Saturday, March 3, 2012

J. Crew Factory Reviews (and one Boden top)- March

Hello all!  Before I get into the reviews, I just wanted to say thanks so much for reading my blog!  I am super excited to be up to 10 followers.  I have gotten so many styling ideas and tips from many of your blogs, so I am happy to have you here!

I haven't been the the J'Crewlet in a few months even though there's one fairly close to my house.  I love getting basic tees, tanks and shorts there, but I don't usually have luck with button downs or woven tops and I feel like the dresses are usually overpriced.   Anyway, yesterday's excursion was pretty much typical for me.

Factory Lace Popover 
I was hoping that this might be as cute as the Lady Lace Popover, but it just wasn't.  It was cotton instead of the retail version's merino, but that didn't bother me for Spring.  The lace was kind of droopy and cheap looking, and I didn't like how it came to those points at the bottom.   Plus it is pricey for a cotton sweater at a factory store!  I am trying on an XS and it was tight in the arms.  I didn't bother trying the S b/c I knew it wasn't going to work regardless.

I loved how this looked, but I didn't like the fit.  I am wearing an XS which looked good, but it was way too tight in the shoulders.  Like if I hugged someone, the seams were going to split.  The S was too big everywhere else so I had to pass on this one.

I don't see the print that I tried online, but my store had a lot of this colorway.  I liked the paisley but my bra was totally hanging out in the back.  I was trying on a size 2 and it fit well.  Had to pass due to the bra issue.

I was annoyed when I first saw this in the factory store because I bought the retail version 2 weeks ago.   They looked almost exactly the same except that the factory version has more of a seersucker texture.  They even had the same colors.   I felt better when I tried it on though because the factory version was even thinner than the retail one (hard to believe) and the fit was not good.   I tried the XS first and had the same shoulder tightness issues as the popover.  And again the S was too big.  I definitely do better with numerically sized button downs.  Plus this version was $59.50 with no promo in the factory store, and I got it for $60 retail with the last 20% promo.  Strange pricing IMO. 

I bought these for our vacation next month.  I am a sucker for prints and I like how the Carson shorts fit me.  I think the side zip is very flattering.  These were on promo for $29.99 which is significantly cheaper than the retail shorts.  And the solid ones are pretty much exactly the same.   I am wearing a size 4, and am trying to spare you all my pasty white legs and black socks in this picture.  

Here's a closeup of the print.

As if I need more stripes in my life.  But I love these tops from Boden.  I had the heavier fall version in red and I figured the white and navy would be good with all of the colorful pants I've been buying for spring.   This was a work outfit and now that I am seeing the pictures, I think it looks weird with the boots.  I had wanted to wear my cognac heels but they were slipping all over the place and I didn't feel like dealing with it so I threw my boots on at the last minute.  Oh well.  The skirt is a ponte skirt from Ann Taylor that I have worn a lot (here it is in green).  The blue one that I have is still in the stores (and on sale) but I don't see it online. 

Here is is untucked.  I am wearing a size 6 which is what I usually take at Boden.  Kudos to Johnnie for not being a vanity sizer!

That's all for now!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Thanks for the reviews! Did U notice if they had gamine ruffled jacket at the crewlets? Thanks!

    1. I think they had it but I am not positive. I know they had the classic trench and I am pretty sure there was a black jacket on the same rack.

  2. The red print tank looks like the silk rhea popover in paisley. That was online only, I think. Thanks for sharing J'Crewlet photos. I usually don't mess around in that section unless reviewed by JCA.

    Congrats on your followers. You'll get more :)

    1. oh you are right- I think that is the same paisley!

  3. I am so glad you reviewed these pieces. :) Now I will be watching for those darling shorts either at the store or on-line. Cute!

    The Boden top is awesome, and I am glad they reissue a version of it each year. Definitely going to include this in the weekly roundup...

    I wish I could have commented with a more timely manner, but better late than never, right? LOL. :)

  4. thanks for including me! I love your weekly roundup!

    1. Hi! :) My pleasure, and what a wonderful review.

      I have to do the roundup tomorrow am, bit overtired tonight (LONG day including a trip to the dentist, yay!), so be on the lookout for it!!!

  5. Hi Amy! Newest follower :). I share your love for have such great style!