J Crew May 2012 (3)

Now on to dresses I tried on last Friday. You can see the other two May 2012 try-ons here and here.

I love the Ella Dress in Porcelain Paisley as much as the No. 2 Pencil Skirt. The print is gorgeous. It has pockets. The fit is great in my normal strapless dress size of 8. But the price is the only detractor…$298. I’m not sure I would be able to get many wears out of it to justify the dress at that price. If it makes it to a decent sale price I’ll be all over it but for now it’s a wish-list item. 
The Lucille Dress in Lace in Bright Sun is very pretty. This fits better in a Size 8 than the Basket-Weave Shift Dress in Retro Lemon that I tried on in March. This one also comes in Navy. I can’t remember if it has pockets or not.
This is the Villa Dress in Light Emerald, still full price in-store but on sale for $49.99 online. The size Small fits well and I’d stick with that if I purchase it with a promo. I’m not sure if the knit might be a little too thick for my part of Texas once the weather gets hot this summer. 
This Blouson Striped-Knit Dress, #83380 $69.50, is very cute and is a thinner knit than the Villa Dress. It may be an in-store only dress. It has adjustable straps and an elastic waist. I am wearing a Medium but would size down to a Small as this runs a little big.
I am wearing a Medium in the Stripe Button Front Dress, which fits ok. I’m not sure that sizing down will help as it might run tight across the chest. It’s a pass for me as it seems too blah even with the stripes and belt.  
The Dree Dress in Deck Stripe, Sz 6, is not worth the $148 price tag. I didn’t even notice the price when I tried it on. It is lightweight and has some elastic shirring at the waist but this would probably stick to me on a hot summer day. Gigi just reviewed it here. I see this heading to sale and getting a deep discount.
The Cotton Embossed Dress in White, #83826, $150, Sz 6, is a very cute and casual summer dress. It will go great paired with any colored Jackie or a bright belt…and it has pockets! It came in another color but I can’t remember what it was. I’d consider this on sale.
And I completely forgot a few items in my last post so I’ll one more later today or in the morning, along with the Size 4 of the Porcelain Paisley skirt.
Have a Great Day!


  1. May 21, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    The last dress reminds of the JCrew beach dresses of yore! Simply stunning!
    I picked up the stripe Villa dress on sale during the last 30% off sale. I Love it and am trying to score the green on pop back. I also love the Lucille dress. Since I have the basket weave shift in lemon, I might opt for the green version if I can't get the Villa.

    • May 21, 2012 / 7:31 pm

      Yes, the last dress is very "old school Crew". I LOVE!!! the Basket-Weave Dress on you. You look so amazing in it!

  2. May 21, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    Thank you for the dress reviews. Love that first one (but yes, pricey!) and the blouson stripe. Lucille is pretty too – nice yellow.

    • May 21, 2012 / 7:36 pm

      You're welcome. The Lucille is a very pretty yellow.

  3. May 21, 2012 / 2:44 pm

    Audreybella – love these dresses on you! I have the porcelain paisley en route and am now thinking of the dress… it is beautiful! I am busty however (a 34F) and wonder about sizing…and wearing a strapless bra with it….

    • May 21, 2012 / 7:33 pm

      The dress does have an interior lining for the bust with a hook and zipper in the back. That is my problem with the strapless dresses, is the zipping up at the rib cage and bust. It why I always have to go to the 8. All of us Porcelain Paisley crew-ers need to make sure we share styling options!

    • May 21, 2012 / 7:34 pm

      Isn't it? I would love to see that print on a scarf. That would be so pretty don't you think?

  4. May 21, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    The Porcelain Paisley dress looks stunning on you! And I love your hair in the last picture!

    • May 21, 2012 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks Jenn! I saw my hair stylist on Friday after the first batch of photos and this was from Sunday. It was my last major to-do before my trip!

  5. May 21, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    I'm so in love with that first dress…I wish it wasn't so much $$

  6. May 21, 2012 / 11:58 pm

    I too love the first dress. Beautiful! They all look great. I actually just did my first set of J.Crew reviews… I did tops tonight and will do another post on dresses tomorrow. I'd love for you ladies to check them out on my new blog! http://www.colorfulcorporate.blogspot.com

  7. May 26, 2012 / 12:56 am

    so many dresses! I think the ella in the porcelain print is divine, and the greeny blouson stripe is so perfectly pretty and relaxed…sigh…

  8. May 27, 2012 / 1:44 am

    You look great in all of them!