J Crew Factory Fall 2012

I love being able to stop by the Factory Store right after new arrivals come in. There is plenty of stock in the store and everything is organized so well. Tuesday was no exception. And the bonus was I had great customer service from an SA, which rarely occurs in my Factory store. Everything had a percent or dollar off and I grabbed several things to try on.

Here’s the list of everything I could find that was on sale in the store. This was as of Tuesday, July 31.
Skirts 30% off
Schoolboy Blazers $10 off
Perfect Shirts 25% off
Long-Sleeve Novelty Ringspun Tees 30% off
Denim 30% off
Long-Sleeved Perfect Fit Tees 20% off
Colored Toothpick Jean 20% off
Ballet Flats 20% off
Scarves 30% off
Handbags 20% off
Hair Accessories 40% off
Jewelry 20% off
Gallery Tees 20% off
Cardigans: Solids 20% off, Patterned 30% off
Mini Skirts 30% off
Belts 30% off
Dresses 30% off
Thandie Sweater 50% off
Women’s Shoes 20% off
Summer Thandie Sweaters 50% off
Perfect Shirt in Printed Cotton, Dark Pewter, Sz M – Fit TTS, cute print
Pencil Skirt in Corduroy, Autumn Bluegrass, Sz 6 – This is a pretty color for fall but since I have the Viridian Green from last year I passed on this skirt. 
Lace Up Boot (MacAlister Bootie), Nut, #52868, Sz 7, $168 – Fits TTS. Cute but not my style.
Bicycle Tee, Bright Spearmint, #42836, Sz M, $34.50 – Again, a sucker for mint but I held strong and passed on this tee.
Classic Corduroy Mini, Autumn Blaze, Sz 8 – This was more of a Neon Papaya color and I was naturally attracted to it. Me/Bright Colors=Moth/Flame
Perfect Shirt in Printed Cotton, Golden Hickory, Sz M – Fits TTS, lightweight
Toothpick Cord, Bright Mineral, Sz 30 – A pretty mint colored cord…I love me some mint green.
Printed Pencil Skirt in Stretch Cotton, Rouge, Sz 6 – I love this print have already have it in the dress and Flair skirt. 
Quincy Tartan Shirt, #23225, EGR, Sz M, $59.50 – I have the retail version of this shirt and it’s one of my favorites.
Toothpick Jean in Garment Dye, Brilliant Cobalt, Sz 30 – This was a beautiful cobalt blue and fit well. I pass on colored jeans, especially skinny ones; too trendy for me.
Draped Novelty Top, Navy, Sz M – This was very big and boxy. I have the retail version. If I recall this one does not have an exposed zipper but it’s Poly (booo).
Colorblock Novelty Top, CBL, #91581, Sz M, $64.50 – Again, big, boxy, Poly.
Lace Tank, Black, #77475, Sz 6, $64.50 – I never tried the retail version of this tank but the Factory version in Ivory was almost sold out in the store. 
Schoolboy Blazer, Maraschino Cherry, #92480, Sz 8, $168 – This fit TTS in a beautiful cherry color. This has a seersucker print lining.
Classic Chambray Dress, Blissful Blue, Sz M – Way too big on me. The denim felt nice; not too stiff.
I had trouble deciding between these last two dresses. I really wanted both as they fit well. The Workday Dress in Pinstripe (Director Dress in Pinstripe Wool), Navy, Sz 6, was a surprise pick for me. I did not notice this dress online but, on a whim, decided to try it on in the store. It fit just like the retail version I tried on last Fall/Winter and makes me look long and lean. It’s a WOW dress.  
Paulina Suede Pumps (Mona Suede Pumps), Dark Cedar, #95994, Sz 7, $118 – These fit TTS and this is such a pretty shade for Fall. I left these in the store and regret it as they were selling quickly.
It’s fully lined and 99% Wool/1% Poly.

The Pleated Shift Dress was the other dress causing me grief. I missed out on the Sally Dress last Winter and after trying on the Jules Dress in Retro Jade I wanted that dress/a dress in this color. The 100% Polyester was not deterring me from really liking/loving this dress. I have on a size 6 and it fit TTS. 

In the end, I took home the Pleated Dress and am happy I did. The Workday Dress is currently online at a lower price than the actual Factory B&M and the SHOPNOW 30% works with this item. How do I know? Because I did order it this evening. So I will have both dresses! I’ll have to look in my closet and see what needs to go, since I want to keep both of these dresses. 

What do you think of these Factory offerings? 


  1. August 3, 2012 / 7:51 am

    I really love that pleated dress on you – so flattering – I will have to check that one out!

    • August 3, 2012 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks WMM! Because of the color I really don't mind that it's Poly. Also, you and I seriously have the same taste. I saw your comment on JCA about the Telegram Hobo in the Blue and I ended up ordering it. It's been on my wishlist for a while. I hope it comes in by next Friday but I'm a sucker for J Crew's bags when they do them in colors.

  2. August 3, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    Both dresses look great on you. I had to size down in the bright dahlia retail version of the Director dress. How did the retail and the factory dresses compare for you in regard to sizing? The Workday dress really is a Wow dress!

  3. August 3, 2012 / 12:31 pm

    Both dresses look great & fit you really well, but I have to say you look really smokin' hot in the Workday Dress. Lol 🙂 I have the Director Dress in wool & it is such a figure flattering dress. Thanks for the review! They are really, really helpful!

    • August 3, 2012 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks JustVisiting! The hanger really does not do this dress justice.

  4. August 3, 2012 / 1:39 pm

    Holy cow that Workday Dress looks amazing on you!

    • August 3, 2012 / 2:03 pm

      Thanks Erin! I'm glad I passed on it in the store so I could get it for a better price online.

  5. August 3, 2012 / 8:27 pm

    Thank you for the Factory reviews. I live much closer to a Factory store than Retail JC and appreciate your input. I have the Director dress and love it…though, I wish I would have known a Factory version was coming!

  6. August 3, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    I came so close to buying the red school boy blazer…I still may do that! It is not online though, just in-store… arrrgh hate that. My closest factory is a 45 minute drive. Thanks for the reviews, you look fab!

  7. August 4, 2012 / 10:59 pm

    LOVE the blue dress on you!!!