Monday, April 13, 2009

J.Crew: Broadcloth Scallop Shell Review

This is J.Crew's Broadcloth Scallop Shell (item #12548), which originally retailed for $69.50, with select colors on sale for $49.99. J.Crew describes the shell as such:

Equally chic paired with shorts or a cropped trouser—this cotton broadcloth shell has a silk charmeuse scalloped trim down the center front placket. Mandarin collar with button detail. Sleeveless. Straight hem. Classic fit. Hits at low hip. Import. Machine wash.
Here is a picture of the white shell on the hanger.

This shell is numerically-sized, and I think it runs a tad large - I was able to comfortably get into one size smaller than my regular top size for J.Crew. To me, the front is just okay. I am not a fan of mandarin collars or keyhole tops, so this just wasn't doing it for me. The fabric is a nice, crisp cotton.

The darts give you a nice silhouette from the side. You don't have to worry about blousing or looking too big, which is always a plus. One thing I do like about this shirt is that it would look nice tucked in or out, and I am always a fan of shirts that look good either way.

The back was a tad bit sheer, but not enough to be indecent or distracting. I don't feel like I would need to wear a cami or tank underneath this. Again, the darts give you a nice figure (at least I think so).

Here is a close-up of the scalloping detail. I really liked the scallops - they are very delicate, and add a nice detail to the shirt.

The Boyfriend really liked this top as well, but I didn't like it as much. I ended up leaving this one at the store.

What do you think? Do you like this top? Do you own it? What do you think of the scallops?


FabulousFloridaMommy April 13, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

I initially bought this in the Navy but returned it...the opening in the front was too low on me, and the collar felt to *closed in*. I just wasn't loving it for me.

Kristie April 14, 2009 at 9:51 PM  

I have this shirt and have worn it a ton. It goes great under a navy jacket!

JTS April 18, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

@FFM - I was not comfortable with how low it was either, and while it wasn't terrible, I just wasn't in love with it! (Even though The Boyfriend did!)

@Kristie - That sounds like a really chic combination! And I love your picture!