Is J Crew acceptable??

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  1. Carbon

    Carbon Well-Known Member

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    What is J. Crew's market compared to BR, Club Monaco, etc? Preppy?
     


  2. robin

    robin Senior member

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    What is J. Crew's market compared to BR, Club Monaco, etc? Preppy?
    Not even preppy. More like entry-level trad.
     


  3. poloist12

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    Though I understand the question, what kind of question is this?

    Even some thing that you would purchase of the rack at Wal-Mart is "acceptable."
    The question looks almost as though some one is asking if they are acceptable. Or would be acceptible if they bought from this retailer.

    Though I'm a big fan of "lables." Clothing doesn't make the man. Don't buy in to the hype. If you like it get it. My sister and sister-in-law, both with law degrees will only purchase clothing from Wal-Mart or Target, and it is perfectly acceptable in their offices.

    However, I was sorely disappointed in a couple of ribbon; no not grosgrain, belts I purchased. But in all, I like Jcrew's style.
     


  4. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

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    I find the quality of J. Crew has really gone down since the early to mid-90s when I used to buy from them regularly. Even with the refocusing on quality that the company underwent a few years ago, their offerings are still below in quality compared to 15 years ago.
     


  5. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I wouldn't buy a tailored jacket there, but I really like J Crew for casual shirts and the new slimmer cut chinos. I bought the blue and white gingham longsleeve, a tan and blue patterned shirt, and the vintage/ beat up blue oxxford cotton shirt and REALLY like them, especially with jeans and a sportcoat (and also with khakis or cordoroy trousers).

    shirts are a slimmer cut, and the 'favorite wash' treatment means i can wear them with no ironing, or simply touch up the collar if i wear them to work.


    This is pretty much how I feel as well.

    I like the slim cut 'essential' (i.e. not broken-in) chinos.

    I'll pick up the driving mocs at a very good sale price and still use some of the shirts I bought in college for casual wear.

    I wouldn't tough the sweaters and I'm not really a sweater snob. My wife has a couple of the tailored items but those hold zero interest for me.
     


  6. nmoraitis

    nmoraitis Senior member

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    I really only buy their merino wool sweaters which I find hold well and can be had for about $30 at sale time.
     


  7. SantaCruzGuy

    SantaCruzGuy Well-Known Member

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    J. Crew is mid end.
    The other posters are correct in that you should never pay full retail. Everything they sell eventually goes on sale.

    The other thing that I find I really like about J. Crew is that they do beautiful layouts in their catalogs, & have cool pics of their clothes online. I turn to J. Crew many times for inspiration actually. I suspect many other people probably do the same thing.

    They're definitely a big notch up from The Gap, & some of the other mass marketers out there you'll find in "mall land".
     


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    Just purchased this jacket from J. Crew (plus a shirt). [​IMG] New to J. Crew. Had to import to the UK via a friend in NYC so was taking a risk. Overall I was happy with the jacket, the outer fabric is of a good standard, the jacket's cotton lining is nice. The fit was OK, although a little bit roomy in the chest for a Large IMO. I wouldn't describe it as a tailored cut. But, the sleeve lining was a bit of a joke, was made from polyester!. Nasty. They should at least used viscose or cotton. Polyester is for Primark. For a $600 jacket I felt this was cutting a corner to far. Real shame. Luckily I purchased at 65% discount, but still a disappointment.
     


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    Its a staple for me for shorts and polos, summery stuff.
     


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    Absolutely not! Why wouldn't you just have a bespoke jacket made?!!
     


  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Absolutely not! Why wouldn't you just have a bespoke jacket made?!!
    +100
     


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    My only major complaint is that everything from J. Crew has some indescribable J. Crew glaze all over it--like the stuff at Banana Republic or Benetton. In the case of J. Crew, I think it has to do with the slightly washed out, muted colors. When I say 'slightly', I mean barely perceptible at times, but the effect is very tangible when you put together multiple pieces. For better or worse, a J. Crew outfit is immediately identifable as a J. Crew outfit.
     


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    J. Crew polos are actually really nice. I just bought 6 since they were the only ones that fit me correctly since I have a more athletic build (compared to lacoste, polo, etc). Hopefully they'll hold up over time.
     


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    As expected, very perceptive. I totally agree.

    My only major complaint is that everything from J. Crew has some indescribable J. Crew glaze all over it--like the stuff at Banana Republic or Benetton. In the case of J. Crew, I think it has to do with the slightly washed out, muted colors. When I say 'slightly', I mean barely perceptible at times, but the effect is very tangible when you put together multiple pieces. For better or worse, a J. Crew outfit is immediately identifable as a J. Crew outfit.
     


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    The price is right...
     


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