I must confess: I have never shopped at J.Jill before, which makes this a blind date review. Like a typical first date, I’ve seen the photos online and have jumped to conclusions before we meet.
This gal, J.Jill — I think she goes for comfort first. The soft cotton blends and the loose, easy shapes seem like styles that would gravitate towards the front of your closet, especially when you’re feeling less than your fighting shape.
I am, however, a bit anxious. Although I enthusiastically support national retailers offering a tall section on their website (and maybe in brick-and-mortar stores someday?), I often wonder who decides how tall is tall? On the size guide section of J.Jill, the tall section reads, “For women 5’ 7 1/2” or taller.”
5’7’’ is tall? Ladies, we must be skyscrapers.
Mild joking aside, this Silk Forward-Seam Shirt I met today from J.Jill is handsome. The sleeves are long enough for my 72-inch wingspan to raise my arms without exposing my wrists. The shirt sits low enough on the hips so that if I were to uncharacteristically raise my arms yet again, my belly would not show its button.
The plum color of this shirt is tonally more reddish than I was expecting, but it’s quite flattering against a variety of backgrounds. This shirt is one of those shirts that look good photographed, so wear it on a day when you expect to be snapped.
For trousers, I’ve settled into a pair of J. Jill’s Perfect Cotton-Stretch Print Ankle Pants in “Breeze Textured Paisley.” After Diane von Furstenberg’s printed wrap dresses inspired a thousand knockoffs, I swore off all prints but am now gently considering them. I’m really digging this print, especially when juxtaposed with an unexpected red top instead of the basic black or white tank.
Tall ladies, please be aware that this is an ankle-length pant. It’s not full length, so it’s going to hit your leg a bit higher. With ankle-length pants, you’re supposed to break out the heels and show off your sexy feet tops. Shaving is, as always, optional.
I do find that the rise of this pant is a bit ill-fitting on me. I wonder if 1) the retailer is measuring a 5’7’’ fit model and only adding a couple of inches to the inseam instead of adjusting for the rise (waist to crotch = rise) of a taller woman or 2) I just need to order up a size.
Pardon me while I slip into my next outfit. She’s a dress.
Is it me or have you noticed the word “Tencel” popping up lately in mainstream fashion? Tencel is actually a branded version of the fiber lyocell, a man-made fabric similar to rayon or bamboo that is environmentally sustainable. Tencel fabric tends to drape well and is less prone to wrinkles.
This Tencel-Soft Indigo A-Line Dress blends 88% Tencel with 12% linen into a 40 1/2” length that hits above the (tall) knee. The fabric feels soft and buttery, like a dream pair of denim I bought 12 years ago at Paper Denim + Cloth, but can’t fit into and only keep because the fabric is a marker of what I want clothing to feel like. In short, this dress feels far softer than your typical starchy denim piece.
This dress might have the potential to be one of those dresses that no one knows you secretly wear everyday because you’ve styled it differently with ever-changing layers and accessories. Here I’ve tied a thin leather belt to cinch my waist and slipped on a pair of less-than-white Velcro sneakers for an afternoon of exploring murals in downtown LA. It’s over 90 degrees F, and this dress is kindly absorbing my sweat.
As you can see from my relaxed expressions, I’m enjoying the fit of this easy, breezy dress. This is a dress to play in during the last dog days of summer and into the fall.
Silk Forward-Seam Shirt in Plum – Size Medium Tall
Perfect Cotton-Stretch Print Ankle Pants in Breeze Textured Paisley – Size 12 Tall
Tencel-Soft Indigo A-Line Dress – Size Medium Tall
I might wear this dress again tomorrow. It was a pleasure, J.Jill.
Photo Credit: Kyle Blair
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