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glen plaid

Today we direct our gaze to J. Crew, where there is at the moment much to like. As a for instance: this Glen Plaid blazer, because suddenly I really want a plaid blazer, no idea why.

block print shirt

A hippie-girl-type-print gets chic when executed in darker hues.

amo jeans

These jeans have got a few things exactly right: the dark grayish wash, the slight crop, and the cute twisted ankle hem.

fatigue shirt

This fatigue shirt would be so perfect with a pair of white jeans and sandals.

green stripes

The big bold stripes and poppy, poppy green here just kill me.

Posted on August 31st, 2016 14 Comments

14 Responses

  1. Mimi says:

    Everyone deserves a break now and then, but I wanted to send a shout out acknowledging how nice it is when you post daily. Thanks, Kim!

  2. Rae says:

    I really love the retro, 80’s inspired prep pieces J Crew is doing right now. The blazer, hippie blouse, and striped sweater you show fit the bill. Their autumn color palette is great as well.

  3. Kat says:

    The print blouse is to die for but that jacket looks like John Candy could have worn it and the fatigue shirt colour is like baby sick – olive would be much nicer.

  4. Anna says:

    Love the green & black stripes! I wonder if Nordstrom will have it too when they get J.Crew in the fall.

  5. DeDe says:

    I dare you to wear numbers 1, 2, and 5 together.

  6. KimberSam says:

    So I have a question. What is the collective “hit” rate for you all with JCrew? I like a lot of their stuff–but I find their sizing to be inconsistent. I’ve also had some quality issues with some of the Collections pieces. For me–I end up returning, never wearing or ruining about 1/2 of what I buy there. It’s too bad–because I really like the bright/punky/sequin/pattern preppy thing.

    • Rae says:

      The hit percentage is very high for me — I would say I keep about 80% of the items I order online. But, I live in a small college town with very limited brick & mortar shopping. J Crew and Madewell make up about half of my wardrobe, both because I really like their clothes, and because they consistently fit me well. I think the key for me is that I have worm their clothes for years and know my usual sizes & I follow a few J Crew employees on Instagram. They do try-ons of new inventory, show items on their non-model frames, and report if things are true to size etc. Might be worth checking them out to help with sizing & quality info!

      • Mamavalveeta03 says:

        How did you find their Instagram accounts, Rae? I’d be interested!

        • Rae says:

          Start here:
          inawonderland5
          emmeltwins
          Two different body-types, offering OOTD almost entirely of JCrew and Madewell. Then you can follow some of the folks who comment on their posts – especially the ones with JCrew in their handles. Hope that helps!

        • Rae says:

          Forgot my favorite one!
          howtojcrew

      • KimberSam says:

        Thanks Rae! The sizing thing has been a consistent source of frustration. I’ll check out the instagram.

  7. Dana D says:

    I loved J Crew for a long time…love their styling and their colors and the way they put everything together.

    But their stuff (almost all of it) is made in China (with no pledge to use only factories that practice fair-trade policies) and I no longer shop there.

    If I see something at J Crew that I like, I look for it elsewhere.

  8. Mimi says:

    Like Rae I live in a small resort town in the Rocky Mountains and buy everything but sports clothes online. I order a fair amount of J. Crew for both me and my husband and accept that trial and error is part of the process. I buy and I return, but I still find terrific basics (cashmere, painter boatneck tees in pretty colors) and the occasional thrilling piece like a Collection dress I even bought at full price. I often order things in 2 sizes, but the inconsistencies in cut are still annoying. The “perfect” shirt used to live up to its name but they’ve changed the cut and now it doesn’t. Customer reviews are sometimes helpful re sizing and quality.