Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Man Friday - J Crew quilted shirt-jacket review


Another different post this week...today we're gonna just cover 1 item. 

Evidently *someone* has been reading my posts, and I received a special gift of one of my review items last week. (yay!!!) :)

Hope it's of value to anyone that was on the fence about picking this one up.

Quilted shirt-jacket (06888, $119.99 plus 50% with code) runs XS - XL. Color choices are classic navy & military olive. 

Size L - Upon initial try-on, this shirt/jacket has a bit more heft than I'd anticipated. Felt solidly built in that regard, but also meant the lower torso portion was a tiny bit stiff, for lack of a better descriptor. 


Fit in the upper torso seemed pretty much on-target for it being a size Large. Arms were slightly long, but this seems to be the standard length for almost all of the J. Crew shirts I have tried on thusfar. Probably not made to wear too many layers underneath, as I only had a short-sleeved t-shirt on in the
pics from this page.

 
I really enjoyed the feel of this shirt/jacket overall. It's got a nice relaxed quality, but that subtle additional style bump from the textural quilting gives it that extra kick. Seems a good candidate for pseudo-rugged adventures like fishing-hiking-camping-keggerpartyin'-archery-etc., as well as just hanging out. One thing maybe worth mentioning is that with the added material thickness it doesn't seem to lend itself to being tucked-in.


Also of note, I got the feeling upon unbuttoning it that the button sewing wasn't overly heavy-duty. Not saying it was anything other than standard, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more attention there because, again, the heft of this shirt/jacket makes good solid button stitching fairly necessary...basically, I think I may end up having to get a couple of buttons re-sewn over time unless I consciously take care with the button-unbutton process.


The Feeling
As mentioned in last week's post, I really like this shirt/jacket. It's textural quilting lends to a nice additional interest point.



George's Sale Picks
* Leather flask ($32.50) - would've come in handy last weekend in Vegas
Rugged cotton sweatshirt sweater ($54.50) - only S & M
Summit fleece half-zip sweatshirt ($69.99) - wish there was a L in any color
Vintage cord in 770 fit ($24.99 & $34.99) - limited sizing, good prices



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

J Crew Factory - pleated ponte dress in stripe

Factory pleated ponte dress in stripe (SU14, A5221, $98) 71% cotton 29% spandex.

Size S vs M - I didn't realize this was a ponte, so I tried on a M. It fit ok, but felt big. The S (on the right) definitely felt better. It feels like a casual dress. My flip flops felt just fine. You could also wear a cuter wedge or otherwise heel with it.



The dress isn't lined and I didn't find there to be an opacity issue. There are bra keeps in the shoulders.


  I have recently realized I don't like variegated stripes, but it works on this dress.


The Feeling
Thumbsup. Very comfortable. Easy to get in/out of. Has pockets! Bought this one. 



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J Crew Factory - printed circle-neck dress (punk floral)

Factory printed circle-neck dress (A5218, $98) runs 00-16. The color is called emerald pool (EPO). This is the punk floral print from last year. I didn't like the print at all. Either it's grown on me, or there's something about the print scale or color tones that make it more favorable in my eyes. It's definitely nice and bright, but not over the top.

Size 6 - This size fit well, so tts. I have my bra straps tucked in, so you'll need strapless or some other type of convertible or converted bra. I wish I had the fabric breakdown. I know it's poly & lined, so I'm guessing 100% poly for the dress & the lining. It didn't feel icky. The dress felt fine. I didn't sit in it, so I can't guess how much it will or won't wrinkle.


I usually don't like pleating at the neckline, but it works really well w/this top. Perhaps because the neckline is in a scoop and not more horizontal.


Great green. And you know. I'm not a big green fan.






The Feeling
Great production for Factory.




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J Crew Factory - long-sleeve stripe tee dress & dotted racerback dress reviews

One
Factory long-sleeve stripe tee dress (SU14, A5451, $59.50) runs XXS - XXL. Color choices are heather grey & navy. 100% cotton. Made in Cambodia.

Size S - navy - The fit was fine. Just a little fitted. I would consider getting a M, personally, to not have to worry about shrinkage. Most of my items wash just fine, but I wouldn't want this to get any tighter. I think it's TTS, so if you're feeling more or less comfortable w/your body, go for that. If you have a larger chest or hips or have a reason to maybe want a little more flow, consider going taking your larger size if you're in-between. I would wear this for casual wear and it wouldn't be work appropriate in my case.


The Feeling
It's a nice striped item to add to one's collection. It felt a little like a sleepshirt and not entirely like a dress for some reason. Maybe because of the ringer neckline? For that it gets a slight tilt on of thumb. 



Two
Factory dotted racerback dress (A4483) runs 00-16. The color is called ivory (IVO).

Size 6 - Here's the retail Carrie dress in large dot on the left vs the factory version on the right. I initially didn't like the dress last year, but came around to it after trying it on a few times. I think the straps on the factory version are a little shorter and the length of the dress is a little shorter as well. I'm 5'0" - 5'1". Those are my Old Navy flip flops, which are still going strong from last year. It's an inexpensive shot of color.


I think the dots are very flattering to the torso. I never wore my Carrie dress last year. Who knows why. Looking forward to wearing it this year.



The Feeling
If you wanted last year's and missed it, get this one. 




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In case you missed it, I reviewed the purple punk floral button-down yesterday.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

J Crew Factory - printed classic button-down shirt in cotton-silk

J Crew Factory printed classic button-down shirt in cotton-silk (42084, $64.50) runs XXS - XXL. The color is called dark cove (DCO).

Size S vs M - I was only going to try one or the other, but I'm glad I tried both. The size S fit the best in the shoulders arms, everywhere until I got to the final 3 buttons. The is too big in the arms (width & length), but fits better -- for the most part -- all the way down.




The other day I wore the diamond ikat boy shirt (review) and left the bottom 2-3 buttons unbuttoned. Not simply because of a tightness issue. I genuinely thought it looked cooler. Less 'square' looking.


Here's the size M again. I like how it looks w/the sleeves rolled up and, still, buttons undone at the bottom. Which made me think the M would be better for potentially tying the shirt at the waist & wearing w/a maxiskirt. Or tied over a dress.


The cotton/silk is sheer, but not totally see-thru. I could see my white tank on under. If you wore a color close to your skin tone or the color of the blouse, it should blend in more. The light fabric weight is good for spring/summer. Also good if you layer under dresses and the like.


The Feeling
Pass for me at the moment beause I'm not convinced I'd wear it. 




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50off  storewide
I visited the store today. When 50off  storewide is in effect, I prefer to go on the first day. I bit on...

* Stripe bateau top - The pink/white stripe is sold out online. I think the stores got replinishment. I took size XS. It runs on the larger side.

* Pleated ponte dress in stripe - The one online is lighter than the one I tried. See my Instapic. I went with a S over M.

Colorblock anorak jacket - Now $79.97 + 50% off in-store. I'm trying to inject more funk & flavor into my preppy-ness, but I couldn't resist this for 40 bones. Review here.

Punk floral pull-on shorts - These were a surprise love. I was convinced nothing in punk floral would win me over, but these did. They fit and feel like the pull-on faille shorts from last year. See my Instapic.


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