J Crew Alice Ruffled Tank (#26725, orig $79.50, curr $49.99 online). I got this in PEA (pearl) in an 8 and LOVE it. I hear it's been spotted in store for as low as $29.99. I paid $49.99, plus 10% off for giving them my email (again), and don't mind. And I ended up returning the Ruthie shell in ivory because I liked this one so much more.
So let's break it down. First of all, what are all those gewgaws down the front? Let's see..some ruffles, some strips of the silk, some tonal grosgrain ribbon, some clear paillettes, and big old rhinestones. But it all works. I love that it's symmetrical and it's all right there front and center. So it's GREAT under a cardi. Or a jacket.
But it's not one of those wacky tanks where you need a topper to tone down the wackiness (come on...we've been there...). The Alice is perfectly lovely all on its own. All that "stuff" on the front - it all works together - probably because it's so tonal, it just looks textural. And it has a bit of shape to it as well, unlike MANY camis we've seen. So it's flattering without a topper.
I have said before that I love the Pearl color, and it works so well with this cami. In fact, I think the subdued colors (also available in faded black, fig, and hyacinth) really play up the textural element. And the pearl Alice matches my pearl Jackie for when I want some more tonal texture going on. But really, the pearl color works with so much in my wardrobe already, without being just a white tank.
The cotton/silk fabric feels great. And...should have mentioned this earlier, and this is a key point...the Alice tank is not, I repeat, NOT see-through. I'm guessing it's because the tank has a double layer of fabric. Not that I care why, I'm just thrilled to be able to wear it solo, sans cami. It is dry clean only, but with all the gewgaws, I don't want to be responsible anyway. (and at least it's not white)
I wore it last Tuesday for a client meeting downtown with my black Loft suit from a few years ago. But as I was playing around on Polyvore last week with it, I threw together 3 other looks for different times of the year using the Alice. It should be quite a versatile piece. For the meeting on Tuesday, I just added diamond studs and black patent heels. the ruffle front made it interesting enough.
Ugh, let's talk hair another time. To cut to the chase - layers & bangs - ok, I've made peace, plus the bangs have grown out enough in a week and a half that they are fine. The texturizing - oh no, it's even worse than I thought...because the rain & humidity came.
But let's go back to the very pretty Alice....
Polyvore from last Tuesday:
And then some other looks featuring the Alice tank, all of which I plan on wearing as weather permits: