J.Crew In Store Try Ons – March 2016

I stopped in J.Crew last night to make a few returns and tried on a few items from the last rollout. I was mostly looking to kill time while waiting to meet up with a friend and hadn’t been in store since the last round of spring clothing was released.

First up, I tried the Ruffled Bell-Sleeve Shift Dress in Stripe. I’ve seen the top on a few people and thought it looked cute and really I was curious to see if this would be surprisingly cute or a too-short disaster. I went with a size large.


Shoes: Flats: Gap Lace-Up Ballet Flats (sold out – similar at Banana Republic here) / Watch: Michele Deco XL (with black leather strap) / Ring: Bauble Bar @ Nordstrom

Shockingly, it was not too short. It was, however, very large in the arms and chest area. I couldn’t have sized down to a medium or I would have been squeezed in there. The sleeves are a bit too much for me. My SA took one look at me and shook her head. I did like the material, was on the stiffer side with a little bit of stretch but not too much. The website bills the length on this to be 35 1/2″ and I think I’d have to question that as this hit just above my knee. I think this will look cute on others if it fits better through the whole body but it wasn’t for me.

Next up, the Contrast Eyelet Dress. I didn’t remember seeing this online or in the catalog but figured I’d try it. I am not loving the pleated skirt, I would have preferred a regular A-line skirt.


The material is a white and black eyelet material – I should have grabbed a close up. This wasn’t a love for me. I could have lived without the slit in the neck as well. I liked last year’s punched eyelet dress much better. This is a size 12.

Next up, the Tipped Sheath in Dotted Jacquard. This is a size 12 and juuust fit. Maybe some Spanx required to smooth me out in the midsection. This is a good dress for work, but I didn’t love it so I would wait for sale on this one.


The material doesn’t have any stretch and is a cotton poly blend. I also had a little bit of pancake chest going on but I did appreciate that it falls to the knee so kudos to longer dresses!

Next up was my surprise love – the Wide Leg Ponte Pants. The largest my store had was a size 10 which is a size down from my regular pant size so that’s what I went with. I’m also a size 10 in the Pixie pants, and these are the same material as the (original softer) Pixie pants.


Top: J.Crew Structured Flutter Hem T-Shirt (Size Medium) / Flats: Gap Lace-Up Ballet Flats (sold out – similar at Banana Republic here)

They are incredibly comfortable, side zip and while I felt like I had a little bit of pulling in my midsection, they would be too large in a size up. I could see these working for weekend and work – they were really fun with the lace up flats but I’d wear them with a blouse or Tippi and heels to work as well. The black was a little tough to capture in the dressing room but they hit me above the ankle and I am 5’8″. I didn’t buy them last night but I can’t stop thinking about them!

Last up, the Embroidered top in white. This was cuter than I expected as well, a little on the sheer side but I’ll wait for this one to hit sale as well. I’m wearing a large which was a good choice. I’m usually not in to pom poms and a lot of “stuff” on my shirts but I liked it for a white summer tee.


Jeans: Paige Kylie Crop (from Nordstrom Rack – similar Paige Skyline crop here)

So, what do you think? Have you tried any of these? Any loves? Not so much? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!

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