If you know anything about me, you probably know that I’m obsessed with James Perse. Honestly. If I had to, I could live in nothing but James Perse. And at this point with my wardrobe, I probably could. In fact…that might be a good challenge to engage in…
Anyway, I AM trying to buy less stuff, but whatever I buy must be meaningful (to me), high quality, and practical for my super-casual lifestyle. James Perse always meets those qualifications. But already, I have changed from my old shopping ways. I’m very picky lately on what I add to my closet.
I budgeted for myself $500 to spend on James Perse this fall with the intention to get the hooded fleece blazer and the cotton cashmere maxi skirt. I got them both, and took them both back. In my previous life, I would have kept them both anyway, even though they weren’t exactly what I was looking for, because I’ve realized that I enjoy collecting James Perse (more on that in a Minimal Closet post…!)
I had the hooded fleece blazer in my closet for several weeks, and even though it was mostly too warm to wear it, it was cool enough on at least two occasions and I tried to wear it, but didn’t want to. I kept putting it on and taking it off again. Then I’d try again the next time it got cold. And I’d take it off again. Still…it took me too long to recognize that this wasn’t the jacket for me. I had fallen in love with it.
Finally, I packed it up and exchanged it at James Perse for these stretch twill field pants, which I’d also fallen in love with, but passed up in favor of the jacket. And I’ve worn them a few times since I got them on Sunday. I got a size 2, and I’m SO glad I did, because they do stretch a bit. They don’t stretch as much as the cotton sweatpants, or even my crepe surplus pants (which these are pretty much identical to, except for in a warmer, softer twill), but they do “give” a little with wear, perfectly, I might add – not too much, just enough. And they’re crazy soft.
I also really wanted a gray maxi dress/skirt and got the long cotton cashmere skirt, but took that back as well. The gray was just too light, and showed all my bumps. The skirt is amazing though, and I thought about getting the black, but I’d also just ordered the long fleece skirt on eBay (link goes to army green version) so I didn’t need another long black skirt.
Now, the only other thing I need, or would like to replace is a long black dress. I have the Splendid long ribbed maxi dress that I’ve worn a lot, but it stretches a lot, and has become a little big and long on me. I tried on the new James Perse sueded jersey maxi dress to see if it would work, and it is PHENOMENAL (and 25% off at Saks now with their F&F code!!).
I tried on the size 3 because that’s all they had, and I liked it, but I would probably purchase the size 2 so it will be shorter and a little more snug. The pocket placement is genius, and the sueded jersey is nice and warm for cooler weather. I’m not sure if I’ll get it now with the Saks code, or if I’ll wait until it goes on sale, but I will get it.
While I was there, I tried on a couple more things just for fun:
Cashmere leggings | of course, these were amazing (size down), but the sort of thing I’d never wear for fear of “ruining” them.
Pleated crepe slouch pants | I would have loved for these to work, because I’d really like a loose, straight pair of pants/jeans, but my calves are too big for them to be slouchy on me; they were perfect up top, but stuck to my calves, making them look more narrow than I wanted. Ugh. If you do not have elephant calves/legs, I would highly recommend these pants for something a bit different.
Vintage fleece slouchy sweatpant | these were so good, of course, but I need another pair of slouchy black pants like I need a hole in my head. In gray however………
Cashmere button cardigan | this is an amazing cashmere cardigan, sort of what I wish the Everlane cardigan was more like, straighter, slightly less slouchy. But for the price, Everlane wins out, and it’s still very good.
Cotton cashmere striped raglan top | I tried this on because the SA brought it to me, and it’s REALLY REALLY good, but as you know, I banned stripes from my closet. If you’re a stripe lover-and-wearer, this is a brilliant, lightweight almost sweater with great drape & fit.
Lapel Henley | brilliant. But the size 2 didn’t fit my hips, unless I wanted to tuck it in all the time. This top is perfectly fancy-yet-casual, and would be good for layering under a cardigan I think. It’s still a bit too fancy for me though.
A lot of the pieces I’ve mentioned are 25% off at Saks now with their F&F – if you have any questions about how anything fits or what it’s like in real life, let me know!!
Any James Perse pieces on your radar?