(I know I don't really ever do reviews, but consider this more of a heads up PSA).
Oh J.Crew, I love your current fall lineup of lovelies, but why do your online photos sometimes fall so far from the reality tree? You know how we fashion-loving gals look for "the perfect shade" of something and how going a bit darker or lighter could make or break our little wishful hearts. And you also know how some of gals either don't live near a store or wear special sizes so they need to order their pieces online and can't go eyeball them in real life. Or need to wear special sizes and are also too darn lazy to trek to the mall because they literally can't ever find the pieces they are looking for when they get in-store. Seriously. Every time.
I've had a recent succession of personal Crew color fails for me (Jardin skirt in dusty clay - too dark, Hacking jacket in midnight ocean - too pale) so I was keeping my fingers crossed about the new Teddie dress. I originally was dying over the decadent red but finally decided on saddle because I thought it would be a gorge neutral to easily be able to dress up and play off some of my more colorful pieces.
So you notice what a pretty pale camel/tan color this dress looks like online:
And then reality and blah-dom hits:
Other than the color, what do I think? Thanks to some good advice from other JCAs, I ordered a regular size instead of petite and on my 5' 2" frame, this a work-appropriate length (so I think you regular-height gals may be borderline on the length area). I also wished I had BF handy when I was trying on the dress, considering I had a heck of a time getting that back zipper all the way up - what the heck would I do if I were on a biz trip and needed to get dressed in a hurry? Also, I'm not particularly well-endowed up top but this dress "just" fit me in the chest area - so some of you gals may need to size up to accomodate "the girls," as the material doesn't really stretch. Lastly, the sleeves seem strange on me - not sure if they're too long on me or what, but they just don't look right.
Believe me, I really really wanted this to be the perfect dress-as-suit piece that would be so easy yet polished. Unfortunately the Teddie just didn't work for me. Third fall fail, Crew. I'm not even going to try it in the decadent red color now. (But if you do want to see it in the red and as a successeful buy, check the Teddie dress get rocked on Dina).
But on to better things - what have you gals purchased from J. Crew's fall collection that are drool-worthy?