I reviewed the electric plaid skirt & bow-tie blouse in this post. I'm glad I got a hold of the shoes to try before ordering them on final sale:
J Crew's Everly cap toe printed T-strap pumps ($325, 13608) are now $219.99 online & in-store. I didn't see them marked on sale, but I called a store the other day to ask about the price to see if they were cheaper in store. Not, from what I was told.
The pumps. I wish the pictures would have come out better. The lighting is so dramatic in some of the fitting rooms. It creates shadows. Not good when trying to get a good idea of how something looks. I wear 7.5 and regular take 8 in J Crew pumps. These are the size 8. I could mostly walk in them, but the toe felt tight. The 8 felt like the right size, but I tried 8.5 just to be sure. The toe box in the 8.5 was far more comfortable and that part of them felt right. However, the back of the shoe just felt too big even though the ankle strap was keeping them securely in place. The shoe felt flat on the sole and that's not fun when paired with a narrow heel. Thicker heels or mid-heels are my favorite these days. I make exceptions, of course, but the shoe absolutely has to feel comfortable pretty much as soon as I put them on. Check the pumps out on Ema, who found them to be very comfortable.
With the jeans I had on that day. You know the ones. LOFT...love these! The pumps are overshadowed w/the jeans, a bit, which is why the clutch would be so cute with them.
Electric plaid and pink herringbone...
These are some baaad shoes!
...yep. I thought they were pretty cute together.
Those are the café capri in herringbone, size 6. Sometimes I take 4 in the capris, but these are lined and 6 fit best. The herringbone + lining can visually add a little weight, but I didn't feel like it was excessive on me. They're not as thick as the café capri in navy tweed (review here), if you've tried those.
Check out the herringbone capris on 1 More Shopping Blog, on Ema, on Feeling J Crewzy, on Happiness at Mid-Life and What 2 Wear When.
Size 6P - Waist = 32.3", Hips = 39.3"
Size 8P - Waist = 33.3", Hips = 40.3"
With the Collection skirt in electric plaid (review here). They were really cute together.
J Crew pumps have been ridiculously uncomfortable as of late. I'm talking the basic pumps, not summer wedges. The Monas are included in my dislike, although that didn't stop me from buying the anchor printed version. I've stayed away from all pumps except the Martina wedges. Plain and simple...they need to bring back the Juliet (2008 we miss you!). For some reason I decided to photograph the electric plaid Everlys vs. my foot. I'm glad I did because it was very revealing. It's clear that my toes don't slant diagonally enough or are not narrow enough to fit in that pointy toe box. My foot is definitely not wide as I've tried wide shoes and they don't fit. I'd say the toe box is #1 issue I have with J Crew pumps. The #2 issue is the arch. Their shoes seem to offer little to no arch support. I'll have to next investigate whether I have a normal arch or high one.
The Feeling (but hold your horsie)
Thumbs up on the matchy-matchy. The skirt & shoes together is really cute. I don't know who would wear it or where they would wear it, but it works, imo. I just can't argue with that chic shoe cut. Purdy, even if though the cut is no good for me. Love the plaid. However, I have to give a thumbs down to the shape of the Everly. The shoes are leather lined, but they just didn't feel sturdy. They felt like very upscale Payless shoes, if that's not a contradiction ;). I'm a little sore that these didn't work for me, but I'm over it. Haven't thought about them much since I tried them on.
I waffled for a little bit (like an hour) the other day, but am so glad I jumped on the invitation clutch in electric plaid ($198) now $99.99 online. I really wanted the clutch & shoes because I like that type of matchy-matchy. The clutch & skirt will have to do. It should look nice with a solid colored sweater. I really like the invitation clutch silhouette. I've never used it w/the handle. I like the way it feels, the heft. However, it's not too heavy, imo. There were only a couple in stock when I ordered. So glad it shipped. The thought of the silk is a little scary, but it's not like I'll be using the handbag daily. See the blue leather part? It almost stopped me from ordering because I have the J'Crewlet Vero clutch in the same/similar color (review here), but I think the leather is a little different. I just like that plaid. Had to go for it. I was going to get Talbot's plaid equestrian clutch, but I prefer the size of the invitation.
I think there's going to be a 30% off promo starting online on Sun nite, 10/21. Well, technically Mon 12a, EST.
Whaddya say...whaddya say...?
Sale - Irl Pic Guide (Oct 10, 2012)
30% off sale items in-store as of 10/18
30% off sale items in-store as of 10/18
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