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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Review Blues

A-Line Dress, J Crew
 I've received a big box of blue things from J Crew.
It's all given me the review blues.

First off, the dress is 43% polyester, it didn't  say that in the copy.
The fabric has a consequent dull sheen.

It's much too short.
Schoolgirl short.

Yet also far too large at the waist in my normal size.

Collection Bonded Sweater-Jacket

The fabric is lambswool and it is lined with a flannel-type material.
The flannel material is a polyester blend.

It reminds me of a navy lambswool sweater of MrBP's which I shrunk in the wash.
I gave that sweater to Christopher and he wears it all the time.
Felted wool is indeed quite warm.

You can see the "flannel" is in fact a polyester fabric.
This was not mentioned in the copy.

Looking, and feeling, uninspired.

Goldsign jeans in "aphrodite wash".

That's the aphrodite wash on the right.
Here to compare with my other Goldsign jeans.
I like the light blue wash, it would be pretty in summer.

They fit much smaller than my other pair in the same size.
Too bad as the length is nice and they are indeed perfect with navy.
They really "sausage up" my thighs along the back, creating unpleasant creases.

Lulu Frost Navette Burst Earrings

I liked the earrings, especially with the jeans that didn't fit me.
I thought the posts were made of a very soft and wobbly metal however.

Collection Luxe Silk Crepe Blouse

The silk is nice and heavy and did feel lovely on.
But then I remembered I don't often wear a blouse like this.
What would I even pair it with?

I tried it on with a number of skirts and then thought I'd found the perfect match.
But NO, too busy with all of the pockets and plackets off-center.
So there you have it.  I'm trotting off now to return everything at the post office.
Any questions let me know, I'll be gone a few hours and back later today for Miller Time!
Happy Friday,
xoDani

52 comments:

  1. Dani,
    How shocking that the dress description didn't list the poly blend! In 2004-05 J.Crew made a super 120s dress almost identical to this version, though the skirt fullness was achieved by a bias cut rather than stitched pleats. I have it in navy and black. I see them on eBay occasionally, so worth keeping a eye out if you like this silhouette.

    I had a feeling the wool coat was going to be a fail--frumpy IMO, a cut for someone who has something to hide, which you do not.

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    1. Hexicon I never would have ordered it if I had known about the poly, which really cheeses me off, I might fire off a letter about it. They must improve the copy, it's ridiculous!
      Please if you ever see that 2004 dress on ebay send me an email, I'd so appreciate it! A bias cut, imagine, so much more expensive to produce and so lovely to wear.

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    2. Hi Dani: "the dress is 43% polyester, it didn't say that in the copy."

      I've noticed this on other items. For example, all the jeans say cotton with a 'hint of stretch', but some of the jeans have a much higher polyester content than others. Yuck! I would like to have this information upfront before I order. (I sent the jeans back).

      I talked about this on the 'vent' posting at JCA, but others didn't seem as bothered by it as I was. So, I guess J Crew will keep it up.

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  2. Oh dear, you really do have the blues today Dani! It looks like you didn't keep anything - very disappointing! You know, despite (or perhaps because of!) all the J Crew blogs I read I just haven't been able to order online. I'm hoping to get to the Yorkdale store soon - even then I'll be looking very carefully at any prospective purchases, a la xoxo!
    Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Hi Patricia, Yes take xoxo's eye with you when you go to Yorkdale. The staff are so nice and everything is shiny and alluring, but we really need to examine items carefully.
      You know at least with LE they have an unconditional guarantee, if a dress or sweater falls apart at some point you can get your money back!
      I had also ordered a cashmere tunic in navy but I didn't even bother to review it, it was all so dire. The tunic was already splitting at the seams.

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  3. Ok I laughed out loud at the blue cardigan jacket - so not flattering! That's the sort of thing I wear on my flumpy depressive days. And I like the shape of the dress but yep too short, phew what an uninspiring box.

    Phew the quality has really taken a nosedive, what a shame, the times are a changing at J Crew.
    Oh got my Sperry boots - instant love so cosy and warm. My first ever proper footwear for snow.

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    1. Which Sperry boots did you get? I think I might use my rewards card toward a pair of these. I like the taller ones, but I like both colors and can't decide which to get.

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    2. cate, I went to look size the camel ones for Tabs at a Sperry store here last week and can vouch for their nice colour, quality. I also saw them out on street last night and looked v. good with grey socks peeping out. The white looked more "plastic-y" IMO and I would be stressed about the "duck boot" part getting dark marks and looking dirty. I also think the tall Shearwaters look slightly more "adult" than the shorter version with the external fleece band.

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    3. GetFresh, thank you so much! How did you think they fit, TTS? I saw the darker color in the store and I loved them, but they didn't have the camel ones.

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    4. Tabs just wearing that jacket for 10 seconds put me into a depressive state. Is it not hideous on me. It also felt weird because of that poly flannel lining.
      Sperry boots are great, you'll be so glad to have them this winter!

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    5. Cate - camel and grey lovely colour combo.

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    6. Thanks Tabitha! I loved them in the catalog photos, but then I also loved the darker ones in the store... what to do? I think I'll go with the camel ones.

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    7. Cate - the store (non JC) had half-sizes but JC only has full and the JC advice on half sizes to size up is correct. Unlike most warm winter boots, which I would say tend to run large (Sorels, Timberland, North Face), these are TTS to on the snug side with thicker socks. But don't think you'd want to go a whole size up or ankle gap and shin rub risk. I think they will also feel a tiny bit roomier once pile settles too. The leather on the black ones is very nice and the black laces are a bit "softer" too.

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    8. Thanks GetFresh! I'm a size 8 but sometimes go up to an 8.5 in boots to fit in thick socks. But in these, I think I'll take the 8. I think you're right about the pile smushing down once you wear them a bit.

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    9. It rained in LA today and I wore the Sperrys in camel and tan. Love them, and my feet were incredibly toasty.

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  4. Lots of disappointment, that's a shame. I was surprised that you ordered the sweater jacket, I thought it looked like a shapeless mess online, although I admit the flannel-lining did intrigue me. I'd love to try the Goldsign jeans but will likely have to purchase on Net-A-Porter or somewhere that offers a longer inseam.

    My package should arrive next week and I'm actually quite excited. Hope I don't end up with the Review Blues.

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    1. xoxo I still love the Goldsign jeans, they are awesome. What was I event thinking with that sweater jacket. I think I had a dreamy vision of a collectable J Crew piece of old.
      I'll be so interested to see what you ordered!

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  5. BLUE NOTES Oh Dani, so sorry about the PTTO, yet proud of you for taking the pass on anything so-so or worse. I had such hopes for those earrings, but highly breakable costume jewels not on. That sweater is grim, reminds me of the bin bag coats I despise. Glad Tabs' boots worked out. Hope xoxo has better luck. And confident your next retail box, from wherever will be MUCH better.

    P.S. Lots of incoming from Canada today. I shot back another defective shirt and a gift item that was decidedly more "neon" than online. Didn't even open that poly bag.

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    1. GF I'm done with PTTO stuff from JCrew, I had to return the etta pumps too. At least I was able to chat with the kind postal ladies. They think I'm crazy by the way.

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  6. What a let down, Dani! How odd that these jeans were a smaller fit than the ones you currently have. I really like them. The lack of consistency is off-putting. Yet when they get something right, it's wonderful. I hate having to post things back, but it has to be done. Better luck next time.

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    1. Sulky at first I thought all of those baguettes I've been eating with my white wine were catching up with me, but my other Goldsign jeans in the same size have a much different fit. These ones were so tight I couldn't sit down!

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  7. The placket on the silk blouse looks so heavy! For lovely silk blouses try Equipment.

    Sorry you are returning so much, but at least you can return. No final sale regrets here!

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    1. Kristin this is why we can never ever ever buy final sale!

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  8. That is disappointing! I'm sorry nothing worked out. That sweater jacket is shapeless and tragic.

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  9. Oh, this is awful, I hate when that happens. Even if my wallet is happy I end up disappointed for the rest of the day. But at least nothing was final sale. But with the jeans I find that they usually stretch, you don;t think they would? If they are good out of the box they end up baggy and unflattering. I had hopes for those earings, I alost ordered them myself but if they are flimsy, I'll pass. And with all that polyester content you'd think everything would be much, much cheaper...
    Oh well, at least Miller time is coming!

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    1. ajc those jeans were really tight, my first Goldsign jeans were tight out of the box but still comfortable, I may try a size 28 sometime in the future, or better yet try ordering Goldsign from a different retailer. I really think they are amazing jeans.
      The poly is like madness, and not even listed in the fabric content! As the fabrics get worse the prices rise, and this will result in... well who knows what they're thinking.

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  10. j. crew is not going to be happy are they?:)

    i love blue too but it must fit or else it's no good.

    i'll join you virtually for miller time later.:)

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  11. oh and i forgot to add...smokin bod dani!!!

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  12. Thanks for the reviews Dani! How terrible that none of it worked out for you! I love the silhouette of the dress, but how disappointing to have such a high poly content at that price, not to mention the length. Why do they just refuse to design dresses and skirts at a longer length that will work for the majority of women? Seems to me that they would get a clue and realize one of the main reasons there are so many of them in the sale section is because they are too short. Fortunately for us, there are other retailers (hello Kate Spade, Anthropologie, and Tory Burch) that do offer longer dresses and skirts.

    Looking forward to Miller time...I'll bring spinach dip. :)

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  13. Oh, Dani, how ... ugh. After the 3rd day in a row when I brought in a bundle of web returns, I felt compelled to say something to the sweet SA who was chugging away, asking with each item: "reason for return?"

    -- um, I was on the computer late at night and made some bad choices. Oh, well, at least I wasn't in a bar.

    She didn't blink.

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    1. That's funny! I read an article last summer about shopping under the influence, apparently it's a Thing. People drink too much and buy things online, then they are surprised when packages start showing up lol. One person from the article got impatient with a web site and hit the Submit button 8 times (something like that) and got 8 of the item delivered. I think it was something rather large, too. See, we're not so bad are we? :-)

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  14. Yikes even the luxe blouse looked off and I have it in the sand and love it. Did you order the first pair of Goldsign in a 28 ? Do they have cuffs? Thanks Dani you saved me some time doing returns.

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    1. Marsha my first pair have the cuffs and they are a 27, the second pair, uncuffed, also a 27 are way too tight! But I found the cuffed Goldsign in the light wash on shopbop for half price, might try those.

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  15. Blech. That's just the worst, to get a box full of disappointment. Whyyyyyy won't they lengthen the dresses? It's insane. My feeling about the bonded pieces was they'd be a disaster, but I was also intrigued by the description. BAH on the poly everywhere! I had fractional success, so better than nothing. (We won't talk about the wedding dress debacle.) My successes were: the black puffer jacket, popover peacoat (yep, I'm keeping, will let you know if it makes me crazy), the two-tone cashmere sweatshirt (the flax one is insanely soft, definitely recommend) and the midrise toothpick cords. As for the Bow Coat, it is lovely, but too expensive still for my needs, especially with the polyester and nylon contents (argh).

    Only a few more hours til Miller Time, hooray! I will bring my famous Mexican Artichoke Dip with tortilla chips.

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    1. shopwithm that snack sounds delicious! I like what you 're keeping very much, and wait for it, that bow coat is definitely going to sale. It's such a pretty color on you!

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  16. About the jeans and inconsistent sizes: When they are cut, many many pairs are cut out together. Thus, each pair will be slightly different in size depending on where it was in the stack being cut . It's a cost saving measure.

    I really think I would give up on J Crew. The quality is just not up to your expectations and it is doubtful it ever will be. I would consider buying fewer pieces, but from a better company. Your Kate Spade things are wonderful. Have you looked at Lafayette 148?

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  17. Susan I wondered about that cutting issue. Seems likely the case. I do like Goldsign and made in the USA as well.
    Yes I give up, and truthfully I should just buy fewer things anyway and re-work what I have, I do find my idea of what my daily uniform should be changes up which leads me to look for more-perfect wardrobe items. I should use my perfectionist tendencies for good not evil! ;)

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  18. Dani-Such a disappointment. I was in the downtown store today and it was an absolute disappointment. I didn't try on a single thing. It all looked so familiar. At least you've reserved funds for some truly perfect things next time. Hoping your KS pieces are better-their stores are blindingly bright and festive with color.

    I'll bring some hummus and veggies :-)

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  19. Very disappointing quality indeed. Better to stick with Kade Spade and Eileen Fisher! I have been eyeing the riding pants you posted about earlier.

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  20. Oh what a set of reviews. I saw that first dress and was all, "ooh so short."

    I tried on the Jules paisley today and WOAH, that one was short too. J. Crew! Come on! If you can make jeans and pants that have an inseam of 36 inches, surely you can make a dress whose hemline falls at a kneecap, yes?

    I do love the silk shirt, if only for layering! :)

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  21. LOL in our house it is margarita time! Though I don't drink I do get into the mood as the lime squeezer! ; ) Fresh limes from the garden, love that smell.

    Dani such a disappointment but I agree with you nothing looked fabulous... I like the navy capelette from last year better than the bonded sweater jacket. In fact it has become my go to coat/jacket! ; )

    Thank you for the reviews I always appreciate your honest assessment and the photos!!

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  22. Ah too bad - agree that nothing is worth keeping here - how frustrating!

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  23. Dani - weirdly, I instinctively sized up when I ordered the Goldsign jeans, and I was right. I don't know what gave me the feeling, but the one size larger is perfect. In fact, I love them so much I ordered a second pair.
    I also love my tan and gray Sperrys. As for the quality at J.Crew, I've watched it go down so much as they've strayed from their classics and have tried to be more fashion forward. Something had to give, and it's the quality. Sad, as I still wear the same work boots to paint in that I got from J. Crew over 20 years ago. I feel like an old fogey reminiscing about the good old days of J. Crew, but there best stuff are their partnership pieces these days. Sorry about your whole order, and if you love the jeans, just order one size up.

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  24. Oh, and I do like the silk blouse a lot on you, but it's a blouse for jeans, to sort of dress them up. That's it.

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  25. I am sorry you were disappointed Dani! What was the problem with the earrings? You surely could find something to wear with them even if you didn't keep the jeans. Maybe the other returns just made you grumpy!
    I did like the fabric of the jacket (on the hanger) but yes, it did look like something not made for someone with a nice figure like yours. Oh well, you just bought a navy coat, maybe it would have been too much navy (even if I am all for navy as you know!)

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    1. i popped back in this morning and i have decided that they made that jacket so that the unsuspecting wearer would look like the parisian woman on their sweaters!! You just need a hat!!!

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    2. Aha! I thought I was the only person in the world who thought the Paris lady looked more like a hairy monster than a fashionable lady.

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  26. Oh dear, not a single keeper?? Well, at least not ALL were due to below par expectations... I was just thinking about JC inconsistency today but then thought about times when I have ordered from department stores (Nordstrom, Bloomingdales) with all the huge variety of brands they carry, and at least with JC, I feel like I know what I am dealing with. Thanks to all these JC devotees (for now, at least), I usually know how different pieces fit, and I'm familiar enough in general that I can usually make correct sizing decisions (but not often enough to try something for the first time on final sale). Don't give up yet! For all it's drawbacks, I do still find JC to be relatively convenient and reliable while still being fun to wear.

    But jeans are always tricky aren't they? If you are looking specifically for Goldsign, maybe try a department store (Nordstrom?) or a denim boutique that has a variety for you to try, instead of just one single design. Plus, there are so many good lines these days with such comfortable denim that I've found recommendations from SAs at these other stores to often be very helpful...

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  27. I've had the same feeling, Dani. A large order or orders arrive, the first few pieces just don't work or aren't what I expected, it sours me on everything else. More often than not, every single thing goes back.

    I don't blame you for trying that jacket. It looked good on the website and had possibilities. More of that awful bait and switch where something is presented well and turns out not only to not look the way it did on the site but isn't even made of the fabric that was expected. The a-line dress is just maddening. Would it kill them to add a few inches of fabric, or offer their dresses and skirts in tall sizing? Unless you are very young, very petite, or both, that length simply does not work. I haven't purchased a dress or skirt from J. Crew in I can't tell you how long, except one item that was offered in tall. Sigh.

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  28. How disappointing! I can't believe how short the A-line dress is, it's ridiculous. I am also surprised at the navy silk blouse, usually you can count on JC to do a decent silk blouse.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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