And just a note on sizing: Since taking up running and watching my food intake (gasp, a diet...kind of), I've lost 2 inches each in the waist, gut and hips. Guess there was quite a bit of extra insulation there, LOL. So while I used to go for a XS / 0 at J. Crew, I am now also trying XXS when available.
Factory Downtown Field Jacket, XXS, $125 (don't see online)
(Left: waist snaps normally and Right: tightened)
After seeing this on bloggers like Amber (retail version) and Gigi (thanks for the alert on Factory availability!), I was really interested in seeing what it would look like on me. This is the XXS with a sweater underneath. The torso is a little boxy on its own, but if you tighten the waist snaps, it will give you more of a fitted effect. XXS fits nicely in the shoulders and arms, sleeves are a little long and hit at tip of thumbs, a little roomy in the chest (a good thing as I hate when buttons pull there), and the length hits me at mid to low hip. I LOVE the gold buttons and I loved the way it looked in the mirror, but upon reviewing the photos, it didn't seem as flattering as I had thought.
Verdict: No for now, but would consider on further sale
Factory Classic Pea Coat, Warm Lemon, Sz 0, (buy here)
I was really drawn to the gold buttons (I'm a magpie drawn to shiny objects, I tell ya) and the bright yellow color of this coat. It fit pretty well - sleeves not too long, torso not too tight nor boxy, but ultimately I felt like the collar was too big for my taste. Too much framing of my head - reminds me of the Cabbage Patch Kids:
Factory Wool-Blend Long Open Cardigan, XXS, $60, (buy here)
I've been looking for a classic camel cardigan and thought this might be a good option. Unfortunately, I felt a little too "Mr. Rogers" in this particular style. I think it's the length? For XXS, I felt like this fit a little big, but I'm not sure if this is due to the open nature. This was also a little on the itchy side.
Factory Cap-Sleeve Pocketed Dress, Sz 0, ~$30 (buy here)
This was another one of those that I liked in the mirror until I looked at the picture. It fit very nicely and provides that tummy hiding that I love so much about J. Crew dresses. What I didn't like in the picture was that it seemed to make my top look a little wide. I tend to look for things that help cut me a slimmer silhouette if possible and am a little sensitive about things that make me look bigger.
Verdict: No, but would look great on a different body type - great price too!
Anyhoo, it appears that being on maternity leave for a full year has left me feeling picky and semi-stingy. Too bad it takes a year without income to make me more fiscally focused. How do you exercise shopping restraint (if applicable)?