Monday, July 2, 2012

J.Crew Reviews: Poppy + Heart Prints

I have a slight obsession with poppies, both in real life and in prints. When J.Crew first released their poppy print in only an iPhone case, I actually considered getting a smartphone, just so I have a reason to buy the cover. That's how ridiculous I am. Thank goodness it didn't come to that when other items in this poppy print slowly trickled in.

A quick search on J.Crew's site on "poppy" yielded a couple items from the women's collection: one-piece swimsuit and a bikini. Kids were luckier this time around, with choices between capris and shorts. Of the four items, I knew the capris would be too short on me and the swimsuits wouldn't get enough wear, so shorts it is!

The crewcuts Girls' chino short in pretty poppies in bright red, size 14 (sold here) are currently $49.50, but since I love the print so much, I figured it's worth buying to try on. If I can't justify the price, at least I'll know my kids' size if it makes it to sale.

There's a bit of a waist gap but the nifty adjustable waistband solved that issue. I'm so used to wearing short shorts that the length of these make me feel old, lol. But really, it's not a bad thing and will just take a little getting used to. The only part I didn't love is the creasing down the front. They felt fine when worn, but photos don't lie. Because the creases look particularly visible, I've decided to return the shorts.
necklace: Forever 21 twisted chain (similar) / top: Ann Taylor asymmetrical drape (similar) / flats: Mossimo Desta ballet (similar)

When I was at the store returning the shorts today, I spotted the same poppy print on a silk blended scarf. Woohoo! Not that I need any more scarves, but I couldn't resist. I can finally quit obsessing over this print now. It's lightweight, colorful, and a great addition to any summer and fall wardrobe.

I couldn't find the scarf online, but for those interested, the style # is 85138 and it is marked down to $34.99 in stores with an additional 30% off right now, for a total of $24.49. Please keep in mind that it's final sale.

J.Crew's heart throb print is part of last winter's collection. I remembered seeing a SA wearing a blouse in this print and loved it on her. Of course, said blouse sold out rather quickly. Unlike the poppy print from above, I didn't stalk their website to see what other items were released in the same print. So I was pleasantly surprised to see this J.Crew Pleated jardin skirt in heart throb in red, size 00 (check sale section in stores) pop up online.

The full skirt with its longer length is a deviation from what I normally wear. However, I was attracted to the combination of feminine silhouette with the heart print. I feel like with this type of skirt, it needs to be worn higher-waisted, so to achieve that look, I had to use a belt to keep the skirt in place. I briefly considered having tailors take in the waist, but it's probably going to cost more than I'm willing to spend since the side pockets would make it a candidate for complicated alterations. This skirt was also a return.
necklace: gift from aunt (similar) / top: Ann Taylor asymmetrical drape (similar) / belt: Express (similar) / bracelet: Forever 21 chain link (similar) / bag: Chanel M/L flap (similar) / shoes: Miu Miu leather pointed toe (similar)

Have you bought anything from J.Crew lately?

19 comments:

  1. omg cee THANK YOU, i've been dying for that scarf!

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  2. I need to try the Crewcuts selection! Why didn't I think about that before! Love the poppy and hearts!!
    -Shanna

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  3. Those shorts are awesome!! I love how you paired them with the black top! Excellent outfit!

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  4. I love that skirt on you :)

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  5. When I first saw those prints i was kind of on the fence, but they actually look great on. but if the fits are off its always better to return. i recently ordered a striped top, but thats about it. waiting to use that gc they sent out, but i dont know what to use it on!

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    1. I want to say most summer items have probably been released by now, so save the gift card for fall items. From the sneak peeks I've seen, Fall 2012 is going to be hard to resist!

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  6. both of those prints are fantastic! not sure what was wrong with the shorts though?!

    xo julesinflats.blogspot.com

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    1. The front creasing bugs me. It's probably not a huge deal because as I wear them, I'm sure it'll start to blend in with other wrinkles, haha. Just for $50, I think it's on the higher end than what I'm willing to spend for not-perfect shorts.

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  7. Hi Cee! I hope the power outages in DC aren't affecting you! Great finds from J. Crew! I loveeee those poppy shorts. They don't look kid-like at all! :)

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    1. Thank you Megan for your kind thoughts! We were one of the lucky ones and only lost power for less than 24 hours, so I'm thankful for that. I'm really hoping that the others who still don't have power gets theirs back soon!

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  8. Hi Cee! I love the prints... I recently bought the navy blue heart tipi sweater (on sale) and the red stripped shorts (view it here - http://fashionkoketi.blogspot.com/).

    I was planning to pair it together for 4th of July but it is stinking hot here in SoCal... Have a nice week!

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  9. i love the heartthrob print. i got the shirt but the skirt looks so adorable on you! the poppies are super fun too! xox P

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  10. Love the skirt and the scarf! I'm not too crazy about the shorts but I think I'm not huge on printed pants and shorts in general anwyay ;)

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    1. Me neither... in general ;) This is the first (and perhaps only?) time a print has caught my eye.

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  11. Oh you found the heart throb print!! It is so gorgeous! Re: waist alteration - I can't see the detailing too much but I *think* your tailor can just remove the waist band, cut it to size, and reattach without touching the sides. He / she should be able to deepen a few pleats just a touch to accommodate the smaller waist. Disclaimer being that I'm a home-grown sew-er so I don't know all the ins and outs of good, technical sewing. :)

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    1. Ahhh, wish I had asked you about alterations for this skirt sooner! Thank you though, and I'll have to remember this for the future. Alas, the skirt's back at J.Crew now.

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  12. I love it all! These are some gorgeous prints. And the cut of that Ann Taylor top is just beautiful!!

    The Blue Hour

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  13. I adore both prints. The shorts look amazing on you:)

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