J Crew’s trench cape (SP16, F0291, $178) runs XXS/XS, S/M & L/XL. 100% cotton, lining: 95% poly, 5% elastane. Color choices are barley and navy. Made in Vietnam.
Cut to $149.99 around 4/13/2016
Another cut to $139.99
Size S/M – I took the XXS/XS in as well. the front panel didn’t cover me fully, so no pics of that size.
The overall scale is a bit voluminous on me (5’0″), but the trench cape runs tts. The barley color is perfect. It’s not dull. It’s very similar to the online pic and brighter than these pics. My rainboots are Kate Spade Sedgewick. I wear 7.5 and own the 6/7 size. TThe rubber has stretched out enough to feel comfortable for most of the day. I usually don’t wear them all day, though. The few times I have, e.g. 8 hrs, my feet did feel a little pinched by the end of the day.
The fabric is crisp and felt very sturdy. Unfortunately I felt like a bat in it. It’s almost like I’m in a plastic bag and then poked slits for my arms to go through. That might sound like I’m ragging, but I’m not. I couldn’t quite get comfortable in it.
I like it with the collar up because it adds to ‘the look.’ However, I wouldn’t wear it that way because the cotton would rub on my hair. I rubbed out a section of my hair way back when it was long. True story.
The lining is poly, but this gingham piece is the only lining I saw. If you look at where the belt is threading through, you can see how the cape is in three large pieces. This will make more sense if you get a chance to try it on for yourself.
I have a wool Kate Spade cape and it feels more like a peacoat, but with cape slits instead of peacoat arms. The feel is more solid on my KS jacket because the cape isn’t in pieces like this one. Love the gingham. Oh, I think scale is an issue here. Scale is a word I’ve been using a lot in reviews as of late. J. Crew has nixed most of the oversized designs and are now releasing more fitted items. However, the ones that don’t come in petite still seem to overwhelm me. Like this one. It isn’t a simple fix like shortening a hem. It’s that the overall sizing in some of these items would be better in petite.
Not for me, but I appreciate the style, the fabric and barley color.
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?