Sunday, April 24, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Is there a J.Crew print that you love? Did you buy as many pieces as you possibly could when you fell in love with a particular print? Do you stalk eBay for coveted J.Crew items in those prints? Well, if the answer to any of those questions is yes, you are not the only one. Several True ‘Crew Love contributors share their favorite prints in this post. We all hope you have fun reading about our favorite prints and please share yours in the comments.
“This may be cheating, okay it is, but I already believe that one of my favorite prints is one that hasn't even debuted yet. I first saw it in J. Crew's 2011 Spring Look Book and then found out it was called the "Cora" silk romper when I spotted it in People's StyleWatch a few weeks later. I recently found out the print is actually called Casbah. No, I won't be sporting a romper ever unless I'm very drunk (and I don't drink) or have amnesia and forget that my body is a no romper zone. However, I will be getting my paws on this print in a different item in May when the print will supposedly be available. I absolutely love the vibrant happy colors and the pattern. I love interesting color combinations and I'm not great at making interesting combinations on my own so this does the work for me. I also have a soft spot for anything that's paisley so this was a no brainer as one of my favorite prints.
Okay, so no one calls me a cheater, my other favorite print that was/is available already is the one that appears on the Bazaar tunic dress below (I have the skirt). Based on my comments above, you can see why I love this print. Again, not only is the pattern uniquely fabulous and the colors amazing, but it reminds me of warm weather and the incredibly fun day when I bought it with my mom.” -Lacey
“These are my all time favorite JCrew prints. The Fresco mainly because it incorporates my favorite color green. The navy Ikat because it's different, not the normal print you'd see JCrew do. The Marbella because the floral pattern is simply sweet and whimsical. And of course the Watercolor blouse because it's bright and can easily add a pop of color to a neutral outfit. ” -Summerilla
“STRIPES!!! Ok, let's be real. I am just not a print girl. But there are plenty of J Crew non-solids in my wardrobe. And they're all stripes. Stripes stripes stripes. Yep, me & the zebras. JC just does stripes right. My newest fave is the Mariner dress which I think I've worn weekly with black leggings. I can't wait until can go barelegged! I wore the striped tuxedo front shirt from this past winter to the mall this week. At least 3 compliments. The vintage bateau striped top from last spring was fab. But my stripe love is incomplete without mentioning the tissue stripe long sleeve tee. Is there a more perfect tee? Navy & white stripes. Perfect open neckline. Slim fit. Perfectly spaced stripes that really truly camouflage any lumps or bumps. Ok, so it's not really that much of a print...but it is my best JC print. The stripes never fail me. ” -HeidiG
“Favorite Summer print: Narrowing down my favorite JCrew print to one or two or even three prints was very difficult for me. There have just been so many great ones throughout the years. However, the one that popped into my head first was the Trastevere Paisley print because it was very nearly "The One That Got Away." I had been on a mini hiatus from JCrew (which included for my wallet's sake not looking at the catalog or online or visiting the store) so I had no idea this print even existed when I saw a woman wearing this dress outside of my work and I just KNEW that this was a JCrew print and of course my closet now had to have it. And of course, JCrew was all sold out. But I stalked ebay for about a year and this baby eventually found a home in my closet for a very reasonable price. That was a very happy day.
Favorite Year-Round print: Black, white and red was my favorite color combo growing up so the Abstract Rose print was a no brainer for me. I have the strapless dress pictured as well as the suiting dress famously worn by our First Lady. I love this print so much that when I read on Summerilla's blog a couple of seasons later that the factory store was selling this print in a silk Victoria cami and a Belle skirt, I immediately called and did a charge send. That was another very happy day.
Honorable Mention: I knew from the moment I saw the Fall 2009 preview that I was going to buy up any and all items involving the black and white Deco (or Rorschach) print. The print just works for me. I have the skirt pictured and the merino cardigan. And if I was Crewcuts age or had a daughter, you better believe I would have bought the Crewcuts Deco dress as well. It was to die for. Why can't they make Crewcuts styles for women?!” -Stephanie
“Clearly, I have a sickness for prints, especially J. Crew prints. Go through my items at Polyvore and you will see I must have had a hard time narrowing down my most favorite print. Well I didn't. I had to pick two. LOL. BTW, my ultimate way of deciding? I chose the prints that if they were issued today, I would still have to buy all the pieces!
1. The Fresco print was from Spring 2009, with some outlet pieces in Spring 2010. The pink/green/olive paisley print is just insanely lovely, and the pieces that J. Crew made with it were sublime. You can see them on me here in the tunic and the cardigan. Here are the pieces I most like: sweater, tunic, and top.
2. The Liberty Prints from J. Crew make me salivate EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. (Liberty of London has very special printed tana lawn cotton fabrics, and J. Crew often uses them.) I must own twenty separate Tana Lawn Shirts from J. Crew, and they will NEVER leave my closet. I literally wear these all the time, they are at home in my most SAHM outfits, but also look fab in a pencil skirt/jacket combo. The dandelion print from January 2008 was my VERY most favorite print from Liberty of London, though. Originally I only bought the print in the flats and flip-flops because I thought the button down was too expensive. I was wrong, and ended up turning ebay and the JCA exchange upside down trying to find the button down in my size. Eventually the awesome Ema sold me her sample (size 6, score!). The sample is the coolest, btw, because its shape is more traditional and not the same as what was in the catalog, in other words, I own the ONLY shirt that looks like this!!! :) Guess I am a devoted fan of this print. Here it is on me: Layered with a red vest and on its own. Here are my favorite pieces: flats and shirt.” -Dina
“I love prints and I think that was one of the reasons I fell in love with the brand years ago. My favorite color combination has always been navy blue and orange, so when the Byzantine print was released I knew I had to have it. I first got the tunic and then a few months later while browsing through the sales rack, I found the merino cardi, YAY! And yes, it came home with me. Another print that I am madly in love with is the Cherry Blossom print. Yes, it might sound a little cheesy but I got it because it reminded me of the Cherry Blossoms in DC, and as you all know, my blogger name says it all: I love DC.” -RosaLovesDC
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I have been in love with the Silk Blythe Blouse since it was released. I tried it on but didn't buy it. Then about a month ago when I decided it was time to buy it, well, I realized it was backordered online until sometime in June and my store didn’t have it anymore. Then on Monday as I walked into the store to make a return, there it was, the silk blouse of my dreams. Yay! I ran to grab it as fast as I could (I hope I didn’t hurt anyone on my path, if I did, Sorry!) and bought it immediately. I got a size 0 and I must say that the 00 would have been a bit small for me. The length is a little on the short side specially if you want to wear it tucked in. The Olive Moss color is gorgeous and it’s a perfect earthy tone for the season. So if you want to add a silk blouse to your closet this season, I strongly recommend the Blythe blouse. I want it in all colors!