Monday, February 6, 2012

The Problem With February (Fitting Room Review)

The problem with February is that there have been too many opportunities to cheat on my resolutions - and this is only in the first week.  So, as you know, I made *ahem* some purchases at Target when the Jason Wu line was released. Unfortunately, the large majority of those purchases were made online, and when I placed them at midnight, I was unaware that the line was sized bigger than most of Target's collaboration lines have been. Generally speaking, I usually wear a comfortable size Small in their collaboration and/or junior sized lines (in Merona and the misses sized lines, I'm an XS). I assumed Jason Wu would go the way of earlier collaborations, and that I'd be safe getting size Smalls, but it turns out I was wrong, and that this particular collection was cut "True to Size," (as compared to Anthropologie sizes). Given that, I'm not sure how many of these items are actually going to fit me, once they arrive, so we'll have to see. I may be able to successfully shrink them in the wash...but I may also just end up taking them back. Fingers crossed. I did pick up a couple items in-store that morning, though, so I'm hoping to wear them later this week. I was sick today (Monday, as of writing) and was in my pjs and in bed for most of the day. 

That being said, the other thing that's happened to help sabotage my best intentions this month was the release of J. Crew rewards cards. With my reward card in hand, I went to the store last week, "just to look." Which was truly my intention. Until I came across some in-store sale items that I'd had my eye on online - and which are still full-price online. It's really mean, I tell you. Anyway, here's what I wore that day (my official and legitimate February purchase):

Sweater: Breezy Polkas Cardigan, Anthropologie (old; similar here and here)
Dress: Four Corner Shirtdress, Anthropologie
Belt: Mossimo Studded Leather Belt, Target (old; similar here and here)
Socks: Nordstrom Knee-High Socks
Background scenery: Rowan, being too cool for school

And here are the things I tried on...

I tried on the Merino Tatting Sweater in an XS and the Gimlet Skirt in Coaster Stripe in the size 0. Both fit me really well. The skirt was pretty straightforward - the fabric was a bit on the stiffer side, so it held its A-line shape without the help of underskirts. The waist sits high, which made me feel even shorter-waisted than usual, and that, aside from the fact that it didn't have any pockets, were its two major drawbacks. The skirt hit at the top of my knee, closes with a back zipper, and is machine washable. I already have a striped skirt in a similar cut (my Kate Spade Lillith skirt, worn here), so this one was a pass for me.

The Merino Tatting Sweater is something I've been eyeing online for a while now, and it didn't disappoint in person. I really love the pretty lace inset and the comfortable fit. It's a bit long on me, but I don't mind, as I'll either tuck it (see photos above), layer it (see photo below, right), or let it scrunch casually around the top of my hips. It's a lighter layer for sure, so don't count on it for a lot of warmth. It has three-quarter length sleeves, pull-on styling, and is dry-clean only.

My wardrobe leans strongly towards the feminine and girly, so sometimes, I like to balance all the sweetness with a tougher outer layer. The Downtown Field Jacket fits this bill perfectly, and I'm considering it as my new spring jacket (for later - this try-on was strictly for research purposes). I'm wearing it in the XS, and found that it fit pretty well, overall. The length was okay and the shoulders fit well - the sleeves were a touch long, but I think I'd probably wear them rolled anyway. I do wish the jacket was just a bit less boxy than it is, but it's nothing I can't live with. The jacket, which is made from coated cotton canvas, is unlined. Overall, I liked it, but didn't feel love. Wishlisted for further consideration.

Detail: the back of the jacket has buttoned tabs that can be adjusted for fit. 

And a shot of my munchkins, who really enjoyed the J. Crew fitting room (which may account for all the shushing I did, while we were in there - apologies to the other customers!):

Kate's wearing:
Top: H&M long-sleeved tee (similar here and here)
Pants: Circo pants (similar here)

Hope you're all having a great Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. The shirt dress is gorgeous! I really like the colour on you. And the Merino Tatting sweater looks very cute too. It reminds me of a shirt that I have... I may have to pull it out and wear it tomorrow. xD

  2. How adorable are the kiddos! I did the Target thing too and surprised I came away with as much as I did. Love that Gimlet skirt on you!

  3. LOVE IT! That jacket is so cute on you! And I love Rowan photobombing all the pictures. He's such a handsome lil guy! :-)

  4. I love that Tatting Sweater on you! It's so cute! You've totally sold me on it. =)

    1. Me too! I haven't been to JCrew in years and bought it 2 colors! Thanks for the review :-)

  5. love that sweater! totally sold, too. i love the tough boots with the girly outfit. and the kids are the perfect accessory!

  6. Thanks for the reviews. I love both the j. crew pieces and your outfit is so cool! I also love the cute kiddos!

  7. The Downtown Field Jacket reminds me of a Volcom jacket I picked up a while back. Yours looks almost the same, except mine has a shirt tail hem and a drawstring at the waist. The drawstring makes such a huge difference in fit! Like you, I like a tough outer layer, but nipping it in at the waist keeps things proportionate and feminine. :)
    Your kids are too cute -- Rowan looks like a rascal. :)

  8. I hope your feeling better!! I had to comment to on how adorable your kids are!! Also I can't wait to hear about your Jason Wu purchases. I missed the whole Jason Wu fever!!

  9. I really like that merino tatting sweater too - I returned my lady lace one because it was defective (sleeve issues) and haven't gotten around to looking for a sale popback (can't be bothered to check the sale page :). Maybe I'll get this instead, it looks really pretty on you. Re Jason Wu, I read it runs big too... I ordered 2 dresses online as an afterthought on Monday afternoon (I guess they restocked), but I'm not sure if I'll keep them - can't imagine paying to tailor a Target dress..? Even though I wear dresses lots prob rather spend my dollars on Madewell or something. I did really like the look of the blush striped shift though....(ordered that and the navy and red jersey stripe). Your kids are so cute as always. I always visit to see them. Liked your recent girls night out post :)


  10. eeee! I'm so glad you got this dress- it's just wonderful. The boots are rather spectacular too...

    Thanks for the review on the tatting sweater- I have my eye on it in grey, but for sure I need to wait for some sale action. It seems to run pretty small for J Crew actually!