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J.Crew Crinkled Chiffon Tunic Review
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM (Pacific)

jcrew crinkled chiffon tunic in orchid shadow
J.Crew Crinkled Chiffon Tunic in Orchid Shadow

Okay, so I finally went bungee jumping bought something from the J.Crew Final Sale.

After dithering, I got a size 10. I'm perpetually between sizes. Silk shrinks though, even washed in cold water; so, for this, and for natural fibers in general, I tend to size up.

I was expecting either it would fit reasonably well, and I'd breathe a sigh of relief I hadn't gotten an 8, or it would be a total feed-bag of a shirt and I'd have fun shrinking it. was a total, well, feed-bag. It's cut straight, not fitted at all; and it's gorgeous, with the fine crinkles and smoky purple color. I promptly put it into a mesh bag and washed it with my other office clothes: cold water, delicate cycle, Woolite. (The shirt is clearly marked "Dry Clean Only.")

Heheh...I removed it from the bag. Eh, doll clothes? It appeared to had shrunken a full three sizes. Upon closer examination though, the crinkled fabric had simply folded up, like those paper fans you made in grade school. Gently pulling the shirt back into shape revealed something wearable, albeit more fitted than my personal style icon would don:

yo, Sister Bertrille!
A stylish nun

I put the shirt on a hanger, and gradually it stretched out to, I believe, a fairly loose-fitting size 8. Yay!

Conclusion: if you intend to dryclean this the way you're supposed to, size down. If you want to wash it at home, size up.

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