Saturday, August 25, 2012

j crew reviews: collection jeweled collar sweater and shoes

i was fortunate to be able to squeeze some time to go to j crew while i was in the US. this was great because i was able to figure out my sizing on a number of things, and tried on a few things i was curious about. one of them is the j crew collection jeweled collar sweater (here) that is so popular and coveted (sold out online. it is item 94058 if you want to track it down). other bloggers like M, ajc, Tweed and Toile have also reviewed it so check them out too. i am throwing in the petite perspective in addition to their comments.


the size i have on is an XS and it was too big. there was an excess of material in the body and it "rolled" as i moved around.


as a result of the sizing issue too, the collar moved around a lot and did not keep its shape unless i played with it. i can usually wear all sorts of wool sweaters without needing any layering underneath, but found this sweater to be incredibly itchy at the arms and collar-bone. overall though, it is a beautiful sweater and i can see the appeal. however, for this petite, it did not work.

i love these collection etta calf hair pumps in hazelnut leopard, here. they ran true to US size for me.


the price point (350$ in-store in the US and 400$ on the canadian site - really j crew?) made me balk and leave them behind, but i will wait for them to go on sale. they were really comfortable and leopard? well, you had me at leopard.

the next pair i was super curious about was the mona tassel pumps, here (268$ in the US and a lovely 310$ for canadians - another moment of *crickets* pause for the canuck j crew fans). i was surprised they fit me, as i tried a pair of yellow mona's last season in my US size and they were prohibitively tight and the 8 were very loose.


these were actually fine in my US size - sorry for the weird angle. i was trying to do this quickly but now it looks like i have stumpy ankles! i am a sucker for cap toes as you know, and this was really cute and preppy. they were more of a dark beige/camel though. not brown like the stock picture.

hope you are all having a great weekend! xox P


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20 comments :

  1. LOVE the herringbone sweater!

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  2. I had no idea J Crew (and other stores?) jacked up their prices for Canadians! That is super annoying, I'm sure. I'm glad you got to go in-store, though, and hopefully take advantage of the US "discount."

    petiteonapenny

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    1. hey lauren! yea, the day they changed things made prices no bueno.

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  3. thanks for the reviews! i know, the price of those leopard pumps... my goodness

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    1. you're quite welcome! the price of the pumps really was a deal breaker. now must stalk for sales! :) xox P

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  4. Too bad about that collar sweater. It's one of the items on my Fall wish list. Thanks for the review. You saved me a trip to J.Crew =)

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    1. no problem sydney! i was disappointed because it was definitely on my "to buy" list. xox P

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  5. So glad I found out about your blog! I LOVE it and live your style. We have a lot of similar pieces (I die for your red Kelly) so you have given me some great styling ideas!

    You have made me buy the black leather Zara clutch with red in the folds and the studded sleeve navy Zara coat though! ;)

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    1. thank you sandy!! i'm so grateful you like my blog, and have visited! i hope you pop by regularly!

      oh yes! the zara coat is a total statement piece. i am so happy you got it!! xox P

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  6. The jewelled collar sweater is absolutely amazing...I checked it out already in net-a-porter and loved it. Too bad the size didn't fit you.
    I would love to see how would you use it in your wardrobe!
    Hugs! Jana

    www.chicsicily.blogspot.it

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    1. thanks jana!! i hope you get it and i can live vicariously through you!!! xox P

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  7. Boo to the collar sweater fit issues. The collar is so PRETTY and I love how they paired it with the herringbone pattern. Oh well, at least I don't have to pine for it anymore.

    And holy cow on the price difference between J. Crew US and Canada!

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    1. lol. the price is shocking isn't it! and on some things we also get taxed and duties. sighs.

      i wanted the sweater so badly when i saw pictures in the lookbook! another non-piner here! xox P

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  8. I am so thankful for this review because I LOVED that sweater, that is, before I read your review. I'm pretty sensitive to certain wool and it sounds like this would drive my skin crazy. Also, it's good to know that it's a boxier fit instead of a slim cut like on the model. Definitely removed from my want list.

    xo Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

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    1. happy to help, jenny! i really wanted it and even did the "can i make it work" discussion in the change room but common sense prevailed after i caught myself scratching at the collar as i was debating with my inside voice. i usually have a high tolerance for wool, so it was quite disappointing it was so itchy. it's the alpaca content. xox P

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  9. Wow, that's a big difference with the American and Canadian prices! Gee!

    I love that collared top but after your honest review, not getting it! =)
     
    oxo,
     
    ML
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    1. hi ML!! thanks for swinging by here, girl! the prices are so baffling aren't they!! xox P

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  10. JCrew's US prices and Canadian prices are so different due to duties and taxes. The price online on the canadian site includes duties and taxes. If UPS attempts to charge duties or taxes when delivering if you call JCrew they tell you not to pay it. But thanks for the review on the Etta I am about to place my order now!

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