October 1, 2012

Review: Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s

Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps; J.Crew Leopard Print Scarf (similar here); J.Crew Polka-Dot Bag (similar here); J.Crew Factory Bracelets

Above, I'm wearing the tall size J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s. It's the same dress I featured in this post back in August. I apologize for not getting a review out sooner...I had to order three different sizes before I found one that fit the way I like. I find that J.Crew sizing is inconsistent and it's tough because you can't try on tall sizes in store. 

First off, this dress is way more flattering on me than the J.Crew Memo dress I reviewed here. Why? There is no weird pleating or bunching around the waist! Here are some other things to note:

  • LENGTH: The tall length is fine on my 5'10" frame and hits just above the knee. I did try on a regular size in store and found the length to be too short (about 2-3 inches shorter than the tall size).
  • MATERIAL: The material is gorgeous (Super 120s merino wool) and looks and feels expensive. It's silky to the touch but has enough structure to be work-appropriate. It's also fully lined.
  • CUT: It's a shift-silhouette with a straight skirt. These types of dresses are typically more flattering on women without curves, but I wanted to try anyway. I ended up going with a 4T. I think the hip area might be a little tight on me, but if I went with the 6T, the bust would have been way too roomy.

Ultimately, I liked the dress, but I wasn't in love. I think I'm going to return it, because I don't think I can justify the price for something that's not quite perfect. On a positive note, however, there are plenty more J.Crew Wear-To-Work dresses to try!

Readers - Have you tired any of the J.Crew Wear-To-Work dresses? Which silhouette do you like the best?


  1. What lipstick are you wearing? It looks phenomenal on you.

    1. Thanks :) It's Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Candy Apple. It's sort of a combination between lipstick and chapstick so it goes on smooth and lasts a while!

  2. OH I love the lip butters! Candy Apple is one of the only colors I don't have (but now I think I need to get it).

  3. I wasn't able to comment on your J. Crew memo dress post but I loved the lighting and the way that you accessorized and dressed it up with the white shirt. The lighting was very beautiful and artistic. Great job on the photos!

    I still love the J.Crew memo dress as it works with my figure and I love how slimming it is on the waistline and the shoulders. I love dresses with sleeves for work. I do think the pleats in front can sometimes cause a bit of bulk in the abdomen area but when you stand up, at least for me, it looks fine.

    That said in the photos the Emmaleigh dress looks great on you. I think for your frame this dress is beautiful but alas it probably wasn't on sale (though they had a recent 25% off regular price sale). Also if it is too tight in the hip area then that won't do for work. But doesn't it have some stretch? You can always invest in a pair of spanx (I love mine!) to smooth out things and give you more room. I just love the dress on you.

    I'm not a fan of the Origami dress from jcrew. It just doesn't work with my tall slightly broad shoulders. Have you tried it before? It just looks to bunched up in a weird way. But for smaller and more petite frames it looks beautiful. Thanks for the post! What can we expect next? Any other work appropriate purchases?

    1. I love spanx too! Although, I think I might have to get a pair that is a bit longer and doesn't stop mid-thigh. Sometimes I can see the line where they cut off through my dresses.

      I have not tried the Origami dress. I think I'm going to look around at other stores for work-appropriate dresses. For some reason, J.Crew dresses just don't fit me right :(

      I recently purchased a super long blazer from Ann Taylor that I love and that is perfect for the cooler months. Not sure when I'll be able to post it though...hopefully next week.

  4. She's so lovely... :)