Monday, March 23, 2009

J.Crew: Haberdashery Pleated Dress Shirt Review

J.Crew has wonderful work pieces, and it looks like are branching out with a new line, called Haberdashery.

This is a stretch-cotton work short, with some interesting pleating and sleeve detailing. I do not know what it is called, but it is item #13326. It was marked $59.50, so very comparable to J.Crew's other work shirts. I could not find it online. In-store, it was available in additional colors, but like most of the other new arrivals, I picked it up in the lavender color. :)

This shirt fits very true to size, and is not tight at all. I probably could have gotten away with sizing down in this shirt, but I like to be able to move my arms, so I stayed with my regular size.

The fabric is the nice, light cotton stretch that J.Crew uses for their other work shirts or more formal button downs. The collar is a stand-up collar, with a sort of ruffley pleat all around, tapering to a more narrow width in front.

The shirt was a little blousey around the middle for me, but not enough for me to consider sizing down. I would also pair this with a pair of work pants if I were to consider purchasing it, just to see how it looks, and especially if it stays flat while tucked in. Because of the slight puff in the sleeves, I would want the shirt to stay flat around the midsection to avoid too much puffing.

Below is a close-up of the sleeve detail. It is sort of an inverted pleat (I think), with a slight puff to it. It is an interesting detail, and a nice change from your everyday work shirt.

Here is a close up of the collar detailing. The collar is nice and soft, so no need to worry about stiff pleats poking you in the neck all day.

Lastly, here is a close-up of the label for the new line.

So what do you think? Do you like this shirt? Do you like the new Haberdashery line (I just like saying it)? What colors would you like to see this shirt in?

4 comments:

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 11:09 AM  

This line isn't new. The Haberdashery line is the work wear staple line.

JTS March 29, 2009 at 9:30 PM  

Hi Anon - thanks for letting me know. I have been buying work clothes from J.Crew for years, but have never seen this line. Maybe it is new at my store!

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