Buy & Try: J.Crew

Monday, November 19, 2012

Since for the life of me I cannot find a size 14 in store, for this latest round of 'sale off a sale' at J.Crew I picked up two blazers to try. I definitely think this was the way to go because now not only do I have an idea of how they fit I have a new one to add to the closet!

Schoolboy Blazer, Watercolor Blue, Sz 14, $104.99

Verdict: Keep. I loved the feel & color of this blazer plus I can see it working for all sorts of outfits, at work or in life.

Hacking Jacket, Autumn Coral, Sz 14, $140

Verdict: Return. The color was nice but the fabric of this blazer, the double serge wool, didn't look as nice in real life (especially when compared to the schoolboy). And while the longer length would be nicer on someone taller than me I can't get over the feeling that I should be hopping on my horse to ride off into the sunset.

Oh and the reason there's not a pic from the back?

Awkward surprise face right there. Nice.
THE FREAKING BUTTON CAME OFF. ON A $140 BLAZER. J.Crew. WTF. This is not ok and believe you me I'm gonna be keeping the receipt for my schoolboy just in case something goes wrong. You can't charge me (or anyone) this much money for something that falls apart! Shame on you.

Ink-dip Popover, Citrus Lime, Sz 14, $24.49

Verdict: Return. The color is nice but the arms are pretty wide for my frame and I don't like the idea of paying $25 for something I have to wear a tank top underneath (the fabric's super sheer).

Tippi Cardigan, Sienna, Sz Large, $34.99

Verdict: Return. As much as I love the feel of this cardigan I just don't think it's flattering. The pattern of the leopard print (with the two lighter lines down the chest) just ends up making me look wide and even trying the 'X' trick doesn't save it.

No. 2 Pencil Skirt, Natural, Sz 14, $27.99

Verdict: Undecided. The No. 2 pencil skirt isn't the most flattering on me (I think it might be better on a woman with less hips) but this isn't a bad price. The skirt's well made but I'd probably have to take it to the tailor to get it taken in; it sits lower on my hips than I'd like - and this is without Spanx. I don't have anything else like it in my closet though so I'm inclined to keep it for spring/summer.

What do you think? Am I being too hard on the cardigan? Is there something I'm missing? Is the skirt worth keeping if I'm going to get it altered? HELP!

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