First up, what I found at J. Crew:
Tie-neck Top in Dot, Sz 2, (buy here)
I fell in love with the top online and was happy to be able to try it on even though they didn't have my size. The main thing I wanted to check was whether or not the tie-neck got lost in the print. Unfortunately, I think it does. Looks lovely in person though!
Verdict: No, main detail gets lost in print so price is not justifiable (to me)
Jules Dress in Snowcat, Sz 0, (buy here)
I'm rather fascinated by the concept of a shift dress (easy silhouette / tummy hiding / comfortable), but this one appeared to make me look pregnant. A horrible thing when you're not. I thought the print was adorable. The arms, shoulders, hips, and length fit well. The negative was that they built in a lot of extra chest room. Since I obviously don't fill that out, the extra floppiness fell and settled into a wide pouch-y area. The sleeves fell to an awkward length a couple inches above my wrist (where my watch is) - looks much better pushed up to 3/4 length.
Verdict: No, not flattering to my body type
No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Snake Print, Sz 0 (buy here)
I've never been much of a fan of snake printed garments. It always seemed too edgy for me, but I was drawn to the simple, clean lines of it in pencil skirt form. I thought it looked beautiful in person. The material doesn't have any give so I'm guessing it's a woven of some sort. When comparing this with the double-serge cotton version, the snake print runs smaller.
Verdict: Will wait for sale
And then at LOFT:
LOFT Corded Dobby Stripe Trench, XS, (buy here)
I originally saw Gigi wearing this beautifully and filed it away as a future wishlist item. When I found out LOFT was having 40% off everything, making this coat $89, I went to check it out in person. My store didn't have it in petite sizes, but luckily, I can sometimes straddle the line between regular and petite sizing. The XS had a slightly roomy fit that skimmed my body well making it a great coat candidate for fall layers. The sleeves are a bit long, but nothing's new there.
Verdict: No for now. Ultimately, I thought this was a cute coat but it wasn't something I had to have considering how many coats I have in my closet.
Also spent some time at Gap for the Friends and Family sale (giant thanks to Gigi for the info and code email!), but will save that for Wednesday. 17 pictures in one post seemed a little much :P