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J Crew washed trench (SP16, $168) comes in regular 000 – 16 (E8023) and petite (E8252). Color choices are classic navy and light walnut. 55% cotton, 45% lyocell. The trench is unlined. Machine wash. There’s a note about the color possibly transferring to ligher surfaces, so be mindful of that. Maybe it applies more to navy than the light walnut.
Size 6 – My store was sold out of my sizes when I tried it on a few days ago. The regular 6 fit tts, however the sleeves and length are longer than I want them to be. I can get away with a good number of coats in regular size, but I think this one will look best if you get your correct size. Come final sale time, I don’t recommend getting the wrong size and making it work” unless you’re going to get it altered.
The color is more dull irl than it is online. One thing I like is that it doesn’t have a green tint like some of the browns have had. I also think it’s a warm brown, not cool.
The web description says it’s a cotton/Tencel blend. I thought it was going to be flowy, similar to many of the fast fashion trenches that are currently on trend. Also, before I saw it, I thought of the rumpled trench from 2009 or so. It was cute, but I think that coat was too rumpled for me. With those expectations in mind, I wasn’t disappointed that it isn’t structured or polished. In fact, the fabric was sturdier than I expected. It feels like a regular, lightweight trench. Remember that it’s unlined. This is definitely a spring jacket. I’m curious how it would be to travel in, as in flying on an airplane.
A closer look and note the sleeve length in the right pic. It felt more pulled together when I buttoned it and tied the waist. I was trying it on very quickly and didn’t play with the lapels or try to smooth the coat. The epaulets struck me as small (a good thing), even though extend to the shoulder. I usually don’t like epaulets because they shorten my neck length, but I like them on this jacket.
I’m looking forward to receiving the 8P to see what I think of it then. I’ve been chasing this look for years and hoping this trench does it. It’s very casual here in Giants & Raider territory. Also, some of the people I work with are very casual. I’ve been in a number of sessions where the producer is in a t-shirt and jeans. I’m in a schoolboy blazer and they’re asking where I’m going. Uh, here. Work. lol
Note the stock pic color. Not the same irl. Oh, I also like that the buttons are tonal. I usually prefer that over black or brown buttons on tan. Now, when I make it to Burberry trench land, I will probably adore black buttons.
The fabric and casual vibe won’t be for everyone, but I liked it.
ETA: Recvd and love it. Here’s my first OOTD with the trench.
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J Crew Martie pant in gingham (SP16, $98) come in regular 000 – 16 (E9564) and petite P000 – P12 (E9565) . The color is called navy navy (NNA).
Size 6 – These fit tts. I had to fasten the hook-and-eye to get the zipper past the waistband seam, but once I did that they were fine. In short, these fit more tts than the holiday Marties that sized to 8. Perhaps it’s the stretch in these or they corrected the fit. Or both.
The side-zip is not my best friend. I didn’t expect these to be any different. I don’t like to tuck unless they ask me to for work, so I would have no problem always covering the area. The main issue I had cannot be seen in these pics. You see gingham pants, right? Well in-person they looked more like vertical striped pants. Circus, circus, circus flashed in my head. I mentally argued, but the image I kept seeing in the mirror looked like stripe pants. They didn’t look bad like Robin Thicke’s horrible pants he wore when he performed with Miley Cyrus. They just looked more like stripe pants than gingham. I wanted gingham.
Pic on the let is the Marties. The faint, horizontal stripes seem to be very faint. The color is in a herringbone pattern, and yields less color than the Secret Wash shirt in faded gingham on the right. Notice that the horizontal tripes are faded, but not as faded as those on the Marties. Of course the blue is darker on the Marties, making the lighter stripes seem even lighter. There’s less contrast between the blues on the Secret Wash shirt.
Not for me, but I liked them. Good fabric and fit more tts than the holiday Marties.
The gingham options at Urban Outfitters (closet to J. Crew’s scale) and Talbots (smaller scale print) didn’t make the widget below. The Land’s End pair (2nd from left) look like a winner.
I was surprised at how divisive the washed trench seemed to be on The Mothership. We don’t have to all like the same things. Trenches traditionally look polished, but we have all sorts of options for garments these days. That said, I don’t think it was the trench that was the issue as much as the undercurrent that ran below the difference of opinion.
I really wish that everyone had just taken Sunny’s advice to let the trench go. People will see what they want to see. My personal past experience is that I kept insisting that my husband does not pay for everything I buy. Not everyone saw the info that G Money was a long standing rap joke between us and not a reference to anything else, but some that did see it believed what they wanted to believe anyway. I guess it was more fun to assume I was a vacuous, bored housewife than accepting my fitting room reviews for what they are — fitting room reviews. I did not say I bought everything, but folks wanted to believe that anyway. I finally stopped trying to explain myself and actions.
In this case, some mentioned that they didn’t see anything negative in the thread on JCA. I can see how some people felt that because they don’t have backstory and/or history. Backstory being all sorts of non-blog conversations that have occured and still do via emails, direct messaging and other methods of communication. Others know full well they see negativity and will state the opposite anyway.
I know for a fact that Rynetta has been bullied. Some of it public and some of it private, sent directly to her. Pretty much what you see is what she is. Yes, she’s very sweet. What you don’t know is that she can be hilarious. She has cracked me up quite often, offline. She’s really honest, sharp and witty. What you do know is she loves J. Crew. She thinks the things she buys are “amazing” and, unlike me, she’s not a returner. She chooses to not talk about items she dislikes or passes on and people assume that she buys every single thing she sees in the store. Well, what if she does?
What. If. She Does.
Just because she has a Ph. D. doesn’t mean she has to methodically or systematically break down what she buys in the way you “think” someone with a Ph. D. should write. From what I gather, shopping is a release for her. As for many of us, J. Crew is her happy place. If that’s what she wants it to be or that’s how her lifestyle is…(shrug)… I think she pretty much gets on, shares her stuff, interacts with people quite a bit and that’s it. What anyone thinks of how she “should” do it…well, it’s not up to them. It’s up to her.
In general, what I fail to understand is why people absolutely have to be negative and/or mean. I don’t like everything I see online. I don’t agree with all of the things I see online. Instead of picking my fingers up and hovering them over my computer or telephone keyboard to “voice my opinion” or share my thoughts, I simply move on. If the person has asked for feedback and I hope to help, I will share my thoughts and try to be nice about it. If they are just sharing an outfit and I don’t like it, I move on. Why spread negativity? I’ve read that people who put themselves online are subject to just as much criticism as they are praise and should accept it as a part of being online. I highly doubt anyone puts themselves online to be put down. So why do it?
The trench is on it’s way to me. Didn’t buy the pants. Going to take a nap.
ETA: It looks like some of this still isn’t making sense. Let me say it another way. There’s a lot of gossip that goes on in direct messaging, texting, phone calls and emails. Probably via owls and smoke signals, too. So when certain comments show up in blogs or Instagram, they aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes there’s a backstory and those who are part of the backstory can read between the lines. Some of those lines have jibs and jabs.
So. If you think that you can’t make a negative comment about a garment, that’s not my point. My sentiments have more to do with the bullying that many people haven’t seen.
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