J Crew Spring 2012 Reviews

Before the new year, J Crew updated their site with some new arrivals for Resort/Spring 2012. I was anxious to see the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Warm Jade along with the new Jackie Pullover. My store won’t be receiving anything until next week and I didn’t want to wait that long so I placed an order.

Here are my first reviews of Resort/Spring 2012.

No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton – #59369, $110, Warm Jade, Sz 6 – I quite like this color IRL. Online, the color did not look like the little sample color in the catalog so I was worried it wouldn’t be as lovely as I hoped. But I didn’t need to worry. I love the color. It’s vibrant and a very pretty green, maybe a little darker than the pictures below. This fits well in my normal size 6. The cotton is nice, a little thick (double-serge) and sturdy. It is unlined, which I believe is how they were last year too, and that’s ok with me. I added some heels to get a better idea of the length, which is 22 inches long. I don’t think I’ll have this hemmed as this hits just below the knee on me. This one is a keeper, even at full price.


Jackie Pullover – #65341, $65, Canvas, M –  I ordered the Jackie Pullover in Canvas and Byzantine Blue.  I thought about ordering the Warm Jade and Bright Violet but I was immediately drawn to the Blue in the catalog and I also wanted to see a neutral color in this new item. I have to say I am a little disappointed in this pullover. Immediately, even while still in the plastic packaging, I could tell this was a different texture and was thicker than the Jackie Cardigan. I was expecting something a little more lightweight like the cardigan. I don’t have any of the Jackie Shells so I can’t compare the two.

The Canvas color is a nice neutral and goes well with the Warm Jade pencil skirt. I just couldn’t get over the texture of this sweater. The Cotton V-Neck Sweater is a much lighter weight than the pullover. My normal size Medium fits perfectly.

Here I have the Jackie Cardigan in Pearl (from 2010) on top and the Jackie Pullover in Canvas on the bottom. I tried to capture the texture I’m seeing so I hope you can see it too. As far as material they are both the same Cotton/Nylon/Spandex but with slightly different percentages.
2010 Jackie Cardigan: 66% Cotton, 29% Nylon, 5% Spandex
2012 Jackie Pullover: 66% Cotton, 31% Nylon, 3% Spandex

Here is the Byzantine Blue. This is another vibrant color and I originally thought it wouldn’t pair well with the Warm Jade pencil skirt but I think it does. I’ll look for this color in another cardigan or top. This is the color I was hoping the Jackie Cardigan in Pacific would be. I honestly do not like the Jackie Pullover but I know a lot of you will so I hope the review and pics of the colors will help you. I’ll be returning both colors.

Now, Whitney, has a completely different view of the Jackie Pullover. Go to her blog, Only Boring People are Bored, to read all about it.

Before I knew my store would not be receiving any Resort/Spring 2012 until next week, I stopped by to have a look. There was nothing new that interested me other than this skirt.
Gimlet Skirt in Coaster Stripe – #55688, #118, Dark Blue, 6 – Here’s what J Crew says about this skirt.

A festive fan of pleats along the waist renders this classic A-line skirt a sophisticated pick for all your invitations of the season. We can’t get enough of its ladylike length (it hits right at the knee for that fabulous swing). The best part? We fashioned it in alternating transparent and opaque stripes, just like the vintage dress one of our stylists sported around the office to rave reviews. 

I saw this skirt and immediately thought of how I would stroll around Paris and Italy wearing it with a lovely linen blouse and sweet little wedge sandals. It’s very organza-ish but is actually Cotton/Nylon. The close-up of the pattern and material does not do it justice. The size 6 fits well on me. This skirt is meant to sit at your waist or just a tiny bit lower. It hits right at the knee (perfect for the times we’ll be sight-seeing and walk inside a church).

I kept this skirt in the bag, in my truck, for a week before bringing it inside but I could never get it out of my head. See, here WAS my dilemma. I have a Banana Republic Seersucker skirt that is similar in style to this skirt. I immediately thought of that skirt, after my strolling around Paris/Italy thought, when I saw this skirt. But I decided they are both two different skirts and I don’t have strolling visions with that other skirt. The only negative about this skirt is that it doesn’t have pockets. That would make this skirt absolutely perfect in my book.

What do you think?

Stroll on ladies, stroll on.


  1. January 7, 2012 / 5:36 pm

    Thanks for the reviews! I hadn't noticed the jackie pullover before – I need to give it a second look!

  2. January 7, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    That skirt is absolute perfection. I don't wear much green, but I might have to give warm jade a chance.

  3. January 7, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    I really like the Gimlet skirt, thanks for the review!

    I agree the warm jade is a great color.

  4. January 7, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    I absolutely love the jade pencil skirt. I just received it on Thursday. Can't wait to wear it next week;) BTW: it looks fantastic on you!

  5. January 8, 2012 / 12:39 am

    Thanks for the reviews! The striped skirt is on my radar. Will def. have to try it on now 🙂 Hearing mixed reviews about the Jackie pullover in the blogosphere. I think it's more than just the knit that's different from the Jackie twinset… It's got long sleeves and a crewneck, so may not be flattering on everyone. But nevertheless, it's a "must try" item. Again, thanks!

  6. January 8, 2012 / 5:54 am

    I love the green and stripe skirts – fabulous on you!

  7. January 8, 2012 / 11:06 am

    I think you're smashing in brights, per usual. I'm curious about that Jackie. I didn't really have an interest since it's a crewneck. Big whoop. V-neck? Then we're talking. I am intrigued by the fabrication now, so I'll definitely try it on. That skirt is totally awesome. I know what you mean as I've tried it on. Pockets and it would fly it. Although I think it will sell well anyway. Something about the fit/twirl of it makes one feel floaty and, think of Paris.

  8. January 8, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    The colorblocking blue and green together is fabulous and so current. The skirt looks really good on you, a perfect fit.

    Oh-oh about the texture of the Jackie pullover. 🙁 I ordered the blue but it is on backorder. I was thinking of ordering the biolet in the meantime but maybe I'll just wait to read how the fabric holds up. I like the look of it on you, it's very sleek and minimalist with the pencil skirt.

  9. January 8, 2012 / 4:03 pm

    Love the blue jackie and the green skirt. I am not keen on the gimlet skirt.

  10. January 10, 2012 / 3:36 pm

    Thanks for all the comments ladies. I am keeping the blue Pullover for now. It looks great with the Warm Jade skirt. And, I think the color is too pretty to not keep, even if I'm not a fan of the Pullover. I may change my mind after wearing it and hearing more people review it.

  11. January 12, 2012 / 6:06 pm

    Hi Audreybella! Thanks for the blog shout-out 🙂 You look great in all of your new purchases, IMO – the green skirt is SO flattering on you! I totally get your beef with the fabric on the Jackie pullover b/c it is a little different from the Jackie twinset, but I'm still loving mine – they go perfectly with all of my office attire! I told myself that 4 is plenty so we'll see if I can stick to it, haha.