J Crew Factory Store & Other Purchases (Part 1)

Oh boy…did I break my ban and good. Like I said in my previous post, stress is a big trigger for me to go shopping. And I had a long stressful day Wednesday. So instead of waving at the outlet malls while driving by I stopped…and only at J Crew. I’m glad I did. They had just received a new shipment on Tuesday and had lots and lots of goodies.

Here we go…What I did not get…
Floral Belts

Chambray Shift Dress with Pockets – This style of dress came in several different colors (that I can’t remember) as well as the Fresco print. I had to size down to a 4 because the 6 was too big.

I’m calling this the Minimal Rosette Tee. The rosettes are not all over the shirt like the original tee (which I didn’t have a pictures of.)

The Beaded Crawfish Tee – The outlet version is on the left and the original on the right. The beads used are a little different and not as many were used compared to the original version.

Beaded Zebra Tee – Again, almost an exact match to the original. The beading is a little different. I think the white stripes were beaded on the original but they are not on the outlet version.

I did not get a picture of the Fresco print mini. The material is different from the original. It feels smoother and lighter. That print was on everything in the outlet – dress, tunic blouse, Silk Garland Cami (lots of colors), cardigan, skirt and possibly even shorts.

Here’s what I did get.
Retro Chambray City Fit Saturday Pant – I sized down to a 4 in this. Most of the things I tried on in my “normal” sizes of Medium and 6 were too big. The 4s and Smalls fit much better.
$54.50 plus $10 off

Solid Stretch 3/4 Sleeve Kelley Shirt in Navy (CNA)
These shirts were $39.50 plus 25% off. Lots of colors and stripes)

Solid Stretch 3/4 Sleeve Shirt in Fresh Plum (FPL)

Printed Silk Garland Cami in Fresco Print – I sized to a Small in this.
$64.50 plus $5 off select camis

Silk Garland Cami in Navy – The tag said CNA.
These were in a lot of colors (Light Pewter, Light Green, Ivory, another lighter blue/green).

Dressy Jersey Ruffle Dress in Olive – the tag said PAR???
$64.50 plus $10 off Lounge Dresses – Also came in black

Michelle Cardigan in Ivory – other colors were Fresh Plum (like above), olive green, black?, Light Pewter.
$59.50 plus 40% off

Hemp Pencil Skirt – I sized to a 4 in this as well and loved the fit and length (no alterations needed). They had black, ivory and Fresh Plum.

I also bought a few Perfect Fit S/S tees ($9.99) in white and olive and they had all colors. The outlet “Jackie” was there in all colors for Spring. They also had the Havona tank/cami, Broadcloth Scalloped Shell, Fan Eyelet Mini, and lots of shorts 3 in/5 in (no bermudas that I could find for women) in many colors and critter prints.

So as you can see, I did some damage. My other purchases coming up in the next post.


  1. February 19, 2010 / 4:05 pm

    The dressy jersey ruffle dress looks much cuter in the outlet version than the retail version! I also love the fresco print stuff…I'll have to make a trip over to my nearest outlet! Retail therapy is the best 🙂

    btw…I bet the color code PAR means parsley. I seem to remember that being a color at j.crew last year.

  2. February 19, 2010 / 7:31 pm

    Wow you really did some damage, LOL. I love all your purchases but my two favorites are the Jersey dress and the rossette tee. Very cute!

  3. February 20, 2010 / 5:34 am

    AppGal – Thanks…that does make sense. I was thinking Parakeet?!? LOL!

    Thanks Monique!

  4. Francesca
    February 23, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    Did they have the Havona tank in the original style & fabric? I've always loved the color & pattern but wasn't crazy about the thin fabric.