Friday, July 27, 2012

J.Crew Pre-Fall Rollout 2012 - Fitting Room Reviews: Accordian Pleat Top, Liberty Perfect Shirt in Floral, and Tippi Sweater in Swiss Dot

Last week J.Crew debuted their Pre-Fall rollout, which you can see on their website here, and in the August 2012 catalog which I posted here. My store received their shipment of the New Arrivals on Wednesday, so I stopped in that evening to take a look and try some things on. I also took a lot of fitting room pictures to share. :)

This is the second of several posts that I will be running over the next several days with photos and reviews of new arrival items (you can see the first post here). I will also be running a post that shares my tips for 'Planning Your Fall Purchases'. This will include my own 'Fall Shopping List', my personal method of deciding just what goes on that list, how to not get overwhelmed by so many new arrivals, and much more. :) **Update: The 'Planning Your Fall Purchases' segment was posted on 7.30.12, and you can see it here.

For those of you who have been enjoying my J.Crew Runway - Get The Look... series (featuring the Spring/Summer 2012 collection-see the right sidebar to access previous posts), I wanted to let you know that I will be continuing it into the new season with the  J.Crew Fall 2012 Collection Lookbook, so you can 'Get The Look', too (or at least part of it).

Now on to the reviews! For sizing reference, I am 5'4" with broad shoulders, a short-waist (or torso), 'athletic' thighs, and a 31" inseam. My measurements are 36-26-37, and I normally wear an XXS, XS, 00, 0, or 2 in tops and jackets, a 00, 0, or 2, in skirts and dresses, and a 0, 2, or 4 in pants (depending on the cut) at J.Crew (I used to only have two sizes there, but now I have three).

First up in the set of reviews is the Accordion pleat top. It is a silky jersey knit made of a Poly/Viscose blend, and comes in Black, Byzantine Blue, and Ivory .


I took both the XXS and XSmall to the fitting room to try on. This is yet another top with a small neck opening that you have to squeeze over your head. (I shared a tip on how to make garments with smaller necklines easier to get on in this post.) I first tried on the XXS (which is my 'normal' J.Crew size for tops without sleeves), and while it fit well in the waist and under the arms, it seemed a bit short, hitting above the top of my jeans, as you can see in the pic below. Please note that the elastic waistband of this top does sit close to my actual waistline. I am short waisted, so the waistband may be too high on those with a longer torso.


Here it is on me in the XSmall. The length was better in this size, but the body was much roomer, and there was a lot of gaping under my arms. It is hard to tell from this photo, but my waist was much less defined in the larger size. This could be remedied by adding a belt, but who wants to wear a belt all the time?


The top does feel nice on and looks great under a blazer and with a pencil skirt (this is the top I had on with the No.2 pencil skirt in Snake Print in my post yesterday).  However, it is quite sheer, so if it is worn by itself, it will require a nude bra or cami to be worn underneath it. I would say this top is running True-to-(J.Crew) size, and slightly short.


Next up is the Liberty perfect shirt in floral, which comes in five different colorways (see all of them here), and is made of cotton.




Closer view of the print...



Here it is on me in the 'Blue White Floral' colorway, size 00 (there wasn't a 0 in this print to try on), which fit well, other than the shoulders feeling a tad snug. The arms are also rather fitted, but this is a common issue for me, and also occurs in the size 0 shirts, as well. I would probably have to size up to a 2 or 4 in order to have more room in the arms, but then the rest of the shirt would be too large. I personally prefer to have the shirt more fitted in the body and in the arms, so I would opt for either the size 00 or 0 in this one.



I absolutely love this shirt (especially in this particular colorway) and hope to purchase it at some point in the future. I found the quality of the shirt to be very good, quite soft to the touch, and I would say that it fits True-to-(J.Crew) size. I think this particular color would look really lovely paired with the Schoolboy Blazer in Navy and white denim.


This next item is the Tippi sweater in swiss dot.


A closer view of the tiny bows and tag...



I took both the XXS and XSmall into the fitting room with me to try. The XSmall was the best fit, and the size I am wearing in this photo. I would say the sweater fits True-to-(J.Crew) size. The sweater has a short 3-button placket at the back of the neckline, banded bottom hem, and what I think they may be considering three-quarter length sleeves. Overall I thought the sweater was quite cute, but it just felt 'ok' on the body to me, but then I am not a huge fan of merino wool. If you are, then you will probably really like this one. :)


So what are your thoughts on these new arrival items? Have you seen them in person? If you live near a J.Crew Brick and Mortar, do you plan on going in to check out the new arrivals? Please do share! I always love to hear from you! :)

xoxo,

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for your reviews. I love the perfect shirt pattern, but they are not a great fit for me. The white blouse is lovely, but I refuse to buy any more camisoles that need an underlining. Too much work, and pointless if you want to wear a sleeveless blouse to stay cool.I love merino, and the sweater looks amazing on you, but if you don't wear wool there would be no point in considering it. I have medium length hair and I HATE when my hair gets caught in those back buttons. Thank for pointing out all of the details!

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    1. KnitYarns: You're welcome, and thank you for stopping by today! I do own several merino sweaters that I wear occasionally, but much prefer to wear cotton or cashmere if at all possible. The tiny bow sweater is really cute, and I think it will probably end up being pretty popular with JCAs. :)

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  2. Great reviews. Like all the items esp. the sweater.

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  3. ffm - i haven't seen a spectacular review of the first top yet. Seems like there is a lot of fussy to do and I am not a good fusser!

    I love the blouse and the sweater on you, but I agree with Knityarns - no sense buying if you are unlikely to wear it!

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    1. Hi WMM! The pleat top does look really cute under the schoolboy blazer, so I think it works better as a layering piece than on its own. The price point needs to be lower though. With all the negative reviews, it looks like one of those items that will move quickly to sale.

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  4. Thanks for taking the time to review. I love all of the items. I have a similar pleated silk cami from Madewell and love the uniqueness. I can't have enough Liberty Print Perfect shirts. I've been collecting them (on sale) for years and your pick is lovely!

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    1. Awakening my Wardrobe: You're welcome! I would imagine that your cami from Madewell is absolutely lovely. I have found the quality of Madewell items to be better than those at J.Crew lately. I am hoping J.Crew has stepped up their game in the quality department for this fall/winter season though. How wonderful that you have a collection of the Liberty Print perfect shirts! I may need to start one of my own now. :)

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  5. Hi,
    I love the navy field jacket and chevron sequin top. Has anyone had any experience with the aquaish-cream colorway?
    Do you think sequin pieces are still stylish and an ok investment? I have several pieces collected over the last couple of years , and I worry that they aren't as good daytime wear as they were marketed for a few yrs. back. What do you think? I love color and new styles and fun combinations, but I still like to be appropriate for the occasion -- and my occasions usu. involve volunteering in my children's classroom, church, grocery store, etc.

    I love the liberty print shirt. I just wish they weren't so expensive!
    This is off topic from your current post (btw, thanks so much for these; my J.Crew doesn't get in many non-basic items, so I usu. have to order the ones I want to try on). But I was wondering about your Jeans hunt? I checked out the couple of jeans that you were considering, and read the Anthropologie reviews on the COH jeans. I wish more stores would have a reviews section in its online site!
    What do you think of the COH fusion? They look like a hit or miss item. Do they fit true-to-size?
    Thanks for any info!
    Janna

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    1. I know the prices for the Liberty prints are crazy. They had great UK Liberty like prints on The Today show that were just as pretty for $49. I ordered one straight away!

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    2. Hi Janna! Well, sequins still seem to be going strong, but I honestly haven't worn any in the daytime in quite awhile now. I will be more likely to once the weather cools down, as one of my sequin pieces is a sweater, and the other is a tank that I like to wear under a blazer. I would also be more likely to wear them when going out to dinner, to church, or shopping at the mall. Of course sequins are always perfect for the holidays. I have worn them to the Christmas performance at Church, the ladies Christmas party, and on New Year's Eve.

      The fusion jeans arrived yesterday and they are so incredibly comfortable that I almost didn't want to take them off. I personally think they are quite cute and especially flattering from the side and behind. The pockets in front are rather large, so I wasn't sure about them at first, but they started to 'grow' on me the longer I had them on. I haven't had the opportunity to try them with anything other than a tee, but hope to do so this weekend, to see if they will work with the blouses and tops I need them for. The jeans are very long like the reviews have mentioned. I have a 31" inseam and can wear them at full length with my 4" wedges. I also tried rolling them to crop length, and they looked really cute that way, too. I ordered the size 27, which is my 'normal' jeans size, and while they fit, I am afraid they are going to stretch out and be too large, so I placed an order for the size 26, which are due to arrive on Tuesday. I can let you know how that pair fits if you like. Also, please feel free to email me if you have any other questions. :)

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    3. Genny: What a fantastic price on the shirts! Who are they made by? I didn't see the show.

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    4. Janna: Are you subscribed to this thread or still checking it? I have an update on the jeans for you. Let me know, or else email me: FabulousFloridaMommy@cfl.rr.com

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  6. Thanks SO much for these reviews! I LOVE the Liberty Print Shirts! I agree, the quality is wonderful!

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    1. You're welcome, Rynetta! Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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  7. I love all 3 on you. The ivory top is lovely...but i'd be apprehensive of the sheerness.

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    1. Thank you Nantucket Daffodil! I completely understand how you feel about the sheerness of the top. I wish they would have made it more substantial. It does look really cute under a blazer though, and would work well as a layering piece this fall, too.

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  8. Thanks again! The liberty shirt looks lovely on you, I hope you do get a chance to get it! That blue pattern is great, it would be on my list if I didn't like the D'Anjo even better :) Actually I don't want too many shirts, I have one more slot open for fall (unless I change my mind, which is possible), and I think the polka-dot chambray may take that place. I'm tickled by polka-dots in the winter, for some reason. On that subject, you didn't happen to see the polka-dot skirt (that matches the top you reviewed yesterday) in store? I'm thinking polka-dot silk skirt with polka-dot chambray shirt, yes? No? Anyway, the measurements on the skirt read weird to me, so I was wondering if anyone's seen it.

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    1. You're welcome Anna-Karin, and thank you for stopping by again! I didn't get to see the polka-dot skirt unfortunately, but will keep my eye out for it the next time I go in and take pictures for you if it's there. I will also try it with the polka-dot chambray shirt if they still have it, and let you know what I think about the combo IRL. :)

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  9. Thanks so much for these reviews. I have to say I am not being "grabbed" by many items as I usually am. I like the idea of the Liberty shirts but I tend not to wear button fronts. They really put out some pretty patterns this year, that blue is so pretty.
    Have a fun weekend!

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    1. You're welcome Dani! I agree that there are some really pretty Liberty patterns out this year. I don't yet own one of the shirts, so this may be the year that I get one. Enjoy your weekend, too! :)

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  10. I may be 37 but I *need* the bow sweater, even if it is too young for me. I'm heading to the mall tomorrow and hopefully my tiny store will have it. Question: in the Orchard Print Tippi I sized down. I know you stated the bow version is TTS, but I'm wondering, is cut anything like the Orchard print? thanks!

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    1. Hi jacquelyn! Unfortunately I never did try on the Orchard Print Tippi, so I'm not sure if the cuts are similar or not. I know that some JCAs are comparing the bow sweater to the regular Tippi though. Still, I haven't tried on of those since last year, so I'm not sure how the fit is this year to compare it to the bow sweater. I'm really sorry I couldn't be of more help! I hope your store gets it in so that you can try it...fingers crossed! :)

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  11. So sad about the Accordian Pleat top. It looked so cute on-line.
    Thanks for the reviews.

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    1. You're welcome maryeb! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  12. I think the bow sweater is adorable. Contemplating that one, but I'm going to take my time to consider. I'm staying far away from the pleat top. I don't think JC does designs that are supported well by fabric choices like that. They end up a wrinkly mess and I can never iron it back to the original form. Thanks for great reviews! (email still coming!!!!)

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