Originally Posted by TheDroog
At some point I'll have to rejigger these rankings since there seems to be some movement up and down this list.
Case in point, I think Gap is hands down better than BR right now. Gap has jumped onto the Americana bandwagon and now offers lots of good looking flannels. It's a very solid value all around, especially when things are on sale.
On the other hand, BR is absolutely awful right now. So bland, so safe, so middle management. You fall asleep looking at their clothes. They need help.
Gap and BR are getting blander, but I find when they do hit it, it's good value. Gap's 'meh'-ness has always been it's safe-zone. BR has always been the non-threatening yet trendy-ish 'just out of college/young professional/I moved to Brooklyn but want to dress Manhattan' in a suit look. It's totally 'middle' but that's okay.
The basics I used to buy there (merino wool, occasional pants and belts), I no longer do. I can get either better and more interesting, or cheaper, elsewhere. I grew up more.
Originally Posted by breakz
You should bury BR solely for selling cotton-silk blend knits. I'd rather walk 2 blocks to J.Crew and grab 100% merino for the same price.
Word. BR should burn for those blends, so should JC for pushing anything cotton/wool blend. WTF?
Just get Macy's house brand (Club Room) merino for $29.00 and it's exactly the same as BR and cheaper than Gap or HM. Or get Uniqlo. $19.95 for lambswool? Nice.
I swear, for staples like that, once I looked beyond BR and GAP, I found so many better options, I felt like a sucker.