Bought two seasons of clothing in one week since the sale window is brief. Shirts disappeared in one day. Its like shopping those street markets in Asia where everyone snatches things in a bargain frenzy.

Jumpers or sweaters
Sizing was silly this season. Size down in the Wynter sweaters. However, the Wynter sequin stripe, the honeycomb or chain stitch were true to size, and the chunky turtlenecks seemed best over-sized with the neck flipped up! Loved the jumper cardigan one size down and would have liked the fair isle sweater one size up to wear over shirts.

Pants: The upshot
Hutton trousers were super long but provided a willowy illusion for petite women with heels. Lovely. High-waisted skinny cords! They cost 2x compared to last year’s cords and still needed hemming but seem worth the effort since fabric is thicker, with a thin wale and gorgeous color. Wore them one size larger from last year’s vintage matchsticks. BTW, Anthro is the king of great looking chinos and skinny pants with their Paperboy and Adriano Goldschmied lines. Their pants are generally more flattering than anything from J.Crew. Loved Anthro’s belts too. Magical on waistlines.

Shirts
Winter weight tees are worth stocking since they survive the washing machine. Though I did break my own rules about not getting an unwashable shirt and got a silk baseball tee. It was too pretty to pass up. In the button up shirts, all tartans and plaids were worth keeping though I gave some up and now regret it bitterly. Resisted cheaper shirts from LE Canvas and Factory gingham since the white part of the patterns aren’t white enough. Alternatives to J.Crew shirts are Madewell button-ups and the Madewell silk traveler tunic.

Skirts
Are J.Crew skirts ever coming down in price? Couldn’t justify the cost except the cult-like no. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge wool. After trying that on, everything else seemed unnecessary. Except the wool maxi skirt, which I’d still love to have.

Dresses
Really, when you’re spoiled for choice with Anthro’s fabulous dresses for every body type and style out there, why dwell on J.Crew’s fall offerings that haven’t come down in price for the whole season. In this category, I really don’t see a point unless you’re diehard J.Crew.

Knickknack Favorites

  • Authentic Camp socks!
  • Dodo case for Ipad
  • Lulu patent flat in walnut
  • Lulu Frost thick tortoise bangle with the diamond shaped art deco design
  • Inexpensive lapel pins but no one cares for the lapel pins except me.
  • In-store scarves that went on sale and then back to full price. Some of the scarves from Madewell are really nice but they don’t fall below $40. (Madewell bracelets are my favorite jewelry in general. The styles are a lot more appealing than J.Crew or Anthro so far and more inexpensive. Unfortunately, they are also snapped up so quickly that you’ll see great photos of jewelry for months afterward that is completely sold out.)

JCrew Menswear for Women
Sunwashed flannel shirts in men’s XS. Bought the heathered stripe tee and a deckhand sweater. Actually bought two of the deckhand sweaters for myself since its fantastic with stripey turtlenecks, striped shirts, collared shirts and I also plan on wearing a chambray shirt with it for spring. It is universal and perfect. Love the clasps instead of buttons.

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