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post #46 of 55
I have never shopped at J.Crew . Their bland styling and fabrics never had any appeal to me. I visited J.Crew once about 2 months ago and i can confirm that they continue the bland clothing theme they were famous for.

All the change from this to that that has been discussed on this board is lost on me. The only change I can confirm is their fabrics quality went significantly down. Everything looks drab, wrinkled , as if it was pulled from the warehouse in NJ and dumped on the sales floor.
post #47 of 55
I think the men's section at J Crew in Columbus is smaller than it used to be.

Their women's clothing is a lot more interesting to look at anyway.
post #48 of 55
Speaking of J Crew, I've been unable to view their website for ages, it just comes up as an error message. Anyone else having trouble with it?
post #49 of 55
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Speaking of J Crew, I've been unable to view their website for ages, it just comes up as an error message. Anyone else having trouble with it?

Comes up fine for me.
post #50 of 55
^ Hey DOc, didn't you have the white bucks down in buying & selling, and then eventually decide to keep them (I may be misremembering). How are they holding up for you?

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As for the bucks, they were pretty subpar.
post #51 of 55
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^ Hey DOc, didn't you have the white bucks down in buying & selling, and then eventually decide to keep them (I may be misremembering). How are they holding up for you?

I sold some but kept a pair for myself too. I haven't had a chance to wear them, as I got them last fall, I think it was. But I believe Roger has the same style and had them resoled after they left marks.

(It's alarming to think I know this much about another guy's clothing.)
post #52 of 55
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(It's alarming to think I know this much about another guy's clothing.)

or that I know this much about yours. hey your tie is crooked. Ok that's better.
post #53 of 55
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I have never shopped at J.Crew . Their bland styling and fabrics never had any appeal to me. I visited J.Crew once about 2 months ago and i can confirm that they continue the bland clothing theme they were famous for.

All the change from this to that that has been discussed on this board is lost on me. The only change I can confirm is their fabrics quality went significantly down. Everything looks drab, wrinkled , as if it was pulled from the warehouse in NJ and dumped on the sales floor.

So you say you have never shopped there, yet you have been there once which puts you in a position to declare that their offerings continue to be bland based on a single visit?

MrR
post #54 of 55
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So you say you have never shopped there, yet you have been there once which puts you in a position to declare that their offerings continue to be bland based on a single visit?

MrR
I don't think it requires more than a single visit.

That said, occasionally they will have an outlier worth snagging. The merino sweaters seem to be a perennial favorite here, and I've had decent luck with their argyle socks. There were the Thomas Mason shirts last year. Also, their shoes go on sale for 50% off regularly, and they aren't much worse than any other shoe for their retail price, so they can be a decent deal. If you are an [ironic] prep, they have ribbon belts and other other trad staples that are functional.

Otherwise, I've been in maybe 10 times in the last couple of years and have never been interested in anything else there. I had a pair of jeans from them 10 years ago, wore them all the time, and only got rid of them because I shrank them in the dryer. And I think I still have a dress shirt from back then as well that has held up very well over the years.
post #55 of 55
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

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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.
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