Little red (bow back) riding hood // J.Crew Factory puffer review

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I wanted to share a few more photos of this bow-back dress, which has just been re-stocked in all sizes (Update: for some reason page just became “not available” – maybe it’ll be back up in a bit!). It’s on backorder until after the holidays, but makes a darling cocktail dress for year-round. I’m wearing an XS regular…it looked very high-waisted on the model so I had hope, and sure enough it’s petite-friendly! Measurements are: 12.25″ across the waist, 13.5″ from top to waistline, and 32.5″ total length. It does come pretty wrinkled, but you can iron it at home on medium heat inside-out. The dress is fully lined, with a double lining at the skirt plus hidden tulle layer to help hold the fit & flare shape.

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I also snapped a few photos of this Factory puffer coat below before sending it back (as you guys know, I got the faux fur hooded version reviewed here instead). For those who don’t care for the furry hood, I thought this is a steal for a puffer coat that fits a petite frame. There’s just a few remaining in petite sizing so don’t miss out if you wanted this!

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Unlike the J.Crew regular wintress coat which I thought ran small with short sleeves, I found this to fit true to size with room for layering. The sleeve length was also amply long enough for the “thumb holes” to comfortably reach and hook over my thumbs. The hood is removable, and the pockets are lined in cozy fleece with snap button closures.

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And one last picture of this red dress from another angle (ps – my pearlized statement necklace is 50% off today. They make great little gifts for friends!) ~

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20 thoughts on “Little red (bow back) riding hood // J.Crew Factory puffer review

  • Reply Julia December 18, 2015 at 1:15 am

    The bow dress is gorgeous! It reminds me of a similar dress from Kate Spade. The low cut in the back combine with the huge bow creates a cute but sexy look….however you want it to look!

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  • Reply Sasa Zoe December 18, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Obsessed with the bow dress:P

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  • Reply Trang Do December 18, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Woww! You looks so gorgeous! Beautiful red dress!
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  • Reply Rachel December 18, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I love this elegant look on you! Beautiful look, love the coat!

  • Reply Julie Hiller December 18, 2015 at 10:45 am

    That bow back dress is too cute! I agree that it could be worn year round, too. Love it with the statement pearls.

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  • Reply Chicago Petite December 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Jean, FYI – Ann Taylor 50% off I finally bought your statement pearl necklace among other things 🙂 Look forward to trying it as you make it look so fabulous!!

  • Reply Kristen December 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Would you mind sharing where the cable knit turtleneck sweater (under the puffer coat) is from? I love it! (Thanks in advance!) 🙂

  • Reply Art Adorned December 18, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Love the dress looks very elegant, and it goes nicely with the scarf.

  • Reply Hello Kuo December 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

    ooh the dress looks amazing with the scarf. simultaneously elegant and cozy

  • Reply Joyce TeawithMD December 19, 2015 at 12:02 am

    This is SO adorable! I bought this J Crew Factory puffer jacket at the outlet store a month ago in XSP and it has become a pretty comfortable staple in the (not-so) cold weather we've had so far. Here's hoping that it'll still keep me warm once the temps drop further!

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  • Reply Anonymous December 19, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I own this exact puffer coat in the exact same size and I really, really love it. It makes a winter coat look classy yet is still warm and the fleece lined pockets are awesome. And I bought it on cyber Monday so got it for $85 and free shipping. Great buy!

  • Reply Jean December 19, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Hi Kristen! It's from Talbots but the smaller sizes are sold out. J.Crew has a very similar one called the cambridge cable turtleneck. I'd suggest sizing up on that one since I thought it ran narrow.

  • Reply Jean December 19, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I hope you love it! It's costume jewelry so you do get what you pay for, but it's a fun piece that jazzes up simple outfits.

  • Reply December 20, 2015 at 1:22 am

    That red dress looks perfect on you!


  • Reply Thip December 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    So beautiful, I love your red dress.

  • Reply Angel Mstyle December 21, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Very pretty 🙂

  • Reply facesofony December 21, 2015 at 4:57 am

    You look awesome! You look good in red dress.

  • Reply Kristen Marie December 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Thank you so much; I think I might grab that J. Crew one!

  • Reply AJ December 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I just purchased the whole puffer jacket outfit for myself for Christmas:) it's chic, practical for the PNW, trending yet comfy for an active mom of four and transitions well into any wardrobe. So glad I found this blog!

  • Reply Anonymous January 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Hi Jean,
    Do you think the J.Crew puffer would be OK for a north east winter? I live in NYC, and am looking for a warmer (but still flattering) coat on our windy 20 degree days.


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