Motorcycle jacket in gingham (SP16, E9917, $178) runs 000 – 16. The sizes on the ends of the spectrum sold out quickly. 79% cotton, 21% linen, Lining: 95% poly, 5% elastane. The color is called navy ivory.
Size 8 – There was no 6 to try. There was very limited sizing, so it did well in my store.
It’s zipped up on the left, which I like and preferred to unzipped, on the right. The size 6 would look better when unzipped. I would have to wear it with a thinner layer than I had on. You can feel the linen texture in the weave of the fabric. It gives it a more rugged feel, if you will, than simply throwing a cotton gingham into a motorcycle style. That wouldn’t have worked.
The snaps at the collar are functional and can be unbuttoned. The silhouette is fitted and cropped. The size 8 seemed to fit well, but the chambray shirt I had underneath is on the thicker side. A size 6 might be a better fit, but I would have to try to be sure. If you have a larger chest you might want to get measurements. That seemed to be the place where I needed the size 8. I’m 5’0″, 34DD.
Gingham for the body of the lining and fine stripes for the sleeve lining. I forgot about the adjustable ties (see photo) until after I’d taken off the jacket. I didn’t feel like spending time to play with it. If I had, I would’ve cinched them more and then checked how the jacket looked unzipped.
This style isn’t for me. As a personal preference, I’m not digging the mashup of motorcycle & gingham. J. Crew definitely pulled it off, though. If you get this, treat it like a denim jacket and wear it as often as you can. Motorcycle and gingham are each classic styles, but I can’t see the jacket making sense in a couple seasons.
I visited a store yesterday. A few impressions:
Midi skirt in ornate lace – The navy is the skirt version of the dress (reviewed below). I tried on the white, sz 6. Another one where the scale doesn’t work on a petite frame. TTS, though. It’s a great, lightweight skirt. Should take you from the warmer spring months to early summer. There’s a circle detail at the hem that I like. Thumbsup.
Presentation dress – It’s a shift and has a little bit of shape to it. It’s still gonna be a shift, though. The bows are cute. I like the v-neck. The blue is beautiful. It felt just a little like a baby doll dress. I didn’t feel particularly mature or sophisticated. That’s a personal issue for me given my height. I don’t need to look mature, per se, but I don’t want to look like I’m in a baby’s style. The regular 6 looked and felt good. The fabric weight is nice and so is the fabric weave. It’s a good dress for a number of occasions, particularly helping you easily look polished when you don’t want to struggle to look and feel good. I might try it on in black if I see it makes a difference in how I feel about it. Thumbsup.
Short-sleeve shift dress in ornate lace – I believe I tried a regular 6 in this, too and it ran tts. The idea makes me think of J Crew 2008, which I loved. The print seems really busy, though. Almost too much going on. I don’t recall the rating off hand, but probably a thumbsup. The dress is lightweight, but seems to be well done. It’s not a match for me, but some will love it. It has potential.
Have you tried the trench cape? Is the cape style for you or pass?