J.Crew has extended their 30% off promo, but added a $100 minimum for free shipping, with code CELEBRATE. I don't think $100 is too hard to reach these days at JC, but that no min sure was great while it lasted. J.Crew factory is offering 40% off with free shipping on $50 with code HOLIDAY.
Some new markdowns noted this morning -- that lovely, heavyweight Collection Cashmere Shawl Cardigan went down (to something still high but more reasonable with discount), the Bow Coat is marked down, as is the Double-cloth lady day coat in pink and yellow (great price on pink!), the Stadium-Cloth Duffel (in pink and blue), Wintress Puffer (in blue) some of the Liberty nightshirts (I love Capel), the short-sleve pj set in chambray, and the Boucle Dress. Many more markdowns, so worth a look-see!
On to the review of the Collection Capri in Photo Floral. I love the photo floral print, but everything was super sky high. I had a chance to try on the popover (with no camera, boo!), and I didn't like the fit of it. It reminded me of a bomber jacket. I get what they were doing, but it didn't flatter me. The material was gorgeous though. So when the pants were marked down and the promo further brought it into an ok price range, I ordered them to try out (before final sale returns). I ordered my usual size 4.
The material, once again, is a gorgeous and weight silk wool. It's very similar to the rope-print skirt if you remember that one. The ivory color is rich and not yellow-y. There is a bit of pleating at the waist, which can poof out a little, so that might not work for some body shapes, accentuating that area. However, you can wear something on top that lays over that, negating the issue, if you'd like. I think these pants are much easier to wear and pull off than the top. I think they're not as dressy as the skirt, but that they can be quite dressed up. The advantage is that they can be dressed down a bit more, worn with a simple black sweater, even a chambray/denim shirt, and some black heels. I love it paired with the red in the pic above as well, but really any solid color, bold or pale, would be pretty. Lovely for a cocktail party, and more comfortable pantyhose/tights. I'm not a pants girl, but these I can get behind. While the photo print thing is a trend, I think that the black/white-ness of these give them a more timeless air. I actually think I'd prefer to wear them next year or the year after, post-trend!
Have a wonderful day!