Wednesday, May 6, 2009

J.Crew: Silk Tie-Neck Tank Review

This is J.Crew's Silk Tie-Neck Tank (item #13307), which retailed for $78, and is currently on sale for $49.99.  It is numerically sized, and is available in the colors breeze, nantucket fog, and white sand.  The breeze and white sand colors have monochrome ties, but the nantucket fog has a contrasting collar and tie.  J.Crew describes the tank as such:
One of our favorite pieces for spring—lovely alone or under a cardigan. Silk habotai with a standing collar with a flowy self-tie at the neck and a ruched detail at the back—all the accessories you need. Nantucket fog has a contrast collar and tie. Classic fit at bust, with loose bodice. Straight hem. Hits at hip. Import. Dry clean.
I saw this in-store, and tried it on in te Nantucket fog color, and in a size 0.  The first thing to note is that this tank doesn't have a side zip, so I would recommend trying this on in person, because some tops can be really difficult to get on without a side zip, and the silk on this tank is extremely thin and delicate. 

I think this tank fits true-to-size, and I think the fit is very flattering.  It has side darts at the bust, which create a nice silhouette, and saves the tank from being too billowy.  I think it hits at a nice spot on the body, and agree that it would pair well with a cardigan.

From the side, it creates a nice, straight line down the front.  I think this is a nice, fairly flattering silhouette.  I think it is nice and simple, and pretty classic.  It has a straight hem, and doesn't bunch too much in the back, which is always nice.

So, regarding the bow tie itself.  I like the idea of the bow, and I think it works nicely with the rest of the tank (although to be honest, I prefer the monochrome ties over the contrasting one).

My issue is with the collar itself.  It seems like another sort-of twisted'neck detail, which I'm not a fan of, and then I don't like the cut.  It's cut way too narrow to wear a regular bra with it, and it's even too narrow for some racerback bras (I was lucky enough to be wearing a regular strapped bra that can convert from "regular" straps to a racerback), as you can see below.  I would be wary about wearing a strapless bra with this top too, as the silk is pretty thin, and I don't know how forgiving the tank would be with a strapless bra that doesn't fit like a glove (none of mine do).

So I was into the front, the side, and the tie detail.  But the back - oh my!  I try really hard not to use the word "hate" on this blog (mostly out of respect for people who are offended by that word, because I just use it to mean "really really dislike"), but I hate the back of this top.  I think the diagonal cut is pretty cute and standard, but that...thing, I hate it.

Here is a close-up of it.  Have you ever ironed a delicate fabric on a heat setting that was way too high?  Have you ever seen what happens?  Well, if you haven't, here's a good preview.  I don't even undertand the point of this.  I think it looks so cheap and ugly (and I'm really sorry to any of you that I might have just offended by saying that).

Moving on, here is a close-up of the bow.  I like that it is big enough to be an interesting detail, but not so big that it overwhelms the rest of the shirt.

I left this tank behind solely because of the that stuff on the back (that is how much I dislike it!).  I would have considered picking this tank up, and in multiple colors, if it weren't for that unfortunate detail.  I am in love with the breeze color this season, but I think the white sand color is also a really pretty neutral.

What do you think?  Do you like this tank?  Do you own it?  And does anyone else have any feelings about that stuff in the back?

3 comments:

Cate May 6, 2009 at 3:54 PM  

this looks so cute on you! But if you're not totally comfortable in it, it was smart to leave it behind.

1MadScientist May 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

i actually did buy this top in the light orange color that was only available in store. i'm nervous to wear it with a cardigan because of hiding the bow. it looked really nice on you. the one with contrasting colors would have washed me out. i bought this in march with my PS but have yet to wear it...yikes!!

JTS May 14, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

Cate - thanks so much! I liked the front, but the back just killed it for me!

1MadScientist - Oooh, the light orange color is very pretty! I was also thinking about how the bow would look with something over. Let me know how you like it!