J. Crew Final Sale Picks

January 13, 2012

I'll come out and say it: I loathe final sale. I am not a rational shopper (though I am much better than I used to be) so the thrill of finding a deal can sometimes compel me to make a decision I later regret and final sale time is when I find myself with an inordinate amount of clothes that need to be donated or sold.

I thought I would do a quick review of some recently purchased (and loved) items that have made their way to final sale. First up is the flair skirt in double-serge wool, shown here in 00P. It is currently available in a wide assortment of colors: henna (orange-y brick red), cool pine (shown here, a dark green), purple dawn (a light pink with a bit of blue), black, heather acorn (a light camel color) and dark navy.
j crew flair skirt cool pine green
Let me first say that this skirt is probably most flattering on women who are "straight cut" (like me, on whom there isn't a visible difference between waist and hip). The waist in 00P measures a hair bigger than 12 inches so it fits small compared to other J. Crew bottoms. There is a bit of sizing inconsistency across colors so not all colors in the same size will fit exactly the same. I would do a comparison shot of the four colors (yes, four; I am crazy) that I own but they are currently either at my bf's place or en route to me.

All in all, a great buy for me. I highly recommend it to people who are looking for a bit of variety. I am a big fan of pencil skirts but it's always good to branch out to other silhouettes.

Up next is the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Glen Plaid with Bow in 00. This skirt is not available in petite which I am very sad about. Fortunately the 00 fits moderately well. I find that while the waist fits well, the hips are a bit roomy on me which make me look wider than I am. I do enjoy the print though and think it'll go well with one of my trench coats.
j crew No. 2 pencil skirt in glen plaid 00 regular plaid
The No. 2 pencil skirt is a J. Crew classic and comes back every season in new materials and colors. It is currently available in tinsel tweed (grape purple), double serge wool (the same material as the flair skirt) and cotton, basket-weave, royal paisley, polka dot, vintage tweed (bouclé material; runs big), leopard (recently reviewed by Cher; my own review coming shortly)and waterfloral.

Here are the links for some previously reviewed items that have also gone on final sale. Prices listed are sale prices in stores the last time that they were available to me locally. Everything should be an additional 40% or 50% off.

Blythe Shirtdress - $59.99 in stores? (maybe even cheaper)
Encore Trench - $249.99
Fanfare Jacket - $169.99
Lady Day Coat - $239.99
Plaza Coat - $179.99
Schoolboy Blazer (not marked down online; on sale only in select stores)
Suzette Blouse- $79.99
Townhouse Trench - $249.99 (may be full price in some stores)
Vintage Tweed Jacket - $139.99

This Liquid Silk Skirt (69.99 online) is currently in stores for about $30 plus an extra 40% (or 50% off). I think midi skirts can look very awkward on certain body types but if you are long and lean like Ping, this will still work for you.

By my estimate (neither scientific nor confirmed), I think J. Crew will up their sale percentage by next Tuesday to about 40% off. There are lots of merchandise still available and with Spring arrivals already in stores, J. Crew does not have the luxury of time nor storage room.

Cross your fingers!

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