Sunday, December 9, 2012

J.Crew Factory reviews: 2 shirts, 2 sweaters, and a J.Crew coat review

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Since we're lazing around, I finally have time to do some reviews of Factory items I have picked up over the last month.  To me, J.Crew Factory is very hit or miss.  But the four items I purchased recently have all been winners, and I bought them all for great prices.  Here we go:

Factory intarsia Charley sweater in dot, navy, here
Turquoise polka dots on navy?  Love.  At first I was a little disappointed in the blend of this fabric.  I didn't pay attention when I ordered it and figured it would be a 100% merino sweater.  Nope. The tag says 36% nylon, 35% viscose, 28% merino wool, and that pesky little 1% alpaca.  I'm still concerned about pilling., but it doesn't feel too bad on. I am wearing a size small, and the fit is great.  Not too short or tight.  Go with your regular Tippi size.  I paid $50.40 for this, with free shipping.  Kind of high for a Factory item...I guess I was blinded by polka dots.  I think this will look great with my retro jade skirt and wool capris. 

Factory classic crewneck cardigan in bright azalea, here
I needed a pink Jackie cardigan to throw over all of my Lilly Pulitzer dresses I have packed for our Christmas Florida trip, so I decided to try out the Factory version during a recent promo.  I paid $23.70 with free shipping.  It's on sale right now for a great price too, only $24.50 so if you need any colors now's a good time to stock up.  I was very happy with this's nearly identical to the retail version, in fact I may like it better because it seems a bit longer to me than the retail Jackie.  It is a thin material, but not see-through.  I always size up to a medium in Jackie sweaters to accomodate my chest, and I did so here as well.  You can see the fit is spot on, so go with your normal Jackie size.  Love the color and fit, and it was well worth a mere $23.70!

Factory two-pocket chambray shirt in blue chambray, here
It kind of drives me bonkers how Factory prices are always changing.  This shirt is currently $59.50, but when I bought it I only paid $32.00 with free shipping.  So if you like it, hold will go down again.  Since I have firmly jumped on the chambray bandwagon, I decided I needed another option other than that Banana Republic linen blend shirt I have.  I love this Factory version.  The color is a nice grayish blue, and the material is 100% cotton.  I am wearing a size small and it fits fine, sleeves and all.  So go with your normal button down size.  I really love this and am quite happy with the price I paid. 

Factory ruffle-trim button down shirt in pink, here
This may be too corporate-y for some ladies, but this is a great basic shirt to have if you work in an office environment.  I paid around $20.00 for it, with free shipping.  This is a size small, and I'm surprised by how long the sleeves are!  They may be too long for petite girls.  The material is very nice, not too thin, and I love the ruffle detail at the collar and cuffs.  This shirt has been languishing on the Factory website forever.  My only disappointment when  it arrived? The material is a very thin pink pinstripe, rather than the solid pink I thought it was.  Here is a close up of the ruffle and the color:

I would have preferred solid pink, but for $20.00 it's fine.  The ruffles will look cute peeking out of blazers.  A great deal for a great work wardrobe basic.

Those are my Factory reviews.  I now have one other review for you from J.Crew retail.  I hadn't purchased a new winter coat in two years, and I figured I was due for one.  I have mentioned before that I have commitment issues when buying winter coats!  I am always afraid I will make a wrong choice and hate my selection within a couple of months.  During a recent promo, here is the coat I picked out:

Double-cloth metro coat with Thinsulate, here
I bought this for $164.99, down from $325.00.  I think that is a fair price for a nice winter coat.  At first I was a little put off by how the material felt.  I imagined a thick, soft wool, and that is not what this coat is at all.  It is 75% wool and 24% nylon, and it has almost a rough feel.  I was kind of disappointed by that.  The vintage berry color is pretty, and the shape nice.  I am wearing a 6 Tall, and I was thrilled that it comes to my knees.  Not many coats do!  The sleeves are nice and long, and it is fitted without being too tight to fit a sweater underneath.  I'm not 100% sure I am keeping the coat, mainly because of how the material feels.  I guess I just didn't realize how the double cloth material felt. But I am leaning towards keeping it, because of the striking color and nice fit.  What do you think?

I hope my reviews were helpful to you today!  What do you think of these items? 


  1. Cute tops! Loving the ruffly detail on your blouse. Too bad the first one doesn't have a higher merino content - I hate it when J, Crew does that!


  2. The polka dot Charley is my favorite! And that coat looks great on you too!

  3. Wow, great job! I am loving Factory this season. Love that coat, too!

  4. Thanks for reviewing this coat. Funny enough, I was looking at it online today...