Am I A J.Crew Girly Now? Trying On 2 Of Its Iconic Sweaters

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I never was a J.Crew girl. While its sailor stripes and iconic sweaters have always piqued my curiosity, once I land on J.Crew’s website and see the styling, I feel totally uninspired. I click away almost immediately.

Yet, I’ll see a new piece on social media, or inquire about someone’s sweater on the street, only to be met with J.Crew as the answer. And the curiosity marches on.

So, I decided to challenge myself. I want to see if I could make J.Crew’s famous sweaters my own. Could I look past the perfectly preppy styling cues from the website and make these pieces work within my own closet (which is decidedly, uh, messier and off-center)? I’m going to find out.

My Very First J.Crew Try-On: Emilie Lady Jacket & Giselle Sweater-Blazer

I never was a J.Crew girl, so I decided to challenge myself. Can I make the lady jacket & sweater-blazer my own? In this try-on, I'm going to find out.

sweater (L) | tank (L) | jeans (28) | bag | flats

If I’m being honest, this isn’t my first go around with J.Crew. That actually happened earlier this year, when I ordered simple boxer shorts (and wore them nonstop all summer long), and it was part of the reason I was able to muster up the courage to order more. The boxer shorts easily became my own thing, so I felt hopeful the J.Crew sweaters could blend into my closet just the same.

Which sweaters did I scoop up? The Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket and the Giselle Sweater-Blazer.

The J.Crew Emilie Patch-Pocket Sweater Lady Jacket

This sweater, the famous J.Crew Lady Jacket, is what really made me cross my fingers. I scooped up two colors to try because I was unusually indecisive — and all the options are so cute.

The J.Crew sweater lady jacket is made from a soft yet structured 100% cotton. 

Emilie Patch-Pocket Sweater Lady Jacket (L)

I had noticed J.Crew’s lady jackets in the past, but I only recently discovered the Emilie patch-pocket sweater version. While I usually associate a tweed material with this style of top, the Emilie sweater is made from a soft yet structured 100% cotton. 

The gold buttons of this J.Crew lady jacket make the whole thing feel Parisian & could be perfect for balancing out my baggy jeans.

sweater (L) | jeans (27) | similar loafers | bag

The gold buttons make the whole thing feel very Parisian, and I was hopeful that it could be the perfect top I’ve been searching for to balance out all my beloved baggy jeans: fitted, but not tight, with an ideal slight-crop.

Turns out, it’s perfect in all those ways.

The J.Crew lady jacket is fitted, but not tight, w/ an ideal slight-crop.

sweater (L) | skirt (M) | bag | sneakers

Right off the bat, I realized the Emilie lady jacket is delightfully easy to style.

I began playing around with buttoning the front in various ways, and thanks to the structured boxy shape, everything works. It all looks so…cool?

Thanks to the structured, boxy shape of this J.Crew sweater lady jacket, you can play around w/ the buttons.

sweater (L) | tank (L) | jeans (28) | bag | flats

I know, I know — the next photo might feel ridiculous to some, but seeing as how fall time in San Diego won’t have me putting my shorts away for awhile, I had to see what it would feel like paired with my favorite denim cutoff shorts from AGOLDE.

While it looks fancy, the J.Crew Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket is actually machine-washable.

sweater (L) | shorts (28) | sandals

And while it looks fancy, the Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket is actually machine-washable (busy-mom-life-approved).


The J.Crew Giselle V-Neck Sweater-Blazer

In the event the Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket didn’t quite cut it, I scooped up J.Crew’s Giselle Sweater-Blazer as well (again, in two colors — but can you blame me?!).

In the event the Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket didn’t quite cut it, I scooped up J.Crew's Giselle V-Neck Sweater-Blazer as well.

Giselle V-Neck Sweater-Blazer (M)

Both sweater styles feature the same patch pockets and charming gold buttons, but with its longer length and drapey neckline, the Giselle Sweater-Blazer feels a bit safer at a glance for my personal style.

W/ its longer length & drapey neckline, the J.Crew Giselle Sweater-Blazer feels a bit safer at a glance for my personal style.

sweater (M) | jeans (28) | flats

After reading the reviews, I grabbed a medium (whereas my instinct is to order a size large in sweaters). I’m glad I did, because it certainly runs oversized.

The medium fits me similarly to the models — drapey in the body with wide, full sleeves that aren’t overwhelmingly long.

Size down in this J.Crew sweater-blazer — it certainly runs oversized.

sweater (M) | tank (L) | skirt (M) | sneakers | similar bag

The Giselle sweater has a cool-girl factor that’s hard to pinpoint. Maybe it’s the fact that the sweater is essentially shapeless in the long body, making an otherwise polished (Emily Gilmore-esque) top feel street-wear ready.

The deep-V neckline is sexy with just the right amount of skin being revealed when worn as a top alone, and just like the lady jacket, it’s especially fun to play with the styling of the front buttons.

The deep-V neckline of this J.Crew sweater-blazer is sexy w/ just the right amount of skin being revealed when worn as a top alone.

sweater (M) | tank (L) | jeans (28) | sandals

The main reason I scooped up the red color in the J.Crew sweater-blazer is that I can’t help but think this will be perfect for the holiday season.

I’m dreaming of wearing this with winter-white denim or a faux-leather skirt (or pants!) for special occasions. The sweater even feels like the ideal weight to pack if catching flights during the holidays — cozy, but not at all bulky.

I chose the J.Crew sweater-blazer in red because I think this will be the perfect holiday sweater.

sweater (M) | pants (28) | shoes | similar bag

And for my own sanity, another experiment with shorts:

& of course I had to try this J.Crew sweater-blazer w/ my fave AGOLDE jean shorts.

sweater (M) | shorts (28) | sneakers | bag

The only downside? The Giselle sweater-blazer is labeled as a dry-clean item. But I’ll probably just hand-wash it when necessary, or pop it in a mesh bag and wash on the delicate cycle if truly needed, as I do with the few other dry-clean labels I own (shhhh).


My Dressy Alter Ego: J.Crew Sweaters In 2 Bonus Outfits

Very much out of character, I couldn’t resist a few dressier looks in both sweaters. Maybe I’m getting older, or maybe these sweaters brought out an alter ego…

I never was a J.Crew girl, so I decided to challenge myself. Can I make the lady jacket & sweater-blazer my own? In this try-on, I'm going to find out.

sweater (L) | dress (M) | bag | heels

A newfound fave tucking trick of mine? If you have a longer sweater you want to crop, put a belt around your upper waist, on top of the sweater, and pull the sweater up and out, until just the ends are tucked in (as seen below).

I love this trick with skirts or any tight bottoms where I don’t want any bulk in the waistband and alternatively don’t want to use the bra-tuck method.

I never was a J.Crew girl, so I decided to challenge myself. Can I make the lady jacket & sweater-blazer my own? In this try-on, I'm going to find out.

sweater (M) | similar dress | flats


The verdict?

Somewhat shockingly, both sweaters from J.Crew make my outfits feel incredibly more put-together than they would normally appear had I any other top on. It was as if my closet was instantly elevated by a few patch pockets and gold buttons. Even my sneakers looked more polished. I tried making the sweaters feel more undone, yet they ended up making me feel more chic.

And I liked it.

Xx,
Amy

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