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posted by Colleen Shirazi on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM (Pacific)

People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately.

Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.

--Oscar Wilde

Done some random J.Crew diving, to whit:

j.crew jackie cardigan in lacquer yellow
J.Crew Jackie Cardigan in Lacquer Yellow

Finally, "Laquer Yellow" showed up at the b & m, and now sporting a "c"! Hm. I'm glad I didn't try buying it online, sight unseen. Had been speculating if this were screamin' yellow, or mellow yellow, but it is totally a bright lemon shade. Could do with something subtler...

j.crew jackie cardigan in african violet
J.Crew Jackie Cardigan in African Violet

Likewise: is this knock-down, drag-out purple, or more a blue-purple tone? Inquiring minds discover—it's...purple. Were it bluer, I could've been interested.

j.crew jackie cardigan in saddle
J.Crew Jackie Cardigan in Saddle

This was a bit of a disappointment...I'd been looking for a "nude" Jackie shell, but not literally nude...more a tan, like this:

nude tank

Not this exact look (the tank here is silk) but the idea, a very simple look. I'm not even sure a Jackie shell would work here, but Saddle is not it. It's just too flat; it needs a dash of pale gold, or of rose, or of something.

They did not have "Brilliant Pine" Jackie in the store. Wah!

j.crew jackie cardigan in deep peri
J.Crew Jackie Cardigan in Deep Peri

And finally...this one, I liked. More vivid than the imo rather drab "Madagascar Peri," yet not, ah, screamin' neon blue. I tried it on, and was a bit fuddled by the fact it seemed a size larger than other Jackies I have tried. Neither the Jackie cardigans nor the shells are sized consistently; I've tended to buy Large in the shells (on the notion they could always be shrunk in the dryer), and X-Large in the cardigans, to get them to button without gaping at the bust. But this one buttoned fine in Large. It seems to depend on the shade; my navy Jackie just fits in X-Large.

Why the Jackie obsession? I've found them amazingly useful, the perfect weight for our "summer"—chilly in the morning, almost hot by the afternoon? You don't feel the need to pile on an extra layer for the A.M. nor strip off clothes later on. I can admit I like it they crank out so many shades of these; if you don't see one you like, it seems to me you could just wait twenty minutes and another will come along.

* Why smart cute guys are cuter than regular cute guys.

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