I really like J Crew merchandize. Since I was in high school until now as I am preparing to graduate from University, J Crew clothes have comprised a majority of my active wardrobe. I just find most of the piece though sometimes higher priced than its competitors have better style and are more detail oriented. The buttons on the shirts and henleys seem to be carefully added, not just an afterthought.
Also, growing up on a farm and now attending finishing up at an Ivy League University, I have never felt out of place while hanging out with my friends at each place while wearing J Crew cords/khakis/jeans and J Crew Sweaters/Shirts/Button-downs. The clothes have a very timeless American style that will not make me a feature on the Sartorialist, but ten years from now I won't look back at photos of myself and wonder, "what the hell...?"
This I think is a reason why men's clothing at J Crew is seeing a declining presence. They make classic pieces in classic cuts and fabrics. How many blue striped oxfords, fine gauge v-neck sweaters, and tan fine wale cords does one need? Because every season and in every catalogue the men's section is practically 75% the same. Unlike the women's wear where new patterns, cuts, and looks are constantly changing menswear is fairly consistent, so there just might not be the demand for more new stuff especially considering the quality construction of many of the pieces.
The only criticism I have is that they need to make wellies for mens or at least in a size 13 so I can squeeze into a women's
Originally Posted by zarathustra
For instance, I used to be able to walk into J.Crew know what i wore right off the shelf. This season or last, they changed the dimensions of the clothing. In fact is it cut quite similarly to some of Polo's Rugby or University. I would describe it as slim fit. (Since when is a 44R an XL?)
In addition, many of my girlfriends have complained that J crew makes feel fat as they may be a true 8 or 10, but a size or two higher in Jcrew now. I even took measurements to see if i was crazy. A manager who i am friends with told me that alot of people have been complaining about the sizing and sales weren't as great. Whether that is just for the store or the company i don't know.
I realized this recently too. I bought a suede car coat more than 5 years ago in a small that fit me well and now almost across the board I need large tops.
But I think there is also a trend in vanity sizing where retailers will mark clothing down a size or two in order to appeal to the vanity of the shopper. But this isn't exclusive to BR or JCrew, shopping for demin I've noticed that APC, RRL, etc are almost all oversized.