The back story is that, as you probably read on Summer's and Slastena's blogs, a bunch of us DC JCAs got together to do a little shopping and Starbucks time on May 1. And what happened? Well, we all dove into the Crewlade, as shown in my Polyvore below:
2 = already had it in white, aka "grey jaspe" (dinagideon, Summerilla)
1 = pregnant so actually had a bit of sense (Amber)
1 = Cleo was strangely immune to the charms of the sequined Jaspe
6 = the rest of us, who bought out Friendship Heights' stock of the metallic jaspe (me, drewablank, kater, Slastena, Rosa in DC, and Jane-who ordered it)
Yep, that was pretty much it. Thank goodness they didn't have crewcuts there or a crewcut version, since I brought along my mini-Jenna, E.
This is the "metallic jaspe" color, which just means the sequins are a dark silver color. Admittedly, I re-ordered it when knits were 20% off, so at least I only paid $120 for it...which still seems like a lot...but it's just so cozy...I really love the fit. Most of the ladies got a regular sweater size. I actually got the Large. And truthfully, I really only tried it on for a lark after the SAs told kater that there was an M on the mannequin that they could grab for her since she said the L was too big. (Slastena snagged hers from a mannequin, too - like I said, we cleaned them out of Jaspes) I was thinking NO WAY, but as soon as I put it on....love love loved it! It's so comfy. And such a great combo of shiny & slouchy. And let's be honest, I love to dress up, but it always has to be comfy.
The sequin-sewing backing is totally fine - I ended up returning the Loft sequin shell because every time I put it on, the back sewing of the sequins was totally irritating to me. (wardrobe test - if you can't stop fidgeting when you try something on, don't get it because you'll be doing the same thing when you try to wear it for real.)
Other ways to wear it:
- Like I am in the first pic when I just tried it on for a photo but hadn't gotten around to posting. How fab would you feel lounging around home in this?
- I tried it on in store with a navy blazer, while wearing my white jeans and it looked amaaaaazing under the blazer. If I actually worked in an office, I would totally try it out. And if I had a regular real navy blazer, which I don't, but it really should be on my list. Maybe next fall, I think I've blown through my spring/summer wardrobe budget.
- With skinny jeans - the sequins almost have a blue tone, so it would totally work with medium to dark denim
- With Minnies, duh - black definitely. not sure about the coal ones - haven't tried.
- With khaki pants & black heeled sandals, a la Dec 2009 Marie Claire feature copying a Celine look ("Cents-ible chis: Shimmering sweaters and sexy ankle strap heels amp up low-key khakis) but the printer with the scanner died so you'll have to take my word for it. And yes, I have been cleaning out my magazines.
- With cute shorts and flat sandals for a very casual glam beach party.
Gigi's post on the Jaspe...
and Debye's original post on the Jaspe, her 2nd post on Jaspe styling ideas, and most recent on pairing with a pencil skirt. Thanks, ladies!!