What I Wore: Self-Explanatory Title

Boden floral blueberry dress, navy hunter boots
Dress, Boden (via eBay); cardigan, J. Crew Factory; trench, Gap; boots, Hunter; bag, MbMJ (via consignment)

It was a grey and dreary day, so I decided to make wear my own rainbow. That, by the way, is only 37% sarcasm, because I sometimes dress with the ethos of a grade-schooler. But, listen, this outfit got 5 whole likes on Instagram, at least two of which I’m almost certain were from actual, live humans, and that makes it a total win (by my practically non-existent standards). So, hah!

All kidding aside, can we talk about my cardigan? You may have noticed that I have eleventy million J. Crew Factory Clare cardigans; my very first one is about a year old, so I figured this might be a good time for a little review. Obviously, I like the fit a lot. They do have 3/4 length sleeves, which some people hate but are a must-have for me – I have an irrational dislike for full-length sleeves, especially on crew-neck knits (they end up feeling suffocating). So, quality. Brand-new, the hand-feel is nice. Not, like, cashmere-nice, but nice enough. However, one year out, I’m starting to see wear. That may not seem bad, but keep in mind that I have a lot of these cardigans, and consequently none of them get a ton of wear; we might be talking 2-3 times a month, tops (except for the black, which gets more wear). I also hand-wash them (though not after every wear). I think, when all is said and done, that these look good for about a year, and then start going downhill. With that said, I would still recommend them. They routinely go on sale, and I don’t think I’ve paid more than $15 for the majority of them; at that price, I think they’re a decent deal.

10 Comments on Rainy Day

    • Yeah, I basically never pay full price for anything at J. Crew, though I do love a lot of its clothes. A) because they have massive discounts every 5 minutes, and B) because things are over-priced. I mean, (B) describes every major retailer out there, but (A) is what keeps me coming back to J. Crew.

  1. Thanks for the review! I bought one a couple of years ago and it’s held up ok. I hate how the area along the buttons and holes on the other side totally curls. I’m too lazy to iron the whole thing for that spot alone, so I’m guilty of pressing it with my chi straightening iron!! Do you iron them?

    Also, for some reason hand-feel cracked me up; hand-feel vs. cheek-feel?

    • Umm, I should… Hahaha! But, honestly, I don’t get to the ironing nearly as often as I should these days. I try to lay them flat to dry, though, to minimize wrinkling.

      Hand-feel sounds funny, but I believe it’s a term used in the industry to describe how a fabric/material feels to the touch. At least, I’m pretty sure it is, and that I didn’t hallucinate it πŸ˜‰

  2. Listen, girl, you need to link to your Instagram account! Like on the sidebar or something. I just discovered your blog and officially want to follow all things BCRL.

    • Haha! I will let my husband (aka IT intern) know. My Instagram is bcrladinaj. It’s mostly outfit pics, and random stuff that suburban utopias are made of πŸ˜‰