Things seem to be on an upswing at J.Crew. I haven’t seen any neon stripes, wacky t-shirt graphics, or chunky jewelry in a while, and their pants and jeans seem to have received a major tailoring overhaul. This is good news since my Minnies from like 2009 have seen better days and seem to shrink a little with every machine wash and dry. Now there are finally several machine washable pant options in very promising cuts.
I recently tried the New easy pant. I loved the concept of tailored work slack in the front and elastic waist in the back. An elastic waist is so much more comfortable! The Easy pant has side pockets in the front and is machine washable. I was very excited that these might be the new Minnies for me, after their other versions since that one like the Martie weren’t quite what I was looking for.
The Easy pant was not as cropped as expected and fit more like an ankle length pant than cropped 7/8 pant. It bagged ever so slightly in the rear such that from the front the lines were not as smooth as they could be, but acceptable, given the other desirable qualities. Some reviewers did not like the higher rise, but to me the rise is on-trend, leg lengthening, and stylish. I thought the pant was a little too slim through the thigh and knee, and wish that either it was cut a little less slim or that the fabric had some stretch, especially when sitting. It does not. I found I could size both down and up, due to the elastic waistband, however, sizing up resulted in a longer inseam which would have required tailoring. Overall this pant runs smaller than pants and skirts from past seasons. It seems that J.Crew may have adjusted their size chart yet again, which may actually benefit petites. The final deal-breaking quality for this style was the bulging effect around the middle when sitting down. For some reason, on me the pant poofs out around the stomach area when sitting down in an unflattering way. Am I the only one that has encountered this issue? That, along with the other slight misses noted above resulted in this being a return.
While making that return I encountered the Cameron pant. I have yet to receive my usual size but I am really excited about these based on what I’ve seen so far. They seem to be very flattering, have stretch, and are also machine washable. One of the ongoing issues with J.Crew pants that I anticipate for the Cameron is VPL. I often find myself wondering if pant pockets could be double thickness or if that area could be lined somehow to eliminate this issue. No one that makes pants commercially in America seems to have figured out how to do this yet. WHY.
I like the Cameron pant, at least in theory, as a not-too-skinny option, which still has a place in my wardrobe, but also really want to see the kinks worked out of the Easy pant and that silhouette reworked to either be more 60s cigarette pant or wide leg 70s inspired pant. With an elastic waist. And machine washable. A solid wide leg pant style is noticeably missing from their machine washable pant line-up.
There are a couple sweaters that I really like right now. I really like the heather sandstone color that the Long open cardigan sweater comes in. It’s a great neutral color that looks like it could work for both cool and warm tones, that could be dressed up or down. No petite sizing on that though, and smaller sizes are currently sold out.
I also like the Turtleneck tunic sweatshirt pictured above in the heather camel color for warm tones and deep blush for cool tones. This cotton sweatshirt looks really lightweight for a fall-winter offering (anyone try it? how is it?), but one could really live in this for all casual activity all the way into spring and summer 2018 and beyond, in my opinion. These two items were the only things I could find in neutral taupe-y colors. Would love to see more gray, taupe, heather camel, mushroom, blush, sandstone, etc.
I also recently tried the Garment-dyed ball cap. The website says this is made in the usa. By whom, I do not know, perhaps Ebbets Field Flannels because it is very similar to their J.Crew hat offerings. Both the Garment-dyed ball cap and Ebbets Field hats are very nice. I was concerned that the adjustable leather strap in the back would be cumbersome or ineffective, but I have had no issues. I would recommend either to anyone.
If you have small feet or children, do not miss the faux-fur kitty slippers. They are the best cat slippers I’ve seen yet, and at a very enticing price point.