The newest J. Jill spring capsule collection is in, so of course, I had to pop in for a look. To be perfectly honest I was totally uninspired when my catalog arrived. Then I had a peek online and still wasn’t seeing anything that interesting. Once I got into the dressing room, it was a different story. The colors are soft and pretty and the natural fabrics are perfect for warm weather. Today’s post has a lot of side-by-side pictures so you can contrast and compare.
If you’re new here, a dressing room diary is when I go into a store and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ tall and weigh around 136 lbs. I have broad shoulders and straight hips with very few curves. I have a long torso and arms so I often wear one size larger on top than the bottom. I go between the petite and regular sections to get the fit I am looking for.
This Wearever Perfect T-shirt dress. It comes in two patterns and two solids in misses, petite, women’s, and tall, sizes XS-XL. It’s an A-line shape in rayon/lycra mix that stretches nicely. I’m wearing a small petite which fits well, but I could also wear a regular to get a little more knee coverage.
This is why I recommend you always check other size ranges because you might prefer the length of a tall and the sleeve proportions wouldn’t change enough to matter.
This linen tiered a-line shirt comes in 2 soft pretty colors in misses, petite, women’s, and tall, sized XS-XL. I’m wearing an XS petite which fits so I suggest you size down because it runs large. If you’re petite, you might think about wearing the tall version over leggings or open as a third layer over a tank and shorts.
You’ve seen these high-rise cuffed jeans on me before. They come in misses, petite, women’s and tall in this denim and soft sage green. The cuff is tacked up the frayed hem is stitched to prevent further fraying. They come in misses, petite, women’s, and tall. I am wearing the regular 4 because the petite was just a hair too short for what I like.
Here’s that linen top in lavender with linen pants that you’re going to see often throughout this post. I’ve worn J. Jill stretch linen pants for years and love it. This soft pink is a small petite and the white is an XS misses.
Here’s a visual so you can see the difference between the petite and regular pant leg on me. The same linen with button detail is also available in a cropped version here so you can pretty much get any length you want. They’re stretch linen/viscose/spandex blend that comes in 6 solids and one floral… sized XS-XL, misses, petite, womens, and tall. They have a flat front waist, side zip, and elastic at the back waistband. I find this fabric to stretch out a bit so I like to size it down for myself.
This long, open-front linen vest is the first thing I picked up when I walked into the store. It’s just a perfect third layer to go over everything. It’s a linen blend with notched lapels which give it a polished feel. There’s seaming in the back so it doesn’t just hang on your body. It’s available in misses, petite, and tall. I’m wearing misses in XS and love the added length.
Under the vest, I’m wearing a great elbow-length Pima cotton tee which comes in misses, petite, womens, and tall sizes XS-XL. It’s available in 7 solid colors and one print. The white is not totally opaque so have your nude bra ready or choose a soft color.
Strangely enough, I prefer the all-white look…even though I may be mistaken for a doctor/pharmacist, etc:)
I love a great maxi tee dress for summer. This one has a V in the back which the sales lady suggested I could turn around to wear in the front. The only problem with that styling idea is that the pockets are sewn down so they would be going backward across your backside. This falls under best intentions:)
It’s available in 2 soft colors, misses, petite, women, and tall, XS-XL. I’m wearing a small regular and prefer this length on me because shorter maxis seem to just highlight how short I am. I would have shown why with a side-by-side but my store didn’t have this in petite. It has nice long side slits for ease of movement. You could easily dress this up or down. I added this braided belt to give a little waist definition which also helps me look taller.
This pretty embroidered top is a V-neck pullover that has 3/4 flutter sleeves for a nice airy feel. It comes in misses, petite, womens, and tall, sizes XS-XL. The bust darts keep it from looking too voluminous and slims it to the body a bit. I am wearing an XS petite which fits so it runs large so you should size it down.
The white pants are is a misses in small and the navy is a misses XS. You can see the extra bagginess in the white which is why I sized down.
Here’s the same top tucked in with the cotton essential shorts. I very seldom wear shorts but these could change that. They’re super comfy and will be very cool on hot days. They’re available in navy or white in misses, petite, and women’s, 02-18. The fabric is cotton/rayon/spandex with lots of stretch for comfort. The website says they run small but I didn’t find that. I’m wearing a 4 regular and like the Bermuda length on me. They have a front zip and belt loops so you could belt them and wear them with a linen blazer if you wanted to go full-on preppy.
This side-by-side is showing the difference between pull-on indigo denim crop jeans and boyfriend jeans. The proportions look very different. One makes my legs look longer and one makes my torso look longer.
The ribbed cardigan comes in six colors, misses, petite, women’s, and tall. This is the most gorgeous soft purple and it also comes in 5 other great colors. It’s a cotton blend so hangs very nicely. I am wearing a small petite which feels just right so it runs TTS.
The Supima tee has a relaxed fit, dropped shoulders with a boat neck are all challenges for my body shape which broke my heart because I love this color and the fabric feels so soft! It comes in misses, petite, and womens in 8 solids and two prints sizes XS-XL.
This sweater comes in 6 colors, XS-XL, misses, petite, women’s, and tall. I’m wearing a small petite in the color eclipse. It’s super lightweight so you could also tuck this in. I’m wearing a small petite so it runs TTS.
I hope you enjoyed this peek at the J. Jill spring capsule collection.
Thanks for reading ladies and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.