Friday, October 12, 2012

J. Crew October rollout reviews part 5

Hi everyone, in this post I'll be reviewing some of the newer items that just arrived in the mid-month rollout, which happened at the end of September. You can see my other reviews from the October rollout (which hit stores in mid-September) here:

- Part 4:

- Part 3:

- Part 2:

- Part 1:


Tipped Peacoat, Antique White, size 00 (similar here)
This coat was a hit for me. I love the perky contrast tipping and it seems to have good materials and construction. The peacoat wool is 100% wool, unlike the Double-Cloth material, below. In addition, the wool is very lofty, soft, and almost has a slightly furry texture to the touch, which also contrasts with the grainy, thread-y knit? weave? of the Double-Cloth. I found the length to be just right on me -- hitting at the hips -- unlike the Majesty Peacoat, which I tried on here. It was snug and fitted width-wise, though I'm not sure I'd be able to fit a sweater under this coat. I felt I would've had trouble moving my arms beyond a standard range of motion, too, but I have wide shoulders, so it may just be me. The weight of the material is good, though it's not a heavy-duty wool coat like the Majesty.

Tipped Peacoat (similar here)

From the side: fits very nicely, if slightly tight to be wearing thicker layers underneath.

Tipped Peacoat (similar here)

The interior.

Tipped Peacoat (similar here)


Double-Cloth Slim Trench, Navy, size 00 (similar here, here, here)
This coat comes in some wonderful colors online, but my store only had the Navy. Once again, the fit was fantastic. It was fitted and flattering even without being belted. This coat didn't feel tight like the Tipped Peacoat above, so I think I'd be able to wear a sweater underneath. The Double-Cloth fabric is a 75% wool, 25% nylon blend without a felt-like texture; the individual threads are still discernible, giving the material a dry, grainy feel. It is substantial, but doesn't have the soft, fuzzy, woolly feel if that's what you're looking for. The length was perfect and hit at mid-thigh on me (I'm 5'5"). The belt is short enough that you wouldn't be able to tie it.

Double-Cloth Slim Trench (similar here, here, here)

Here's the fit without belting: still very good.

Double-Cloth Slim Trench (similar here, here, here)

From the side.

Double-Cloth Slim Trench (similar here, here, here)

The inside.

Double-Cloth Slim Trench (similar here, here, here)


Double-Cloth Funnel Coat, Black, size 00 (similar here, here, here)
This coat is also made of the Double-Cloth fabric. It is significantly longer than the Slim Trench above, hitting just a few inches above my knee, and has a more serious, businesslike look. The buttons lie on a concealed button placket (the top button is kind of hard to do for this reason!) and the belt is without metal hardware. I feel the fit was the same as the Slim Trench -- fitted, but not so tight I wouldn't be able to wear additional layers underneath.

Double-Cloth Funnel Coat (similar here, here, here)

From the side: nicely fitted.

Double-Cloth Funnel Coat
(similar here, here, here)

The interior: interior pocket means business.

Double-Cloth Funnel Coat (similar here, here, here)

Double-Cloth Funnel Coat (similar here, here, here)

Detail of the concealed button placket: the outer layer behind the buttonholes is even lined!

Double-Cloth Funnel Coat (similar here, here, here)


Loomknit Sweatshirt in Heather, size XXS (similar here, here, here)
This sweatshirt could've had something going for it, but the cut was so boxy and voluminous I can't imagine making it work. I have to wonder why J. Crew has put out so many boxy, shapeless tops this season; they almost throw the sizing scheme into question and make you wonder whether you're wearing the right size. Until, that is, perennial pieces like certain coats (see all the above) hit stores and offer a contrast of how a certain size is supposed to fit. This sweatshirt starts out nicely as a can't-go-wrong basic: a nonchalant marled heather gray, raglan sleeves, substantial fabric, but the fit goes south below the chest. It just hangs from there -- like, it doesn't even go in from the chest and creates an awkward tent. This much volume could work if the bottom hem were a band that hugs your hips and the fabric on top softly folds over it, but instead, here it just hangs.

Loomknit Sweatshirt in Heather (similar here, here, here)

I'm pulling the hem out to show how much extra fabric there is.

Loomknit Sweatshirt in Heather (similar here, here, here)

You can see the tent effect from the side.

Loomknit Sweatshirt in Heather
(similar here, here, here)

Loomknit Sweatshirt in Heather
(similar here, here, here)


Collection Cashmere Waffle Colorblock Sweater, Flax Flannel Dusk, size XS (similar here, here, here)
I kind of gawked at this sweater online -- it seemed like a perfunctory use of colorblocking on expensive fabric -- but liked it a surprising amount in person! I was surprised by how well and close-to-the-body it fit: even though this is an XS (the store didn't have my usual XXS), it still gives me a shape; I imagine my usual size would be TTS. I think the waffle knit gives the fabric compacting and stretch, kind of like a rib knit does, so it's able to fit your curves better. The cashmere felt densely knitted and about as thick as the cashmere cable sweaters. This particular colorway feels very modernist to me, kind of android, perhaps!

Collection Cashmere Waffle Colorblock Sweater (similar here, here, here)

From the side: fit is not bad considering this is one size larger than my usual.

Collection Cashmere Waffle Colorblock Sweater
(similar here, here, here)


Classic Mini in Felted Wool, Brilliant Fuchsia, size 00 (similar here, here, here)
The material on this skirt is quite different from that of the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool. The wool on this skirt is quite a bit thicker and stiffer, and is also a blend: 80% wool, 20% nylon. It has a slightly itchy feel, but that isn't a problem with the lining. I found the fit to be perfect: the waistband hit right at my belly button and the width was just as I'd expected. The length is not too scandalous for a mini.

Classic Mini in Felted Wool
(similar here, here, here)

From the side.

Classic Mini in Felted Wool
(similar here, here, here)

Materials.

Classic Mini in Felted Wool
(similar here, here, here)

The waistband is a wide grosgrain ribbon.

Classic Mini in Felted Wool (similar here, here, here)

5 comments:

  1. Great reviews, thank you! I'm loving the detailing on that coat, it's thoughtful without being fussy.

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  2. I saw the colorblock cashmere the other day and was very intrigued. Nice color in the felted wool mini. It looks longer than last year, which is good.

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    1. I admit I didn't care for the Colorblock Cashmere on the website or on the table, but I liked how it looked on, especially with the more fitted shape. It has a sleek, modernist look -- very Calvin Klein.

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  3. Colorblock cashmere looks so cozy. I love it on you.

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