I don't typically post so much in a given week (too lazy) but since J. Crew Factory is having such good deals (thanks to Jean's Twitter alert), I thought this post might be helpful to some of you. I ordered these items last week for what I considered amazing prices but they are now even lower (prices listed are current after using the 30% off SHOPNOW code - good thru 4/13)!
Factory Printed Sanur Dress, XS, $17 (buy here)
The print is gorgeous and the XS fits very nicely in the chest / torso. Since the hem is a bit long, I think I'll cut off the excess and fashion some removable halter straps for an extra sense of security. The drape of the skirt falls perfectly to mask the belly too - bonus! Measures 10.5" chest and 10.5" waist flat across but stretchy enough to accommodate my 36" chest.
It's also convertible. Fold down the top, and voila, you've got a skirt! (Erm, I probably wouldn't wear it quite like this as it seems to really truncate my torso but it's good for illustrative purposes)
Verdict: a keeper - great price, versatile, AND pretty color / print
Factory Lorelei Dress in Deco-Dot, Sz 0, $17 (buy here)
This is a fully lined dress available in 3 colors - pink, blue, and lavender (though the lavender looks a little gray online). It's a little tight in the chest so I'll probably wear a more restrictive bra next time (it's not a long-haul concern because I'm currently nursing). I love the bright color, the diagonal pleating and the tummy-hiding silhouette. I'm not too keen on how it makes my tush look like it starts right under my boobs but it's not a huge deal. Measures 14.5" chest and 13" waist flat across.
I'm not sure why I purchased so many strapless dresses this time around as I'm the self-conscious, fidgety type who is constantly tugging at the top to prevent wardrobe malfunctions. Have no fear with this one though! They included stretchy elastic bands that connect together for extra stay-put power.
Verdict: Keep - good quality and great price
Factory Printed Cecilia Dress, Sz 0, $20 (buy here)
I've tried this dress on before here and passed on it but the comments on that post convinced me to give it another shot. The length is perfect and the paisley print is very pretty but there's still something that bugs me about the bodice. I think it's because my waist is non-existent and this dress emphasizes that.
Verdict: Undecided. Hubby and Mom like it on me but I still feel like it's iffy. Maybe a contrasting belt will help visually nip the waist. Measures 16.5" chest and 13" waist flat across.
Factory Tri-Buckle Waist Belt, Sm, $7 (buy here)
I'm a fan of wider belts because I feel like they help me carve out a waist line and these belts are perfect for that. The stretchy band gives you a nice, snug fit without cutting off your circulation. Measures 27" between the closures flat.
Verdict: Keep - can't beat the price and love the 3-buckle look
Will you be shopping this sale?