James Perse knit twill parka | size 2
Well, hello! I’m back from traipsing around the southeastern United States. We had such a great time… But more on that later, first, reviews of my James Perse sale purchases.
I’d had a version of this skirt a couple years ago and returned it, always regretting it, so I jumped at this one on sale. It’s not BLACK black, it’s more of a very dark coal, similar to my maxi dress with pockets from last year, although not lined, so not nearly as warm. I’m wearing a size 2, which is the best size for me, even the length is perfect. The skirt is ruched a bit at the hips, and has a very long side slit, so it’s narrow, but really easy to walk in at the same time. And I don’t find the slit to be too revealing at all. you can see from the bottom picture it does nothing for my saddlebags, in terms of holding them in, but I do think it “minimizes” them slightly. I’m wearing these boyshorts underneath.
I was a little unsure of this purchase at first, but thought it would be a good addition to my wardrobe, considering that I don’t have any thing remotely similar. I had never tried it on, but Jen mentioned that she did and loved it, so I gave it a chance. And I LOVE it. Like, REALLY love it. It’s snug in my upper arms, as you can see from the side closeup picture, and I’m not sure it will stretch much, but it doesn’t bother me too much. The size 3 would have been much too big/long on me to size up, so I think the size 2 is “my size” – it’s just that I do have slightly flabby upper arms, and anything with slim arms does tend to be a little tight on me there. It’s very wrinkled from being folded up in a box for so long, so it needs a good steam. The fit is very nice, and drapey, but not overly so. I roll the sleeves up and push them up on my arms, but they don’t stay very well, which is slightly annoying, but again, I just love the way this looks as an open blazer, I can deal with the sleeve issues. And the color is definitely more gray than it looks in the photos at James Perse, which I’m very happy with. I’m really excited about this actually, because I had been looking for a good casual open, soft blazer, and this is a good one…
The parka was truly the only thing I was waiting for to go on sale because I’d tried it on earlier this year when it first landed and fell in love. I got a size 2, which is the right size for me. I can zip it up if I want to, and wear it over sweaters without it getting tight in the arms or body. Most of all I love that the sleeves push up easily, and that you can cinch the waist in a bit. It’s not a “utility’ or weatherproof parka (there is a Yosemite parka on sale that IS more practical for all-weather situations), but it’ll be good as a cool weather jacket, and nice for traveling.
This isn’t on sale (it NEVER goes on sale), but I needed to replace my old size 3 casual tee with a better-fitting size 2, so I used the free shipping to go ahead and order it. The James Perse casual tee is my favorite white t-shirt…it just fits me exactly as I want a white tee to fit.
I’m very pleased with all my purchases this time, I hope you are too…although I know some of you weren’t – with the sizing anyway. Some of you have already left comments on your purchases on this post, but if you haven’t yet, please do so here, on this post. Also, if you have a size you’re interested in swapping for a different one, or you put something up on ebay, let us know in the comments (if it’s on eBay, just leave your username, don’t link to your auction, it will get stuck in spam). I am happy to connect people who want to swap or sell final sale items, but I cannot take any responsibility for transactions or issues that may arise!
If you have any questions about anything before you place an order, please ask!!