James Perse open back skinny dress (size 2) | On sale for $94!!
Elizabeth Suzann linen clyde vest (small) | sold out, mine is secondhand via slowre
Birkenstock birko-flor arizona sandals | I bought these secondhand
(haha..sorry it’s the same pose, I didn’t notice when I was editing the photos…)
Okay, so here is what I’m actually wearing today, after I showered and changed out of my Pure Barre leggings. Honestly, I wasn’t sure this dress would fit my belly, but this one is one of the more stretchy and forgiving dresses JP makes, and it feels SO GOOD. It was a bit big on me pre-pregnancy, as my “normal” JP size had gone down to size 1 in most things, but James Perse fitted/ruched dresses are also very forgiving and accommodating, so it’s really just a personal preference in terms of most sizing, whether you like very fitted/compressed, or more loose.
That said, even among these ruched dresses there’s some variation in fit, I did find the classic skinny dress fit a little on the smaller size, same for some of the brushed jersey. Also, ruched dresses that are 100% cotton run VERY small, so definitely size up one or two sizes from your reg (although I don’t see any of those as part of this sale rn).
Oh, yeah, the James Perse summer sale!! Details: Shop the summer sale at James Perse + get free shipping on any order (US only) with code GRECHENSUMMER19. You get a sneak peek today, it goes live for everyone else tomorrow!!!
As far as items I recommend on sale, I say this every time, but aside from the ruched dresses, the casual tees are my FAVORITE:
Casual tee | $34
Uh, I have 4-5 of these in different sizes, white, grey & black 😉 And very old.
Recycled slub tee | $29
I have this and think it’s amazing.
High Gauge circle tee | $69
I recommend anything and everything high gauge – I have multiples of tanks & tees in high gauge and love them.
HIgh Gauge deep v tee | $49
Sueded jersey turtleneck (great for winter) | $89
This is the only turtleneck I love for winter. It’s warm, stays put and feels so cozy.
The James Perse sale is final sale, so please please please ask any questions you might have about anything and I’ll try to help with sizing, or whatever. I love JP pants also, but they’re slightly more tricky to fit, and stretch quite a bit, so I usually recommend taking your regular JP size or sizing down.
Thank you for the sale heads-up! I’m a JP newbie so if you could help me figure out my dress size (this dress and the maxi you modelled in another post with the same vest) I’d be so grateful. I’m usually an XS (sometimes S) in tops at JCrew/Madewell/Everlane, 0 in dresses and pants. Chest: 34A, Waist: 27″. Which JP dress size do I blog for? Thank you!!
Grechen Reiter says
I would say try a size 1 to start and see what you think about fit/etc, although you could also possibly wear 0. pre-pregnancy i was 36a, 28″ waist and 38″ hips and have mostly size 2s in dresses and size 1 in tees. the fitted/ruched styles take a little getting used to just how fitted they are sometimes, so maybe erring on a larger side would be helpful for right now.
be careful with the sale though and don’t order too much since you’re not very sure about sizing, all sales are final at the sale prices….
i’ve heard that sometimes people get good advice from a chat with customer service. not all the time, but it couldn’t hurt to ask.
Grechen, thank you! The customer service rep suggested I try a 2. But I think you’re right in that I would be more of a size 1. I’m 5’5″ and 108-115 lbs (depending on time of month lol) and pretty straight figured.
Since JCrew’s implosion, and now that I’ve hit the 40s, I’m trying to diversify my clothing (looking at MM LaFleur, Rag&Bone, Vince, Tory Burch & JP). Love your style and your immensely helpful blog =).
Their tees are so sexy! And I love the cardigan style military jacket…but I DON’T need it….Said Val, who finally started her closet culling mission. 😉
Love this outfit on you! Dress looks great and the ruching provides the extra length that I’m sure is needed in the front. I’ve developed quite a bit of a menopausal belly now and I find I’m much more sensitive of the length of dresses now (also generally being older and not as happy with my legs/knees.
I rarely buy JP from JP on sale as I have such difficulty with the sizing and always need to try it on. So I usually buy from Shopbop either full price or at the discount level that a return will still be allowed. I think for me my weight fluctuates. Another reason is my shape. For a large breast, some of the styles and fabrics can be very challenging.
One day I would also love it if you could do a post that talks about the fabrics of JP. Not now of course, you have too much on your plate lol! I have several dresses and the fabric makes a huge difference. Unfortunately I did not pay too much attention when I purchased as most were bought from a brick and mortar so it is difficult for me to apply how my current items fit to what I see online, including during the JP sale.
Have to say once I do find a JP item that I do like, it is well worth it. It can just take kissing a whole lotta frogs first!