More talk about J Crew! And a warm welcome to our special guest, Roxy of…
Thanks so much to Gigi for letting me write up these guest reviews! I’m Roxy and blog on the regular about Anthropologie over at Effortless Anthropologie, and do fashion musings on my tumblr The Parallel Universes Resolution. I hadn’t been to J.Crew in a little while — their stuff just wasn’t resonating with me. But their latest Spring releases struck gold and I couldn’t wait to try some of the latest on.
Real quick, here are my stats for sizing reference: I’m 5’8″, 145 lbs, 34D, size 6/M on top, 10 in pants, 8/10 in skirts. My measurements are approximately 34-29-39.
I’ve seen a lot of thin sweatshirts for spring but none have quite captured me like the Merino Sweater in Inky Floral Print ($148). Whereas many other retailers are using either polyester or short-fiber cotton, it’s nice to see J.Crew using a merino wool-silk combo on this top. It’s very thin with tiny 14 gauge knit, though it’s not nearly as sheer as I expected. I was wearing a black layering cami and it only barely showed through in the back. The fibers seem long enough to prevent major pilling or fuzzing. The top isn’t exactly soft to the touch like I expect from merino but it’s not harsh or scratchy either.
The silk panel in front has a descending floral in black, grey and blue. It’s beautiful in a modern gothic way and I love how the online product shot paired it with a romantic skirt like the Collection Box-Pleated Skirt in Circle Jacquard ($168) which I’ve reviewed below. I like the bracelet length sleeves which I’d pushed up slightly and how the sweatshirt hits easily below the waist, at the high hip. Although boxy in nature the top seemed to follow my curvy hourglass shape nicely. I tried this top on in my usual size medium and found it to fit well.
Here’s the view from the side and close up:
It feels like chambray and polka dots have been done so much. And yet I love the tiny open circles on the Circle Print Chambray Pullover ($88). This relaxed popover has a single breast pocket and cute iridescent buttons down the front placket. Though the sleeves are quite loose I found the bottom cuff to be really tight, so when I tried to roll the sleeves up it was a challenge! The chambray material is lightweight, great for layering now and wearing on its own later.
While I love the preppy vibe of this top I had a few fit issues. I tried on a size 6 which is what I normally wear in other J.Crew tops like the perfect-fit button downs and the Blythe. Here a 6 was really loose, especially in the back. You can see in the side view below how it sat away from my body, even with a yoke and inverted pleat to help with fit. In the front, the small collar and single pocket are challenging with a large bust. I get that small collars are in right now — the better to show off a collar necklace! — but they are not as flattering as a dress shirt collar when you’re a D cup like me.
On the plus side, this shirt is nice and long with a straight cut. I love how the front helps create a leaner silhouette because it lays just above the widest part of my thighs, drawing the eye inwards. Side notches at the bottom hem assist in the good fit. I wish the back was so thoughtfully cut! For the close-up shot below I unbuttoned a few of the tiny buttons and that seemed to help the overall look by opening up the neckline. Of course, that means any necklace now goes under rather than over.
I tried on the Sera Top ($98) and the Collection Box-Pleated Skirt in Circle Jacquard ($168) as an outfit. I’ll talk about the top first. These silk chiffon button-ups are what J.Crew does best, don’t you think? I’ve loved many a version of this top and the latest is pretty and just a touch ruffly without overdoing it. It runs HUGE. I’m in a 4 for these photos — that’s one size down from my normal 6 and still pretty big on me. There’s a touch of a-line shape to the blouse so it lays over your hips easily. The armholes are also quite big. The top is double-layered but my black cami underneath was still showing though. Something to keep in mind.
Despite the looseness, I adore the Sera! It would be great under blazers or with a suit. It’s perfect for day-to-night transitions. It’s the kind of top where you really can’t go wrong. Plus, it looks nice tucked into skirts. Skirts like the Box Pleated Circle Jacquard Skirt here. I was bummed that the skirt I tried on was wrinkled but even slightly misshapen I could tell this is a lovely piece. It’s short, hitting three inches above my knees. Not a mini but close. Like the Sera Top this skirt runs large. I’m normally a 10 but found an 8 worked better in this skirt. It sits just below the waist and has a slight bell shape.
The skirt has pockets — yay! And there’s a lining. I only wish this skirt came in knee-length. J.Crew (and many other retailers) seem to think that only pencils should graze the knees. Not so! Bring back a-line knee-length skirts and I’ll be very happy.
Roxy, thanks so much for these awesome reviews. You’re always so thorough!
Long live Effortless Anthropologie as Grand Central Anthro! The community is phenomenal and helped me many a time. Whether you’re new to the retailer or been inhaling Voluspa candles for awhile, you’ll quickly feel right at home with Roxy and friends.
Thanks for visiting!