J.Crew New Arrivals – April 2017 Style Guide

Hi! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but here I am again with some of the latest J.Crew new arrivals. I’ve been a bit busy cleaning out my closet and attempting to donate/sell items that don’t fit me any longer. I never thought I’d be at the point where I was faced with not fitting in to 75% of the things in my closet but…here I am. More on that in another blog post. My local J.Crew had a new arrival event on Saturday trying on clothes was the perfect way to spend a snowy Saturday morning. I also had the pleasure of meeting a few very sweet ladies in the dressing room who follow me on Instagram and read the blog so that was pretty fun too. It’s not the first time I’ve had that happen to me but when it does happen, it’s always a little surreal but also flattering. And I love chatting J.Crew with others who love it as much as I do!

So, enough of my rambling and onward to some try-ons.

First up, the Sheath Dress in Polka Dot Textured Tweed

Shoes: Suede Colette D’Orsay Heels

This was an absolute love. There’s a matching jacket which my store didn’t have and there’s also a pencil skirt in the same style which I also didn’t have the opportunity to try on. I tried both the 10 and the 8 in this dress and probably could have done either – the 10 was a bit loose so this is the 8. It’s perfect on top but it’s just a smidge tight in the skirt area so I’d say if you’re curvy go with your larger size. This is at the top of my wishlist. As soon as those temps get a little bit warmer it will be mine. The material is textured but the dots themselves are a solid fabric. This dress is why I keep coming back to J.Crew!

Next up, the Garment Dyed Trench Dress in golden tea.

This dress also comes in navy and dusty thistle and I would have liked to try the navy. This color is a little too close to my skin tone. I like the way the website shows the navy layered with a striped tee and I would probably layer this. I am wearing the size 8 and it just feels like a lot of dress to me. I think it’s the double breasted front – a little fussy for my taste. It hit me below the knee and I like that we’re seeing more dresses that aren’t mini length. The cotton is a thicker cotton, not too heavy but it’s not a shirting material either.

Next up, the Gingham Ruffle-Hem Dress

This personally isn’t for me but I can see why people like it. I am not someone who needs all of the gingham but again, it’s a nice length and will be really cute with wedges in the summer time. I’m wearing a size 10 and I definitely had some room in it but I didn’t love it enough to try the 8. I like that it’s a smaller gingham and the cotton again is a nice substantial cotton. One of the ladies I met in the dressing room had this on and she looked fantastic in it.

Next up, the Sheath Dress in Fringy Lace

I really wish I had somewhere to wear this dress because it is so cute. This dress also comes in coral, ivory and citron. The ivory would be perfect for a bridal shower and the other bright colored ones would be fun spring/summer event dresses. I’m wearing a size 10 and it was perfect due to the straighter shape of the dress. It hit right above the knee which for this dress was perfect. I’d be worried about it snagging but other than that, I loved this one.

Now, on to a few tops. First up, the Ruffle-Sleeve Top in the striped/gingham combo.

Jeans: Lookout High Rise Jean in Resin Rinse / Boots: Sam Edelman Joey Bootie

I have a few ruffle sleeve tops and just when I thought I didn’t need any more I tried this on. As I said earlier, I don’t usually feel I need all the gingham but this was just the right touch with the stripes. I am wearing a medium so it’s true to size. This also comes in ivory and pink with eyelet sleeves but this is my favorite of the three.

Next up, the Lace-Up T-Shirt

As usual, I’m a little late to this trend, and I’m still slow to love it. But I keep seeing the lace up look everywhere and wanted to give it a try. This comes in ivory and navy and I purchased the ivory which I think will be a great go to white tee in to the spring months. It’s a heavier cotton and the shirt isn’t sheer and the ties are a little darker ivory than the tee itself. You can definitely spot some cleavage through the bottom of it. I haven’t tried it on with a tank underneath but that would be an option if the peek a boo factor is an issue.

Next up, the Dramatic-Sleeve Sweater in Summerweight Cotton

This didn’t photograph that well but I liked this a lot. It comes in a light blue and coral color as well. The sleeves are a lighter material than the body of the sweater and they have a lot of movement. This sweater runs big, I sized down to a small.

Lastly, I tried on the Tippi Short-Sleeve Sweater in Berry Print and Puckered Gingham Blazer with Navy Lapel  but the photo isn’t cooperating with me and I can’t seem to figure out what I’m doing wrong so no photo for now. I’m personally not a critter/fruit person so I’m not really drawn to this print. I think some people will look really cute in it and I like the berry on the front/stripes on the back. I’d say it runs true to size to a bit small, a medium was the perfect fit on me and the regular Tippis are a little large in a medium these days. I wouldn’t wear a gingham blazer enough to justify purchasing it, and the puckered material makes it a little more casual.

How about you, any favorites from this latest rollout? While I’m happy with the releases, I think the only thing I am missing are J.Crew’s dramatic prints. I would love some new printed blouses/skirts to add to my closet! Would love to hear what you think and thanks for stopping by!

One thought on “J.Crew New Arrivals – April 2017 Style Guide

  1. You look fabulous in the dot dress and you’re making me think I need to take another look at the fringe dress. Do you think the trench dress will wrinkle a lot? Also, is the white color of dramatic sleeve cotton top sheer? It doesn’t look like it is, but I think I should ask since so many white tops are sheer.

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