|J Crew Collection Jules Dress in Botanical Print|
Though I find myself increasingly drawn to solids and neutrals I am still very attracted to distinctive prints.
In years past J Crew has produced some gorgeous printed silk twill dresses: the brown and gold deco, the blue and brown peacock paisley, the Ischia dress.
When this dress, the "Botanical", made its debut last week I just had to see it in person.
There are several options for shoes, it looks completely fine with the black patent Kate Spade pumps I tried on with it, but you could pick up a colour from the print for your shoe, and you could even wear an animal print.
J Crew describes this particular dress, the "Jules" as the most flattering dress we've ever slipped into...with an easy, looks-good-on-everyone shift silhouette...
I took my normal size in J Crew frocks, a 2, I could not have sized up for length as the fit would be off through the shoulders and bust.
The other issue is the slim fit through the hips. I measure in at 37" at the hip so the dress sort of pulls across at this widest point and makes me look quite blocky.
Remember those older J Crew printed silk twill frocks I spoke of? Those dresses are either unlined or lined in silk, which I find soothing on my sensitive skin.
I'm sure this isn't going to be a deal-breaker for those who love this print and can wear this silhouette, even high-end designer stuff is lined in poly these days. Every label low to high is cutting corners to maximize profits.
|Lined in polyester.|
Well take a gander at the hemline:
|The hem isn't pressed up and finished with lace or tape, it is tucked up into the lining and sewn from the inside.|
Yup that's a popped thread too.
|The inside hem.|
|The hem at the seam.|
|It would be problematic to remove the lining as then the neckline would be unfinished.|
Have a great day,