Thursday, June 28, 2012

J Crew 30% off Sale Fitting Room Reviews

The stores are still running 30% off the sale merchandise and the selection is quite good. Prices are currently way better than online, so if you live near the retail store, and your are not completely shopped out, it is definitely worth checking. I went mostly to do a bunch of returns, but also because I wanted to pick up the red Tessa top, now $49 before 30% off. I liked this top when I first tried it on (see HERE) and I was waiting for it to go on sale. My PS has put it on hold for me, but since I was already in store I browsed the sale section and picked up few other things to try on.


Jardin maxiskirt

I was not a big fan of the Jardin skirt in general and especially the maxi version. I though it was too full and I hated the uneven hem. I tried it once when the knee length version came out and I confirmed my suspicions, it was a disaster on me. When the maxi version showed up in stores I didn't even bother to try it. That is until I saw it on Aureybella (in THIS post). I thougth she looked adorable and the skirt had such a nice vacation vibe, flowing in the wind, easy-breezy and dreamy.  Alas, it was just the Audreybella doing the magic, because the skirt looked as bad on me as I originally feared.

Skirt size 6
Comparing to some other full skirts this one fits large and I could have easily worn my pencil skirt size 4, but they did not have it in store, so I tried a 6. It just had too much volume and it was overwhelming my frame. It was one huge mass of peasant skirt on me,  nothing flowy or dreamy in sight. I could hide a flock of chickens there. And the tea length was akward on me, I think I would have preferred a true maxi. Sizing down would make it worse, because the skirt is already sitting pretty low on my hips. The volume would probably be reduced a bit which would have helped. I also did not care for the color and I think this is much better in the lighter shade. 

The price was good, I think it was $59 (?) before the 30% off, but I am not sure if I remember correctly.

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Multistripe dolman-sleeve tee
This was one of my picks from the last rollout. I like the slouchy shape and cheerful colors and thought it would be perfect with jeans. IRL it is quite pretty and the fit is OK but it is very thin and I don't think it is worth full price. 

T-shirt size Small
It fits TTS, I am wearing a small which is my smaller t-shirt size and I think a Medium would be too low and too sloppy. It is not a bad tee but I was just meh about it. Oh well...

See it on Cate HERE.

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Linen bow 
short
Linen bow short
My PS put these shorts in my fitting room, I have no idea why, because it is definitely not something I ever pick. But since they were there, I tried them on. The color is pretty and they were comfortable, but the bow adds bulk in the waist, unless you tuck your top in. However, tucking something into knit shorts seem awfully dorky to me, and not in a good way. 
Shorts size 6
I guess if I couldn't buy a $10 pair of knit shorts at Target I could wear this J.Crew version for hanging out on the couch in the summer.  I never even noticed them on the website but I checked and they were originally $54.50! 

Of course they re not your old knit cotton shorts. They are linen and the have a bow.

Whatever.

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Unidentified colorblock top

This one was also reviewed by Ema HERE. I actually really like how it fits and the colors are gorgeous!
But it is 100% rayon and $128, so I will pass for now. Maybe if it goes on a deep sale?

Top size 6
It fits TTS and I like the fit better than on Talitha blouse. There is no buttons so it is just a pull on but I did not have any problems getting it on of off.



$128, 100% rayon

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Lucille dress 
in scalloped eyelet
Lucille dress in scalloped eyelet
Size 6
I tried this dress some time ago (see HERE) in purple, but I was more interested in white.

Size 8
I tried on both 6 and 8 and decided that 8 was more comfortable. I was not sure if the eyelet and scalloped hem makes it too juvenile. I loved the fact that this is machine washable especially since it is white. And the price of $89 minus 30% is not bad.

I did not get it but I am kind of regretting it and contemplating going back to pick it up. Should I?

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Tessa top

And finally, the reason for my store visit, the red Tessa top. I decided I will wear it enough to pay the current $35 price. It does wrinkle viciously but it does not bother me, I think it is part of linen's charm. What pushes me over the edge (not that I need much, haha) is the color, the absolutely gorgeous shade of red that I can actually wear.

Size 6
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That's all folks!
Have you bought anything from the 30% sale?

Please share, it would be no fun without you!!!

34 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reviews! I sent the multistripe dolman tee back, as I agree it's not worth full price.

    The white eyelet dress looks good on you, but I think I prefer your white attache dress. However, the attache is more work-appropriate and the Lucille is more casual. You wear white very well!

    I love the red tessa on you too.

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    1. thanks Cate! you are right, attache is really work only and Lucille is more casual and machine washable(!).

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  2. If only we got 30 percent off! But no muggins has spent her birthday money on earrings and the pom pom pom top at almost twice the price for you US folks.

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    1. Oh and Tabs I can see you in the pom pom, did you get the white? Did you get those great drippy green earrings?

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    2. Dani: Yes and yes! You know me soo soo well! The earrings are stunning, you should check them out, the pom pom doesn't arrive till Monday.

      Dani - I miss you already!

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    3. Tabitha- I feel your pain. It is so unfair.

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    4. Tabitha, me three! Drop me a note if you ever need anything posted, no problem at all.

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  3. Is the Lucille dress lined in polyester? I was going to buy it and then I read that it was. The poly thing is killing me.
    I did buy the white Lilah dress on the GWE for $60. (The white eyelet Lilah is basically another version of that Madelene dress, you know the green one?)
    Tabbers you should try the exchange, no duty or tax, you just have to find JCA's who will ship out of country. I've had good luck, I pay a few extra bucks for shipping.
    I LOVE LOVE my red Tessa. I wore it out last week with the pencil skirt in natural and my leopard Valentina (walnut). I wore my red patent skinny belt over the Tessa, it was a good outfit.
    But now I realize I need to wear "our" elephant necklace with it!
    Thanks for the reviews!

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    1. You're right I should but I find it really hard to read, without pictures : yes I am Cletus the slack jawed yokel.
      Valentinas - they are on my by December I shall have them list. I'm flogging Louboutins on Ebay now so we'll see - 5 inch - as if, I have finally grown up and just want to be comfy and elegant.

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    2. Well Dani if you can believe it the Lucille is lined in cotton !!!

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    3. Yippee, they have just sold! Hello J Crew fund.

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    4. woo-hoo Tabs you've got a treasure chest in those 5" heels, sell the lot!

      Marsha is it really? That makes it a good one. Where did I read it was poly? The thought of the poly makes me see red.

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    5. Also Tabitha, you might guess that there a few among us who frequent JC B&Ms... If you let us know what you are looking for, I (yes yes, I am among those few) will happily keep an eye out and pick up if I see it!

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    6. I second that ... I would mail it over to you and list it as a gift if that would help. Brutal taxes & duty

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    7. Audrey and Marsha, I may well beg you to do that for anything bigger like shoes or jackets as they just become way too expensive for me to order. Thanks!

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    8. yes lucille is cotton lined! You got me with the Lilah, now this is my new dilemma, arrrgh...

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  4. The Lucille dress looks great on you, not at all juvenile.
    LOL, a flock of ducks! That is one voluminous skirt.
    Thanks for all the reviews! I like the color block top, but sheesh, that is expensive.

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    1. Thanks Maryeb! Yes, $128 for rayon top is way too much, even cute one.

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  5. I agree the Lucilledosn't look juvenile but don't you have something similar? Maybe it was just a try-on.

    Well, I got under the Audreybella magic spell too and I started to stalk the Jardin maxi online in the aqua color until it finally popped back in my size last Saturday (bought fp but got price adjustment). I think it is a much better color for that skirt than the blue, I didn't care for it either. I wore it yesterday and on me is floor lenght, which is good because it helps to balance out the volume. Despite all the reviews that recommended to size down, I went with my regular size because I think this kind of skirt looks much better if it sits lower than at the waist. I will have a post soon.

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    1. can;t wait to see your review Ema, i bet it looks great on you, being shorter is an advantage here.
      Are you watching Italy in the Euro finals on Sunday? I will!

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  7. AJC, I also tried the Lucille dress on, and it looked just like it looks on you. My opinion was that it was fine, but not especially flattering, and not comfortable enough to make it worth being not especially flattering. My new shopping question is "would I rather wear this, or ______ (something-else-comparable-that-is-already-in-my-closet)" and with this dress, the question is definitely any of several something-elses.

    I think you were right to pass.

    But, I really like the maxi skirt on you!! I tried it on today (way too big, there was only one left) and at the time thought, oh well, (hmph!) I wouldn't get it even if it WERE my size because how often do I wear maxis? But now I am rethinking -- I was the mini skirt queen for my first 40 years, but today, just returned two JC skirts b/c they were too short -- knees never get better looking with age, so who knows, those maxis may be more versatile than I thought....

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    1. audreys, this is a GREAT question to ask, I will keep that in mind from now on, thanks!

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  8. I love the green Lucille. Hope to pick it up on sale.The eyelet version looks really nice on you. As for the Jardin skirt, I couldn't resist buying it but it is very voluminous and an awkward length. I'd show u how I styled it for a garden party I attended recently but I don't want to hijack your blog:)

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    1. dagmara, do you have it on Pinterest? I checked your board th e other day, you have some great picks (also, in home section) there!

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    2. No, that one is on my Flickr under name snoopy126 (sorry my ipad and blogger are not playing nice and it won't let me post a link in comments)

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  9. Love Lucille on you and in general. I got it in white and was debating too b/w purple. It is a lovely summer dress.

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    1. Slastena, you can wear anything, I bet you look stunning in Lucille.

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  10. I love the Tessa top on you, I will have to wait and hope to catch online when it makes it to sale

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    1. I am sure it will go on sale eventually, but you can also call the store and have it shipped. GSP Paramus had plenty of them in many sizes yesterday.

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  11. I love the Tessa top on you too! And, thanks so much for these reviews. I may have to try that colorblock top!

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    1. Thanks Rynetta, I think the colorblock would be lovely with many of your pencil skirts and jewelry.

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  12. I think you were fine to pass on the Lucille. It's nice enough & you look fine it. I just don't think it highlights your figure. If you can wear the purple, try that one on if you bump into it again. I found that it looked better on me in purple than the white. Even though I love white eyelet. $128 for that recycled design of a top? Sheesh. Gimmea break.

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