J Crew candy stripe dress (SU16, $118) runs regular XXXS – XL (F1326), petite PXXS – PL (F4028). 38% cotton, 31% ramie, 31% linen. The color is called tangerine multi (TMU). Machine wash cold, gentle cycle with like colors, non-chlorine bleach, line dry, warm iron. Made in the Philippines.
Size S – The dress is cotton/ramie/linen and felt like a textured cotton, not smooth. If I recall correctly, it was close to a non-terry dish drying cloth. That’s not a bad thing. Just trying to be specific. I had no problems with the fabric. It wasn’t thin, so I had no worries about it being see-thru.
I’m 5’0″, 34DD. The size felt right, so tts. The length was a little long. It would look better in PM, which is the regular S equivalent. But that’s sold out, my friend. Perhaps they didn’t order too many petites as only PXXS & PXS are currently available. I’m sure some sizes will pop back. It was released only a week ago.
The colors were more vibrant than I expected, based on what I’ve seen on my phone and computer monitor. They’re still washed out, though. It didn’t particularly do anything for my skin tone. My brain was filing thru my J. Crew jewelry, thinking of what I could wear as a focal point at my neck and make the dress look better on me. I’m sure something would go. As-is, it was fairly plain on me and made me think just a little bit about a house coat.
Yay for pockets! The pockets are on-seam. Sometimes that’s a problem, adding visual weight at the hip or thigh area. This dress doesn’t have that problem too much. Perhaps they used a thinner fabric for the pocket so it lays flatter. I’m guessing as I type out the review ehre. I didn’t investigate the pockets in the fitting room.
I wasn’t over the moon about the faded hue of the colors, but I like the variety. As a personal preference, I don’t usually like collarless dresses and shirts, but the v-neck is flattering. Yay for pockets and machine wash.
J. Crew Promo
SHOPNOW gets 30% off your purchase — including sale items — with your J. Crew credit card. Some exclusions. Also good in-store. Promo good thru Mon, 5/23.
SUMMER gets 25% off select full-price items.
When I visited a store over the weekend, I didn’t hear the SA mention any restrictions on the promo. The classic short-sleeve dress in gingham is excluded online, but I imagine you can get it for 25-30% off in-store. I tried it on and the size S fit tts. The dress would be a better fit on me with shoulder seams and narrower sleeves. I don’t mind them wide, but they’re just too wide on me.
The portfolio dress is another beautiful sheath from J. Crew. My only qualm about it is the exposed back zipper. I don’t know why they did that. It would be exquisite without it. It’s a great dress, though, and potentially worth overlooking the zipper. TTS.
Over the weekend I reviewed the new stripe popover sweater & nautical stripe skirt in this post.