2.07.2012

From That Other J.Crew Store - Madewell Reviews Part 1.


I haven't placed an order from Madewell since I got the Voyager Suede duffle bag and Plaid scarf last year. With not having access to a store to try things on, the timing of their free shipping code was just right to try some new arrivals.



Silk Stripe Tank in hthr camel (stripe colors are blush pink, dark taupe, gray and teal)

First impressions? Pretty and well made. Very similar to J.Crew's popular microspun pocket tank from last year except this has a finished neckline and armholes. The silk panels are precisely sewn. The color combination on the sporty silk panels is pretty. Size small measurements (laid flat): chest @ 16", sweep @ 19".


Stripe Circle Scarf
The Suede Passenger Clutch
Joylight Pocket Pullover

First impressions? Love. Love. Love. These three pieces rock together, or separately. Measurements of size medium top (laid flat): chest @ 19.5" sweep @18".  The knit on this pullover is just the right weight for spring. I sized up because I wanted a less fitted top to wear over skinny pants and longer skirts. The woven scarf is a personal favorite. It's lightweight and perfect for spring. The colors are vibrant and flattering. The clutch is soft to the touch and quite pretty. As with most Madewell bags, the design on this one is simple and casual. I don't think this shade of green is a perfect match with J.Crew's warm jade.

The bag's interior features two open and one zippered compartment so there is plenty of room for essentials.


The Suede Passenger Clutch 5"H x 10.5"W



The Suede Sidewalk Skimmer and variations: The Patent Sidewalk Skimmer 
The Hole-Punch Sidewalk Skimmer, The Polka Dot Sidewalk Skimmer

First impressions? Comfortable, true to size, flattering on larger feet. Madewell is coming out with some great colors on their sidewalk skimmers. They do sell out quickly though. I think the price is reasonable for these lined leather flats. The patent skimmers also feature some very pretty colors.



Rouge Dot Skirt

First impressions? Move over J.Crew pleated jardin skirt in heart throb. There's an equally pretty long skirt with polka dots to check out now. This is on sale right now. It's a lightweight silk pleated skirt that I plan to try with an untucked top that closely skims the waist and hip areas. I think I can do that with this skirt because it's lightweight enough so that the pleats don't add bulk. Size small measurements (laid flat): unstretched waist 13", length 27". The skirt is 100% silk with poly lining.

I like every one of these items from Madewell. Their styles tend to be more relaxed and youthful, but there are still plenty of pieces than could easily blend into a work wardrobe. Part 2 is coming up with more Madewell goodies.