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Silk cap-sleeve blouse in midnight bloom (SP15, E9806, $98) runs 000 – 16. The color is called pale buff (PBU). 100% silk, contains non-textile parts of animal origin.
3/30/16 – cut to $69.99
Size 6 – This top was released in solid colors in FA16 or HO16. I have grey. I love the cut. It hits at a flattering part of the arm and making my arms look more in-shape than they are.
I wasn’t sure about the background “buff” color is, but it’s prettty in-person. The color is called pale buff, but there’s a pink to it. The print is vibrant. TTS or the larger of your two sizes, sz 6 for me. It was a surprise like. Prints don’t always play well on camera. The flowers could end up looking like splotches, so I try to buy things like this on sale.
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Wide-leg ponte pant (SP15, $98) runs regular 000 – 16 (F0286) and petite P000 – P14 (F2197). Color choices are black and navy. The petite only comes in navy. 70% cotton, 29% nylon, 5% elastane.
Size 6 – I tried these on to do a review (no pics yet). I had zero interest in them because I pretty much expected them to suck. I was also wary about that front seam running down the front of the legs. Turns out it’s not prominent and the pants don’t suck. Not the case at all.
Inseam on the regular is 25″ and 23″ on the petite.
My hips (39″ last time I measured) are more straight on the sides. All my stuff resides in the back. If you look to either side of the pants, you will see points. That’s where my hips/legs begin to spread out. I’m straight up until that point. I say all this because I don’t know how the pants will look on a pear shape. I imagine good, though. The ponte seems to be fairly forgiving.
Yay for no exposed rear zip! Side-zip on these pants. The ponte pants are fitted across the rear, so underwear type might be a consideration. I could see the line of mine in the back. The navy is nice, btw. That’s the color I’m wearing here. I wear dark jeans all the time so navy wasn’t of interest to me.
I loved them and bought them in black. I am 5’0″ but liked the way the regular 6 looked on me. I’m sure I’ll always wear heels with them. I think the right type of boot would look good with them, too. Maybe something fitted could work. They’re as comfortable as yoga pants, but don’t have the athleisure look. In the 80s, track suits were worn for fashion. Many people in them weren’t working out. If you wear yoga pants, do you. I’ll be glad when the trend is over. Unlike the 80s, I believe people are actually working out in their athleisure. The thought of people sweating in a workout and then going all around town in the same clothes….
Someone asked why — at 5’0″ — I got the regular size. I really regret buying a number of pairs of wool capris in petite size. They looked like floods. I’m only about 1/2″ too long for most of the petite lengths. However, given a slightly longer inseam for my height & the fact that I almost always wear heels, I tend to stick to regular length when the inseam is below 30″.
Thumbsup on both the blouse & the pants. Get out of yoga pants and get these!
As mentioned in the past couple of posts, I visited a store on Friday. 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.
TIMETOSHOP gets 30% off your purchase & 50% off final sale items. There are exclusions, like the trench cape, metallic gingham popover (popped back in 2, 6, 8 & 10) and motorcycle jacket in gingham. Basically some of the more exciting new arrivals are excluded. The gingham Tippi is included in the promo, though. I tried it on yesterday in S. I would stick with a M to give it more slack. The sweaters are hand-printed, which means no two are alike. The pattern drives me a little wonky in that they’re not clean, gingham lines. Thumbsup to J. Crew for creating a great twist on a classic, but for now I’ll stick to the Crewlet gingham espadrilles (TTS, sz 7.5 for me) and Land’s End’s gingham seersucker pants (8P).
This promo is good today, Sun 3/13 only. If you need to request a price adjustment, you might want to call it in. The last time I emailed for a price adjustment on a one-day promo, they denied me because a new promo was showing at the time. I called mine in on the leopard Marlo crossbody.
p.s. Another word about the the Crewlet gingham espadrilles. They’re currently $64 + 30% off w/your Gilt City Factory coupon. The brick-and-motor currently has them for 50% off and you can use the Gilt City coupon, bringing them to about the same price. The Factory currently has 50% off storewide, but items that are signed “Factory Finds” — like the — have a discounted price, but they’re not 50% off.
The Gilt City coupon should work on your entire Factory purchase.