J Crew – May 2012 part 2

I was able to try on some of the New Arrivals from J Crew on Friday. The three most anticipated items were the shorts in Safari Cat and the Porcelain Paisley skirt & dress. You can see part 1 here.

I think the Polka Dot Babydoll knit, Sz M, is an in-store only item as I can’t seem to find it online. It fit fine across the bust and maybe even a touch snug. The straps seem a little useless to me. They might have been adjustable but I can’t remember. The 9″ Short in Antique Paisley, Sz 8, are cute not a need/want item. The 3″ Short are in yellow.

I have been waiting for the Linen Short in Safari Cat since I saw the first lookbook images and then I forgot about it. This year has gone by so fast I thought they were from last year and I missed them. I am glad my memory was jogged because these are so cute. I have on the size 6 in the first image, which were an ok fit but I wanted a little more wiggle room. The second image is the size 8 which fit much better and are my normal JC size short. I have it paired with the Lace Placket Tee in Cerise, Sz S. I’d size up to my normal Medium for the tee. The lace is a nice detail but a little pricey for $52.
I am not a fan of the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Neon Tweed. It shows every lump and bump in my normal size 6 and I don’t like the feel of it at all that I didn’t even try on the size 8. I don’t think even Spanx could save this tweed skirt. It is a train-wreck. The tweed material feels cheap and I think it’s because J Crew thinned it out as much as they could to be lightweight. When I see the word tweed I think of Fall and Winter, not Summer, and this skirt proves tweed should not be used for Summer.
I adore the Porcelain Paisley print and can’t decide between the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Porcelain Paisley or the dress. The skirt was a little loose on me. The length is ok but I think I could get away with a 6 Petite for a better fit and preferred length.
The Shirred Mini in Tidepool Tweed is short! Like showin’-all-your-bizness short! I like most of the minis from J Crew and you’ve seen me in quite a few of them. This is a size 8 and is super loose in the waist on me. It is sitting above my hips and way too short. The Size 6 must be booty-licious short. Also, it doesn’t have pockets. The coloring and shape is very reminiscent of the Surf Tweed Charter Skirt from 2 years ago with a little more Casablanca/Cobalt blue in it. 
Dresses are up next.
I am off to see the Warhol Exhibit at the McNay Art Museum. I had no idea it was in town until I went to a wedding reception last night at the museum. Just my luck that today is the last day of the exhibit so I’m sure there will be lots of people going at the last minute, like me.
Have a Great Day!


  1. May 20, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    Great reviews! I'm with you with tweed skirts in summertime…I just can't get on board. Tweed is the last thing I want to think about wearing when it's hot outside! I also saw the polka dot babydoll top in my store yesterday. It looked so short when I held it up–like it would bare my stomach!–so I didn't even try it. There's a similar polka dot top at Anthro that I liked MUCH better.

    • May 21, 2012 / 2:01 pm

      I have a shorter torso than you so it hit below the shorts waistband on me but, yes, it will be short on longer/taller torso ladies. I saw the same Anthro one too and it's cute!

  2. May 20, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    I'm a big sucker of polka dots. The polka dot babydoll looks interesting. So you would say to size up for this one?

    • May 21, 2012 / 1:59 pm

      Small Town Gal – I am normally a medium in most tops at J Crew but I think this will depend on your bust size as the body of the shirt flows away from your body just below the bust. I'm a 36B for reference. I also saw it in cotton (not knit) in stripes, light blue and also pink.

  3. May 20, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    We missed you last night at Blogging the Runway with the San Antonio Fashion and Beauty Bloggers group…hope you can come to the next event..I think you would like it. I recently wrote about polka dots…all aged ladies love polka dots!!

    • May 21, 2012 / 1:59 pm

      Pam – I had no idea it was going on. I did have a wedding to attend that evening. I would love to attend next year. Sounds like fun!

  4. May 20, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    I would like the tweed skirt in a larger size, but was too lazy to try it in size 6. Normally I grab 2 & 4 and most of the times one of them fits, but not in this skirt.