J. Crew Elsie Suede Pump Review

November 9, 2014 in J. Crew Reviews

I’ve been raving about these J. Crew’s Elsie Suede Pumps in nearly every post for the past few months. Its about time for an actual review post! I’ll go over the typical topics, but feel free to ask if you have any additional questions! Note that this review is only for the suede version of the Elsie’s. They also come in a leather camo version, a leopard calf hair version, and a printed fabric version (and likely a solid leather version in the near future!).

J. Crew Elsie
Aesthetics: I love the look of these shoes! They have a sleek, classic design. They feature a modestly pointy toe and medium-high heel. They come in a variety of stunning colors. If you’re a more adventurous type, perhaps the bright red, bold violet or neon pink would be your pick! I’m a neutral lover, so the beiges and black were calling my name.

Sizing: The sizing on these is, well, interesting. The first pair I got was the kraft brown. I got them in a 6.5, my usual J. Crew size (I’m a tts 6). They were a little bit big, so I put a cushion in the toe box. I still have a little extra room in the heel, but not so much that my heel slips out when I walk. When the next batch of shoes came out I decided to compare the 6 and 6.5 (I bought the black and the blush stone). I’m not sure if this second batch ran a slight bit bigger or if its just my feet, but it seemed like the 6.5 was just too big, even with a foot cushion. The 6 fit absolutely perfectly. Snug, but not too snug (and I’m sure they’ll stretch out a bit). So, while most J. Crew heels are 1/2 size too small, I’d say these are running pretty true to size.

Comfort: There are very few pairs of pumps that are comfortable enough for all day wear, but these are one of them! They have a few things going for them. First, the toe box is on the wider side, which eliminates the typical pinching of the toes (and allows room for my foot as it swells slightly throughout the day). Next, they’re a super soft suede and are lined in leather. The suede eliminates any potential painful rubbing at the edges (note this is not true with the fabric versions) and stretches just enough to conform perfectly to the foot. The leather foot bed is slightly padded, which is comfortable enough for casual wear (but I add some extra cushion in the ball of foot area for even more support). Last, the heel is advertised as 3 7/8″ high (with no platform). I was a bit nervous about the height (I typically don’t go above 3 1/2″), but they don’t feel so high… not sure why. Maybe its the placement of the heel?

Quality: To be honest, J. Crew’s quality is totally hit or miss. Sometimes the suede doesn’t totally match, or there are marks on the suede, or the leather lining is bumpy… you get the idea. I’ve already returned a few pairs of these due to defects. But the pairs that I’ve kept are perfect. So, good pairs do exist, but just be aware that you may potentially have to exchange a defective pair. I’d advise avoiding final sale, if these ever make it there.

Overall: Its already quite clear that I love these shoes. I have them in three colors already and will likely buy more (I’ve seen a leather version in the J. Crew catalog that I’m super excited for)! The price on these is middle-of-the-road ($245). Its definitely not designer price, but definitely not cheap, either. I’m a little bummed that J. Crew keeps increasing the price of their pumps, and I’m especially bummed that these have been excluded from every single sale. Oh well, I can’t blame them, I guess. If the shoes are selling out at full price, why put them on sale?

J. Crew Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat Review (Petite)

January 7, 2014 in J. Crew Reviews

I went a little purchase crazy during J. Crew’s pre-holiday sales. I hate when all of their sale items turn into final sale after the holidays, so I buy everything I’m even remotely interested in before this happens. The stadium-cloth cocoon coat is an item I’ve been interested in trying for a while. I tried on last years version and it was too over-sized, so this year I grabbed the petite version.

J. Crew Petite Coat Review 2013

Sizing: I’m wearing a 0P, and I think this is my ideal size. The sizing is mostly based on shoulder width because the body of the jacket is so forgiving (I measured the bust at 18″). In the 0P I have full range of motion in my arms without feeling constricted at all. I think the 00P would have been too snug across the shoulders. So if you’re much smaller than I am, you’ll be sized out of this one.

Fit: The fit is tricky, especially for petites like myself. The cut is obviously boxy, but pretty slim overall. It hits at mid thigh, about 29″ in length. The length is long enough to keep you warm, but short enough so that the coat doesn’t swallow you whole. The sleeves in the petite version are on the shorter side, which actually looks cute with the style of the coat (I usually hate shorter sleeves). I measure mine at about 16″ from the underarm to cuff.

fit pics review

Fabric Content: This year’s stadium-cloth fabric is different than last year’s. Its still composed of 79% wool 21% nylon, but last year’s version was an extremely smooth, fuzz-free tight knit.  This years version is still a tight knit, but the finish of the fabric is fuzzier and softer. I actually prefer this year’s fabric, its so thick and warm! Not warm enough for -20F temps (+ windchill!), but definitely warm enough for the majority of winter weather.

Colors: J. Crew’s seasonal outerwear color pallets are hit or miss for me. This year is definitely a hit. I got the navy (on sale). My favorites from this year are the midnight green and gossamer peach! Stunning and saturated. I wonder when the rest of the colors will go to sale?

Quality vs. Price: J. Crew’s outerwear is typically of decent quality. Paying $350 is quite steep for this coat, as the style is pretty basic. But $200-$250 is reasonable. The fabric is nice and substantial. The zipper is hefty and appears un-damagable. The inside is lined with polyester, but has cute little trim details that give it something special. Overall, I think J. Crew did well with this coat this year.

More pictures to come!

J. Crew Military Parka Review

November 14, 2013 in J. Crew Reviews

In this post I will review J. Crew’s Military Parka, item 06823. It has a factory version called the Factory Hooded Parka, item 03492. And there’s also a cozy Woolrich John Rich & Bros. version too, called the Arctic Parka, item 17621.

J. Crew Military Parka Fit Pics

Sizing: I’m wearing an xxs regular in this coat. I’m wearing some thin layers under it fits comfortably. Not too tight and not too loose (well, maybe a little too loose). If you’re between sizes definitely size down. Ladies that are smaller than I am should consider the petite version. It also comes in tall. The length is good for me in the body in this regular version, but might be shorter than desired for those over 5’3″!

Fit: The fit isn’t the most feminine, but that’s intentional for this style. It is a slim cut overall with a cord that can be cinched at the waist to give the coat a little shape. Its not fitted, but also isn’t overwhelmingly puffy. A good balance for those that need a functional coat!

Warmth: This coat would provide adequate warmth in most climates, I think. Probably not below 20 F for me. Its made of a wind resistant thicker nylon. It has a huge insulated hood to really help keep the heat in. And it has a cozy quilted liner.

Colors: I got the green color, which I find really pretty. Its neutral enough to wear with any casual outfits. The navy would be pretty too, I’m sure.

Quality: I like the quality of the parka, but I think its overpriced for what you get. There aren’t any amazing features or materials for this parka. Its pretty basic. I like some of the details like the removable fur trim and double closure in front, but these don’t justify the price. I’m surprised it hasn’t made it to sale yet!