Monday, July 20, 2009

J.Crew FO: Printed Jessie Blouse Review

This is the Printed Jessie Blouse (item #12576) from the J.Crew Outlet. I believe this top was out last summer from retail, and I see it pop up from time to time in the sale section on J.Crew's website. This blouse is numerically sized, and retailed for $54.50. It was available in several different patterns.

I tried this top on in a size 4, and I'm not sure what the actual name of this color is. The top fits fairly true-to-size, but there is no/not much stretch in the fabric, so if you have broader shoulders or a larger chest, you may need to consider sizing up. As always, I would suggest starting with your regular size, and sizing up depending on how comfortable you feel.

The fabric is a lightweight cotton (or possibly cotton blend). It's a nice, somewhat thin fabric that is good for a casual summer top. It's not see-through, but I think this might be in part because of the darker colors and pattern. I picked up this same top in a light yellow, and it's a bit more see through.

The top has an empire waist with a self-tie that helps create a little bit of high waist definition. The bottom half of the shirt flares out a bit to hide your stomach area (if desired) and also slim your waist. The blouse is like the Jessie dress offered last year at regular J.Crew - it has ruffles around the neckline and down the front to the waist, with a few fabric-covered buttons at the bodice. There is a little bit of notching on the sleeves. I like the details on this shirt - I think they work well together.

I left this shirt behind, as I'd already picked one up in a different yellow pattern that I prefer to this pattern. I also like this pattern, but didn't love this shirt enough to get it in two different patterns.

What do you think? Do you like this blouse? Do you own it or have you tried it on? Do you think the outlet version stands up to the retail version?


Anonymous July 20, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

I have this and love it! I have worn it with white Sat. pants and jeans. It's my "party shirt." I bought it on super clearance for under $19 at the outlet. I would love to pick up a yellow version too-- can you share that pic sometime, please?

Jemma Ruby July 20, 2009 at 10:47 AM  

That is really pretty on you! I have the long sleeved version of that blose from last year, I think it was called the cherry blossom print or something like that. It is really nice for summer.

GingerSnap July 20, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

This print is called "cherry blossom" - I remember because there was a different blouse in this same pattern that J.Crew offered awhile ago...I missed it! Very pretty pattern :)

Summer July 20, 2009 at 3:40 PM  

Yes, cherry blossom is right. I have this blouse from last year online JCrew. The JCrew original version was the Francine blouse and a cute ruffled version with 3/4 sleeves. Don't care for the Outlet version in the same print at all.

itztru July 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

Cherry Blossom...Also came in capri pants which I wore yesterday to a garden tour!