I went down a size (M->S) on the linen shirts in my neighborhood Jcrew store and they fit OK. The Mediums were huge and way too long. So I ordered some more Smalls online. The ones they sent, except for one, fit like regular Small shirts, and I had to take them back. Thank God the one that fit well was the one that was Final Sale.
I noticed the discussion about the Officer's Chino. I tried on the army/greenish one for the first time yesterday in their San Francisco store. It was 3 sizes bigger than tagged. Yes, I measured. Crazy. Cool pants though; I'm gonna buy some in the fall (but not w/o my trusty measuring tape!)
This kind of crap is happening all over the place, not just Jcrew. Shopping would be less of a time sink if American clothes were true to size. I guess they're just catering to demographics, since many people are overweight these days, but I can't stand it anymore.
Originally Posted by Robert
I'm pretty much on track with you in all the above. The linen shirts look great on the rack in the store but are really sloppy looking on. Maybe linen shirts are supposed to be a bit baggy? Anyway, sizing down to a medium made them too small, but a large was too boxy, so I passed on these as well.
My j. crew sweaters never the look the same on me as they do on the models. If I size down, they're too tight. In L, they're comfortable but tend to get a bit baggy and long at the waist. They're nice sweaters nevertheless, but they could stand to be tightened up a bit.
I love the secret wash shirts, but yeah, you're right, I don't see how anyone could wear a tall and not feel like they're wearing a dress. I'm a good 6.1 and a regular large is long and then some. And nice suggestion about marketing for tucked or untucked--it's almost impossible to tell without actually trying them on. Of all the shirts I've purchased recently, though, the lightweight summer ones are best for untucking. Not extra short, but shorter than others, for kind of a relaxed untucked that doesn't look sloppy. I wear these lightweight ones all the time, for work, weekends, whatever. Great summer shirt without having to go with linen.
All the J. Crew polos are oustanding, imo. And I used to not be a fan of polos.