November 2012 | what jess wore

November 28, 2012

J.Crew Bow Across Silk Top

J.Crew bow-across top

J.Crew Bow-neck top in bow print
On the hanger in store

Update 12.3.12: Just checked the website and it's now available online!

I was going to do a review on this J.Crew Bow Across silk top (33648) but some quick googling put me over in Gigi's blog where I found that she's already done a thorough review. I hope she doesn't mind me linking to her for those that are interested in more details. :)

I purchased it when J.Crew was offering the 30% off for cardmembers event on Black Friday. The fit is a little boxy but I thought it was cute and took it home to think about it since I was shopping with my family (still a bit of a splurge at $77 down from $110 retail). The bow in front and the cute bow print sold it for me while I was in store despite the obvious wrinkles which will go away after steaming/dry cleaning.

This top appears to be a new arrival but it's currently available in stores only (I couldn't find it online or in the most recent style guide/catalog). I also saw it in what I remembered as a jewel toned purple solid color.

Unfortunately, I managed to misplace my receipt sometime between unpacking when I came back from vacation so I have no choice but to keep it even if there's a better sale. lol

Wearing size 00
Note: I am not wearing a cami underneath (I didn't find the top to be too sheer).

November 11, 2012

My picks from the Banana Republic Friends & Family Event

I purchased a few items for myself (and two shirts for my fiance) at the recent Friends & Family event at Banana Republic (50% off 5 things). One of the perks of being a Luxe cardholder is that you get more opportunities to spend your money at Banana Republic. I say this lovingly though because I really like how Banana Republic fits on me and my significant other. :)

Annie found some really good picks too. She scored this pretty sheath dress that's I've been lusting over online. Unfortunately it was not at the store I stopped by for me to try on and I can't decide if I should order it online for 35% off.

Banana Republic Lace-front sweater, Bella silk square scarf, Abby flats
The whole outfit together:
Lace-front sweater
Bella silk square scarf
Abby flats
Banana Republic Lace-front sweater, sz PS (product no. 195927)
Lace-front sweater, size Petite S (product no. 195927)
I usually wear PXS but it was tiny so I went up a size.
Banana Republic Bella Silk Square Scarf in Tan (product no. 232951)
Bella Silk Square Scarf in tan (product no. 232951)
See it here on me in navy
Banana Republic Abby flat, sz 7 (product no. 230422)
Abby flats, size 7 (product no. 230422)
Possibly the comfiest flats. They feel like slippers.
See it here on me in black and flame red.
I ended up returning the red pair because I prefer neutrals.


November 09, 2012

Favorite Winter Coat & Some Recent Alterations

Soia & Kyo Bergi coat after alterations (dressy)
Soia & Kyo Bergi coat in sz XS (with alterations by All Fit Tailoring)
Dressed up with my Louboutin Simple 100 pumps as seen in my 11/7 OOTD
Soia & Kyo Bergi coat after alterations (casual)
Worn casually with Hunter 0rain boots as seen in my 11/08 OOTD

Yesterday marked the first snow day in Boston and luckily I was prepared. I had the foresight to bring in my Soia & Kyo Bergi coat for some alterations by my tailor and it was ready for pickup last weekend. This coat was one of my Christmas presents from my fiance last year but pre-alterations I only found a chance to wear it once to a company dinner party. (After the New Year you can expect markdowns on the coats and we ended up getting a price adjustment.)

In my opinion, Soia & Kyo is very petite friendly and figure flattering in their smaller sizes (they carry size XXS but I went up a size to XS so I could layer with comfort). They usually have a few items that catch my eye (although I wouldn't mind having a Mackage coat too). The Bergi coat originally had a more pronounced tulip hem that you may or may not be able to discern from the stock photos and the sleeves were on the longer side. To make the coat more wearable (instead of being a special occasion coat) I had it hemmed and I also shortened the sleeves. The end result is a classic cream coat that looks great for casual wear or dressed up with pumps.

I also brought in my khaki Theory trench coat for some alterations. I loved this trench with its classic lines and details and I actually wore it as is for a few years but I was always bothered by the size of the lapel. I have a smaller chest and the lighter color makes the lapel seem more pronounced. This year I decided to do something about it and I had the lapel reduced after finding a tailor I trust.

Theory trench, after alterations
Theory khaki trench after alterations (similar here)

I admittedly forgot to take before and after pictures of the khaki trench but I have the same trench in black. You can see the original lapel (including button holes) in the picture below.

Theoy trench before (black trench) and after (khaki trench)

Original lapel on left (black trench) and altered lapel on right (khaki trench)
The original lapel actually looks okay in the black version so I've opted to leave it alone for now.

I don't plan on buying any new coats this season because I splurged on two Burberry coats last year (see them here and here or buy them here and here). We'll see if I hold out. hehe I also purposely altered the Soia & Kyo coat so I'd get more wear out of it. One of my favorite things about winter are all the pretty coats (and cozy scarves... don't get me started on scarves) but if you invest in classic/quality coats then they should least you at least a few years.

What about you, are you planning on buying any new coats this season or altering an existing one?


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