Trends have been shifting, slippery things lately (especially in the denim department), so I wandered into J.Crew to see Ms. Lyons’ interpretation. It’s…fantastic. J.Crew is doing what they’ve always done so well (cozy sweaters, bright stripes), but have managed to update small details to keep the pieces relevant (hello, little bell sleeve, for example). But the shocking surprise? The denim. Let’s get right to it….
This Whole Outfit
This entire outfit came home with me. Technically speaking the jeans did not, but only because I learned that they have PETITE SIZING ONLINE. Also, tall sizing. Which is so freaking important when we’re talking cropped flares with that fabulous released hem. The jean is made out of fairly thick material, has a high-waist, and is comfortable. The stylist working at J.Crew insisted that they don’t sag in the bum after hours of wear. I just ordered mine online, so we’ll see. Fits true to size (I’m wearing a 25), and currently 25% off!
Also of note? Cozy fisherman sweater, updated with bell sleeves. I’m wearing a size small.
Lastly, the boots. J.Crew is doing the mod, higher-on-the-ankle boot to perfection: a not-too-high, perfectly walkable heel (that’s still sexy), gold zipper detail, and comes in black OR brown. I’m reallllly loving the brown suede. Softens up all of my black. (And HEY! They’re 25% off!)
Let’s Talk More About This Sweater
J.Crew’s sweater sizing has been driving me nuts lately. If you’re seriously making XXXS an actual, for-real size, and not using it in some kind of jokey, ironic way….your scale is off, amiright?
Anyway, here’s the same sweater in an XS…..
And in an XXS (dying over this color….the fluorescent lights do it no justice)
Which brings me to my next point….
The Best Denim Skirt. Maybe Ever.
Um. I’m confused by how fabulous this denim skirt is. Soft, stretchy, but still feels enough like denim. Easy to walk in, didn’t move around all crazy and so stinking flattering. Currently 25% off, and comes in petite sizing as well. I’m wearing a size 25 (regular). Gotta order the petites.
This indigo-colored shirt is insanely soft. I *think* it’s supposed to be chambray, but it feels like one of Mike’s shirts that has been washed a thousand times. And looks kind of amazing with both light-wash denim and that faded black denim I’ve been wearing on repeat. Love this one. And currently 25% off!
Also, Faux-Leather. And Pleats.
This skirt was another happy surprise. Faux-leather, under $100, and can easily be dressed up, or worn to the office with collared shirts and blazers, or with turtlenecks and some sort of interesting top layered over. Available in petite or regular sizes, but tall girls may want the midi version.
Confession: I Bought A Cardigan
I know, I know. I’m not usually a cardigan girl. But this one managed to walk that fine line between rumpled-and-cozy grandpa cardigan, yet fit across the shoulders, preventing the unfortunate linebacker look that so often happens with truly oversized cardigans. Also, I really, really wanted something in this mossy green color.
I’m wearing this pair of jeans, I think. I just grabbed the closest pair – they’re totally forgettable. But since the denim appears to be 25% off right now, I seriously wish I had tried on this pair or this pair. Both pairs come in petite, regular, or tall. Love that.
Prepare to Be Blinded
I was shocked by how much I loved this bright little combo. Also, I’m wearing the skirt backwards. Oops.
Yeah, I’m totally digging the brights-and-stripes.
Now back to that brightly striped sweater – it totally stands on it’s own….
Lastly, Two Cute Tops
There’s some interesting possibilities for this faux-layered sweatshirt. I’m thinking casual holiday style – festive, fun….but still a sweatshirt. Perfect for holiday parties at the kid’s school. I’m wearing the Metallic Ruffle-Neck Sweatshirt in size XXS. I think fitted is best for this style.
J.Crew is doing a collab with my fav, St. James. Alllll the stripes. Give me allllll the striiiiipes….
That’s it! My current favs (at least the ones available in store). If any of you have notes or thoughts on the rest of J.Crew’s denim, I’d LOVE to hear about it. I tried it years ago and was underwhelmed, so J.Crew denim hasn’t even been on my radar. The cropped flares were a total surprise.
Oh! Forgot to mention: Nordstrom is now carrying a small selection of J.Crew! None of the pieces I’ve featured here are currently available at Nordies, but it is good news for those of us annoyed that J.Crew still charges for shipping like it’s 2003. I mean please.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend….