The UPS driver delivered a bunch of clothes from J Crew and Banana Republic yesterday. I didn’t have a lot of time to try them on and play with styling as I needed to get my son to soccer practice, but I thought I’d post my initial reviews. Please pardon my hair (it is getting cut and colored on Monday - not a minute too so) and the poor lighting.

Photo #1 and #2

Banana Republic sailor jean: I ordered these in both a P0
and P2 (P2 is my usual size) since I read that these ran large. The P2 were too big, but the P0 fit well. These are very long though! In the first photo I’m in my bare feet. In the 2nd photo I’m wearing boots with about a 2-1/2 inch heel. If I keep these jeans they will need to be shortened.

J Crew bird life art T-shirt. I read this ran very small. I usually wear a size XS or S in J Crew tees, and sized up to a medium. I have a bit of extra room in the tee, but it’s 100% cotton so I’m assuming it will shrink a bit.

Photo #3

J crew Martie Pant in bi-stretch wool: These ran very small. I am normally a P2 in J Crew pants and have to have the waist taken it by the tailor. These are a P2 and there was no extra room whatsoever in the waist of these.

J Crew ruffle-front chiffon top in paisley: I got this in my usual top size, P4. The top fit fine, but I’ve never figured out how to do the faux or half-tuck. I’m very straight in the middle and have no defined waist, and I always feel tucking things in accentuates my middle.

Photo #4

J Crew matte crepe trouser in navy. Angie said to size down, so I got these in a P0. I was very surprised that I liked these. The elasticized back waist had me worried they’d look like Grandma Pants.

Photo #5

J Crew matte crepe trouser in navy. P2. These definitely run large. I like the P0 in thes trousers better.

Photo #6

J Crew blue heron art T-shirt. Again, I sized up in this to a medium. This shirt ran larger than the bird life one and is a different weight --- more of a tissue tee. The bird life one is a medium weight tee. I’m not sure if I should try this in a size small or if the medium will shrink. I’m thinking this shirt works better on someone with a longer torso.

Photo #7 and #8

J Crew Colorblock crewneck sweater with side snaps. Size Small. I really liked this sweater on Viva, but it doesn’t do much for me.

Edited to add:

Photo #9 - Full tuck of paisley blouse with size 0 matte crepe trousers

Photo #10 - Full tuck of paisley blouse with size 2 matter crepe trousers

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