J. Crew dutch floral sweatshirt
Sweatshirt, J. Crew; dress, Old Navy; belt, Gap; shoes, Winners; bag, Longchamps

I don’t know, you guys. I really don’t know how I feel about this outfit. It was pretty cool in my head, but I feel like the reality comes up short, somehow. I guess I’ll just have to keep working with the layering potential of this J. Crew cropped sweatshirt.

J. Crew dutch floral sweatshirt
too busy?
J. Crew dutch floral sweatshirt
what do we think about the lipstick … too dark?

Story time: I knew I wanted to get my hands on this sweatshirt as soon as I saw it. That print, of course. J. Crew offered a 30% off dealio over the Thanksgiving weekend, so I had every intention of taking advantage of it. But then that turned out to be the weekend we were all down with Toddler Plague. Except my husband. Naturally, I made him go and buy it for me; naturally, he did, because he’s awesome like that. I guesstimated the size, and erred on the safe side – I told him to pick the Medium (I’m usually a Small in J. Crew tops).

Aaaand … I was way off. Way. The Medium looked oversized on me, with a weird neither-regular-nor-cropped length, and hugely bunchy sleeves. Since I paid almost-retail for it, I was definitely not happy. So, once everyone was feeling better, I dragged the family back to West Ed (my least favourite shopping experience) to see about a return. The store had exactly two sweatshirts left in stock: XXS and L. At first, I thought I was screwed … and then I tried on the XXS, just for the hell of it. And proceeded to spend about twenty minutes in the changing room, trying to overcome my disbelief that, yes, in fact, I was wearing an XXS and, no, it didn’t look absurd on me. Oh, J. Crew! Your vanity sizing is so silly.

So, there you have it: if you’re inclined to buy this sweatshirt, go down at least one size. Maybe two, depending on how cropped you want your “cropped sweatshirt” to be.

J. Crew dutch floral sweatshirt
XXS, hahaha!


7 Comments on Dutch Floral

  1. I never thought I’d ever say this, but I feel like that sweatshirt needs to be paired with a bolder print. I think it could look good with a deeper multicolour floral button down peeking out at the collar, cuffs and tails *checks for fever*

    LOOOOOVE the shade of green on that bag though. That’s the exact shade of green I’ve been looking to add to my wardrobe.

    • I don’t wear that bag nearly enough, so now I feel a little guilty. It IS a great colour – just not one I wear a lot for some reason.

      I’m definitely considering the button-down option 😉

  2. So glad I’m not the only one who’s succumbed to the fancy sweatshirt trend! I picked up two over the weekend – a jacquard print and a sequined one. The sequins are surprisingly subtle.

    I agree with Cassie – more pattern!

  3. I love that sweatshirt and am obsessed with the bag. The bottom half of the outfit feels a little ungrounded, somehow–maybe if the skirt were mostly black with white stripes it would mesh more? But whatevs, you still look cute.

    • I agree. Florals + stripes are one of my go-tos, but I think in this case, a black dress would have been a better choice. I think I’m trying that option next!