Review: J. Crew Elsie Suede d’Orsay Pumps

April 29, 2015 in J. Crew Reviews

In case this hasn’t been obvious, I love shoes. And J. Crew has some of my absolute favorite pumps. I’m obsessed with their suede Elsie pumps. I have them in a few neutral colors, but am having a hard time staying away from their other beautiful colors, especially the cabernet and the newly on super sale rose blossom. I convinced myself to put the regular Elsie pumps on hold for now, though, and try out their d-Orsay version instead. They just arrived! Here are my thoughts…

comfortable d'orsay pumps

Sizing: On J. Crew’s website they recommend “ordering a half size smaller than your usual size.” I am a TTS 6, but sometimes size up to a 6.5 so I can add some extra padding into the foot bed (I sized up to a 6.5 in my other Elsie pumps for this reason). But for these I decided to stick with the size 6. They fit perfectly, just a tad big, which will be enough for a smaller foot cushion, probably a foot petals one.

Fit/ Comfort: These are quite comfortable, but not perfect. First, the good. They are super easy to walk in. The heel height is perfect (3 7/8″) and the heel doesn’t slip what-so-ever. My toes aren’t squished and have lots of breathing room. The only problem I have with these is that they’re on the narrow side at the vamp. This isn’t a problem right away, but after a day of swelling feet, they get uncomfortably snug. I may end up doing the “sock and heat” trick to stretch them out more quickly (the suede stretches quite nicely).

Style: This is obviously just personal preference, but I love d’Orsay style pumps, especially combined with a pointed toe. I coveted Vince’s d’Orsay pumps for ages, but could never justify the price. But J. Crew’s version is even more flattering, so I’m glad I held off! Their version has a pointy-but-not-too-pointy-toe, and the heel is high enough to be perfectly leg-elongating (but still totally wearable, like I said). They’re flirty and fun and can easily be dressed up or down, or even to work with an otherwise conservative outfit.

Quality: J. Crew shoe quality can be hit or miss. I’ve noticed that their pumps are higher quality than their flats for some reason. These are still made in Italy and have beautiful, saturated colors and soft leather. As always, I’d inspect any shoe for defects. My pair doesn’t have any significant defects to note.

Overall: I have to say these are keepers for me! If you’re a shoe lover too, these are definitely worth checking out. They’re $255, so not cheap, but definitely reasonable for an Italian made pump (of similar quality to Prada, Jimmy Choo, Manolo, CL, etc). One word of caution though, if you have a wider foot, I’d either size up or skip this pair and go back to the regular Elsie pump to eliminate the potential of painful pinching at the vamp.

Review: J. Crew Harper Cutout Flats

January 31, 2015 in J. Crew Reviews

I have a slight obsession with d’orsay style flats, so once I saw these J. Crew flats with their stunning cutouts and gorgeous colors, I knew I had to try them. Here are my thoughts:

J. Crew Harper Cutout Flats Review
Sizing: J. Crew sizing has been a little funny recently. Their shoes used to run a bit small and I would have to size up from a 6 to a 6.5. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I originally ordered these flats in a 6.5 and they were much too big and I had a nice gap in the heel. I returned them for a 6. The 6 fits comfortably, not at all too tight. If you’re between sizes, I’d recommend sizing down on these.

Comfort: I was a bit worried that these flats would have a lot of rubbing considering the d’orsay shape and all of the cutouts. Surprisingly, this isn’t the case. They didn’t require a break-in period and I can wear them quite comfortably for a long time (although they don’t have much support- I might consider adding some). However, note that I have a regular width foot. I’m not sure if these would be quite so comfortable for a wider-width foot.

Colors: I bought these in all of the colors they came out in. I adored the navy! Unfortunately, that color is now sold out (they are occasionally available as popbacks). They are still available in this misty orchid color (the color in the above pic), however those are going fast, too. They also come in a black and white crackle, but those seem to be going fast, too.

Price & Quality: As with most J. Crew shoes, you have to give the shoes a good once-over to make sure they have no defects after you get them. But if they pass your quality control test, I’d say these are pretty decent quality. The leather was beautiful and soft, the color was evenly saturated, and the stitching was perfect. I got them for 20% off, so ~$130, which is not cheap, but is pretty reasonable.

Overall: I really have to say, I adore these flats. They’ll be perfect for spring and summer! Apparently, I’m not the only one that loves these, as they’re selling out quickly at full price. I’m not sure if they’ll be restocked or not (J. Crew seems to have just added a ton of regular d’orsay flats- suede, sequin, fabric, metallic…). If your size is sold out, a good alternative would be Madewell’s d’orsay flats, which come in suede and snake spot. They seem to be getting rave reviews as well (I’m leaning towards grabbing the gray… not that I need them)!

J. Crew Chateau Wool Parka Review

December 4, 2014 in J. Crew Reviews

I usually pick out at least one J. Crew coat to try on every year. This year I was immediately drawn to the Chateau Wool Parka. Its something different. Its not constrictive and figure hugging, but its still elegant in a more casual way… especially in this lighter “dusty ginger” color!

J. Crew Chateau Parka Review
Sizing/ Fit: Nearly all of the reviews say to size down in this one, and I think I agree. My typically J. Crew shirt size is a 0, so I grabbed this coat in a 00 (regular, not petite). The coat fits exactly as I had hoped. Its not tight in any area, including the arms, so I have plenty of room for layering underneath. I prefer the regular version over the petite one. The regular gives me a bit more length in the body, which I appreciate. And the arms actually aren’t too long. But I typically prefer regular size shirts and blazers over the petite versions (I have broader shoulders and longer arms). If you typically wear petite sizes in those other styles, it may be worth giving the petite version a go.

Warmth: J. Crew calls this fabric “stadium-cloth wool.” Its their warmest wool type. This coat would be more than sufficient for most climates. I can wear it comfortably down to the 20’s, which is about my limit for any wool coat. The hood is nice and big and fits perfectly over any hat for a little extra coziness. And the front pockets are great for when you forget gloves.

J. Crew Chateau Parka Pics

Style/ Function: If you are going to buy this coat, make sure you realize that its A-line, as it says in the description. Its not going to flatter the figure in a curvy sort of way! If that doesn’t bother you, then I can only say good things about the rest of the details of this coat. It has an inner double zipper and outer snaps, making sure no cold air gets in. It has four nice and big front pockets either for storage or hand warmth! And it has one smaller hidden interior pocket :) The fur hood, like I said before, is nice and large. If fur isn’t your thing, don’t worry, its removable!

J. Crew Chateau Parka Pocket

Quality: J. Crew quality is so hit or miss now-a-days. Thankfully, this coat is a hit. The fabric is great. It most closely resembles by Burberry Brit wool coat in weight and texture. The hardware is very sturdy, especially the large zipper. There aren’t any hanging threads or stitches coming out. Nothing to complain about, really.

J. Crew Chateau Parka Zipper

Overall: I was surprised to love this coat as much as I do. When I wear it I feel wintery elegant… and warm! Its just plain expensive at $365. I got it on sale for about $270, which is still expensive, but at least that’s kind of reasonable. Of course, I’ll keep my eyes out for a better sale, but I doubt it’ll happen with this one.

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