Reviews





The Madewell Coated Roadtrip Jacket comes in sizes XXSmall to XLarge, color black coal, and retails for $138. The description on the Madewell website reads:

This military-inspired field jacket features authentic details: epaulets, flap pockets, a detachable hood and a softly worn-in waxed finish. Made of a cool bonded-tech fabric with a traditional plaid on the flip side (for a bit of contrast when you roll up your sleeves), it's just the lightweight layering piece for ever-changing weather.

True to size.
Cotton.
Spot clean only.
Import.

I have been in need of a raincoat with a hood, so after Alexis recommended this jacket over on her J.Crew Aficionada blog last month, I decided to give it a try. Madewell ran a 30% off sale the week before last, plus the jacket was on promo, so I took the opportunity to give it a try. The jacket finally arrived last week, so I wanted to post some pics for those who may be interested in it.

The Coated Roadtrip Jacket is the same silhouette as the Outbound Jacket, Outbound Jacket in Vintage Dyed Camo, and All-Weather Outbound Jacket (all of which I currently own).


I'm wearing...
*Old Navy Bootcut Jeans in new rinse
*Mossimo Supply Co. Katherine Engineer Boots in brown leather

The fit is true-to-size, so I went with the size Small since I have broad shoulders. While I can wear the XSmall, I find that the larger size fits me better since the jackets at Madewell usually have narrower shoulders, in my experience. Plus I like to allow for any kind of layering that I might need to do as the weather gets colder, and I can easily layer a hoodie under this size. For reference, my measurements are 36.5/26.5/37.5, I am 5'4", short-waisted, and have a 31" inseam.




The jacket has a detachable hood and an adorable, navy/green/yellow/white plaid lining.



There is a 'cord' at the waist that allows you to either cinch it in or wear it more loosely depending on what you're wearing underneath, or the particular look you're going for.



The jacket has four functioning pockets, and closes with both a zipper and snaps. It's hard to tell in the picture above, but the zipper and snaps are black, which I quite prefer over the bright gold that J.Crew and several other retailers use quite frequently on their jackets.



Overall I really like the jacket. The silhouette is flattering, it feels quite comfortable on, the plaid lining is adorable, the hoodie is a good size to actually protect your head from the elements, the hardware matches the jacket to give a more understated, yet still chic appearance, and I got it at a really great price. The downside is that I'm not sure how well it will work in serious downpours, so it may not fill the raincoat void in my wardrobe. It is really cute though...

What are your thoughts on the Madewell Coated Roadtrip Jacket? Have you seen it IRL, or perhaps even tried it on? Do you already own it, or have it on your wishlist? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

***If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.





The Madewell Plaid Cinch Vest comes in sizes XXSmall - XLarge, color true black, and retails for $178. The description on the Madewell website reads:

A sleek wrap style in nubby tweed, this sleeveless design is such a statement piece—try it under a structured coat or pop it on top of a chunky knit sweater. (Bonus: It's lightweight enough to wear indoors too.)

True to size.
Wool/rayon/nylon.
Dry clean.
Import.
Madewell.com only.


The vest had been on my watch list since it's debut on the website back in August, so I took advantage of the extra 30% off that Madewell offered a few weeks ago to give it a try. Prior to ordering, I emailed my VPS to ask measurements for both the XSmall and Small. Based on the measurements she gave me, I ordered the size Small, however, I should have gone with the XSmall, as I have about a two-inch overlap at the waist when I snap it closed. It isn't as noticeable when I have it belted, but it does still feel slightly too large, and the extra fabric around my waist is a bit uncomfortable. Plus, it does not look right if I were to wear it open. For reference, my measurements are 36.5/26.5/37.5, I am 5'4", short-waisted, with broad shoulders, and a 31" inseam.


(Sorry about the lighting...this was the only time of day I could get my review pics snapped. I doubt I would wear the leopard blouse with the vest, but it's what I had on the day I was taking the photos.)


The vest has a detachable belt and functioning pockets with faux-leather trim...


There are two large button snaps at the waist...


More faux-leather under the collar...


The vest is lined in poly...


It has a back vent that will need to be unstitched once it arrives...


From the side...


One more view...


Overall I like the vest. I think it would be cute with a black turtleneck and skinny jeans, worn over a skirt, or paired with different colors such as red, hot pink, burgundy, and emerald green. However, I am returning it. The fabric felt just 'ok' to me, and the size just didn't feel right. If I were able to get it on a super markdown then I would consider ordering it again, but in the smaller size.

What are your thoughts on the Madewell Plaid Cinch Vest? Have you seen it IRL, or perhaps even tried it on? Do you already own it, or have it on your wishlist? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

***If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.




The Madewell Tomboy Workshirt comes in sizes XSmall to XLarge, colors Deep Marsh and Vintage Gold, and retails for $88.00. The description on the Madewell website reads:

Refined yet rustic: A lovingly worn-in workshirt, it'll take you from sunrise to sunset in low-key style.

Boyfriend fit.
Cotton.
Machine wash.
Import.

The shirt had been in my shopping bag for a long time, and I finally took advantage of the extra 30% off promo that Madewell offered the week before last to order it in the Deep Marsh colorway. My only regret is that I waited so long to get it, as it was absolute love the moment I pulled it out of the bag and put it on. The shirt is incredibly soft (think wearing your PJs soft), comfortable to wear, very well-made, and the quality is excellent.

The fit is described as boyfriend, which means it is ever slightly oversized, but I still went with the size Small since I have broad shoulders. The larger size fits me better since the shirts at Madewell usually have narrower shoulders, in my experience. Plus I like to allow for any kind of shrinkage that might occur when it's laundered. For reference, my measurements are 36.5/26.5/37.5, I am 5'4", short-waisted, and have a 31" inseam.



The Deep Marsh color is a beautiful dark olive green (the picture below is closer to the color IRL than the image above), and works as a great neutral, making the shirt very versatile. I also love the extra little detail of the second button under the collar...



It has a slight shirttail hem...



It can be worn on its own for a crisp fall (or spring) day, layered under a jacket when temperatures start to drop, and layered over thermals then worn under a sweater and coat once winter arrives. I know for a fact that I will be wearing mine layered all fall and winter long. This is how I wore it on 10.1.14 when the temperatures were in the upper 40's/lower 50's...


Outfit details:

*Madewell Tomboy Workshirt in deep marsh
*J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest from 2012 in warm bisque (link goes to my J.Crew pinterest board) - This Year's Version comes in a similar shade of light ivory
*Old Navy Bootcut Jeans in new rinse
*Gold Crossbody Bag from TJ Maxx last year - Similar here and here
*Mossimo Supply Co. Katherine Engineer Boots in brown leather

I personally love the shirt, am very happy with my purchase, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a well-made, comfortable, and versatile heavy duty cotton shirt.

What are your thoughts on the Madewell Tomboy Workshirt? Have you seen it IRL, or perhaps even tried it on? Do you already own it, or have it on your wishlist? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

***If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.






The Madewell Flannel Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Buffalo Check comes in sizes XXSmall to XLarge, color Hthr Grey, and retails for $79.50. The description on the Madewell website reads:

A timeless style in flannel buffalo check. Slightly oversized with ready-to-roll sleeves, this version is just right.

True to size.
Cotton.
Machine wash.
Import.


You may remember from this post back in early September, that the shirt has been at the top of my wishlist for awhile now. Well, I took advantage of the extra 30% off promo that Madewell offered the week before last to order the shirt, and was not disappointed at all. The fabric is substantial, incredibly soft, warm, and very comfortable to wear.



The fit is slightly oversized, but I still went with the size Small since I have broad shoulders. The larger size fits me better since the shirts at Madewell usually have narrower shoulders, in my experience. Plus I like to allow for any kind of shrinkage that might occur when it's laundered.



The colors of the shirt are heather grey and navy, which both work as great neutrals, making the shirt very versatile. I also love the extra little detail of the second button under the collar...



It has a longer length and shirttail hem...



It can be worn on its own for a crisp fall day, layered under a jacket when temperatures start to drop, and layered over thermals then worn under a sweater and coat once winter arrives.


Outfit details:

*Old Navy Bootcut Jeans in new rinse
*Baggallini Crossbody Bag - Similar
*Mossimo Supply Co. Katherine Engineer Boots in black leather

I personally love the shirt, am very happy with my purchase, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a well-made, comfortable, and versatile flannel shirt.

What are your thoughts on the Madewell Flannel Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Buffalo Check? Have you seen it IRL, or perhaps even tried it on? Do you already own it, or have it on your wishlist? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

***If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.





The Madewell Portland Stripe Scarf comes in the color 'classic black' and retails for $58.00. The description on the Madewell website reads:

Supersoft and light, this oversized striped scarf is one you'll want to snuggle into.

Wool.
78 7/10"L x 38 3/5"W.
Dry clean.
Import.


Now that I live in Montana, I definitely have more of a need for scarves than I did when living in Florida. This means that I am constantly on the lookout for new ones to add to my wardrobe. The scarves that I am interested in finding right now not only need to be pretty, with colors that will work with my wardrobe, but also need to be warm in order to help protect me from the elements as the weather continues to cool down.

Madewell always offers a variety of lovely scarves, so I took advantage of the 30% off promo they ran several weeks ago to order the Portland Stripe Scarf, and was not disappointed at all once it arrived...



The wool is soft, warm, and the colors in the scarf are only slightly darker than the image on the Madewell website. Plus it is oversized and can easily be worn as a wrap, as well.

I personally love the scarf, am very happy with my purchase, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a well-made, pretty, and versatile scarf.

What are your thoughts on the Madewell Portland Stripe Scarf? Have you seen it IRL, or perhaps even tried it on? Do you already own it, or have it on your wishlist? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

***If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.

Have a lovely day!



Today I am pleased to bring you another guest review, this time by the lovely Maria, author of the blog The Brooklyn Fig. She recently purchased the Madewell Silk Spotlight Shirt, and has graciously agreed to share her thoughts about it, as well as a comparison to the
J.Crew Classic Silk Blouse with us. Thank you Maria! :)

Product Details from the Madewell website:

Clean cut and undeniably stylish, this is the silk boyshirt refined. Soft, flowy and oh-so-right with jeans and skirts alike.

Oversized fit.
Silk.
Dry clean.
Import.


As Maria writes here on her blog:

"So…I’ve been on a silk shirt kick lately. It started at the end of the summer when I decided I needed wanted more sophisticated and classy pieces in my wardrobe. The first addition I was seeking was a timeless, ivory silk shirt- one that could be in my wardrobe for years and years to come. After some research, I decided to check out the new Classic Silk Blouse at J Crew.



This shirt is J Crew’s new release of the Blythe shirt. My favorite version of the Blythe was the ivory with polka dots from a few seasons back. This is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe.



Anyhow, when I got to J Crew, they didn’t have my size to try on. Disappointed, I naturally ventured over to Madewell. Upon realizing Madewell didn’t have an ivory silk shirt, I begrudgingly tried on the Silk Spotlight Shirt in the “wet boulder” color, which is essentially a blush pink. It was love at first sight.



This shirt has everything going for it- it’s quite versatile and can be worn in many different ways. My vote would be untucked with skinny jeans and boots.



Rockin the cowgirl look for my dad’s birthday!

Another option would be to pair with leggings due to the longer length. I also like how it looks tucked into jeans with a belt. However, you have to be careful because the slits on the side come up pretty high. There are mixed reviews on the site about this, but I kinda dig it- adds a touch of sexiness in my opinion. This can easily be avoided though by wearing a cami underneath. I also really like how it’s longer in the back. Silk is fast becoming my favorite fabric- it’s just so luxurious and I really enjoy wearing it.

Ever since this purchase, the original J Crew silk shirt that I had gone for was still in my mind. However, the ivory color no longer interested me…I wanted green.



With J.Crew’s 30% Off Sale this weekend, I made the purchase.

This shirt has a slightly more boxy fit, rather than the flowy feel of the Madewell shirt. The sleeves are also a bit longer. Both shirts run big, so you may want to size down (I purchased a 00 at J Crew and an XXS at Madewell, which is smaller than the normal size I normally wear).

What I like about the Classic Silk Blouse is the single pocket and how the buttons are not exposed. It has the same longer “tail” and side slits as the Spotlight Shirt.

So…who wins the showdown? If you could only purchase one, my vote would go to the
Madewell Silk Spotlight Shirt.



Why? It’s just such a versatile piece with great quality material. The color is soft and subtle, and fits into any season seamlessly. However, the Classic Silk Blouse at J Crew is a very close second- clearly, as I purchased both!

The Silk Spotlight Shirt is also 30% off this weekend at Madewell! Winna winna chicken dinna."

Thank you again Maria for sharing your review and 'Silk Shirt Showdown' with us!
(To see the original review on Maria's blog click here.)

If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.

That's it for now...have a lovely day! :)



Today I am pleased to bring you a guest review by the lovely Awakening my Wardrobe. She recently purchased the Madewell Cadet Blazer, and has graciously agreed to share her thoughts about it with us. Thank you AMW! :)

Product Details from the Madewell website:

With its asymmetrical row of buttons and stand-up collar, this is our cool rethink of a military blazer. A goes-with-anything piece in a soft, subtle herringbone weave.

True to size.
Linen/cotton/wool/viscose.
Dry clean.
Import.
Madewell.com only.


Awakening my Wardrobe writes:

"I received the Cadet blazer and now see that it is sold out online but pops back occasionally. Unfortunately it missed the mark on style and fabric so I sadly returned it. I purchased a size 10 and it fit true to size (I’m 5’11” and have broad shoulders but am narrow and straight everywhere else), except the style flared out at the hip area adding bulk rather than sleekness.



I do wish the jacket was bit longer but I don’t think that would have solved the bigger issues. The linen/cotton/wool/viscose mix did not have the weight or structure to hold its shape so it wrinkled. No matter how much I fiddled with the collar and buttons, I couldn’t get it to fall the way it did on the website model. Her blazer looked very “Comme des Garçons” and the angles added visual interest, looking well edited and understated while mine looked o.k but boxy and "meh".



Meanwhile, the Madewell love is still strong and I’ll be breaking out my Duskfall blazer in deep navy and Perfect leather jacket this fall over their Rail straight and High riser jeans. I do hope they consider reworking the Cadet blazer for next spring in a light-weight wool. It had such potential and I’d give it another go if they did."

Thank you again Awakening my Wardrobe for sharing your review with us!

If you have a Madewell review that you would like to share online with myself and other readers, please feel free to email it to me, and I will be more than happy to post it.
Include your thoughts, any pictures you might have, links (if you like), etc. My email is allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.

Have a lovely day! :)





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