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Life of Colleen: J.Crew notes: Alyssa Top, Perfect Shirt in Suckered Mini-Gingham

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J.Crew notes: Alyssa Top, Perfect Shirt in Suckered Mini-Gingham
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 8:58 PM (Pacific)

j.crew alyssa top
J.Crew Alyssa Top in white

This definitely runs big. Interesting, eh? The last several J.Crew tank-style tops I tried...the Silk Pocket Tank, Eyelet Embroidered Tank, Lace-over Tank, and now this...required sizing down at least one size, possibly even two.

The new "tank top sizes" don't appear to correspond to anything else J.Crew sells—but they do seem consistent.

Oh well. I still haven't seen the other two colors, Mauve Morning and Navy. The white is a beautiful top. The sole complaint I could have—it's nit-picking—would be to have a tiny drawstring instead of the gathers. If you get the bust to fit, the waist is a touch big. But then, who cares; it's a summer top, not meant to be tight-fitting.

I'd like to see the other two colorways, and will likely try to hit another b & m this weekend. I still find it annoying, the idea of not stocking all of the shades. What's up with that? I suppose it's a cost-cutting measure... But the same item can appear very different in a different color. Just saying.

j.crew linen island cardigan
J.Crew Linen Island Cardigan in Sea Salt

I inspected this more closely, and decided against it. It's pretty, but its fine, relatively loose linen knit is too impractical. It's like a big ol' snag magnet.

j.crew perfect shirt in suckered mini gingham
J.Crew Perfect Shirt in Suckered Mini-Gingham

I tried this on a whim. Ah! The fabric is amazing. Feather-light, but not sheer. Perhaps it's the "suckering." I'm not drawn to gingham though, the way I am to plaid—wish there was a "perfect shirt in suckered plaid." Still it's quite lovely...I tried the blue, as I don't generally wear bright colors ("neon kelly" is indeed quite bright in person). If gingham is your thing, I would highly recommend this incarnation of it.

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