J Crew Factory 2012

I was able to stop by the J Crew Factory Store on Saturday and try on a few things. The store was a little bare but only because they are expecting a lot of Spring arrivals this Wednesday. Not sure when the update to the website will be for those items, or if it’s already happened. All sale items, ending in $0.97 cents was an additional 30% off, final sale.

Factory Perfect Shirt in Printed Cotton – #23871, Gallery Green, M – Fits TTS, like a 6/8. The green was really pretty which is what caught my eye. $59.50 w/extra 30% Perfect Shirts off in-store. Online price $34.50.

Factory Couplet Dress – #46975, EVE Evergreen?, 8 – The top was a little too blouse-y but the bottom fit well, not too tight. $59.97 plus 30% off Final Sale. Online price $69.99

Tinsel Lace Dress – Retail item found at the Factory Store – #58522, Black, 8 – This fit TTS for me as I am an 8 in the strapless dresses. Unlike the Tinsel Tweed Pencil Skirt, I did not feel the metallic threading poking through the lining. There are still several online available. $39.97 plus 30% off, final sale…yep…$28 bucks! This is $49.99 online.

Factory Siren Dress – #61911, Black, M – This size was a loose fit on me. I like the casual jersey feel of the dress. $29.97 plus 30% off final sale. Online price $49.99

Charcoal, S – This fit a little better, especially in the top.

Charcoal, XS – I could do this size but the look and fit of the small suited me better. They also had the Pale Wisteria in-store but not in the XS when I asked for additional sizes.

Factory Maritime Dress – #53854, Sail Blue, M – There wasn’t a Small for me to try on but that would be a better fit. The material is a little more soft than the retail version which is a tiny bit thicker. $74.50 plus 30% off Dresses

Factory Cotton V-Neck Sweater – #32714, Vivid Aqua, S – I could use a Medium in this so I would say TTS.  Lots of colors available online and in-store. $42 plus 25% off. Online price $34.50.
Factory Printed Cotton Sateen Mini – 27112, Red Topaz,6 – Cute print but an 8 would have been better for length. The 6 fit well through the hips. $29.97 plus 30% off final sale. All FP skirts were 25% off. Online price $34.50.

No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton – #37415, Byzantine Blue, 6 – I loved this color as soon as I saw it. It is only online in the Black and Neon Rose, both of which I saw in-store. This fits TTS and as you can see, the length on me is right at the knee but the waist is sitting just at my natural waist. This one came home with me, as you saw from my earlier post.  $75 plus 25% off Skirts. Online price $65.00.

Factory Printed Pencil Skirt – #37532, Wisteria Multi, 4 – Oddly enough, the 4 fit me well, maybe a teeny bit snug through the hips but not bad at all. I like the print and it looked nice paired with the Cotton V-Neck Sweater in Vivid Aqua. There are three other colors offered online but I didn’t see them in-store. $79.50 plus 25% off Skirts. Online price $49.50.

Factory Skimmer Pant – #37033, Modern Red, 6 – This was the item I was most anticipating to try on. Unfortunately, there was no size 8 to try on in this color. The 6 was quite snug in the waist and hips. $59.50 I think there was a % off but I can’t remember what it was. Online price $49.50.

Dark Beechwood, 8 – This was a much better fit. The length on both the 6 and 8 hit me right below the ankle so it was not cropped at all. I would have this hemmed so that it would be a true skimmer pant.

Factory Dotted Shorts (online as the Factory Flora Paisley Lily Short) – #37569, FrostyMint, 8 – These were so cute. I wish they had been a 3-inch inseam. $49.50 plus 20% off (online price is $44.50)

So what do you think of these Factory offerings? 


  1. January 16, 2012 / 12:33 am

    I'm so glad you reviewed the Maritime dress. I tried on that same blue one last week and liked it, but my heart is really set on black or navy (black is still online, but navy has suddenly disappeared). I don't live near either store, so I'm stuck with ordering online and wasn't sure how the factory and retail versions compared.

    • January 16, 2012 / 12:37 am

      Miss August – If I didn't already have the retail version in both the Sail Blue and Navy I would have purchased the factory version. Maybe they will have the black or navy as a factory version in the next few weeks?

    • January 16, 2012 / 2:07 am

      They had the blue and a fun gray / coral version in the factory store last week when I was in. I'm eager to see if anymore pop up online. I'm hoping for some sort of discount or promo to come around as well!

  2. January 19, 2012 / 3:38 am

    The siren dress is so tempting – thanks for trying on. Two questions: are the straps thick enough to cover bra straps? Were there little snap thingys to hold bra straps by chance? And second is more personal, totally understand if you want to email me or not answer. I'm still recovering my body after having a baby and have no idea what size to order. Would you possibly let me know your measurements for comparison? Thanks so much! :). Mommydearestjca at yahoo

    • January 19, 2012 / 2:12 pm

      The dress is really cute and comfortable. I would take a Small because it does run big. It's perfect for my summers. I think there were the bra strap snaps but I don't remember for sure. I will be out in that area today so I will check when I go see the new Spring Arrivals and reply back tonight. I don't mind giving you my measurements. They are 36-30-38 and I'm 5'2".

    • January 19, 2012 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you that was really helpful! Sure, if you don't mind, I'd love to know whether there are snaps. And if you see any non-black smalls or maybe even xs would you mind putting them on hold? Thanks so much! Ugh why can't they standardize their sizing?!?

    • January 20, 2012 / 3:17 am

      I didn't see your last reply until after I left so I wasn't able to hold anything for you. But, there are snaps at the shoulders. I do remember there were some size Smalls in the Gray and Purple/Wisteria colors because I almost bought it. I go to the Prime Outlets in San Marcos…512-353-3347. I saw lots of new stuff today and am working on that post now. It should be up later tonight or in the morning!