September 8, 2011

J.Crew Fitting Room Reviews

The two Janes did a little shopping over Labor Day Weekend.  Check out our J.Crew Fitting Room Reviews.  Hopefully these less than stellar iPhone photos are somewhat helpful during J.Crew's extra 30% off final sale (code: LOVEIT).

Left: Jackie Cardigan ($39.99) | shop - Both Janes own this cardigan in multiple shades; needless to say, we love it.  It looks cute with shorts or pants and it tucks beautifully into skirts.  It also holds up pretty well after several washes and the color doesn't fade too much.  This review is only relevant for the Jackie Cardigans at J.Crew, not the Jackie Lookalikes at the J.Crew Factory Store.  Our only caveat: we're ambivalent about the three-quarter length sleeves; a full-length sleeve is more appropriate for the cold fall and winter months in the Midwest.
Right: Blythe Shirtdress in Dark Navy | shop - I was so excited about this dress when I saw it online; even on the hanger, it looked beautiful.  Unfortunately, I'm just "meh" about it.  There's no specific complaint, but the dress just didn't meet my expectations.  Fits TTS.  Silk is of nice quality, & the navy color is richer in person.  If you're not into dresses, check out the Blythe Blouse in silk ($49.99).
Shoes: Taiwan

Top: Puff-sleeve Popover in Vibrant Flame (59.90) | shop - I saw this shirt priced at $59.50 in stores, but it's $79.50 online.  I believe will match in store prices.  See review below.
Skirt (left): Flair Skirt in Double-Serge Wool in Cool Pine ($128) | shop - This skirt comes in several pretty colors that are perfect for fall.  Though it's fully-lined, I found it itchy, it lacks pockets, the material is stiff, and the boxy pleats don't flatter my figure.  
Shorts (right): 3" Chino Short in Ceylon Tea ($29.99) | shop - I've gotten a lot of wear out of these shorts.  They're the perfect length for me--short enough to elongate my legs, but long enough to ensure that I'm showing the world the goodies. ;)

Top: Puff-sleeve Popover in End-on-End in French Blue ($79.50) | shop - Jane Squared loves this top!  The sleeves fit a bit tight around the cuff for both of us; I guess that just means the guns are a little too buff. :) The end-on-end version of this shirt is thicker and sturdier than the solid colored or striped version.
Skirt: Origami mini in Houndstooth ($128) | shop - Apparently this skirt was designed to sit at the waist, but I think it's a little too mini for that; I'm only 5'2", so I imagine that this would be extremely short on someone taller than me.  Pros: the lovely houndstooth pattern, the pleating, the pockets.  Cons: length & price.
Shoes: Nine West

We stopped by the NARS counter, and I tried out an eye shadow duo and a really pretty blush combo.  Colors are truest on the first and third photos.

Jacket: Gap
Dress: Loft | May still be available in stores
Eyeshadow: Duo Eye Shadow in Kuala Lumpur, NARS ($33) | shop - Extremely smooth & very finely milled.
Blush: Mata Hari & Sin, NARS ($27) | shop - A makeup artist suggested I layer Sin over Mata Hari, and I think the combination turned out really pretty.  Applied with a light hand, the Mata Hari shade is gorgeous.
Look out for more J.Crew reviews featuring the Lace Bluson Dress, the Candace Dress, & the Linen Popover later this week.  Check out other reviews of the Fall line at Musings on the Mountain & a review of a dress (which has been on my Wishlist since it hit the catalogue) from Respect the Shoes.


  1. Hmmm...I'm more interested in that shirtdress now that I've seen on you here.

  2. A few people have commented that they love that dress... maybe I should re-evaluate! :)