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banana republic vs jcrew

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by randomkoreandude, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. airportlobby

    airportlobby Senior member

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    But J.Crew has a clearly defined design aesthetic (East Coast, modern preppy) whereas BR, on the whole, produces nondescript cubicle wear. And that's the difference between the two.

    This is the bottom line. Although as far as quality, I think I think BR stuff is made fairly well - in fact, the quality of their stuff is much better than some higher priced stuff (eg, APC, which seems universally poorly made).
     
  2. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    You have to ask?... JCrew.

    I especially like the fit of their dress shirts and button downs. BR is just too expensive and their fit is too boxy/baggy.
     
  3. EdenResident

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    BR is boring as shit. Seriously, can they be any more plain?
     
  4. mulansauce

    mulansauce Senior member

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    BR is boring as shit. Seriously, can they be any more plain?

    Yes. See: www.gap.com
     
  5. Robert

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    Sometimes plain works.
     
  6. Curious_George

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    Yes. See: www.gap.com

    I don't know, I find they're about equal. 95% of BR for men is boring/generic business wear. At least at the Gap they'll sometimes have some decent casual shirts (picked up a nice tab collar chambray there last year) or sweaters. BR has some nice pieces sometimes too but are imo overpriced for the design/quality compared to the Gap. Jcrew may not have much better quality but usually their designs are leagues above the stuff at BR.
     
  7. KimboIsLegit

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    I like Target stuff more than either. The Target sweaters I have fit much better than my JCrew sweaters.
     
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    i agree with the consensus that on a whole, jcrew is better quality and aesthetics. i was in store the other day and found a bunch of english scarves for 15 bucks a piece. on the otherhand, i actually like the monogrammed banana stuff. when on sale, they make for very nice, affordable, and well fitted business wear.
     
  10. Kohan

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    Sometimes plain works.

    This is actually a point in BR's favor, IMO. Most people aren't all that concerned about saying a lot with their clothing, so a popular brand that makes plain, inoffensive cubicle-wear seems much better than a cheap-and-gaudy alternative.

    And I, too, have some BR pieces that I love. The one time I bought jeans there was a mistake--hence the "one time"--but their summer polos are comfortable, the extra-thick weave sweaters are good, and they have some really classy outerwear that just makes me happy.
     
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    mmhollis Senior member

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    I would say that I do like BR for linen pants or shirts on the cheap, other than that hands down J. Crew.
     
  12. Vernon-Dozier

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    BR is trash, I'm always amazed how the GAP and BR outlets are always filled with shoppers while the J Crew outlet has half the traffic. I do go to BR every once in awhile and never end up buying anything. J Crew easily wins this one...
     
  13. lance konami

    lance konami Senior member

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    J Crew by far. But really Banana Republic vs. Zara is a better comparison stylewise. And Zara wins.
     
  14. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    I find more stuff at the Gap that I like than BR - given the materials/quality, the plain factor works in the Gap's favor for me.

    I did get a herringbone 'military' jacket at BR on the cheap, and usually they seem to have nice outerwear stuff. But as a rule I'd rather go down to the Gap or up to J Crew.
     
  15. needshoehelp

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    I find more stuff at the Gap that I like than BR - given the materials/quality, the plain factor works in the Gap's favor for me.
    Couldn't agree more. Whereas at BR all they seem to have is horrendous clubbby-striped stuff, Gap has a lot more plain basics that to me is 90% of the "quality" (whatever that may be) of BR at 50% of the price -- and is more tasteful to boot.
     
  16. chronoaug

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    This might be the lamest debate in the history of online fashion forums
     
  17. Warren G.

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    BR is trash, I'm always amazed how the GAP and BR outlets are always filled with shoppers while the J Crew outlet has half the traffic. I do go to BR every once in awhile and never end up buying anything. J Crew easily wins this one...
    yeah same. When BR had that 50% family and friends sale a while back. I really had a hard time picking out something. So I endup getting some vnecks, and socks.
     
  18. jet

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    This might be the lamest debate in the history of online fashion forums

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  19. Robert

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    The great thing about clothes (style, fashion, whatever) is there's no one right answer. What's right for me may not be right for you. Banana Republic is sometimes the answer for me, though often it pales in comparison to J. Crew and other things. Like I've said, I've procured some great pieces from BR. My complaint is, I can't always find great pieces there consistently--whereas I can with J. Crew.

    So ultimately this thread isn't really much of a debate, lame or otherwise. I think it's pretty obvious everybody prefers J. Crew over BR. AT the same time, bashing either place seems pretty lame to me, too.
     
  20. zissou

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    I think it's about even for me.

    Costs are similar, fit/sizing is better for me at BR, more interesting design at J Crew (90% of BR is indeed bland), materials are comparable.
     

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