Saturday, June 13, 2009

J.Crew: Navy Ikat Print Cardigan Review

This is a new sweater from J.Crew that I'm calling the Navy Ikat Print Cardigan (item #16919), which retails for $88. It is available in this one color, navy, and is alpha-sized.

I tried this sweater on in a size small. I would say that it fits true-to-size, and is a fairly comfortable fit - not too tight, and not too loose. This sweater was almost long sleeved on me, so I think maybe it is supposed to be a three-quarter length sweater. The shape is a fairly standard cardigan shape, and doesn't create much waist definition.

The fabric itself is a lightweight cotton, I believe. It has a silkier texture than some of the other lightweight sweaters J.Crew has introduced this season. It is very smooth, and nice to the touch. It has a little bit of stretch to it, too.

As for the pattern, I think it is pretty, and definitely eye-catching. This isn't a sweater you could get away with wearing multiple days in a week, but because of the navy color, which is a darker navy, this sweater can easily be paired with a lot of different colors. However, it's also a pretty busy pattern, so I would mostly see this with simpler pieces.

I left this sweater behind because while I think the pattern is pretty, I don't think I would wear it that much. The pattern is a little too much for me on top, but that is just my personal taste. I think you could easily dress up or dress down this cardigan, depending on how you style it. Another reason I left this sweater behind is because of the price, especially knowing that I would hardly ever wear it.

What do you think? Do you like this sweater? Have you seen it or tried it on? Do you own it? What would you pair it with?


gigiofca June 13, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

I think the print is eye catching. Better than a couple of their last cardi prints

Nichi June 13, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

It's actually a silk/linen blend and not cotton.

dinagideon June 13, 2009 at 6:55 PM  

I would so wear this everywhere...I love the printed cardis J. Crew makes and this is no exception. Thanks for the review...

jcmama June 14, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

I tried it on at the store and I loved it. I usually prefer solid tops but the smaller pattern in navy is kind of looks like solid. It's very light though, so like you said I don't think I'll be wearing it much since I'm worried about it getting ruined considering the price. I must say it is prettier than the Ikat print cardi...yellowish shades don't look good on me.

MMM June 14, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

I LOVE this cardi! I ended-up puchasing it! :)

Anonymous June 14, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

I don't like this print in a cardigan. Much prefer the skirt. Not a fan of silk/linen blends either.