[quote=dkzzzz]If you work 9 to 5 in an office and on a budget then I guess it is fine.
Since this is Styleforum let me say something about J.Crew style:" Who? What?"
J.Crew is Banana with a price attitude. The head of GAP/BR quit last year and went to work for J.Crew that is why you will find exactly the same fabrics/leathers from the same Chinese mills. Many garments/shoes are not even re-styled; they are identical to Banana's offerings.
Stylistically J.Crew is an outfit that prepares young men to graduate one day into Brooks Brothers or Joseph A. and wear comfortably pleated shorts with tasseled loafers and play golf.
To contribute to the discussion here is wonderful article that sheds light on why clothing is the way it is. Wonderfully written article, I am sure you would get a chuckle or two.
Completely disagree. Have you walked into a Banana then into a J Crew? The styles are totally different, really not even in the same ballpark. I went into both stores today, and beyond the basics, that every store carries (solid v-neck sweaters, chinos, etc), everything was quite stylistically different. For example the composition of the sweaters are different (Banana uses this silk cashmere blend, which is nowhere to be found at J Crew), all Bananas shirts are points/spreads, with not a button down to be found (plenty of those in J Crew), and I doubt youll ever find an emblematic tie or sorts in Banana. I've also never seen red/yellow/orange pants at Banana, not pink argyle socks. Really the only thing that I would compare about the stores is their price point - targeting the upper middle classe range who are looking for casual clothing. Beyond that, the similarities pretty much end, in my view.