the front. It is see-through, and if you stare at it, you can see a trace of bra strap through the stitching. I don’t really care about that, as it’s pretty subtle, and you really have to be staring at a person to notice it. But, if that’s something that bothers you, you can go with a nude bra or just throw on a cardigan or blazer.

So, it wasn’t a perfect order. But, I managed to find 1 (and a half – we’ll see how the new size works) items that I really liked. Given the issues that have plagued J. Crew recently and my other recent strike outs, that’s not that bad.

 

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