J.Crew Factory Spring 2017 Reviews

It’s been quite a while since I was in a Factory store but I had an opportunity last weekend. I grabbed things I would add to my wishlist to try on. At the time, the store had 50% off everything, which is the current promo both in-store and online, no code needed.

~ Anchor Sweatshirt, Small ~
~ Striped Sailor Pant, size 8 ~

I didn’t take much notice of this sweatshirt online but it stood out in-store. Probably because the Anchor is metallic rose gold. Interesting that the Factory is putting a little more into their designs. The Small fit fine but I would get the Medium for a looser and cozier fit.

~ Striped Sailor Pant, size 8 ~

These are sitting on my hips and fit really well in the butt and thighs. The cotton-linen blend along with the stripes ensures you won’t see the wrinkles like you would in a full linen pant. The length is extremely long on me. Too long that I might mess up the flow of the leg line if I alter it. I wish they had come in Petite as that would be a better fit all over and the length wouldn’t be as long.

~ Striped Corded Shell, size 8 ~
~ Printed Skimmer Pant, size 8 ~

This shell fits TTS for the style. I usually can tell on the hanger what size will be best, especially in sleeveless tops. This has some darts at the bust so I knew an 8 would work. You can see it’s still pulling a little on the upper part. This is a good work top, if you’re needing one. There is a back button at the neckline and the loop for it is elastic. You don’t need to struggle with trying to fit a tiny button you can’t see into a tinier loop.

~ Printed Skimmer Pant, size 8 ~

I had been sizing up in the Skimmer Pants to a 10 so I stopped trying them on. The size 8 now fits like it should and is not tight anymore. I know that at some point the Skimmer pant was running small but I do think it’s back to TTS. I like this print and the background is an ivory/cream and not white. I’d hem these to make them more capri.

~ Gingham Short-Sleeve Popover, Medium ~

I loved this popover as soon as I put it on. I like that it’s Navy/White and the cotton is really soft. I probably could have sized to a Small but I do like the looser fit of the Medium.

~ Postcard Collector Tee, Medium ~
~ Mixed-Stripe Cotton-Linen Skirt, size 6 ~

The colors in the tee go well with the skirt and fits TTS. Of course you remember the retail popover shirt and dress in this skirt print? I like it a lot better in a skirt version and more casual than a pencil skirt. The colors are actually pretty vivid in both the tee and skirt. The size 6 fit really well and does have an elastic waist so you can raise or lower it on your waist to get the right length for you.

~ Owl Collector Tee, Medium ~
~ Printed Linen-Cotton Sidewalk Skirt, size 6 ~

The tee fits TTS and I had originally grabbed it to try on with the skirt as a different option from a white tee. But I really liked the cute little owl and that it did go with the skirt. The skirt fits the same as the one above and the bright blue and white check are perfect colors to brighten up an already bright Summer day. This is also lined.

~ Short-Sleeve Shirtdress, Small ~

This dress was probably my favorite of everything I tried on. I have the black-and-white Gingham dress from last year but I wear more blue than black. I love that this has a lining that is the opposite of the front – tiny gingham. You can see it on the cuffs of the arms. I found that this ran the same as the retail popover shirt-dresses and I sized to a Small. This dress is so comfortable and the cotton is gauzy-feeling. But don’t forget it’s lined and not see-through at all. I still have, though rarely wear, the Gingham Espadrilles from last year. Not sure how well they would match or if that’s way too much Gingham?

Other items to note: The Lobster sweater is embroidered and not Intarsia knit. I really like that they changed it up for this year. If you’re looking for more lobster, this men’s Watercolor Tee is really cute. The Tweed Lady Jacket is a pretty good looking dupe of the retail version from last year. Lastly, I wear my retail version of the Metallic Canvas Wedge Espadrilles all the time. They are so versatile and go with everything. These will be a staple in your closet all Summer.

I didn’t make any purchases in the store that day. There was another promo that gave an additional 25% off over $100 and that total was less than the Factory store discount. The Short-Sleeve Shirtdress will be a definite keeper when I get it next week.

Are you shopping this 50% off sale? Some items are lower than 50% off and considered “cheep”, just in time for Easter.

Happy Shopping!

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4 Comments

  1. annonymous
    April 14, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Looking good.. can see your weight loss.. any tips?

    • audreybella
      April 18, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Hi Annonymous – Thanks! Unfortunately, no magic pills or drinks or anything like that. I’m just trying to be as consistent as I can with going to the gym and eating a lot better. More fiber, adding supplements, more water and varying workouts are helping a lot. Though I started out on my own, I do feel a support system is also key. I appreciate your comment. I feel tons better and though I am sizing down a little when I try clothes on, most of my closet just fits better, which feels great!

  2. JessF
    April 15, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Thank you for the reviews! You hit a lot of items on my wishlist that were ordered on line and in transit. Looking like I made wise choices based on your reviews. I have the gingham popover and dress as well as the corded shell coming to me. I like the print of the skimmer pant but never end up liking the cut on me.

    • audreybella
      April 18, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Jess – I think they modified the Skimmer cut a little bit. I didn’t like them either but they seem to fit a little better now. They used to be really tight in the rear and thighs for me. I haven’t lost weight there and they fit much better now. I hope you enjoy your items. I’m hoping the retail Salut! tee pairs well with the Striped Linen Mini Skirt! Otherwise it may be returned since I really like the checkered one the best.

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