J. Crew Fall 2017

I fell a bit out of love with J. Crew after the exit of Jenna Lyons, but I still keep coming back to the well.

With their sales becoming as frequent as Banana Republic’s, it’s also almost impossible to pay full price for anything at J. Crew.

I bit at a recent 30% off sale and picked up this open front sweater blazer, which is a pretty perfect fall camel hue:

I *just* noticed that it also comes in a cool looking olive color, which sets off all kinds of justifying in my mind why I need two extremely similar sweaters.

I decided to pair the sweater with a striped turtleneck that was only $11.99 on sale, a price I could not resist. The vision was to wear the turtleneck, jeans and sweater blazer together for fall, maybe with leopard print sneakers.

The side slits on this sweater – also a turtleneck– intrigued me, and many of my black turtleneck sweaters are looking a bit sad, so I put this in my basket. A fresh (read: not faded or pilled) black turtleneck sweater is a wardrobe must, and it should be replenished the same way that a good white tee needs to be frequently updated. 

I *also just* noticed that this sweater, too, comes in a cool olive color. And now I am self-justifying the purchase of nearly-identical sweater #2.

The last thing that I bought for fall 2017 was this pair of earrings:

Statement earrings aren’t my thing the way that statement necklaces are, but I saw a segment on the Today Show recently where both the interviewer and the interviewee were wearing oversized crystal danglers like these, and I liked the look enough to try it for myself. I was happy that they were bold but not too heavy. It’s hard to tell from the picture but they also have a slight yellow-diamond type tint, which makes them look great with the camel sweater above.

While none of these pieces from J. Crew is a huge style risk, I think they’ll fall into the safe space of being new and versatile enough to feel like I updated my wardrobe more than I did.

What do you like at J. Crew this fall?







Follow Up to Spring Wardrobe Additions

Quick update on recent wardrobe additions:

These shoes got sent back to J. Crew.

The shoes were about half a size too big and the fabric seemed like it would stain easily.

Adios, berry print heels.

This necklace, however, was even better in person.

I wore it last week for a work photo along with a bright blue shirt, and I loved the color combo:

It’s definitely still available at J. Crew.


P.S. How fun are these earrings?




Spring/Summer Wardrobe Additions

Given that I’ve recently moved from academic medicine to private practice, I have new freedom to dress the way I want.

The dress code at my old job was all suits, all the time, and after 8+ years, I’d grown pretty sick of it.

Most people who worked there also dressed in really boring, predictable ways that were aggressively unfashionable.

Shedding my exoskeleton from that chapter feels wonderful, but to some degree I’m back to where I was when I graduated from high school.

I’d been stuck in navy-and-white uniforms for four years and when I left for college at a famously liberal campus, I owned exactly one pair of jeans. I didn’t know how I wanted to dress, because up to that point, I hadn’t been able to give it much thought.

Finding my style took some time, and there were painful missteps, like these off-white J. Crew shoes that I owned circa 1993:

These did not look good with almost anything, especially the forest green denim pants I would occasionally pair with them. Typing this makes me wince.

Lately, too, I’ve had a style crisis where I want to move in a more modern direction. A lot of my suits are already donated, but if given the chance, I’d get a completely fresh start with my wardrobe.

Getting the house prepped for selling also forced me to cull and organize my possessions in ways I hadn’t done for years, and seeing the embarrassing amount of clothes I own (many with tags still attached) brought the point home that if I am bringing in something new, it’d better be worth it.

With that in mind, here’s what made the cut for Spring/Summer 2017:

These Lucky Brand peep-toe booties are a cool taupe-y color (“Dark Driftwood”) that seemed like they would look good with skirts, dresses or pants, and they seemed like a way to force myself to keep up with regular pedicures. Another blog I follow described them as insanely comfortable, which was enough to tip me into buying. This was the first thing I bought for spring and had to wait over a month for the weather to cooperate enough to avoid snow on my toes.

These were impulse purchases from a boutique:

I can’t really justify them other than “impulse.”

After that, I was on a dry spell for a few weeks, and then got the shopping itch again.

With one of their many sales and a $25 reward card, I was able to get this coat from the Gap for less than $35:

The fit is a bit more oversized than I’d like, especially since I’ve been wearing it more like a blazer (i.e. all day) and less like outerwear. The pale pink color felt fresh for spring.

Speaking of pale pink, I added this tee during my biggest spend of the season, an order from J. Crew:

This was only $9.99, but it’s a final sale item.

The rest of my J. Crew order:

This was too cute to pass up. It’s even better in person. I love this shirt.

Also on sale, this bell sleeve sweater: 

With a pair of slim black pants, fun shoes and either a scarf or a necklace, this feels like what I want to wear this summer. 

I debated this move, but I ultimately added these berry print shoes to my cart when the price dropped to under $100:

What was much easier to justify was the berry print bandana (no longer available; I got the last one in store when I was on a scouting mission to see how the bell sleeve sweater was sized), which I got for less than $10 ($8.50, to be exact). And no, I do not plan to wear this with the shoes.

The final item on my J. Crew spree (and the last thing to make it into my closet): this necklace.

Argh, I know. I know. I know I said no more statement necklaces. And yet here we are.












J. Crew May Edit

Pieces I will not buy. Repeat: will not buy. 

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This bright tee is so up my alley!

So is this floral print scarf, which comes in two styles, square silk and a gauzy rectangle:

This floral pattern was everywhere, but I like the skirt for spring:

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A modern shirt, also with a bow tied element:

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Of course, a statement necklace:

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And this retro sundress isn’t exactly my style, but it’s breaking the internet on other blogs:

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What do you like from J. Crew this month?




J. Crew March Edit

I will not buy these things.

I will not buy these things.

I will not buy these things.

(I am hoping that saying it three times makes this intention true, but who are we kidding?)


Seriously, many of J. Crew’s latest offerings feel fresh and spring-like. Check these out:

This embellished bell sleeve blouse has buttons on the back, although since it’s part of J. Crew’s Collection line, the price is steep ($250).


I’m not sure if the blouse would look good with this Soleil crystal necklace, but I’m willing to take the risk:


I don’t wear a lot of heavy earrings, but this pair is making me reconsider:


And how about the colors of this cashmere Pop Stripe sweater?


If the price of the sweater ($278) is too high, this boatneck tee in a vintage stripe has a similar vibe for less ($39.50):


I’m not usually good at switching my bags from season to season, AND a bag this light should reasonably make me nervous given my propensity to spill things everywhere, but this Marine salt hobo feels right for the warmer months:


And finally, shoes, shoesshoes and more shoes: