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Dressing Room Diaries- J.Jill

Dressing Room Diaries- J.Jill

Happy Friday ladies. I’m going to need a boat if this rain doesn’t ease up soon. Add house hunting into the mix and we are pretty soggy around here.

Today’s dressing room diaries is from J.Jill. I hadn’t been in lately so had fun finding what’s new. I asked for store requests on my Facebook page (are you following me there?) and several asked for J.Jill so I’m glad that’s where I was headed.

I’m not sure if my J.Jill is smaller than usual or I hit the collection late but there weren’t a lot of petites on the floor for me.

I adored this Tencel tunic the second I saw it. They had nothing even close to my size in petite so this is a misses in medium…too big and too long. It’s super soft and comfy and in a color that’ll be great year round. I cinched it with this belt…but would have preferred this one which was gone in my size. I’m wearing it over their 5 pocket denim leggings. These fit like a dream and feel like super soft. I sized down to a 6 petite because they were out of the 8 petite and they stretched to accommodate me comfortably.

This dipped-hem A-Line tunic was a hot mess on me…even in petite.

The concept was great but the execution failed on my silhouette, mostly because my shoulders are so broad. It might have been saved with very high heels but that’s not happening anytime soon for my feet. The fabric is a soft cotton/polyester/spandex blend which feels fabulous against your skin. This would flatter a taller woman with narrower shoulders or possibly work with a belt. It’s got an interesting pocket and split side hem. I’m wearing a medium petite.snap detail on J.Jill jeans

I’m wearing the tunic over the Authentic Fit Snap Hem jeans in light rosewater. I’m wearing an 8 petite which has a 26 1/2″ inseam and is too short for me. I do better with a 27 or 28″ inseam. The regular length has a 29″ inseam and the tall has a 32″ inseam. Because of the snap detail, I couldn’t hem the regular length so these jeans are not for me. They also come in onyx and navy denim. Here is a close up of the snap detail on the onyx ones.

This jacket is super comfy with lots of stretch and available in solid gray or this navy and gray stripe. It’s a boxy fit so I sized down to a regular small and rolled the cuffs…which I love to do with everything anyway. It comes in misses, petite, womans, and tall. Several ladies saw me snapping pictures of myself #embarrassing (I do it for you ladies:) so they tried this jacket on, sized down one size and they bought it. It’s fun when that happens.

This is the gray top I wore under the striped jacket above.

This gray top was an interesting concept that I think fails in execution. It adds bulk up front, unlike other tops which have a gather at the3/4 mark in front. (The ladies in the dressing room all thought this was a failure and I agree. You may have better luck with this top. I’m wearing it with the Metropolitan Full-Leg jean which is super comfy. It has a front seam down the center of each leg. They are very comfortable with lots of give to the fabric.

Here are the wide legged jeans with a tee tucked in so you can see the D-ring closure and attached partial belt. They’re fabulous. I’m wearing a misses 6 and standing on tiptoes because they’re too long. They do come in petite, tall and womans but the rise is waist high on me in the misses so I would stick with that and hem them. These are a cotton/Tencel/lyocell/polyester and 2% spandex blend and very soft. This tee is super soft and comes in 5 colors. I am wearing a misses medium. I prefer V-necks on me so I added this scarf to break up the neckline.

This cotton A-line shirt has forward side seams and a longer shirttail hemline in the back which works for leggings and skinny pants. It has a fold back cuff with an interesting button detail. I’m wearing a misses medium and would prefer a petite so the sleeves are shorter. These tapered ankle pants are very comfy and a versatile piece I can see getting a lot of wear. For you ladies not wanting to invest in the Eileen Fisher slim stretch pants I wear so often, this is a great alternative.

This look seemed unfinished for me so I topped it with their v-neck, two pocket cardigan. That simple addition tied the look together for me and took it up a notch.

My leopard loafers coordinated pretty well with most of these looks. They were a smart purchase that I wear. All. The. Time.

Have you been to J.Jill lately? What did you think of their collection?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day.

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27 Comments

  1. February 15, 2019 / 7:14 am

    What a fabulous white shirt. This has to be my favourite. A girl can never have too many white shirts. Thank you for sharing.

  2. February 15, 2019 / 7:30 am

    I always prefer a Vee neck tops as well and never feel comfortable in a crew so I really loved the idea of a scarf worn to offset the broad look a crew neck gives me. Thanks for the wonderful idea, it sure looked great on you! I’m just getting into scarfs so have a few I can try. I have never felt good in them; being short and curvy I thought they just made me look fat, but I’m learning. I have a few tops I can try that trick on – Yippee!

  3. retro-roost
    February 15, 2019 / 7:55 am

    I want to like J. Jill, and I’ve purchased from them in the past, but…
    …their clothes consistently add visual weight. Sadly, I’m not a fan anymore.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 15, 2019 / 10:14 am

      They do seem to have moved in a different direction with their silhouettes lately. Perhaps it was customer demand?

  4. Kay
    February 15, 2019 / 8:15 am

    Most jjill stores have a skimpy petite section. I think they rely on catalog orders. I’m not surprised you didn’t find much. Their February collection is blah. Quality is uneven. I have some pieces I’ve worn for years and others that stretch out or fall apart too soon.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 15, 2019 / 10:15 am

      I find each season unique with them. I wonder why so much variety?

  5. Lily
    February 15, 2019 / 8:43 am

    Whoa, I much prefer the slim pants in these photos. I find most of these pieces too full for my taste. J Jill does have pretty scarves.

  6. Katelyn
    February 15, 2019 / 9:10 am

    I think JJill is between seasons right now as I also found the petite sizes were scarce. The D-ring pants look great on you but the Yellow shirt, slacks and cardigan is my favorite. I am gathering your shoulders are wider than mine and agree the A-line white tunic is a poor fit. I personally own one and it fits and feels wonderful, albeit adding a few pounds to my silhouette 🙁 I purchased the Essential Cotton Stretch pants in graphite to wear with the tunic and together they make a sharp outfit. I do wear a 2 1/2″ heel when wearing the top (the ever so comfortable Arche Enexor Sandal (in discontinued black color)) so might indeed make a difference. I like the comfort fit of JJill clothing and look forward to seeing more on you when summer approaches.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 15, 2019 / 10:17 am

      I do need to revisit Arche shoes. I wore them years ago and still have 2 pairs. No store carries them near me so it will be an online hunt…which I always have the most success with these days.

  7. Nicki
    February 15, 2019 / 11:02 am

    I love your Dressing Room Diaries. We are the same size, shape and shop at the same stores. I look forward to your posts.

  8. Margot
    February 15, 2019 / 11:20 am

    I pretty much wear j.jill all the time but their selections blow hot and cold for me. Some collections are largely professional wear, some are all casual. Theirpast 2-3 collectionshavent had anything of interest for me so I figure I’m due to hit the jackpot with them with the next couple of collections. Lol! We’ll see!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 15, 2019 / 1:37 pm

      That’s usually how it goes…save up:)

  9. Carla
    February 15, 2019 / 11:49 am

    I have been a long time Jjill shopper and agree with the other comments. The past few collections are blah and not interesting. I also have found the quality and sizing inconsistency a problem . Not sure what is going on.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 15, 2019 / 1:43 pm

      Let’s hope they fix it.

  10. Joanna
    February 15, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    I’ve never shopped at JJill but from what I’ve seen I’m not missing out. The snap bottom jeans might be cute. I like little details on simple pieces.

  11. February 15, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    I’m not loving any of these pieces though the light yellow colour looks very good on you. If I had to choose something from this post to try on, it would be the striped jacket.

  12. February 15, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    While I love J Jill for myself, everything looked way oversized for you. I have a problem with brands like Talbot’s. Everything you try looks so cute on you, yet everything I’ve ever tried is too short waisted and nothing ever quite fits right no matter what size I try. I feel like a giant trying to wear their clothes. Except for the scarves, they fit just fine!????
    I’m tall so appreciate the tall sizing J Jill and very few other brands offer. I find the tunics are long enough for me in regular sizes. And I really love the Pure Jill pants as they’re long enough for me, very comfy and much cheaper than EF. I just bought an ocean blue hooded dress I plan to wear with leggings when the weather warms up a bit. Can’t wait! I think it will be great for our cool NW spring and early summer. So, brands do cater to different body types.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 16, 2019 / 8:32 am

      They do all have unique fit models. We’re lucky to find a brand that uses one which matches us. Sadly they don’t always stick with one shape.

  13. Maria
    February 15, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    I adore jjill!! I do wish that they carried petites in their women’s plus sizes though. I just bought the metropolitan jeans and love them but have to get them hemmed!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 16, 2019 / 8:33 am

      Be sure you wash and dry several times before hemming. I always do that with jeans.

  14. Susan Newell
    February 16, 2019 / 1:04 am

    I have been a JJill shopper for many years. It seems that their tops lately make me feel like I am wearing a maternity top! I like my tops straight not to flare out at the bottom. I did just buy a scarf and a linen top from the new collection that I love!

  15. Laurie
    February 16, 2019 / 3:23 am

    I love JJill clothes! Thanks for featuring them in your closet diaries! What do I like about JJill? I’m retired and have a pretty casual lifestyle/style vibe. I like the texture of the fabrics they use. I like the cut and design of their clothes. I prefer styles that are a little more oversized and flowy. I’m tall and thin so their designs often work for me when other brands would be too short. I recently purchased a JJill striped sweater for spring that I absolutely love! I’ve never met a JJill scarf I didn’t love! And, they regularly have very good sales! Thanks Jennifer for your blog, I always look forward to your posts!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 16, 2019 / 8:35 am

      Their scarves are so pretty! I’m starting quite a collection.

  16. Laurel
    February 16, 2019 / 10:17 am

    The yellow shirt, black pants and sweater make a great outfit, especially with the leopard shoes! That striped blazer is intriguing and I may have to find it. Like others, I find their styles are trending to more flowy shapes lately, but I did find a couple things this winter that I’ve worn a lot. I watch their collections and their sales, and usually have to order online to see most of the styles in person. My local store is newly remodeled, but I’m always surprised by how much they DON’T carry there. That said, I was thrilled to see them add Shop Runner. 🙂

    Didn’t realize the black pants were a less expensive version of the EF pants I live in. Would check them out, but right now they’re sold out in my size. Good to know for future reference, though. Thanks for the Dressing Room Diaries. I love them.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 17, 2019 / 7:52 am

      They’re not as perfect as the EF pants but a great alternative at a lower price. Their look does seem to be moving closer to the Eileen Fisher silhouette which so many women love.

  17. February 17, 2019 / 6:34 am

    The pale yellow blouse lights up your face! This wasn’t Jill’s strongest collection for sure, but I always live in hope for the next one. Happily that happens about once a month and a new one is due this week. 🙂 One piece I think would look super on you is the Wearever Wrapped-Back Top. I see it’s selling out quickly online, but a nice feature is that customer service will track down any item in their stores and ship it to you, or you can watch for a return in your size on the website. For the record, I don’t work for Jill… am just a usually satisfied customer.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      February 17, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Thanks Ann! I love wrap tops, I’ll look for it.

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