Tuesday, May 5, 2015

J.Crew Factory Reviews: Sateen V-neck Dress in Floral and Denim Jacket

I stopped by J.Crew Factory to make a few returns yesterday and thought I would share two reviews of items that I liked. For fit reference, I'm 5' 4", 32C-26-34. My usual size at J.Crew Factory is 00 and XXS.

Authentic Navy 0
The moment I saw this dress in the new arrivals, I was interested in trying it out. I really like the cove floral print, and I love fit-and-flare dresses (I think the silhouette is flattering on almost everyone). I could see wearing this for a number of special occasions: weddings, dates, etc. It could even be dressed down for summer. In person, the print is just as vibrant as it appeared online. The material felt like a substantial cotton sateen (98% cotton and 2% elastane). Sadly the lining is 100% polyester, but it didn't seem too unbreathable. There's a back zip to help you get in and out of the dress easily. There are also pockets, which I always like to see in a dress. The skirt hit me just above the knee, which I don't mind, but I would have preferred at the knee. The one downside is that the v-neck in the front is very low. If I bend forward, you can see the front band of my bra. The v in the back isn't too troublesome. I tried on both my usual size 00 and one size up but found the waist/bust to be too tight in 00 so I think this dress runs small. The 0 was perfect. Overall, I really like the dress but would not recommend it for busty ladies.

Verdict: Like, but size up. Also the v-neck is quite low.  

Denim Jacket (02661)
Antique Sanded Blue XXS

Recently I've been casually looking for a light blue denim jacket. I think it would be the perfect layering piece to wear over dresses during the summer when all of the buildings on campus are blasting their air conditioning. I had a very old Aeropostale one that I never ever wore, because the denim was extremely stiff. It was impossible for me to roll up my sleeves, and the fit wasn't quite right either - very boxy and short. I actually really like this rendition from J.Crew Factory. It has some small distressed details, but they don't bother me. The blue wash reads light blue with yellow undertones and would pair well with dark bottoms, which is what I mostly wear. The fit is true to size. I took my usual XXS, and it's fitted without being tight when buttoned. Unbuttoned it's slim without appearing boxy. The sleeves are a hair long, but I usually roll them up anyway. My favorite feature is that the denim is quite soft. The material is medium weight yet comfortable, instead of stiff like many other denim jackets I've tried. Anyway, this is definitely worth a look if you're in the market for a light blue denim jacket.

Verdict: Like, true to size. Note the distressed details.

What are you liking at J.Crew Factory lately?


  1. I hope you got the dress! It looks great on you!!! :-)

    1. Thanks! I ordered it online, because the price was cheaper than in store. I'll play around with it some more at home when it arrives.

  2. Umm... kind of creepy but I just found your blog after finishing up my budget post for this month and perusing through some of the linkups on Fran's blog. Can you believe the very two items you are reviewing here were the two that caught my eye and that I bought last week?! This totally gave me goosebumps!!

    Roxi - www.persianfrenchie.blogspot.com

    1. Great minds think alike! :) I'm glad the dress and jacket worked out for you. I ordered the dress online after the try-on session but ended up returning it, because I didn't have anywhere to wear it.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this review of that dress! I've been watching it for ages. I like the maxi tassel dress from J. Crew Factory, but I haven't tried it. I have some sweaters I love from them :-) Great to meet you. I'm Open Mind Fashion (OMF)--www.openmindfashion.com--I'll follow you on Twitter & FB if I can find the links on your page--or please let me know them. Cheers & best! :-))