Yes, well, obviously I want everything, because every season James Perse manages to come out with exactly what I was looking for and then a few things I didn’t even KNOW I was looking for…
Again, if you follow me on any of my social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter), you know already that I went to the James Perse store here on Friday. Having been my first time in an actual James Perse store (not an outlet), I was just about too excited to contain myself. No joke. Because when I get excited, I talk a lot. Too much, actually. And I was talking WAY too much that day. But seriously, I was a little giddy.
Anyway, I actually went because I had seen the new spring collection pieces up on the site the night before and became obsessed with the parachute utility pants, which I wanted to try on. They didn’t have them, or a lot of the new collection in yet, but I did leave with pants – after spending an hour (maybe more?) trying on everything I could get my hands on that I’d wanted to try. Here are my thoughts:
The recycled crepe jersey flared dress is PERFECTION. I’ve literally had dreams about this dress since I tried it on on Friday. I tried the black, size 3 on and it fit beautifully on me. If you have any of his recycled jersey pieces from previous seasons (I have a long skirt), this is similar, and different than almost anything else you’ve tried. It’s sort of a mid-weight fabric, and very simple, but so stunning on. And even though I’m a pear-shape, I don’t normally gravitate to flared short skirts or dresses, but they are indeed extremely flattering on my body type. I will go back for this when the weather warms up. I would have left with it if I’d have been able to figure out how to layer it right now.
I DID leave with the stretch canvas surplus pants though, because even though they weren’t the pants I went in for, and weren’t exactly what I was looking for right now, they are what I WANT right now. As I tried them on, I realized that I’m kind of over super-slouchy, or really relaxed legs all the time, and also super-skinny legs. These pants are the perfect middle-ground; slightly relaxed, but slim-fitting, with a straight leg. I got a size 2 and they did stretch out quite a bit, so it was great that I didn’t size up. They do not fit me like they do the model (if I’d gotten a size 3, they would have), because I have thicker (and shorter) legs – they’re pretty much a pair of straight-leg pants on me, just slightly slouchy at the hips. Best pants ever. Outfit post coming soon 🙂
My next favorite thing, and future purchase is this sheer slub button up shirt, which is drapey, soft, cotton-y perfection.
I also tried on the long fleece maxi skirt I mentioned in a previous post (it’s even better than the original version I had several years ago), the sweatpants, and a few pairs of the Yosemite yoga leggings. Everything fit beautifully. I could have stayed all day, which actually would have been okay according to the lovely ASM, Simone 😉 She said James loves the idea of people hanging out in the store, lounging on the sofas (featuring cozy cashmere blankets, BTW), and treating the space as a home away from home. Uh…yes, please!
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What’s your favorite piece? What are you looking forward to wearing this spring? (James Perse or otherwise…)