Review: Ann Taylor and J. Crew BlousesNovember 02, 2011
I want to share with you some of my recent blouse purchases. As always, online shopping results in major hits and misses.
|From left to right: Overlapping Placket Long Sleeve Blouse, Suzette Blouse and Silk Lucinda Blouse|
Overlapping Placket Long Sleeve Blouse - 00P - Crisp Nougat
I had previously expressed on this blog how much I like my Ann Taylor Overlapping Placket Blouse in Palomino and proceeded to order the same blouse in Crisp Nougat which is a pretty pink color (in person it's a mixture of mauve and pink so less "girly"). It's a versatile blouse (see on Ping here) with only a few downsides, among them is poor craftsmanship along the side seams. It's also very thin and snags easily so I always try to be extra careful when I wear it.
A crisp white button-down is a must-have for every professional wardrobe. I had ordered the Perfect Long Sleeve Blouse a few weeks ago but there was significant gaping between the buttons so I had to send it back. I was elated when I saw this shirt because the added satin placket actually conceals the gaping. This one is a keeper!
J. Crew Silk Lucinda Blouse - 0P - Deco Blue
I really wanted to love this blouse but I didn't. The blouse came very wrinkly and I haven't had a chance to steam it yet. It was final sale so I have no choice but to keep it. This style runs big, even for J. Crew.
This blouse is by far the biggest disappointment of the batch, I had loved it in the catalog but in person it was just mediocre. I am not sure what I was expecting but this blouse just did not wow me. I can understand why this is a catalog/online only special because this is not something I would be attracted to in a store. I really need to start reading the descriptions online more carefully because there are a few buzz words that would usually deter me from ordering, in this case, it was "crinkled chiffon."