Belle’s Closet: Belle Reviews Her Winter Purchases
Mar 3, 2015
From time to time, I like to review my recent purchases. Here are my honest appraisals of the clothes I ordered with my own money hoping for greatness. Some I loved. Some I returned.
Some of you are probably thinking, “Belle, a high-rise jean? Have you cracked? Time-traveled back to the 70s?” No, neither, I’m just really in love with these jeans.
First off, let’s talk about how soft these are. It’s like someone skinned a Muppet, tanned its hide, and made a pair of jeans. The material is also perfectly stretchy.
Second, the high-rise was intimidating when I first tried them on. But while the rise is higher than most of the jeans I own, it isn’t too high. At least on me, it falls below my navel, and actually helps flatten my stomach a bit. I liked the fit so much, I immediately bought them in black.
Purchasing anything from J.Crew is a game of chance. Will it me well-made? Will it arrive already damage? How inaccurate will the sizing be?
I purchased this blouse for a job interview. I just wanted something liven up an old business suit. This blouse in a deep, peacock teal was a great choice. The material had good weight to it and wasn’t sheer. I sized down one size and it was still a bit too big, so be aware. But so far, I’m really happy with it.
Aetrex Erica Flats ($99)
I need to replace a pair of metallic ballet flats that I loved too much. Sadly, this pair from Aertrex is not a suitable facsimile.
The shoes are clunky verging on cloven. The internal supports need to hit your arches in just the right place or they rub uncomfortably on your foot. Can you say blisters? No thanks, on both counts.
I purchased this dress to wear to a cocktail party. It’s a little bit different from the sleeker styles I usually choose, and it’s nice to shake things up a bit. I love the flouncy hem and the open back.
The dress is chic, but comfortable. The material has a good weight to it. And I got a lot of compliments when I wore it, so that’s always a nice dividend.
I bought this necklace just before Christmas, and I find myself wearing it all the time. You can wear the short necklace alone or with the other pieces. You can use the extenders to adjust the length. It’s really a great piece. And if you’re looking for something a bit more versatile, there are weeks when I wear their Rebel pendant every day.
I bought this top to wear with jeans, but it looks great tucked into a pencil skirt too. It’s made of a soft material with a good weight to it. The navy color is really rich. And the shape is accommodating to my pear shape.
Honestly, I would wear it every day if I could. They need to hurry up and make some more colors.
Have you purchased anything recently that you loved? That you loathed? Leave your thoughts in the comments.