I was in NYC last week and my trip happened to coincide with J.Crew’s latest roll out of new arrivals. So, I figured, why not go and check them out. I actually ended up popping into two stores, the one on Madison Avenue in Midtown and the one at Columbus Circle. The Madison Ave. store was a bit small and seemed to be pretty well stocked with size 0s, but not much else, so I left quickly. The Columbus Circle outlet was considerably larger (two floors) and actually had my size.
Teddie Sailor Pant
I dunno, I have a thing for sailor style pants, so I was really excited to try on the Teddie Sailor Pants. Sadly, they weren’t the most flattering on me. The 6 fit, but wow, do these make my thighs look huge. I think it might be due to the length – they are meant to be cropped, but they look just a bit too short on my 5’10” frame (maybe a tall would work better? Never mind, the sailor style isn’t available in tall).
I’m also not 100% sold on the buttons. The ones in the back look alright, but the ones in the front are just kind of there and look a bit cheap. The fabric is a wool blend, but they didn’t feel very heavy.
Talk about night and day. While the topcoat looks great on me (I think), the blazer looks so drab and boxy. The size 6 is too wide in the shoulders and just kinda hangs there. Ugh, this is not a flattering look.
There is a single button near the waist, but what’s the point of it? It doesn’t cinch the blazer closed or add any shape to it. I guess you can add me to the anti-Regent crowd.
Multicolor Tweed Mini
I like the Multicolor Tweed Mini, it’s fun and a bit silly. The size 6 fit fine, though it was a little low on my waist and the length was very short. I wouldn’t add this one to my closet, for a few reasons. For one thing, it’s an acrylic blend and I have a no acrylic rule (it wears poorly and always looks tired after no time at all). For another, the fray bits on the skirt were actually fraying themselves right off.
Look at the little stray piece of thread in the photo there. By the time I was finished the try-on, that piece of thread was on the floor of the dressing room.
The ultimate deal breaker is the exposed zipper. Nope. Just nope.
Silk Clip Dot Top
For some reason, I thought the elm Silk Clip Dot Top was going to work with the tweed skirt. But, it didn’t. Oh well. I’m not super into this top, but it was fine. It’s a viscose silk blend with a polyester lining. The size 4 fit well in the body. The sleeves seemed short, but according to the online description, they’re meant to be 3/4 length. They looked more like bracelet length sleeves to me, which, on a person with long arms, can just look as though your shirt is too small. I liked the green color, but there’s not much special enough about the shirt to make it a good closet addition.
Tipped Jackie Twinset
I really like the detailing on the Tipped Jackie Cardigan and Shell. But, otherwise, I wasn’t sold on them. Both are made of a lightweight merino, which was actually almost too lightweight. The shell was see-through and I felt sure I was going to snag the cardigan on something. The buttons on the cardigan felt like they were slightly too large for the size of the button holes — it was difficult to undo them. Although it looks cute and fits true to size (I’m in a small in both), it just feels like neither the cardigan or the shell will last for more than a season.
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