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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Joe Fresh at JCPenney Review - Spring 2015

It's been almost two years since my first Joe Fresh at JCPenney review, and I'm back to share some looks from their spring 2015 collection. Up until recently, my JCPenney store had relegated the Joe Fresh collection to an inconspicuous corner of the store. Now it's back to its original location (it traded places with the JCP collection) in a more prominent area. I was happy to see an assortment of cool basics that Joe Fresh is known for: cute graphic tees, striped knits, and skinny jeans under $50.

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Here's what the spring merchandise looked like on a Friday afternoon.

Joe Fresh at JCPenney

Joe Fresh at JCPenney

Joe Fresh at JCPenney striped tops spring 2015

Joe Fresh at JCPenney

Joe Fresh at JCPenney

Joe Fresh at JCPenney

The whimsical floral sketch tee was a favorite of mine.

JoeFresh JCPenney graphic print tees

Naturally, I styled some looks in the fitting room. For reference, I'm wearing size XS or 0 and size 25 in denim unless otherwise noted.

The first look is the cotton long-sleeved striped tee and boyfriend jeans. I found both to be comfortable and made of hefty fabric, although the jeans run large and were too loose in the waist. I liked the rolled hems (which I rolled twice more) and slight fading. The top was too long for my taste, so I tucked it under for a shorter fit. It also comes in six other colors, including solids. 

Joe Fresh Stripe Tee Boyfriend Jeans, Joe Fresh denim review

I'm wearing a small in the cable knit sweater, which runs big, and a size 2 in the ponte knit pants, which run small. Although the sweater felt soft and comfortable, the sleeves, neckline, and length were too big on me. It also comes in black, white, grey, red, and pink and it's currently under $20. I love this blue color, but the fit wasn't right for me. As for the ponte knit pants, they also come in brown, army green, charcoal, and navy. They are very fitted to the body, have back pockets, and a zip with button fly. I found them to feel like thick leggings. They also have circular seams on the lower legs. 

Joe Fresh Cable Sweater Leggings, Joe Fresh fitting room review

I paired the anchor sweater with white skinny jeans for a nautical look. I like the fringe detail but feel there's too much going on between the fringe, marled knit, and the striped anchor. I loved the soft feel, the slim fit, and crewneck silhouette. As for the white jeans, there was very little stretch (only 1%), but I liked the subtle distressing. They felt too stiff and while I liked the slim fit, I found them to run small compared to other Joe Fresh skinny jeans.

Joe Fresh Anchor Sweater

I'm wearing the "très chère" sweatshirt with the distressed skinny jeans below. The sweatshirt ran small for me, so I'd size up if you're curvy in the hip or waist. It has small side vents and a textured print which I think would be cuter in black. The distressed skinny jeans had more stretch/run bigger than the white pair, felt comfortable, had a flattering mid-rise, and fit me well in the waist.

Joe Fresh Skinny Jeans, Joe fresh denim fitting room review

I've got on the Dalmatian sweater which was surprisingly soft despite the partial wool content. It also comes in another dog print, runs big, and is lightweight enough for winter or spring layering without adding bulk.

Joe Fresh Dalmatian Dog Sweater

The blooming flower print tee was a surprise favorite. It's super soft, fits true to size, and comes in a V-neck version. I'm wearing it with the slim leg joggers, which I've got on a lighter grey colorway as I type this. The joggers run big for me, but I adore the slim leg silhouette, two side pockets, and shorter inseam of 29" (since I'm petite). They're perfect for workouts on cool mornings or for lounging at home. The tee is true to size, while the joggers seem to run big. (Both are XS.)

Joe Fresh Floral Tee with Skinny Jogger Pants

The dolman turtleneck sweater is a versatile basic that also comes in grey, white, and navy. It runs big in the sleeves and in length, and it's also soft yet lightweight. The hem is ribbed, and I tucked it under for a shorter length. The geometric knit skirt has a black elastic waistband, and runs big. It was soft and thick, but not flattering on me. 

Joe Fresh Geo Skirt with Dolman Sweater

I liked the thick fabric of the sleeveless polka dot dress, as well as the two side pockets and slightly tailored waist. The back zip was easy to fasten. Unfortunately, I found quite a few loose threads on the inside. I'm wearing a 0 and found it to be a bit loose, so if I were to buy, I'd style it with a belt for more waist definition or get it tailored. I love the versatility; this dress looks chic and professional, yet it also works for a party, night out, or other dressy event. I can envision it with a skinny belt and some great pumps or heeled sandals like this gold pair.

Joe Fresh Black Dot Dress

The drape-front knit dress was incredibly comfortable and I can see it being worn both casually and in a more dressy manner. It's a poly/rayon bled and feels just like a comfy T-shirt dress. I'm wearing it in a blouson style because I found the draping of the fabric to be slightly awkward since the waist seam would be too low if I didn't adjust it this way. My conclusion is that it's a better fit for taller ladies or those with longer waists than myself. It's under $30, runs slightly big, and also comes in a geometric print. I'd style this with flats or ankle boots and a denim jacket for the weekend or with layered necklaces and pumps for dressier situations.

Joe Fresh Black Draped Knit Dress

I'm looking forward to seeing more colorful offerings by Joe Fresh for spring and summer, as well as cropped and skinny denim in more colors. Since they excel at affordable basics, something from their collections always seems to catch my eye when I'm browsing at JCPenney. Right now I'm obsessed with their graphic print tees!

Jan. 7, 2016 update - Given the news that JCP will be pulling the plug on their in-store Joe Fresh boutiques, links have been changed to direct to the Joe Fresh U.S. website

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