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post #46 of 88
J Crew hands down. It seems like Banana Republic is trying to hard to market their products to a more discerning customer without actually improving upon their quality. It is amazing to me that people would actually pay $125 for a BR shirt and just the other week I saw they had a $1200 suit...yea right!!!
post #47 of 88
A couple more things to add: It seems like BR hasn't changed much in the last decade- v-necks, half zips, BDs... snooze! (Although I do have a few nice pieces from them) J. Crew sales (especially recently) beat anything BR does hands down. With BR, you can stack promo codes with rewards cards online, but not in store. In store, you can stack codes, but not codes with the same % off. WTF?
post #48 of 88
I just wish J Crew had a medium long.

BR's med long tees are a staple for me.
post #49 of 88
I know! How about an Eddie Bauer vs. J. Crew thread? Or JC Penny vs. Macy's? Sears vs. Kohl's? Oh, think of the fun!
post #50 of 88
At the Gainesville mall, we have a department store called Belk. The fuck is a belk?
post #51 of 88
BR would be nice if the Dress shirts didn't fit like tents. As far as their quality goes i find the dress shirts to be good quality, albeit a terrible fit.
post #52 of 88
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Originally Posted by chronoaug View Post
At the Gainesville mall, we have a department store called Belk. The fuck is a belk?


Run-of-the-mill department store with mediocre men's selection and piss-poor customer service. We have them here too.
post #53 of 88
Yea. I walked through it when 4 years ago when i first got to gainesville and i was appalled.
post #54 of 88
I can't comment on quality since I've never bought anything from J.Crew, but I don't like the J.Crew aesthetic at all. It's all bland, subdued earth-tones, and weird textures. Lots of corduroy -- eww. I prefer BR for their aesthetic, even if it is dated.
post #55 of 88
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Originally Posted by mulansauce View Post
I think a lot of people are put off BR because of the massive amount of utterly horrendous shit they produce.

yeah thats pretty much it
post #56 of 88
I don't buy from J.Crew because I don't feel like going to Fashion Valley or South Coast Plaza all the time, but I do buy a lot from BR. I actually think the quality of their clothes are good enough when I buy them on sale. However, I just bought a striped sweater (which I'm returning) and for some reason, the stripes on the sleeves aren't symmetrical, which is something they're usually good at in my experience. So I guess I'd be one of the few to say I prefer BR (usually for basics, I don't buy much else) because they tend to have better deals, although J.Crew became extremely appealing this year for some reason.
post #57 of 88
I love wearing jil sander when everyone around me is wearing br.
post #58 of 88
I bet they all think you're wearing BR though

For me though, I dislike BR because you can essentially buy the same things at GAP for cheaper. But you can buy the same things at GAP at Old Navy. And the stuff you can buy at Old Navy, you can get for the same price at Target but with better fit. And the stuff you can get at Target you can always get cheaper and better fitting at H&M. But for only a little price increase you might as well buy Uniqlo because it's better quality and will last and generally the designs a less eurotrashy. And if you can't find it at Uniqlo you can get it at Rugby.
post #59 of 88
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Originally Posted by Casey View Post
I don't buy from J.Crew because I don't feel like going to Fashion Valley or South Coast Plaza all the time, but I do buy a lot from BR.

I actually think the quality of their clothes are good enough when I buy them on sale. However, I just bought a striped sweater (which I'm returning) and for some reason, the stripes on the sleeves aren't symmetrical, which is something they're usually good at in my experience.

So I guess I'd be one of the few to say I prefer BR (usually for basics, I don't buy much else) because they tend to have better deals, although J.Crew became extremely appealing this year for some reason.


J. Crew this year pulls together a look that, to me, seems both classic and a little edgy. And they've had some great sales on this stuff.
post #60 of 88
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Originally Posted by Lel View Post
I bet they all think you're wearing BR though

For me though, I dislike BR because you can essentially buy the same things at GAP for cheaper. But you can buy the same things at GAP at Old Navy. And the stuff you can buy at Old Navy, you can get for the same price at Target but with better fit. And the stuff you can get at Target you can always get cheaper and better fitting at H&M. But for only a little price increase you might as well buy Uniqlo because it's better quality and will last and generally the designs a less eurotrashy. And if you can't find it at Uniqlo you can get it at Rugby.

This is not true at all. Worlds of difference between all three stores (BR, Gap, and ON). Take any item, from a khaki pant to a pea coat, and compare, and you'll see that BR is clearly tops in quality. Gap and ON are very cheap looking. Say what you will about BR blandness or whatever, it nonetheless does generally produce quality clothing.
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