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):
Dress: Four Corner Shirtdress, Anthropologie
Shoes: Tod's Leather Lace-Up Boots
Necklace: Miss November Studio Umbrella Necklace
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!):
Dress: Zara Bird Dress
Pants: Circo pants (similar here)
Hope you're all having a great Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!