J Crew Spring 2012 Reviews

Hi all! Hope you had a great weekend! I was able to fit in a personal shopping appointment on Saturday, the day before Husband was due home. I had all afternoon to spend trying on the newest collection for Spring. I tried on quite a bit and came home with only one item.

Jules Dress in Fanfare – #70216, 8, Black – I have a lot of love for the Jules Dress. I feel it is so effortless and chic. This “fanfare” print looks to be THE print of the season as it is on everything from dresses to pants to shorts to swimwear. The “8” fit well but I also tried on the “6”, below. That size wasn’t such a tight fit this time. I would probably add a pop of pink underneath the dress or with my Cece Suede Ballet Flats.

Size 6

And a “sit-down” shot. I wanted to remind myself how the length was and how much fabric gathered at the waist. You’ll see what I mean with another dress below.

Lillian Dress in Watercolor Floral – #73878, 8, Admiral Blue – This was one of the items I was very excited to try on and was happy to see it in the store. Unfortunately, this dress does not work for me. It fits very well in the upper portion (shoulders/arms/bust) but the bottom has too much fabric. This hit me just below the knee so I feel the length was good, especially for a non-casual dress. But as you will see with the sit-down shot below there is way too much fabric bunching up. It does have pockets so that is a plus but, overall, this is a pass for me.  

Blythe Blouse in Silk – #37871, 8, Royal Blue – This color is amazing. I love the blues this season. This is so vibrant and just plain gorgeous in silk. Unfortunately, the Blythe Blouse is not for me. It fits in the upper area but there is too much fabric starting at the bust down to the hem. I really need a “6” but it’s just a little too snug for me. I really wish I could wear this blouse, as I love this color.

Postage Stamp Mini in Confetti Tweed – #64052, 10, Confetti – Normally I would wear an “8” in minis but this was all that was left in the bigger sizes. The “10” is big on me and you can see where it hits me as far as length. I was wearing this at my hips too so this is probably 16 inches in length. This skirt has lots of colors in it and I think it would be very versatile, I just wish it came in a pencil skirt. I would buy that.

The sit-down..the “8” would probably ride up a little higher.

No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Gardenshade Floral – #64008, 6, Admiral Blue – This is a great alternative to the dress version of this print and goes well with the Blythe Blouse in Royal Blue. This is my normal pencil skirt size and it fits just like all the others. I would consider it on sale with a promo since I don’t have an immediate need for any more pencil skirts.

Fanfare Short – #69899, 8, Classic Navy – So first impression of this short on the hanger is that it looked HUGE. I knew it was the print that was causing that illusion. These fit well but I think I could have sized to a 6. We’ll see in another 7 pounds.

Rugby Stripe Dress – #67139, M, Navy Grotto – This is a great casual, every day dress though I think some of you taller ladies may find this too short. In comparison to the Maritime Dress I’d say this is a little thinner in material and smaller. I wear a “S” in the Maritime and this was pulling a little in the shoulders/chest.
Classic Merino Cardigan – #65370, M, Cerise – This is what my PS gave me to pair the dress with. I like the colors together and the Merino Cardigan is such a nice lightweight staple to carry you through Spring.

Another item I was very very excited to try on was the Crinkle Chiffon Skirt – #72299, 6, Warm Peacock. Alas, I was very very disappointed in this skirt. The waist band is grosgrain ribbon with no give what-so-ever. I barely got this hooked and zipped. It’s sitting at the smallest part of my waist area. The length is well below my knee but not quite to midi length. Also, I was hoping the color would be a little more vibrant and not so dull looking. It reminded me a lot of the Jardin Skirt, which I take an 8 in. I’m so sad I have to pass on this skirt but I can imagine the skirt would snag easily.

Size 8, Navy – Still no better in the waist area. It is now sitting at my natural waist but it is still snug. It also got wider and longer.

5-inch Chino Short – #68925, 8, Neon Pink – I totally missed out on this color and the yellow last year so it was nice to see this color come back. I am starting to shy away from the 3 & 5-inch shorts but this color and the Lemon Zest comes in the 7-inch Chino Short and 9-inch Chino Short

Scalloped Sateen Skirt – #63860, 6, Royal Violet – This size fit a little small on me. It’s a cute skirt and the color is more purple in person.

Boatneck Popover – #64784, M, Apricot/Navy – This sweater really surprised me. I really was not expecting to like it so much. It’s a little on the thick side but not in a smothering kind of way. I really like both colors too, although I didn’t try on the Cerise Mist. This runs big IMO and I would size down to a Small.

Skirt in Shadow, 8 – This fit a little better but gave me no extra length.

Silk Boy Shirt in Heart Throb – #72214, 8, Red – This is another item that surprised me. I liked it from the catalog but thought it would be too kitschy for any time other than February. I can totally see this under a cardigan or blazer; open with the sleeves rolled up and a tee underneath. See the many ways Ema has styled it.

Here’s what I was not expecting from this shirt. 1) The silk is soft and very comfortable. 2) It really does read easy-to-wear once you try it on. 3) The “8” ran a little big on me and I could probably size down to a “6”. Is it worth FP? Maybe, especially since I don’t think this will make it to a promo. I expect this shirt to sell, quickly. I hope I’m wrong because I want this.

Denim Short in Faded Indigo – #75648, 31, Faded Indigo – So both my PS and I had no idea how these ran so I tried on this size. These were at least two sizes too big, maybe even three. These fit like boyfriend jeans/shorts. I bought a similar pair at the Factory Store in a darker wash for wear around the house and pool.

High-Waisted Buckle Short – #60118, 8, Shadow – Even though these are high-waisted I wish they were an inch or two longer. But they are very cute and fit very well and tailored. And they look great with the Silk Boy Shirt in Heart Throb.

Schoolboy Blazer in Herringbone – #37852, 8, Neon Pink – I was very happy to see this color in my store. I wish they had gotten the Chili colorway too but that won’t be for a few weeks or so. This is my normal size in blazers and it fits very well. I love love this color and it looks great with both the High-Waisted  Buckle Short and the Windowpane Scarf. The pink is bright but not neon-y pink.

Paintbox Floral Cardigan – #65521, M, Casablanca Blue – Cute cardigan. Reminds me of Anthro.
Polly Popover in Stripe Crepe de Chine – #72387, 8, Green Navy – I like green and navy together. This shirt ran big, IMO and I would size down to a 6 if I bought it. But I do have a new Loft cardigan in this same colorway that I feel is more versatile, since it’s a cardi.

I like it with the shorts.

Fanfare Tunic – #68128, S, Blue Orchard – A lovely beach cover-up in the Fanfare print. This fit TTS, as I find most of the cover-ups run big.

Fanfare Popover – #68397, M, Classic Navy – Another shirt that looks great with the shorts. I love that it’s navy and not black. I wish the Jules Dress was in Navy as I prefer this colorway better. This fit TTS.

And with the Schoolboy Blazer. So cute.

Wow! That was a lot. I hope these reviews help, especially those of you who are more my size/build. My store had the Cafe’ Capri in Morse Code Jacquard but not in my size or a size down so I was unable to get a fit on those. See more reviews on Shop with M herehere and here,  Ema, AppGal and DaniBP

Oh, and what did I get, you wonder? The Jules Dress of course, in the size 6. It was the only thing I really liked after the disappointing fit of the Crinkle Chiffon Skirt and the Lillian Dress.

Have a Great Evening!


  1. January 31, 2012 / 1:52 am

    Awesome reviews as usual! Thanks for sharing these pics and details with us 🙂

    I agree that the tweed mini should have come in a pencil skirt. I think the tweed material on this one is gorgeous…love the little threads of neon and shimmer. It would have made a STUNNING pencil!

    Everything looks great on you, but I am especially loving the Herringbone blazer (I fell in love with the blue one) and the Heart Throb shirt. Even though I said I wasn't as much of a fan of the shirt as I was the skirt, I'm now having a change of heart (har har!)

    And while I'm not personally a "fan" (gah…did it again!) of the fanfare print, I think it looks fab on you.

  2. January 31, 2012 / 2:01 am

    Thanks for all the detail reviews (also previous posts). It'll be another few weeks before I get to a B&M to try on things. Your pics have got me super excited about the new arrivals! I love the fanfare popover on you, that last outfit is super cute. Thanks again!

  3. January 31, 2012 / 2:42 am

    I love the fanfare print. I especially love it in the Jules dress but I fear it will be too short on me for work. I need to try it IRL. It looks so damn good on you!

  4. January 31, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the reviews! Wow I think the pink blazer looks amazing on you, so pretty with your dark hair!
    Isn't the Lillian dress a weird fit? I don't think I'll be buying anything from the roll-out, amazingly, unless the Tillary bag gets some good reviews.

  5. January 31, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Great reviews!! Thanks so much for all of them, and thanks also for the shoutout. 🙂 So glad you got the Jules dress, it's lovely on you. That's on my wishlist too. I'm sad the Lillian doesn't seem to be working on a lot of people, b/c I so loved it. (Maybe I'll be able to catch it on sale?) It's so funny how the heart throb works so well in person.

  6. January 31, 2012 / 1:42 pm

    Thanks for these excellent reviews. The Jules dress is perfect for you. I too wish the tweed mini was available as a pencil skirt, I think I'm set for minis right now. The royal blue is so pretty, I'm with you on all the pretty blues this season but unfortunately the cut of the Blythe blouse doesn't work for me either. I ordered the heart print blouse and hope that one will work out better.

    It looks like the Rugby dress has a bit of an A-line skirt, do you recall if that was the case? How was the wrinkling on the pink blazer? It sure looks great on you.

  7. January 31, 2012 / 7:14 pm

    Thank you Audrey for the review on the Polly Popover. I'm eyeing this same piece. I love green and navy stripes together.

  8. January 31, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    Thank you for the double shout-out! I agree with everybody else that the schoolboy looks amazing on you, you should get it on sale. I would have preferred the Jules to be navy or blue too, I hope that the next time they will have the pencil skirt in the fanfare to try on

  9. February 1, 2012 / 1:37 am

    Thanks Audrey – love the dress and the blazer – they look amazing on you – I am considering the blue version. What did you think of the morse code capris?

  10. February 2, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    I was going to say that the Jules dress looked really nice on you. I also liked the look of the confetti mini with the blue blouse, as well as the shorts/pink blazer combo.

    The crinkle skirt is a bit disappointing, I agree.

    Thank you for the reviews!

  11. February 2, 2012 / 10:50 pm

    I totally adore the FANFARE PRINT!!! I gotta get something in that print–I'm leaning towards the Jules Dress but this will be more of a tunic on me! Fantastic reviews–on you I love the Hearthrob Shirt, Fanfare Shirt, the Pencil Skirt, and the Jules Dress of course!!!

  12. February 5, 2012 / 2:44 am

    You're looking great. I love the schoolboy blazer on you, fanfare Jules and the blue Blythe. That color is so awesome.