UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for participating in the giveaway for a $50 Fashion Outlets Visa® gift card! I am excited to announce that the winner of the giveaway is:
I will be contacting you via email with details.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for participating in the giveaway for a $50 Fashion Outlets Visa® gift card! I am excited to announce that the winner of the giveaway is:
I will be contacting you via email with details.
Hi! I can hardly believe that we’re staring down the Thanksgiving holiday next week. While in the past few years we’ve started seeing Christmas decorations in the stores before Halloween; for me, the Christmas holiday season starts with Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday. I have a love hate relationship with Black Friday. For years, I worked retail and that inevitably meant working the day after Thanksgiving. So I was always at the mall, whether I wanted to be or not. And I was there, so I always ended up doing a little shopping! In the years that followed my stint in retail, I wasn’t up with the early birds to go shopping on Black Friday but I inevitably found myself at the mall later in the day or at some point in the weekend catching up with out of town friends for drinks while scoping out the deals.
For years, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls has been in my regular shopping rotation. In many cases, they had (and still have) stores that you couldn’t find at the local malls, such as Kate Spade, Burberry, Cole Haan and Saks Off Fifth. Scoping out the designer deals at Saks Off Fifth was always a worthy way to spend a few hours of shopping and I have scored numerous deals over the years that I’m always excited to share with others. I’m a big online shopper mostly due to my schedule but if I have a day off from work, hitting up the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is almost always on my shopping agenda. And ever since they’ve remodeled and added on new stores (and parking!) I am even more inclined to make a trip.
Inevitably, I was thrilled (and a little overwhelmed!) to be asked to partner with the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls to showcase some holiday looks that can be found at their stores. As someone who spends most of their week in business casual clothing, I tend to stick to a fairly classic weekend uniform. During the fall or winter, if I’m shopping or heading out with my husband or girlfriends after a long week at work – I’m almost always in jeans, a blouse or sweater with a cute jacket and boots. I had grand intentions of trying out new stores but in case you can’t tell from my past blogging – I’m a bit of a creature of habit. A walk through Saks Off Fifth and I found myself a perfect Thanksgiving weekend outfit. Paige jeans? Check. Cute chunky sleeveless cashmere sweater? Check. Fabulous quilted leather jacket? Check. A beautiful handbag and some heeled booties to finish of the look? Check and check.
Outfit Details (all c/o Saks Off Fifth) – Jacket: Badgley Mischka Eloise Quilted Leather Jacket ($259.99) / Sweater: Saks Fifth Avenue Cashmere Sleeveless Turtleneck ($89.99) / Jeans: Paige Skyline Bootcut Jeans in Sonya Wash ($79.99) / Boots: French Connection Monay Booties ($89.99) / Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs Tote in Dark Wine ($299.99)
I am all about a neutral weekend outfit with a kick of color via my handbag. I would be carrying this color handbag even if it wasn’t an “it” color. Denim wise, Paige jeans have been my go to for a few years now. They’re comfortable, they have the coveted stretch and they are flattering on my curvy figure. I have several pairs of their straight leg jeans and I am thrilled to see the bootcut trend come back in the last few years to add those to the rotation. And I hardly ever pay full retail for these jeans. Saks Off Fifth has a fantastic selection of current designer denim for a fraction of what you’ll pay elsewhere. I’m a solid 31 in most Paige jeans these days (usually wear a 12 on bottom). I got a bit of side-eye from the hubs on this sweater. Why would you wear a sleeveless turtleneck? What’s the point? Well, I’m someone who usually gets pretty warm when I’m shopping or out with friends so for me, it’s the perfect layer under a jacket but I’m still warm in cashmere if I decide to shed my jacket. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and the selection of Saks’ own brand of cashmere and I will be paying closer attention to their items as I add sweaters to my wardrobe.
A polished leather jacket and heels pull the outfit together for me. Not unlike designer denim, a leather jacket can be an investment, and this is another item that I refuse to pay full retail for when I have a full designer collection at my disposal at stores like Saks Off Fifth. They carry more classic styles like this as well as edgier moto bomber styles (believe me – I had trouble deciding which jacket to choose!) Shoe wise – where do I begin? The shoe section is always my first visit at Off Fifth and I almost always find something that needs to come home with me. Heels were essential with the bootcut jeans and since I can hide some socks inside a pair of booties – it’s a no brainer.
Whatever your shopping desires, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls has you covered. Are your Thanksgiving festivities wrapped up early and you’re looking for something to do that evening ? If you’re looking to beat the crowd, you can hit up the Fashionably Late Black Friday Event at the mall which starts at 8 PM on Thanksgiving evening and runs until 2AM. Will you be in a turkey and wine haze with your family or friends on Thanksgiving and want the full Black Friday experience the next morning? The mall opens at 6AM and is open until 9PM on Friday. Several stores, including Banana Republic Factory and Kate Spade will be open all evening. Saks Off Fifth even has early Black Friday sales going on and you can see any of the current sales at the mall here.
To get you kick started on your holiday shopping, I will be hosting a giveaway for a $50 Fashion Outlets Visa® gift card redeemable at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA. Stay tuned to Facebook and my Instagram page for details.
So, are you a Black Friday shopper or do you prefer to shop online? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting! Thank you to the Fashion Outlets for hosting me and stay tuned for another holiday party look featuring the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls!
Hi! As promised, here are the rest of the photos from my latest try-on session at J.Crew featuring items from the December 2016 style guide. Apparently we will have another rollout to look forward to the week of November 21, featuring more sweaters and seasonal items. Woo hoo!
First up, the Waffle T-Shirt in Stripe Combo. This also comes in a green/yellow/white/navy stripe combination.
Yes, I know. Stripes. I purged several striped items from my closet yet I seem to have re-accumulated more. This is a smaller weave waffle knit (not sure how to accurately describe it). It’s not as nubby as some waffle knits but it’s still technically a waffle knit top. I could tell looking at it on the rack that it ran a bit small so I’m wearing a size Large and it fits if not a bit on the snug side. But I found the longer length to be slimming and for the price point with the in-store discount, this came home with me. I’m also wearing the Billie Demi-boot crop jeans in Brookdale wash in a size 32. I have the white ones from over the summer which were a bit big in a 32 and stretched out a fair amount so I had originally tried/returned the 31s in these because they were a tad snug. I hadn’t worn them for several weeks so they went back but I still have my eye on them.
Next up, the Regent blazer in Black Watch with satin lapel.
I am a recent convert to the Regent blazer. I had a few from last year but my first purchases were the heavier wool Regent blazers and I hadn’t quite wandered over to the lighter wool versions. Well, I love them, and this was no exception. I’m wearing a size 10. This has a black satin lapel. I have a Black watch Schoolboy blazer from Factory so I don’t need this but I won’t lie that I spent a long time deliberating over having two black watch blazers. But, their season is limited so it was a pass. If you’re in the market for a plaid blazer, this is a fantastic style and I find the plaid to be a little more muted and very versatile.
Keeping in the vein of Black watch plaid, next up is the Black Watch Excursion quilted vest.
I’m wearing a medium in this vest and it is a good fit. Another thing I don’t need are more Excursion vests but I’m liking the colors and patterns offered this season so I wouldn’t be surprised if one gets added to my closet before the end of the year. I really like the Emerald pool color .
Next up, the Tippi sweater in festive fair isle.
This was ok for me. I don’t mind the print but I didn’t love all of the stripes on the sleeve. I’m wearing a medium and could have sized up to a large to layer another shirt under it which is probably how I would wear one of these printed Tippi sweaters. I think I own more Tippi sweaters than Excursion vests and striped shirts put together so…I’ll leave this one.
Next up, the Lady Jacket in Metallic Tweed.
The photo really isn’t doing this jacket justice. I’m wearing a 12 and it is a little too cropped for my liking. If it came in tall I think that would be perfect. I do like it over the longer black top though and perhaps would pair with a black suiting dress or a black sweater/pants. There is a coordinating dress in this same tweed, which they’re calling shimmer tweed (again with the different names for the same pattern!) Up close, it is fairly metallic in person but not obnoxiously so and I thought the tweed was very pretty in real life. There’s quite a bit of silver in it but it looks more grey from a distance. The inside of the jacket is lined in a pinstripe material. The sleeves in the website photo make it look like the fringe is really long but I didn’t find that to be the case on this one. I tend to like a more form fitting jacket so these styles are usually a pass for me.
Next up, the Holly Sweater in Fair Isle in pebble mist. This also comes in a bright red (poppy hazelnut) with a lot of other very saturated colors.
I am wearing a medium in this sweater and was running out of steam at this point and didn’t try the large for comparison. I tried the Holly sweater last year and also found it short. I would probably layer another longer button down under it to compensate for the length and I may try a size up for a little more length but even though I had seen some reviews say it seemed a bit longer, it’s still slightly cropped on my 5’8″ frame. The wool wasn’t terribly scratchy but I also tend to not be too overly sensitive to wool.
And one more striped top – the Oversized striped turtleneck. I have last year’s version of this top (of course).
I like the wider stripes and also the camel/navy combo but I resisted this one. I’m wearing a medium which was still slouchy but I like that the sleeves are a bit more fitted to balance out the loose body of the top. This year’s version seemed softer to me than last year’s version too.
Last up, the lace peplum top in Fuchsia bloom.
I tried this on to compare the difference between the regular and tall version. It looks ok in the photo but it definitely felt short on me. I’m wearing a 12 and had some room through the chest as well but I couldn’t have sized down in the regular length. I do like the bright pink – it reads more summer to me but I’m always a sucker for hot pink and let’s be honest, if this hits a good enough sale it’ll probably be mine. In the meantime, I’m happy with my decision to purchase the black. And the lace matches last year’s lace items so that’s a plus.
Well, that’s it for now…any favorites from this rollout? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!
Hello! It’s that time again…time for the holiday rollout at J.Crew! This is one of the rollouts I most look forward to every year – mostly because of cozy sweaters and fun holiday wear (lace, sequins, glitter…I can’t get enough!) This holiday rollout is the first of two for the month of December – the second will be the week of Thanksgiving and I’m told more sweaters and winter wear, which I’m excited about since we’ve only seen so many cold weather items on the last few rollouts. Ok, enough rambling and on to the clothes!
First up, is the Shift dress in multicolored tweed. This was one of the first items I ordered with the rollout and it was included in the 30% off promotion. J.Crew always does a great tweed dress and I liked that this had flecks of red and gold which made it a little more holiday appropriate.
I thought the dress was black but upon arrival I saw that it was navy. But I still like the navy and it is a darker navy so I could definitely get away with black tights with this dress. My first thought was red shoes, so that’s what I tried first. I took a size 12 in this dress which is my regular dress size and I will say it is cut more generous in the hips that other shift dresses from J.Crew. Usually I’m juuuust fitting in to the skirt in these shifts but this one I had plenty of room and I probably could afford to have a little bit nipped in on the top. It’s cut very similar to the Foulard Shift dress from earlier this fall which was also a good fit on me. So…yay for the curvy girls but probably some alterations required if you’re cut more straight and narrow. This is a keeper for me. Here’s a close-up of the tweed:
Onward to the store…next up is the Lace Dress with Pockets.
Booties: Sam Edelman
Shift dresses are usually a disaster on me and this dress was actually a good fit. I’m wearing a size 12 and it’s right above the knees but not so much so that I wasn’t comfortable. This dress also comes in tall and petite. But…the pockets. Why, oh why did we stick four pockets on this dress? I maybe could have handled two on the chest or hips but all four, they seem unnecessary. However, I will say that they don’t add any bulk to the dress so that is helpful and if you like the look, I wouldn’t worry about the pockets making your hips or chest look bigger, they’re placed well. I do like the collar on this dress (which unfortunately I’m blocking to get the right photo) but the pockets are a no for me.
Next up, the Pleated Ponte Dress.
Booties: Sam Edelman
When I saw this dress online, all I could think of was an ice skating dress. This dress comes in a pine color and vibrant flame (orangey-red) color as well as a heathered grey. The first thing I noticed when I tried on the dress is that it is heavy! It is a thick ponte knit and would be perfect for winter with tights and booties. I sized down to a 10 in this dress – the 12 fit ok but was a little loose in the midsection and chest. The pleats on this dress are cut very flattering and don’t add any volume to my hips which is usually my worry with pleats. I also like that the zipper in the back is a hidden zipper and not exposed like so many dresses we’ve seen in recent years. This is definitely on my wishlist. I don’t need a black long sleeve dress but I might for the right price.
Next up, the Pintucked pencil skirt in lace in Emerald Pool. This skirt also comes in faded teak (beige/ivory) and black.
Seeing this skirt online, I was immediately wary of the pintucks. Then seeing it in store, I thought they looked a little less pronounced so was a little more optimistic about this. I also like the bright green added in to the holiday mix this year. I tried a 12 in this skirt. Unfortunately, the pleats in the front aren’t working for me. I liked the length on the regular length, the skirt hits right at my knees. I’d say this runs a tad on the small side since it pulled a bit across my hips. I think it looks nice on the website model so I think if you have a straighter bottom half then this skirt will work and the pintucks could add some visual interest. My store had the lace peplum top paired with the black version of this skirt and it looked so cute. So of course, I went home and tried the Lace Peplum top with my Banana Republic skirt as well as the J.Crew lace pants from last year. Cute and cute! I am wearing a size 10 Tall in the peplum which is perfect.
Next up, the Silk Twill Pant in Wolfstooth.
Pull on pants can be tricky for me but these were a pleasant surprise. They’re a lighterweight silk twill material and I tried a size 12 in these pants which was a good fit. I like the oversized houndstooth print and I could see these integrating well in my work wardrobe. I had plenty of room in the rear as well, they weren’t pulling at all. I might have liked to see a heavier material in the pants as the silk will be a bit flimsy for a northeastern winter but if you’re in a warmer area these will be fine for you through a milder winter climate.
Lastly, the Flounce silk dress in wolfstooth.
While the photo of this dress doesn’t look horrible, this dress was a total miss on me. It was really tight in the hips and the ruffle hem hit right below my rear end making it a complete disaster from the back. This dress comes in petite and tall and I could perhaps try the tall length of this dress. I think I’ll be sticking with the pants in this print. This was similar to the paisley dress of the same design that was a complete miss for me. The drop ruffle hem does not work with my figure. I am sure a lot of girls will look cute in this dress, I am not one of them. I am wearing a 12 in this dress. It is the same material as the pants.
Well, there’s part one of my dressing room reviews for this latest rollout. I’ll have another one up shortly with a few jackets and more casual tops/sweaters. What are you loving from this rollout? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!
Hi! I really want to try and get better at posting some of my work week and weekend outfits in addition to daily posting on Instagram. Here’s some of my favorite outfits from October. We spent a week on vacation so most of the outfits are from the past few weeks and the weather has gone from being mild to downright chilly! While I still love my colors, I am still finding myself leaning towards a more neutral palette and burgundy is still a favorite fall color for me.
First up, some Halloween colors and layers. Yes, it was cold enough for a winter coat this week. I bought this sweater last year but am still seeing the style around at various retailers this year and I hadn’t thought of styling it with dress pants until I saw some styling ideas at Banana Republic. Plus, with my new properly fitting bras, the ribbing in the sweater didn’t make me look huge in the chest area. I still felt like the sweater and pants was missing something so I added a suiting vest and the loafers finished off the menswear inspired look.
Next up is a neutral inspired outfit featuring one of my favorite fall purchases – the J.Crew Regent Blazer. I had been looking for a camel blazer, as the one I owned before was not the right shade for me. I love the shape of this blazer and while the collar is designed to wear standing up, you can still fold it down. I actually started with the shoes on this outfit and build the outfit from there. A grey sweater with polka dots was a little more interesting than a plain grey sweater and the shoes and necklace pulled it all together. When in doubt, my go to pants are the Banana Republic Sloan pants. They’re comfortable, slim fit but still professional enough for work.
Next up is a monochrome look I wore to work on Friday for an all day division meeting we had. I wanted to be polished and put together with a little flair via the necklace and gold buttons on the jacket but still stay in muted colors. This is another Regent Blazer from J.Crew but an older one from last year. I paired it with a grey sweater underneath, wider leg full length pants and suede heels. While I love wearing ankle length slimmer pants I also like pulling out the full length pants now and then especially when it’s a little colder out. I might usually pick silver to pair with grey since they’re similar tones but with the gold buttons I went with gold jewelry.
Last up, a few outfits featuring my go to Sam Edelman booties this season. I received these as a gift last Christmas and am just pulling them out this fall for the first time. I want them in every color! They are incredibly comfortable and are great with jeans on the weekend or for a business casual work look. Since I’m sharing work looks, I’ll stick with how I’ve styled these for work. My blouse is an older J.Crew piece that I found recently via a J.Crew swap/sale and I admittedly have only worn it a few times because I have trouble styling it. Coincidentally, I also have trouble pairing this Tory Burch cardigan for some reason. I think because it’s a on the sheer side you can only pair it well with sleeveless blouses but I started with the blouse and matching pants and then tried the ivory cardigan, necklace and finished up with the booties.
This oxford blue top was a recent purchase and I love how it pairs with a navy or darker plaid blazer. I like that the pleated collar on this blouse stays put and it’s a fun way to dress up a suit if I were going to wear it with a more formal suit. Once again, I’ve paired the top and blazer with a pair of Banana Republic Sloan Pants.
Hopefully you liked seeing a snippet of my recent work outfits. I would love to hear what you think of them and thanks for visiting!
Hi! As promised, here’s part two of my dressing room session at J.Crew featuring some of the new arrivals from the November 2016 style guide. Admittedly, a lot of these items aren’t translating as November to me but I’m sure people in warmer climates are appreciating some of these items! Some of these items were in the latest website rollout, some are just in the catalog and are new try-ons to me. Regardless, there are some cute items that I would tuck away for warmer weather but…for now I’m looking for more seasonal appropriate items.
First up, the Cap-Sleeve Dress in Silk Geo Print.
This dress fit similar to the shirting stripe dress that is the same style and I was all to eager to pick that dress up once it went on sale to tuck away for next summer. I’m wearing a 10 and I have plenty of room in this dress. I like the longer length on it as well – it is just about below the knee on me. It’s a thinner silk material and I suppose I could add a blazer and tights but something about it is still screaming summer. The white isn’t stark white – more of a cream color. I also think it’s priced pretty high for what it is. I’d rather pay for a suiting dress that I know I’ll get a lot of work wear out of.
Next up is the Silk Button-Up in Geometric Houndstooth. Um…this is the exact same print as the dress, why aren’t we calling it the same thing? Details, details, I know.
I’m wearing a 10 in this as well and found the waist area to be a bit tight so I’d probably try a 12 for more of a drapey fit. I have a lot of black and white blouses and this print is just ok to me so this isn’t a must have. I like the covered buttons and the piping detail on the sleeve is a nice touch. The shirt looks a little bunchy on the bottom – it’s a combination of the shirt needing to be steamed and it being a tad tight on my hip area – it should lay as a regular button down shirt.
Of course, I see stripes, I have to try it. This is the Striped Boat Neck T-Shirt with French Logo.
I’m wearing a size Medium so I’d say it’s slightly generous and you could take the smaller of your two tee sizes. The length was good on me and the sleeves are bracelet length so if you wanted longer sleeves you could wear the larger of your two sizes. The print on the front is a velour feeling print. The cotton is a thicker cotton material as well, seasonally appropriate and this would be cute under a blazer as well.
Next up, the Ruffle-Sleeve Top in Navy.
I would have liked this top in black or white (I know, boring) to liven up an outfit – paired with jeans for a casual Friday night out (because for me – casual is ruffle sleeves…hehe). It is a stiffer cotton material and I am wearing a medium, so it runs generous. I know the ruffle / bell sleeves are on the trendy side but I like that these are a little longer and less flouncy than some I’ve seen if that makes any sense. This also comes in a lilac colorway. I think there’s only so many of these that can make their way in to the closet. I have the striped tee from late in the summer with less of a ruffle, which I have worn to work. This reads more of a weekend top.
Next up, the Metallic Chiffon Top in Ditsy Floral Print.
Again, this looks like a spring top. I was skeptical of this top when I pulled it off the shelf (this is also not a new release). The top seemed a little short and wide on the hanger but it had a better shape once I put it on. I’m wearing a 12 in this which I think I needed due to the shape of the blouse. It’s still a little dowdy though, in my opinion. The print is very pretty though with light blue and flecks of gold.
Last up, the Checkered Flutter Dress.
I would have liked to try this dress in my size but this is a 10 and definitely a little snug. Flare skirt dresses/skirts are usually hit or miss for me (and mostly misses) but I think had this actually fit me I would have liked it. I am not sure how much length I’d get out of a larger size though, and I would like a skirt like this to at least hit my knees.
So, that’s it for now…I’m looking forward to holiday rollout in a few weeks! Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!
Hello! Somehow it’s the end of October and already time for another J.Crew rollout. This past rollout had a lot of spring looking items – from a color palette and design standpoint so I’m hopeful that the holiday rollout (November 7) will have more winter-y items. But nonetheless, there were still some items to love and a few that I would gladly wear in another season. I took a lot of photos so I’ll probably split in to two posts.
First up, the Double-Breasted Coat in Oxford Check. This coat sold out immediately upon rollout but they must have replenished stock because it is back in a full size run online and my store had a whole rack of them. This print also comes in a Mini Skirt. I would have loved to see a blazer or a pencil skirt in this print as I cannot quite do the mini thing. The skirt comes in petite and regular length.
I’m wearing a size 10 in this coat so I would say it definitely has a generous fit as I’m usually a 12 in their coats. I could comfortably button up the coat and it has a pretty pinstripe and yellow piped lining inside which is always a fun touch. This isn’t a must have for me but it’s a fun coat and it’s nice to see a slightly different style since we have pretty much seen the same lineup of coats the past few years. I am good in the coat department this year (famous last words) so unless this hit crazy sale, I’m staying put.
Next up, the Gayle Tie-Neck Sweater. This comes in heather graphite and heather muslin (read: ivory) but my store only had the grey. There were two left to try on in store so this must be a popular one. The wool on this was on the softer side but I do worry this one might pill.
I’m wearing a medium in this sweater and it still fit a little relaxed so I would take the smaller of your two sweater sizes. I like the way the website shows a white shirt layered underneath and the SA at the store gave me the Club-Collar Boy Shirt in Gingham to try underneath it which I liked as well. I wasn’t wearing the right bra with this sweater which I think is making it look a little wonky, but overall I liked it. I wanted the fit to be a little slimmer at the bottom but I’m not sure I could have eked out a small in this sweater. I was hesitant with the mock neck but it’s not very tall and I think it’s a really cute sweater at a reasonable price point. Here’s a closeup with the grosgrain ribbon bow:
I also liked that the bow is substantial and not floppy or flimsy – it seemed to stay in place which is why I liked it better than some of the other tie-neck tops (which I’m pretty slow to get in to – they are too fussy for me!)
Next was a total love, the Cape Scarf in Oversized Plaid. This comes in grey/ivory (shown) and navy/ivory; although the reviews say that the color mix is actually navy and grey. This style also comes in a different plaid print as well. I’m wearing it with the Tissue Turtleneck in Stripe which is a staple in my closet. I love the easy nature of this shawl and it feels nice and cozy without being super bulky.
The cape scarf is one size and I’m wearing a medium in the tissue turtleneck. Here’s a shot of the turtleneck solo:
I’m stripesick, I know, but I love the lean fit of this turtleneck and it’s a great layering piece.
Next up, the Tippi Sweater in Embroidered Stars. I’m admittedly not one for cutesy embellishments on stuff (fruit, critters, etc.) but this is really well done and I like that the stars are sewn in to the sweater. It’s a really fun sweater.
I’m wearing a size medium which is what seems to be my go to size in the Tippis lately. I probably could go to a large for a more relaxed fit. The sweater itself is navy and the gold thread is a true gold but it’s not obnoxious or over sparkly. I think this will be a popular item.
Last up for now, the Supersoft Wool Sweater in Multistripe. Reading the name of this sweater, I am not sure that I would call this sweater super soft, but it was pretty soft. The knit is a waffled knit and it is all wool, which is a nice departure from some of the blends we’ve been seeing.
I’m not a huge fan of the color mix on this, and I feel like we’ve seen this before at other retailers (Gap, etc.) I’m wearing a medium and it was a good fit but I could have sized up for a more relaxed fit.
And finally, here’s a better shot of the shoes I’m wearing in these photos – Slingback Flats in Snakeskin Printed Leather. I found these to be true to size – the back strap is very comfortable and adjustable and while the glitter shed a little bit it wasn’t too bad. I need to spray them to prevent further shedding.
So, there you have it, some of the November new arrivals. Any favorites? Not so much? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!
Hello! It’s that time of the year again – time for fall clothes! The fall rollouts at J.Crew are the ones I look forward to the most. I’ll be honest, though, while there are items I liked in this latest rollout, there aren’t a lot of “must haves” for me at this point. I am glad to see a lot of the same styles from last year (wide leg pants, cage flats, etc.) and as I have said in previous posts, I’ll be looking for ways to re-style my classics as we head in to this fall and winter. I like a lot of the neutrals being shown this fall, but I do miss the signature prints we’re used to from J.Crew. I’m not a big critter or fruit on clothing person so the latest showing of cherries isn’t doing it for me (I know a lot of people like it so to each their own!) I have always been a fan of windowpane prints, so I’m excited to see this classic print at several of my favorite retailers…the question is which items to pick. Ok, enough of my rambling, onward to some try-ons!
First up, the A-line Dress in Silk-Twill Windowpane Print. I’m wearing a size 12 which was the right size.
I know many of us (me included) have been asking for longer dresses/skirts so I don’t want to complain, but…this was a little too long for me. I think a few inches shorter and it would have been perfect. It’s at least an inch below the knee and I’m 5’8″. So if you’re tall – this dress is for you. I found the bodice to fit well but some of the seam stitching in the waist/hip area didn’t lay as flat as I would have liked them to which hurt the lines of the dress. The colors in the print are navy/brown and white which aren’t my usual color scheme. This is a pass for me. If you were so inclined, it could definitely be taken up, but I would have only done that had I loved the colors.
Next up, the Two-Piece Dress in Silk Baby Dot. I started with a size 12 in this dress (shown in the right photo) and found it to be too big in the waist so tried the 10 for comparison (in the left photo).
Left – Size 10 / Right – Size 12
I liked the idea of this dress a lot in concept but it was too short waisted for me. The size 12 was too big through the waist area but good through the hips and the size 10 was a little too short and the pockets stuck out in the hip area. Both blouse sizes were ok. I would swap the top/waist of the size 10 with the skirt of the 12 (story of my life!) If you’re shorter waisted this will work for you and take the smaller of your two sizes. The top is a lighter weight silk and the skirt is a textured crepe feeling poly. I am bummed this didn’t work on me.
Next up, the Flutter Sleeve top in Cherry Print. This is a size 10, which is a size down for me, so it runs a bit generous. However, as I stated in my previous post, now that I have bras that actually fit me, I think I have a new normal for what size fits me so it’s going to be a bit of an experiment.
As I said, I’m not a big fruit/critter person. It’s just me…I know a lot of people like it. I like that these aren’t blatantly cherries but it’s still a little too quirky for me. But I like the flutter sleeves and I was pleased to see that there’s a patch of fabric sewn in under the arms of this top to prevent the low arm holes we’ve been seeing on a lot of tops. So thumbs up for that! This blouse silhouette is perfect under a suit and I like that the sleeves aren’t too fluttery.
Next up, the V-Neck Swing Sweater. I’m wearing a size Medium in this sweater so it has a more generous fit.
The material on this is a wool/nylon/viscose blend which is reflected in the price. I should have grabbed a color to try on – in addition to the grey, this sweater also comes in heather burgundy, heather lavender, spicy jade and black. I am not terribly sensitive when it comes to scratchy sweaters but this sweater is slightly scratchy. I liked this sweater and even more so for the price point. It’s on my list and would be a solid weekend casual sweater. I’m also wearing the Distressed Toothpick Jean in Pamona wash (size 32). I grabbed the jeans so I’d have pants to try on with the more casual tops. I have my share of skinny jeans in my closet so these are a pass right now. I find myself reaching for the less skinny/more straight leg or boot cut these days.
Next up, the Tippi Sweater in Jacquard Dot. This also comes in a dusty lilac/cabernet version. But of course…grey and black for me. This is a size medium. If I wanted a looser fit or to layer underneath it, I would size up to a large.
Polka dots, what’s not to love? This was a winner for me and it would get a lot of wear in my wardrobe. It seemed a bit thin which I think is how most of the Tippis have been recently but I love the dots and I can’t seem to get enough of the Tippi sweater.
Lastly, the Campbell Blazer in Donegal Wool. I’m wearing a size 10 which is the smaller of my two blazer sizes.
I like this blazer a lot – the cut is flattering and I like that it doesn’t lose my curves. I was excited to see a fun lining and while I don’t usually pop the collar on my blazers, the hot pink flannel underneath the collar is a fun touch. I don’t really need another grey blazer, but I’ll keep an eye on this one.
So, that’s it for now. I have a few other more casual items that I’ll review in a separate post. Do you have any favorites from this rollout? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!
Hello! While Labor Day is come and gone (and I’m still wearing white jeans…and probably a white blazer for a little while longer!) the weather here has been warm so I am very much in season transition mode. No sweaters here (yet)! And navy continues to be my go to neutral as we venture in to September. I really want to get back in to sharing outfits for those of you who aren’t on Instagram so for those of you who follow me on Instagram, these are a bit of a repeat, but here are some of my favorites from the end of summer/early fall.
This first outfit is something you could wear in to September. I knew these J.Crew Factory Suede D’Orsay Tassel flats had to be mine as soon as I saw them at the store! I started out with the shoes, and was thinking about the camel Regent blazer that is on it’s way to me, and remembered I had this skirt. I tried the shell first minus the blazer but it wasn’t quite right so I added the navy cotton blazer to break up the lighter colors and the necklace was the finishing touch. Definitely a preppy vibe but this outfit was an example of putting neutrals together in a way that was a new combination for me. And all of these are items you can currently find at J.Crew or are classic enough that you may have other alternatives in your closet. I’ll be keeping this color story in mind heading in to fall with wool pants or a double serge wool pencil skirt – or navy pants/skirt and a camel blazer. These shoes will be on repeat through the fall and winter I’m sure! These items are all true to size, I take my usual size 12 in the skirt/blazer, a large in the shell and a 9.5 in the flats (they JUST fit – they’re definitely a tad snug out of the gate).
Next up, a classic black/white combination. And STRIPES of course. This ruffle-sleeve top found it’s way to me several weeks ago but I just finally pulled it out to wear it last week and now that I’ve gone and gotten properly fitted for a bra (more about that in another post), this top fit me even better and I’m looking forward to wearing it more this fall. The pants are the cotton version of the Banana Republic Avery crop pants which are my new love at Banana Republic. These run true to size and are great for those of us who are curvy on bottom!
Next up are two semi-summery look but the blazers can be swapped out for a more season appropriate one come fall. Shirting stripes and leopard are one of my favorite combinations and one I keep coming back to over and over again.
Lastly, speaking of navy, I have been all about the black and navy pairing. Black and navy and black and brown always used to be such a faux pas, but now it seems to be everywhere and I can’t get enough. I’m not really much of a brown wearer but I am all about the navy and black. I’ve also had this J.Crew factory boyfriend blazer in my closet for months and thought it was a tad too big – I decided to roll the sleeves on it and I find that it balances out the relaxed nature of the blazer. This dress is a shift dress from last summer at J.Crew and the pearls of course are on regular rotation.
Well, I spoke too soon, because it took me a few days to write this post and this morning the weather seems to have turned (cue my seasonal cold!) I’m excited to check out the new fall arrivals at J.Crew and Banana Republic and start to switch out my fall clothes! I feel a bit of a closet purge coming on as well so we’ll see how that goes. For now, thanks for stopping by and would love to hear how you’re getting ready for fall!
Hi! As promised, I’m back with part two of my September 2016 J.Crew try-on session last week. You can see part one in this post.
First up, the Colorblock Stripe Ponte Dress. I cannot walk by a striped dress and not try it on.
Necklace: J.Crew Enamel Locket Necklace
This dress runs big. I think it looks better in the photo than it felt on me in the dressing room – I felt like it was just a tad too tight and short for my comfort. This is a medium and is definitely hugging my curves. I didn’t try the large, but the sleeves are bigger than the body in this dress and while I would have appreciated the room in the hip/length in a large, the arms would have been huge and odd looking since they’re 3/4 length. I would size down in this one. As you can see, length is above my knees but it’s a cute toss on and go weekend dress. It was a substantial weight too, not too thin or super thick, it reminded me of the maritime dress from a few years ago.
Next up is the Rhodes Blazer in Wild Flamingo. I ordered this online when it was showing low stock and my store was practically wiped out of it as well.
This is my first time trying the Rhodes Blazer and I would say it runs TTS to a bit large. I think the cut is flattering but I had to double check that this was actually wool. As I noted with the Rhodes pants, this is a woven wool – it’s not what I expected at all. I’m used to my (non super 120s) wool blazers to be a little softer and the woven material was really throwing me off. It’s a warm jacket and the saturated pink is beautiful. However, I do have the pink Schoolboy blazer (and a pink wool hacking jacket…and a wool pink Bella jacket) from a few years ago so I’m not sure another of these blazers is totally necessary. Let’s just say I was on the bright pink blazer bandwagon well before J.Crew determined there are 226 shades of pink. I’m still kicking myself for not grabbing the peppermint pink blazer from last year. I digress. The gold buttons aren’t a deal breaker for me but I would prefer them in a more muted tone. I’m a 10/12 in blazers depending on the blazer and this is a 12. Here’s a closeup of the buttons and you can see the woven nature of the wool. I do adore how it’s styled in the catalog with a black/white striped tee and dark jeans and I’ll be copying that look this fall regardless of if I keep this blazer. As I said before, I love how the style guide this season is refreshing some ways to wear classics.
Ok, enough of pink, onward to the Tippi Sweater in Argyle in Black/Ivory. This also comes in cabernet/geranium (read: burgundy and pink) as well as elm/aqua (brown/aqua blue and what looks like a peachy color).
I’m wearing a medium which is the smaller of my two sizes but I feel is the better size in the new style of Tippis. The wool is on the lighter end and seems to be less substantial than the regular Tippi sweaters. I have a few old school J.Crew argyle sweaters that I’ve found on eBay over the years so this isn’t a must have for me but it’s cute. The only reason I might go up to a large in this would be to prevent the pulling across my chest which is my main complaint when wearing argyle like this. It’s just what happens when you have a chest!
Next up, the Margot Top in Silk Foulard. I’m wearing a size 12 in this blouse and would consider it true to size.
The color is out of my general wheelhouse (blue/brown) but I love a good foulard print and J.Crew always nails it. I like that the ruffles aren’t over the top and while I don’t wear a ton of brown, I would wear this under a navy suit. The silk was substantial weight, and the colors are a little more saturated than they show in these photos. I also tried it with the Campbell Blazer in Houndstooth (shown below) and it looked good paired with that.
I’m wearing a 10 in the blazer and I thought it seemed flimsier than most of their wool blazers and the wool is on the scratchier side but it is lined. It was lacking the structure I’d like in a blazer. It felt wimpy to me if that makes any sense. The houndstooth is navy and white.
Last up are a few of the leopard items, starting with the Shift Dress in Leopard. This dress also comes in petite and tall. I’m wearing a 12 which is my usual J.Crew dress size.
Oh, I don’t even know where to start with this dress. First, the material. It’s shiny and heavy and weird. I love a good leopard print and this dress would have been so much cuter in a nice wool. The front chest area is also stitched in a v-pattern which doesn’t really add anything to the look of the dress. It fit like most shift dresses fit me – tight in the hips. Shift dresses are a style I shy away from and this dress will probably look good on people who look good in shift dresses. They’re not my thing. I do think paired with a black turtleneck and tights and booties it would be really cute for winter, but gah. The fabric. It reads cheap to me. The tie-waist skirt is the same material and given items with a thick waist tie don’t do much for my figure, I passed on trying on the skirt. I guess we can’t win them all, but J.Crew, this would have been so much better in wool.
And lastly, the Lightweight wool Jackie Shell in Leopard. I tried a large in this since that’s what size I wear in the cotton Jackie shells (but still find to be slightly short). The wool shell was a little longer but ooh look at those big arm holes. Yikes.
For some reason, I didn’t grab the matching Jackie cardigan in Leopard to try on but I’m usually a large in the Jackie sweaters. Arm holes aside, I like the print on these, and they are a nice lightweight wool. I haven’t bought any of the wool Jackie cardigans because I can do without the gold buttons, but on this leopard print, they pretty much blend in to the wool. If you can size down in the shell, that would probably solve the arm hole issue but I think the smaller size wouldn’t work with my bust.
There you have it, the second half of my September catalog try-ons and I feel like I still have to get back to the store for one more round of perusing the store. As I said before, I foresee some closet cleaning come fall so I can focus on what I’ll be looking to fill in come fall/winter. Any of these your favorites? Not so much? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!!