Such a cool update on the classic tee silhouette, with a front slash, rolled sleeves, and subtle beading details at the neck, in our brilliantly soft, textured cotton. Fitted. Hits at hip. Import. Machine wash.
I tried this tee on in a small, and as I mentioned, in the natural color, which doesn't seem to be available online. I think the tee fits true-to-size, and the slub cotton is its normal cool, soft texture. The shirt is a tad thin, and is a teeny bit sheer. You can even see a bit of the model's bra in the model photos, which I think is a good indicator, as J.Crew editors usually take care of those details. As for the silhouette, it is a very basic tee, with the exception of the neckline, which I'll get to.
Because the slub cotton is a bit flowier fabric, it isn't as clingy from the side view, and I think the silhouette is a little blah. It doesn't add any volume which is good, but it doesn't help with curves from the side. Other than that, it's a pretty basic tee from the side. I really do like the slub cotton fabric - it's fairly light, it drapes and flows nicely, and is very smooth and cool (temperature and feel-wise).
I just re-read the description, and it says there is a rolled sleeve, but I think it's fairly unremarkable, as I completely forgot about it. I don't remember noticing it when trying it on, and I didn't even notice it when posting this review now.
The neckline is a basic crewneck with a slit (or slash, according to J.Crew) down the front, which is sort of stitched or knotted at the bottom. I'm not crazy about the slash. I think it kind of looks like you just took a pair of scissors and cut open the front of the top, which maybe is the point, but I think I would have preferred a simpler neckline, especially giving the beading.
As for the beading, here is a close-up of it. The beading creates a sort of "jewel" collar on the tee, and the beading is really exquisite. It gives the neckline a little bit of weight, but is really pretty in real life. I think it's a really nice detail, but as I said before, I think it might have worked a bit better with a non-slashed neckline.
I left this tee behind because of the slash, and because I already picked up another beaded tee from J.Crew this season. I did think the fabric and silhouette was really nice, and the beading is great, but I just didn't love this one as much as the other one, and I figured one beaded tee is enough for right now.
What do you think? Do you like this tee? Do you prefer this tee to the other beaded tee that came out earlier? How do you feel about the "slash"?