Continuing the J.Crew reviews from yesterday, we have the Rowboat, the Maritime, and the chambray Caroline. I refuse to ever be sick of stripes!
Rowboat Dress -- This dress has seen a lot of fame in blogville, with varied opinions, mostly stemming from the fit of a shift on different body shapes. Also b/c it seems to be a much lighter ivory online, but is more of a light tan IRL. I'm in the love camp on this one. What won me over: the pique cotton (great summer material, proven by the classic pique polo), the black/tan combo (I actually love the tan over an ivory), the flattering neckline, the length (not too short or long IMO). The cons: it's overpriced for the quality (e.g. seaming, see xoxo's review linked below), the shape won't work on everyone, no pockets as shown in the original pics. My store only had a small, so I have an XS coming to compare. The small was big on me, though was cute belted and might shrink, so the XS might be best. Seee the Rowboat dress on Dina, DaniBP, xoxo, and Ema.
Maritime Dress -- I have this dress in the blue, and luuurve it. I've worn it a ton already this spring, and with the sleeves pushed up, will wear it all summer long. It's so comfortable and really cute. So of course I had to try on the new colorway, a dark navy. This is a size XS, and it's, naturally, adorable. Alas, I messed up the pic of it un-belted, and the belted one is blurry.
Chambray Caroline Dress -- Not finding this one online (and not sure this is the right name? Reg Caroline dress here). Found it in the sale section of my store for $49.99. I really liked the fit and the length (at the knee) of this. Fit was TTS (this is a 2), and it's very soft and easy to wear. It's quite simple, modest and a bit plain, but made much cuter with a belt. I debated this one, but in the end, decided it wasn't love, so passed.
In the sale section, I found the Coastline Stripe Pullover marked down to $20, which is a nice price if you're not striped/sweatshirted (new word) out. (Er, yeah, I'm obviously not over either of these categories.) The Les Petites Victoires tee was also there at the same price as online ($20) and is really cute. (Pairs perfectly with the Canterbury Bells skirt if you have it!) I could have gone with either small or medium, but liked the medium for a bit of extra length and give. I also recieved the Lula Jacquard Ballet Flats and they are adorable! Fit is TTS with my regular 8.5. I still think the sale price is high, but I'll hold on to them, hoping to catch them at a second cut.
Finally, I'll show you how much I love the whole knit dress thing, with my outfit for that day. This is a knit navy dress (similar to the Maritime material), that I got at the Land's End Outlet for I think $6 last year. I had not worn it yet, thinking I needed to hem it up. Then suddenly, my brain clicked on, and I realized I could belt it and blouse it over a bit. Um, duh. (Wearing: J.Crew belt, Old Navy sandals, Land's End tote.) Anyway, I'm a bit shopworn, but you get the idea:
I'm hoping to get to my other local Crew this weekend to make a couple returns and see what they have on the floor (they sometimes have different things). Have a great day!
p.s. There's a summer sale going on at Land's End Canvas -- some nice deals to be found with new markdowns! Free shipping with code SUMMERSALE (pin 2176). Don't forget ebates or other cashback site.