How do you guys feel about J.Crew? How is the quality of there clothing? Comparable to those of designer brands?
Opinions On J.Crew Clothing?
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As for the general opinion on J. Crew; they offer a wide variety of items, some of which are geared towards the workwear trend that has kicked up in the last few years, an angle that allowed them to gain some traction in the menswear blogosphere a few years back. Their collaborations are the biggest reason to buy, as they can pull in some big names and generate some really killer individual pieces.
They are, however, very overpriced, and the clothes tend to fit anywhere from "alright" to terrible. As a "fashion" brand, it's not really taken seriously; however, it is a good gateway for men who are just starting to try and define their style. As a mall brand, I'd say it's one of the better ones, if not the very best.
The quality is decent; better than most mall brands, but definitely not worth the price they charge for some of their items.
I won't pay $80 or whatever for a shirt, but for $20-$30, if it's a nice basic pattern then sure. The fit is very meh for their non slim shirts though -- meaning it has to drop below $20 for it to be worthwhile to even tailor. I bought a pretty cool flannel for $23 with student discount at an outlet on black friday, retails for $70 on their site right now. I'm a happy camper for what I got.
Edited by loreley - 11/30/11 at 2:41pm
THis topic has been discussed ad nauseam.
OP, if you want more specific info, go here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/262063/j-crew-fall-winter-2011-discussion/0_100
Since it was stated that J.Crew is only of "decent" quality, what are some company's/brands that are considered great quality, and worth investing money into?
I'm 16 years old, and I've watched countless amounts of money put into clothing, only for that clothing too see clothing drives shortly after. I've come to learn that sometimes when you buy something, seeking long-term value rather than just a cheap initial purchase can save SO much money in the long run. So please, if you guys could direct me too high quality brands, brands that actually care about the clothes they make, please educate me and steer me into the right direction.
If I were you, I would start by finding a good pair of raw jeans (eg, APC) that fits you really perfectly and then go from there, building your wardrobe very slowly and doing lots of research so you figure out an aesthetic that will work on you in the long-term