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J.Crew notes
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 9:05 PM (Pacific)

I went 'Crew-diving, and found some things of interest.

j.crew schoolboy blazer in eyelet
J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Eyelet - Smoky Graphite

I'd seen this before, along with the white one, and didn't think to try it on. But something about the grey version caught my eye this time. I seldom wear blazers...don't work in a suit office; even the director of my department does not wear a suit. The eyelet makes this blazer less formal, yet it's cute, and a change from my perpetual cardigan-ness.

j.crew shelby dress in dusty pink
J.Crew Shelby Dress in Dusty Pink

This, likewise, has been hanging around the stores for quite a while. I recall seeing the pink version once, maybe twice, followed by a deluge of black, navy and white colorways. I'd never tried Shelby on, and it occurred to me:

You do anything once
You try anything twice
You do what you got to do
But I love you, Suzanne
(Lou Reed, if you'd like an eyeful of 80's fashion)

So I went ahead and tried it on. Amazing! Really nice. It looks kinda horrible in the wrong size; I'm between sizes, so went a size down.

j.crew tuxedo tunic in blue back stripe
J.Crew Voile Tuxedo Tunic in Blue Back Stripe

This was so pretty! but, on me, the fit was awkward, as the buttons gapped at the bust. I felt this top would fare best on someone tall and slim. Loved the beautiful bright blue, sheer material, but passed here.

j.crew delany eyelet top
J.Crew Delaney Eyelet Top in white

I tried this on, and pondered buying it. It's way cheaper in the store, and appears well-made, what with the lining (nice touch!). The wavy eyelet pattern looks cool, and the "ventilated" sleeve design tempts:

j.crew delany eyelet top

In the end, I figured I had enough similar tops (have made a point of collecting office-friendly tops that would work in hot weather). And finally...

j.crew jenny dress
J.Crew Jenny Dress in Deep Peri

I'd really wanted to try this on, particularly in the blue colorway, but the fit just was not right on me, and sizing down didn't help. Too bad—for it being a simple dress, the blue would have been stunning on a summery day.

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