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post #286 of 310
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Originally Posted by ruben View Post
Another great quote, although for me the quintessential BR a light blue v-neck (ribbed even) over a white tee shirt, over some light stone-colored stretch paints, and tacky black leather square toed shoes.

I really hate BR, so I'm enjoying reading through this thread.

FWIW, my iconic BR look is an argyle quarter-zip mockneck sweater, with a light blue/dark blue striped shirt under it and the shirt is not tucked into the straight-cut khakis and the khakis bunch up over the black moc-toe shoes and the collar of the sweater is in this strange not quite flat/not quite up netherworld.

I'm not sure how they're still in business when J Crew is doing such fantastic marketing and lifestyle branding at the same price point.
post #287 of 310
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Originally Posted by Makeshift_Robot View Post
FWIW, my iconic BR look is an argyle quarter-zip mockneck sweater, with a light blue/dark blue striped shirt under it and the shirt is not tucked into the straight-cut khakis and the khakis bunch up over the black moc-toe shoes and the collar of the sweater is in this strange not quite flat/not quite up netherworld.

I'm not sure how they're still in business when J Crew is doing such fantastic marketing and lifestyle branding at the same price point.

Banana Republic's brand is business-casual. J. Crew's brand is east coast preppy casual.

Most people would not shop for work at J Crew, and would not shop for their weekend wear at BR.
post #288 of 310
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post
Yes, why is it that women usually go for the worst combo? I thought women had an eye for style...

this is a fallacy, most women can't dress for shit and can't dress men for shit, either
post #289 of 310
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Originally Posted by Uncontrol View Post
this is a fallacy, most women can't dress for shit and can't dress men for shit, either

+1

Most women can't dress, period. No surprise their boyfriends/husbands/SO who trust them in dressing them up, end up looking inept...a match made in Podunksville
post #290 of 310
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Originally Posted by uhurit View Post
+1

Most women can't dress, period. No surprise their boyfriends/husbands/SO who trust them in dressing them up, end up looking inept...a match made in Podunksville

...and the prettiest women seem to congregate around the worst-dressed guys...
post #291 of 310
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post
...and the prettiest women seem to congregate around the worst-dressed guys...

http://hotchickswithdouchebags.com/
post #292 of 310
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Originally Posted by Asherlc View Post
Most people would not shop for work at J Crew, and would not shop for their weekend wear at BR.
The state of American business wear sucks so people intentionally shop at BR to look sucky? I don't think the relative "appropriateness" in style drives purchasing decisions between JC and BR. I would wager most BR customers shop there because they simply don't know any better about style. If they cared so much about what they wear and the role it plays in their professional life, they probably wouldn't be BR shoppers to begin with.
post #293 of 310
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Originally Posted by a-rock View Post
The state of American business wear sucks so people intentionally shop at BR to look sucky? I don't think the relative "appropriateness" in style drives purchasing decisions between JC and BR. I would wager most BR customers shop there because they simply don't know any better about style. If they cared so much about what they wear and the role it plays in their professional life, they probably wouldn't be BR shoppers to begin with.

No, not at all. But BR has positioned itself (intentionally or unintentionally) as a place to buy your clothes for work. J Crew's marketing is clearly marks it as a casual wear brand. This is reflected in their advertising, and when the average person thinks J Crew, they think sun faded pants or madras shirts, etc, not slacks and a no-iron button down.

Does J Crew even make a non-iron dress shirt?

I'm not arguing that someone should or shouldn't buy their "adult" clothes there -- but when a 22 year old fresh out of college needs his uniform, he thinks BR as cheap and foolproof.

I was responding to someone wondering how BR stays in business, when from the SF perspective, they occupy the same branding space as J Crew. But to the rest of the world, they serve two very different markets. In fact, I would wager many people shop at both BR and J Crew, but for different purposes. Hell, they're right next to each other in the mall. J Crew is not some underground secret.
post #294 of 310
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
Banana Republic gets a bad rap here for some valid reasons, but if you give it a chance you might be pleasantly surprised.
Here are the top reasons why BR deserves a second look

1. Slim fit shirts are actually slim. The slim fit shirts are about 2-3' slimmer in the chest than J.Crew.
2. Medium Tall/Extra small/31-34 pants/...: They offer more sizes than any other mall brand in the US.
3. Sales: BR has amazing sales. I have bought socks for a dollar, a %100 cashmere sweaters for $15, Made in the USA belts for $8, Ties for $7, a full suit for $80, leather gloves $15...

Anyone Agree?

I have a button-down shirt from Fall 2008, and it fits much like most of my BoOs, plus the quality is top-notch. BR no longer makes anything like this in fit, detail, or quality.
post #295 of 310
their quality has gone down, but still a decent store with good prices.

their winter jackets/trench's are crack
post #296 of 310
Something about BR bothers me. Maybe it's the fact that they pretend to be luxe when it's really just a neutered Express. Also, the giddy models on the website piss me off Some of the Heritage stuff looks decent, but I bet the fit is shit
post #297 of 310
I bought a t-shirt from there two years ago that I still like a lot. It's dark green, very soft and has a tree on it. Haven't been in one since lol
post #298 of 310
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Originally Posted by Uncontrol View Post
this is a fallacy, most women can't dress for shit and can't dress men for shit, either

+ 1,000
Yet most women think they can dress themselves and others well because they read a few mags with shitty "fashion tips" in them.

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Originally Posted by Asherlc View Post
Banana Republic's brand is business-casual. J. Crew's brand is east coast preppy casual.

Most people would not shop for work at J Crew, and would not shop for their weekend wear at BR.

Umm really? I mean its not like J.Crew sells suits and ties and dress shoes, oh wait....

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Originally Posted by Asherlc View Post
No, not at all. But BR has positioned itself (intentionally or unintentionally) as a place to buy your clothes for work. J Crew's marketing is clearly marks it as a casual wear brand. This is reflected in their advertising, and when the average person thinks J Crew, they think sun faded pants or madras shirts, etc, not slacks and a no-iron button down.

Does J Crew even make a non-iron dress shirt?

Non-iron dress shirts? who cares. Lots of places don't make non-iron dress shirts. I don't own a single non-iron dress shirt.

I'd disagree as to the positioning. BR has plenty of ads showing their models in really shitty excuses for casual outfits, and while yeah the majority of J.crew ads show off their casual stuff a substantial portion of their ads/etc are on their suits and other dress clothes... so I wouldn't say one brand clearly markets itself to casual the other brand to work. They both arguably position themselves as "you can get pretty much all your clothes here" sort of places.
post #299 of 310
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Originally Posted by Meis View Post
I'd disagree as to the positioning. BR has plenty of ads showing their models in really shitty excuses for casual outfits, and while yeah the majority of J.crew ads show off their casual stuff a substantial portion of their ads/etc are on their suits and other dress clothes... so I wouldn't say one brand clearly markets itself to casual the other brand to work. They both arguably position themselves as "you can get pretty much all your clothes here" sort of places.

Agreed. I work for BR currently p/t, and still would buy just about anything at JCrew before BR, if not for the decent discount.
post #300 of 310
Some of BR isn't bad. However, Express has been plummeting in quality and design.
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