New arrivals are up at jcrew.com. I like the gold-foil leaf print and after seeing the front-zipper dress today on Marielarue7, I’m not a fan of the zipper on the front of that dress, in particular. I will try it on and constantly try on a-line dresses and skirts that don’t particularly flatter, but I do so because I adore the look. However, I am pretty good about not buying things and “making them work” these days. I have too many of them sitting around w/tags on them. Anyway, I did like this rollout overall and was inspired to stop by a store on the way home from a job.
My store had nathan on the floor. They’re opening the boxes tonite. Their focus is the in-store event this coming Wed. It would’ve been nice if they had some of the pieces out to coincide with today’s online release. Particularly since I had time to try on. Oh well.
The upside to this rollout is that natural fabrics are back! Well, more so than we’ve seen in the past. I was surprised, very surprised to see that the garden pant in gold leaf foil are linen.
There are still some design elements that I’m not going for. The shoulder drops have been minimized, but they’re still present (looking at you pencil stripe popover, textured beach sweater and low hanging fruit metallic tropical front tee).
* Carrie cami in tropical frond ($98) – I like the Carrie cami silhouette and wanted to try this on. It’s silk. Size down one. I have these in sz 4.
* Contrast paneled shell ($68) – Yay for the print being extended to the back of the shirt. Cotton, too!
* Cropped silk popover in tropical fern ($98) – The teal that they’re calling tropical forest look so fresh w/the white. Can’t wait to see someone looking good in this in a blog or on Instagram.
* Gold-leaf foil pencil skirt ($98) – Higher waistline, regular & petite sizes, cotton & lined. Could be good to get this version and not wait for the factory ‘rendition.’
* Gold-leaf foil shell ($98) – 2013 was about the last time they put zippers in the shells like these. I’m thinking of the cherry blossom from HO13. I don’t see this lookin
* Lightweight beach tunic ($78) – I don’t know why J. Crew is flipped around w/colors. The keep jumping the line from innovative or different to just plain “off.” The dark cognac screams fall, but I do like and want to see this item in it.
* Sleeveless belted dress in Italian wool crepe ($198) – I guess they couldn’t control themselves enough to create a mid-length v-neck, so they kept the neckline high. At least it’s modest and the belt probably ties in a cute way. I have an eyebrow raised about those armholes. They’re a little Judy Jetson-y, but I like the color offerings.
* Tassel beach skirt ($55) – I like this. Longer length, but not a maxi. Great for someone like me who gets sun rashes easily. Online only.
Dear J. Crew,
Why in tarnation would you do another painted utility pant ?