Review: J. Crew Belted Dress in Textured Herringbone.

This is the second dress I tried on when I was looking for something to wear to a work event (my review of the dress I ended up picking is here). As of this posting, the textured herringbone dress is on promo for 25% off with the code SHOPSALE. I also like the look of the matching tipped collarless jacket, however this is not currently part of the promo.

This particular dress appealed to me for a couple reasons: first, most of my work dresses are a thicker wool blend and not particularly spring/summer friendly. Second, the overall palette and cut of the dress seem basic enough to wear multiple ways in multiple contexts (e.g., on its own for warm summer days; layered with a blouse underneath or on top for work; with a Tippi sweater on top for cooler weather). Lastly, I have a thing for herringbone, so naturally, I had to check this out.

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Review: J. Crew Paneled Geometric Dress.

I recently ordered a couple of dresses to try on for an upcoming work function. This is my review of Dress #1: the paneled geometric dress. As of this posting, it is on promo for 30% off with the code SPRINGSTYLE. I was actually debating between this dress and the paneled pencil skirt, which is also currently on sale. Both have a really interesting mixture of patterns and figure-flattering panel details. But I tend to wear dresses more often than skirts to work these days, so that’s what I ultimately went with.

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Three Easy Pieces: Casual Weekend.

Hi everyone! The weather in Philly this weekend has been beautiful so far. Yesterday I ended up strolling around Old City (highly recommend checking out Cafe Olé for the best shakshuka in town!), and then stopping by a few shops in Center City. Here are a few casual pieces that I came across in-store and ended up ordering online for proper sizing (for reference, my measurements are here):

1) Pointed-toe ballerina flats. I’ve been looking for a pair of casual black ballerinas to replace my very old and torn black Cece flats. I came across this pair at Zara and they’re a nice dupe of the Gemma flats from J. Crew (see my review of Gemma pointed-toe flats here), which are a nice dupe of these Repetto flats that I continue to admire from afar. The heels and soles on the Zara flats are made of a very thick rubber and feel pretty solid for everyday use. The upper portion of the shoe is made with embossed polyurethane and cotton, so the print sort of looks “reptilian” up close. In-store, I tried on a size 37, which is the equivalent of a US size 6.5 (my typical shoe size is a 6 or 6.5). This was a little too loose for me at the heel, so I placed an order online for a size 6.

2) Draped coat. Jumping on the waterfall coat trend here. I liked the lightweight feel of the fabric on this trench— it’s ideal for spring. The draped lapels and waist tie make it a nice casual garment to throw on for brunch and weekend activities. Compared to other fast-fashion options, I thought that the quality of this one was pretty good– it is lined, and there are functional side pockets. I only saw a size 12 in the store, so I ordered a size 2 online in the taupe color (a heads up: if you sign up for the H&M newsletter, you can get 20% off your purchase and free shipping!). FYI, All Saints has a lot of great waterfall/draped jacket and coat options. Their pieces are well-made but pricey, so it may be worth waiting for an end-of-season sale. I love the cut of this trench, but unfortunately the dusty pink color doesn’t go with anything in my closet and it’s very similar to an AS spring jacket I already own.

3) Striped tissue turtleneck. This is currently on sale for 50% off (final retail: $14.99), so I thought it was a good time to stock up. I have the same tissue turtleneck in black from a couple seasons ago and it gets plenty of use in the fall and winter (lots of solid colors are also currently on sale!). I picked up the “navy ivory” and “ivory redwood” colorways in XXS. If it is similar to the black version I own, the fabric will stretch out for a slightly looser fit over time (something to keep in mind before you buy, as this is a final sale item).

Ok, that’s it for now. Happy weekend!

-j.