J Crew: Botanical Sweatshirt with Floral Patches, Metallic Ruffle-Neck Sweatshirt

Last up from my small set of try-ons are the sweatshirts. Let’s take a look.

~ Botanical Sweatshirt with Floral Patches, Medium ~
~ Lightweight Boy Shirt in Oversized Gingham, Pine Forest, size 8 ~
~ Sailor Skirt in Double-Serge Wool, size 8 ~


~ Botanical Sweatshirt with Floral Patches, Medium ~

I actually liked the print and embellishment/floral patches on this sweatshirt. Normally this is something MamaBella would immediately ask me to buy for her but I might just get it myself. I really like it with the Lightweight Boy Shirt in Oversized Gingham in Pine Forest underneath it. I could do without the dropped shoulder but it’s not enough to deter me from wishlisting it.



~ Lightweight Boy Shirt in Oversized Gingham, Pine Forest, size 8 ~

No difference between this shirt and other button-downs as far as sizing. I should take a 10 and not an 8 in this. I really like the Pine Forest color which is perfect for Fall. I’ll pass on this though since I can’t think to wear it with anything other than jeans right now.



~ Sailor Skirt in Double-Serge Wool, Heather Honey, size 8 ~

I was excited to try on this skirt as I thought it looked really cute online. The fit is really small in the waist though. I can still fit in a size 8 in skirts but I could only zip this halfway in the back. I’d need a 10 in this skirt. The Heather Honey color is really pretty IRL. The length on this skirt hits me just above the knee. The front sailor buttons are not functional. There is just a back zip (not exposed). J.Crew does their double-serge wool items pretty well and this little sailor skirt is no exception.


~ Metallic Ruffle-Neck Sweatshirt, Medium ~
~ Straightaway Jean in Bluff Wash, size 28 ~

This is a slightly different name but the same style of sweatshirt from Fall 2013, the Ruffle Collar Sweatshirt. One updated difference is that the cuffs on this one are also ruffled, which I like. This runs TTS. There is a back zip. I like the metallic material for the ruffle but if you don’t there’s the solid version.



~ Straightaway Jean in Bluff Wash, size 28 ~

I have not been in a size 28 in quite a while so that means these jeans run big. This size was really comfortable on and the button-fly front wasn’t too stiff. Sometimes button-fly can be hard to fasten and button. The waist is a little higher, hitting closer to my true waist but they don’t look weird like the Billie Boot does on me. The 27-inch inseam is floor length on me, even in the 28. I might go to a Petite 29 to see if I can’t get the cropped look without alterations.


We are seeing a few familiar items from previous years in the Fall roll-out. From the Ruffle-Neck Sweatshirt to the Frances/Tuxedo Ruffle Shirt to the Faux-Leather Pleated Mini Skirt, which are all from seasons past. If they want to really recycle popular items they should bring back the Lexington Blazer in new colors!


  1. Tati
    September 21, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    I quite like these straightaway jeans on you, as well as the Ruffled sweatshirt — both are great fits. The skirt is cute but I wish it didn’t have those extra folds in the front, would have preferred if they streamlined the look a bit.

    I’m wearing my faux-leather skirt in Cabernet with the Leopard Cuff-sleeve top today, feeling very chic! (a rarity for me, haha!)

    • audreybella
      September 22, 2016 / 4:11 pm

      Tati – I know I should be practical and get the black in the Faux Leather skirt but I really like the Cabernet color. I just need to find some good tops other than Tippis to go with them. I haven’t purchased the leopard top yet. I am pretty sure I would wear that a lot though. And you’re right about the folds on the skirt, they wouldn’t lay flat and I’m not sure they would if I went to a size 10 either.