Anyway, since I was already in the store, I decided to grab some items to try on and review them for you.
Paintbox floral cardigan
I think this one has a horrible presentation on the website. I really don't like the look over the chambray shirt. It just reads messy or sloppy to me and while the model can maybe get away with it, I know I couldn't..
Irl it is a pretty print and I find it very flattering. The reddish flowers work with all shades of red and orange. They worked perfectly with light rose color of the pencil skirt, but also with true cherry red of the scalloped tank I reviewed HERE. It would be divine with casablanca blue/byzantine blue pencils or royal cave jardin. I also checked it with viridian green (it passed!), and of course it is prefect with denim. The colors are more vibrant irl, sort of impressionistic, happy vibe. Yes, that's it! This is one of those 'make me smile' pieces! Can you tell that I bought it? If something makes me smile, I figure it is worth it :)
|No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge cotton|
|with cafe trousers|
For those of you that were looking for Hearthrob shirt or Natasha blouse in wildcat, Hackensack store had plenty of sizes in the sale section. I tried the Hearthrob shirt before in size 6, but it was quite roomy and it was not a love for me, so I decided to give it a try in size 4 this time.
|Hearthrob shirt in 4.|
|Unidentified cropped pants|
My SA was all over this dress and was telling me how cute it looks.
Sasha maxidress in skinny stripe
For some reason I am always drawn to maxi dresses, but they never work for me (this is the kind of fantasy shopping I am tempted by). Nevertheless, I keep trying. I am not interested in strapless ones, but the tank type always gets my attention. Enter Sash maxidress, curently on sale for $78 minus 30%, not a bad price for J.Crew .
|The length works on me (5'6)|
|It works with blazer/cardigan|
|like it with red sandals|
I know some of you have been stalking this top, you can try calling Hackensack store, they had plenty of them in sale section. I tried size 4 and it was a good fit.
|neutral with cafe trousers|
|Natasha top in wildcat|
|Love the print, don't love the cut|
I asked for these sandals to try them with the maxi dress, becasue the heels were just wrong with it, and I hate to wear a wrong kind of shoe, it ruins entire outfit.
These sandals have a very pretty color (radio red), but you know I love me a pair of red shoes. Seriously, they go with anything. Red shoes are neutrals to me.
The sandals fit TTS (I tried 8.5) and seem comfortable. They are all leather (they better be at this price). Neat thing about them is that you don't have to undo the straps, you can twist them around and slide you feet into them, but once on they sit there pretty secure. I have similar looking sandals from couple of years ago in brown leather, but the soles in mine seem heavy and the insoles are not padded at all. These seemed lighter and much more comfortable.
Overall, nice shoes but pricey. Will watch them for sales.
|Olympia leather sandals|
|All leather and slight padding|
I also tried Cotton cable sweater again, in Medium. I thought that maybe it would be nice in more neutral color (I tried blue before). Well it is a pretty sweater but not on me. I thought it makes me look bigger and like I have a major case of muffin top. I am definitely not flat there but I think I can get away with low rise jeans and t-shirt most of the time, but not with this sweater. I don't understand why would a chunky cotton sweater be worse than jeans and t-shirt but it is. Sigh.
|Cotton cable sweater|
That's all folks.
After J.Crew I went to Banana Republic where I found some very interesting items, I will share with you tomorrow. I think with J.Crew sticking to basic colors this year Banana offers some interesting alternatives. I will have some comparisons of similar items and guess who is a better value? Check it out tomorrow...
What do you think?
Would you keep the blue pullover for $19.99?
Do you buy things if they make you smile?
Do you like any of the reviewed items?