So another Jamie and the Jones review for you today. This was the second item in my first order from J+J (the first was the heavy weight T sweater reviewed here). I gotta admit, at first I wasn't a huge fan of this J+J Blank Canvas top in raw silk. Or at least I wasn't a fan of the shape and cut of Blank Canvas (but I love the raw silk material, more on that in a bit). However I included the top in my Spring 10x10 Challenge, and after styling it a few ways I looooove the top! Funny how some items of clothing grow on you, even if you don't like them right away (and to me that's also the beauty of the 10x10 challenges because they can clarify those feelings for you).
When I first tried on the Blank Canvas top, I didn't like how cropped it was. I do have a fairly long torso (well compared to my legs) so it might be extra short on me (I got this in a size small). But I can only wear this top with really high-waisted bottoms. My favorite bottoms to pair with this is my Everlane ponte skirt (reviewed here, shown above) or with my ES Clyde pants (shown below). And even with high-waisted bottoms, if I raise my arms, you can still see my midriff. I also didn't like how wide the boatneck was and so my bra straps sometimes showed.
But once I started wearing the top for my 10x10, I fell in love with the way it draped. Also I really love the longer sleeves that make my arms look skinny. And most of all I really love this raw silk material. The nubbiness doesn't bother me and I love how the raw silk feels substantial and less delicate than regular silk. It's somewhere between cotton and silk. So far I haven't tried handwashing it yet so I'll update this post when I do. But as recommended in their care instructions, I'm trying not to wash it very often.
So even though J+J's sweater didn't work for me, the top is a winner. So much so that I'm already planning my next purchase in raw silk! Any advice on which style of top I should try next?