J Crew Windowpane: Silk Top and Dress, Campbell Blazer in Donegal Wool

Variations of the windowpane print seem to be all over right now. I’ve seen several items offered at Banana Republic and Madewell, which has a great silk shirt. J.Crew Factory even has a cute pair of D’Orsay Flats. J.Crew has jumped in with their own windowpane items.

~ Classic V-Neck Cardigan, Wheat, Small ~
~ Sleeveless Silk-Twill Top in Windowpane, size 8 ~
~ Sammie Pant in Corduroy, Masala Chai, size 8 ~

I originally thought this was a color from the Donegal Wool Cardigan since it was on the same table as the other colors but it wasn’t. It is a cozy little wool-blend cardigan that runs a size big. There’s not much else to say about it. It’s a cardigan J.Crew does every year. The various colors of the Donegal wool version are pretty, with little flecks of other colors in the mix.


~ Campbell Blazer in Donegal Wool, size 8 ~

I thought this blazer was really pretty IRL, though it’s just basically a gray blazer in a fancy wool. I take a Petite 10 whenever I can in blazers. It has the prettiest blue foulard lining with pink trim. I didn’t even notice it but the underside of the collar is also a pink felt. I don’t pop my collars so what’s under it doesn’t really matter. It’s in my wishlist.



~ Sleeveless Silk-Twill Top in Windowpane, size 8 ~

I didn’t really look at this shirt up-close until I was in the store. I originally thought it was just navy with white panes but it is a black background with cream, navy and brown. The 8 fit fine though the neckline is fairly low cut on me. Some double-side tape is needed, at least for me. J.Crew is also touting this has a “built-in necktie” which is more pronounced below the neckline. Because of the low neckline, I passed on this top.



~ A-Line Dress in Silk-Twill Windowpane, size 8 ~

Though the length is too long/midi-style on me, I really liked the shape of this dress. Add a blazer and it’s great for work. A sparkly necklace and you are date-night ready. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get this zipped up the back. It was stuck at the seam again and the zipper pull is too small to grab and force it up. I think the size 8 would still fit in this dress but I can’t tell you that for sure.



Overall, I really wasn’t a fan of this Windowpane print, especially after seeing the Banana Republic items. That blazer though…I’ll be waiting for a good price on it!


  1. Tati
    September 21, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Agree about this pattern — not bad, but not a must, in any of the items that it comes, for sure.

    That blazer, though! Perfection.

    (PS, i will take this moment to sing my praises for those Sammie pants in cord. Love! Just received them in the Navy, own them in the chai color. Also, that Factory button-front cord skirt that comes in Redwood color — very cute, but like others suggested, sizing down from your usual smallest is a good idea.)

    • audreybella
      September 22, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      I don’t know if I can justify the Navy color of the Sammie pants. I haven’t had a chance to wear the Chai yet. Probably not until mid-October and that might be forcing it. I’ll have to play around with the outfit ideas first. I prefer the windowpane print in the workwear section. And the one from BR too.