Newport News Update

So my clothes arrived.

What a disappointment.

First, I hate it when I order something and I receive not only my garments but 50,000 clearance catalogs and a bunch of other crap that killed a dozen trees to generate and go straight into the garbage. That being said, the items arrived quickly, were packed nicely in sealed plastic, with tissue paper, cardboard and clips to keep everything nice and wrinkle-free.

6F2559A 3I ordered this white shirt. It is a cotton knit, but looks and feels more like cotton poplin. You only realize the knit in how it stretches. The fabric was not see-through, a problem I encounter with most white shirts. The sleeves were a tad long, but to be expected with a non-petite size on me. The opening on the side for the sash to go through (wrap style) was far larger than the sash itself, leaving much skin showing (tacky). I was confused by the sash, it seemed too long to tie in back, too short to tie in front, and uneven so unable to tie on the side like most wrap shirts. Then the problem I encounter with most wrap styles – not enough fabric in the front. Would be fine if this top was part of a stripper’s costume, but not work appropriate. I even went up a size to allow for the bust, but ended up with poor results.

If it weren’t for the unusually large opening on the side showing off your midsection to the entire world, I would say this shirt would be a good choice for one who is lean, small busted and long in the torso. The fabric and construction was surprisingly decent and the front rouching was flattering, not gaudy.

5F3823A 3The next item was a stretch poplin shirt in black (shown in red online). It too is a wrap style, but attached on the side so no wrap issues. I find that a faux wrap style works better with my bustline, and the side rouching is usually flattering, trimming my waistline.

This one did nothing for me. The right sleeve was longer and narrower than the right, almost to the point that I could not fit it on my arm. The hem of the shirt ended just a hair below my waistband of my pants – an unflattering length for most women and surprising considering I am petite and this shirt is not. Though I am between sizes and ordered a size up, the shirt was tight through the midsection and my chest was popping out of the neckline. The hem on the neckline is a foldover style that doesn’t have a hem visible. Good for this type of top, unfortunately the foldover part was not long enough and not attached correctly so it was bubbling up around the neckline. Looked terribly cheap.

6F2554B 3Finally, the swing coat. Cotton velvet, bracelet length sleeves, I thought this would be adorable with cocktail and sheath dresses, or even a white ribbed tank and jeans for a night out with the girls. Again, highly disappointed. The velvet is the cheap type that collects lint as soon as it is removed from the wrapper. The buttonholes were not large enough for the buttons, to the point I practically tore the jacket trying to open it to try on. The shape was… lacking. No definition in the shoulders or the body, leaving the piece a bit cockeyed on the body.

So, pretty much what I expected. A disappointing result from Newport News, and a confirmation that I should still be tossing out their catalogs as soon as they arrive.


  1. December 6, 2011 / 12:36 am

    Thanks for sharing these useful information! Hope that you will continue doing nice article like this.

  2. Anonymous
    October 27, 2006 / 7:09 pm

    I have sent back absolutely everything I have ever purchased from Newport News. Either the quality or the fit was poor. I have been in the same cycle as daddylikeyblog. I swear, I swear, I swear, I won’t ever order again! At least not until they have something that I’m SURE will be as good in person as it is online! 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    October 8, 2006 / 2:44 am

    Bummer! Yeah, I too have found that Newport News is hit or miss. I’ve gotten some things I really love, but on the flipside I’ve gotten some crappy things too.

  4. October 5, 2006 / 11:23 pm

    foxydot, I was about to contribute my torturesome ordeal with La Redoute as commiseration. I ordered two shirts & a pair of pants & tho the quality wasn’t bad, the sizes were *enormous.* & I studied the size chart closely to be sure I wasn’t screwing up & ordering a UK8 which is like a size 12 in US. Catalogues are just tricky, unless you already know how the brand fits you (ie J.Crew).

  5. October 2, 2006 / 10:55 pm

    I have had this same experience with them many times, but everytime I get bored at home and open their catalog I have a memory lapse and end up ordering something and then it comes and it’s horrible and I swear off Newport News again, but alas, it’s a vicious cycle. I feel your pain.

  6. September 29, 2006 / 2:47 pm

    Just discovered this blog a few days ago (I’ve been scanning your other blog for some time now…for ideas!)

    Until recently I was scared to death to order from catalogs, as I have always felt I was hard to fit. Then I took the leap with a company called laRedoute…they had some cute sweaters for decent prices that were different from anything I was seeing on the racks, and the added allure of being a “European Cataloge”. Okay, so their American distributor also handles Chadwicks…I was a bit nervous. The stuff I got was very nice quality (especially for the price) and a pretty good fit (I probably could have gone to the next size down, but they are cardigan type sweaters, so I have a little room to wear things underneath…it’s all good and I know for next time.) Do you have any experience/insight into this outfit?

  7. September 29, 2006 / 1:32 am

    newport news always disappoints…chadwicks too

  8. September 27, 2006 / 8:20 pm

    Newport News is really hit or miss. I’ve ordered things that I loved every now and then, but mostly, they’re a disappointment. And yeah, they send a bajillion catalogs if you order from them even *once.* As does Victoria’s Secret. I hate that.

  9. September 27, 2006 / 8:24 am

    How sad! I’ve never bothered to order anything but a pair of leggings (one of the few places I could find them in long lengths at the time) and a jacket (which I love despite its similarly awful quality of velvet) and am glad that I’ve read this (not that I’ve really entertained thoughts of purchasing anything else there — yet). I must say, though, that the leggings (really more like stretchy yoga pants) are good and basic, and just stretchy enough for what they were meant to be used for.

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