Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trompe l'oeil

This short sleeved patterned sweatshirt is not yet on J.Crew website, so I don;t know what the name of it would be when it is released, but the print looks like trompe l'oeil lace. I am sure this scrap of vintage lace was stumbled upon in some Italian antique shop and had J.Crew designers obsessed with it, until they recreated the pattern using the quill pen.

Lace-printed sweatshirt
Jokes aside,  I think this is a pretty top. It is boxy and on a shorter side but I think it works. I am wearing size Small, which is smaller of my non numerical sizes. Medium, which I often take, was way too shapeless.

This is also my attempt to pull of the midi length and I am quite satisfied with it. This is the best I can do I am afraid.


My old pleated skirt is from Express, made of wool and surprisingly good quality. It has that vintage ladylike feel but it is also super comfortable.


I was having trouble finding a necklace that would go with this shirt and I stubbornly insisted it needs one. I finally settled on this one because it also has that lacy quality to it and I liked a little red in this dominantly black/white/gray outfit.
Witch's shoes
My daughter thought the shoes would be perfect for Halloween, if I dressed up as a witch. Oh well, I love them. These are Noelle (sp?) booties from J.Crew that I bought last year.


I think the shirt also works dressed down with jeans and a cardigan but you can see that it is quite short and wearing a sweater is a little tricky because of the thickness of the fabric.


I am wearing my Gap sexy boyfriend crops (review here) and a Tippi cardigan from J.Crew. Messenger bag from Banana Republic and ballet flats by Sam Edelman.


The shirt was tagged at $65 but for some reason it rang up at $75. They have adjusted the price for me and I also used my 20% coupon bringing it to about $50. I brought it home to try it with what I have in my closet and I did not take the tags off yet because I am not sure if it is worth it. What do you think? Should I keep it?

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That's all folks!

Do you like this new sweatshirt from J.Crew?

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

27 comments:

  1. Very pretty top, I love the long skirt too, I really like midi length skirts.
    Hows the storm at your end?

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    1. Thanks Tabitha, I like this skirt but it has been sitting in my closet for years unworn because of the length. We are ok after the storm but every one of our friends lost power and many are without water so we are inviting someone everyday for showers laundry and warm meals.

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  2. That top is so pretty, I love the print!

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    1. I like it too, I may actually keep it.

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  3. I didn't realize it is a sweatshirt, that's unexpected. I like it best with the Tippi cardigan and jeans, the extra color is nice with it and I like it with denim. Hope you escaped the worst of the storm.

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    1. It is very cozy because it is a sweatshirt but it is a bit tricky because of short sleeves.

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  4. I am glad you are OK!
    I really, really love this top on you, it is very special and you got it for a great price, I would keep it. Love both the outfits but I know what you mean about wearing a cardigan over something think (I looks good in the pictures though!)

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    1. Thanks Ema, how are you? I was thinking of you and your daughter , hope you guys stay safe and warm :)

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  5. I'm so glad to hear that your ok, ajc! I really like the print on the top, and think it looks great on you.

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    1. Thanks FFM! It was usually you guys in FL that we were worrying about. It is crazy here, the gas lines are 3 hours long and you only get $20 worth of gas.

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  6. I am happy beyond that all is well with you!
    I love that first outfit, it is unexpected but very you! Keep the top, it's great and your price was good too.

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    1. Thank you so much Dani! I think I will keep it.

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  7. The lace top is adorable. Do you have the style number?

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  8. You look awesome! I like that top quite a lot!

    Hope you were not flooded at all! Those were quite the images from NJ last night!

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    1. No flooding for me but my coworker's two cars basically swam away.

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  9. I knew Sandy couldn't keep you down. Love the skirt and the top looks great on you. You were on my mind all day yesterday and I'm glad to see you posting.

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    1. Thanks Marsha! Actually this post was scheduled, otherwise I would not have time, today is the first evening when I have no visitors and some time. Of course I am not complaining, we were very, very lucky.

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  10. Beautiful top, I love both outfits.

    Happy to hear you survived with no damage. Stay safe and warm and dry.

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    1. Thank you Tiffany, like I said we were very lucky, today I was one of only two people at work that had power at home.

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  11. So glad you are OK where you are, thinking about those who are not today-- what a mess!

    I love your description of the possible process of "inventing" this shirt! Haha.. and the result is pretty.

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    1. Thank you Lane! Today I was in the office first time after storm and everybody had a story to tell...
      My thoughts are with those less fortunate...

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  12. We have not had power/heat- or school scheduled for 5 days- you are lucky! We were fortunate however, in that we had no broken trees or water damage. I escaped to my sister's in PA. for a few days and popped in to the King oF Prussia J Crew for a few minutes. I am looking forward to going back to our stores, although I understand Riverside is still closed. I like the tromp l'oeille on you. THanks for the fun reviews! It must have been hard to go into the city....

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  13. I love both looks. The skirt & shoes are perfect with it. How much was the sweatshirt?

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    1. oh and what size did you take?

      Most importantly...I'm glad your family is safe! :)

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    2. I took S (M was to boxy). It was $65.

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    3. Thank you! It's looking like a must have or at least must try for me.

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