1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Is J Crew acceptable??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by x26, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. A Y

    A Y Senior member

    Messages:
    5,592
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2006
    Location:
    Southern California
    J.Crew's my favorite RTW brand these days, but the quality can be a bit spotty. For example, I just got their vintage white denim jean, and the stitching on the long seams are like twice as far apart as Nudies or 5EPs. I noticed it when I sat down, and the seams kind of gaped open randomly. The fit is great though.

    --Andre
     
  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

    Messages:
    22,225
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Location:
    Irvine
    J CREW is back in... MRS. OBAMA ROCKS IT
     
  3. Teger

    Teger Senior member

    Messages:
    21,933
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    mafoofan you are wrong, but even if you were right, it's kind of ironci when your oufit screams 'rubinacci' from the top of a skyscraper to anyone with even a base level of tailoring knowledge.

    if I cared enough I'd post some pictures of outfits and ask you to spot the j crew item.
     
  4. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

    Messages:
    11,809
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2008
    mafoofan you are wrong, but even if you were right, it's kind of ironci when your oufit screams 'rubinacci' from the top of a skyscraper to anyone with even a base level of tailoring knowledge.

    if I cared enough I'd post some pictures of outfits and ask you to spot the j crew item.


    I actually second foof's assessment of the colors signaling "I'M WEARING J. MO' EFFIN' CREW". My girlfriend first pointed out the classic J. Crew colors, along with Banana as well. She's always saying things like "oh this is kinda cute, but it's too J. Crew".

    I also agree with your depiction of his Rubinacci.

    Win win?[​IMG]
     
  5. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    20,795
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    mafoofan you are wrong, but even if you were right, it's kind of ironci when your oufit screams 'rubinacci' from the top of a skyscraper to anyone with even a base level of tailoring knowledge.

    What, precisely, does it mean to look 'Rubinacci'?
     
  6. Teger

    Teger Senior member

    Messages:
    21,933
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    What, precisely, does it mean to look 'Rubinacci'?

    shaped chest, wide arms, scorn for lesser brands

    j crew makes great clothes and unless you are buying muted red chinos nobody will be able to distinguish your clothing from many other similar brands
     
  7. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,384
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The wild and the pure.
    shaped chest, wide arms, scorn for lesser brands

    j crew makes great clothes and unless you are buying muted red chinos nobody will be able to distinguish your clothing from many other similar brands

    I never realized I screamed anything. [​IMG]
     
  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    20,795
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    shaped chest, wide arms, scorn for lesser brands

    j crew makes great clothes and unless you are buying muted red chinos nobody will be able to distinguish your clothing from many other similar brands


    WTF does it mean to look like you are 'scorning lesser brands'? And why would you want an un-shaped chest?

    I didn't say J. Crew didn't make decent clothes. For the price, you can do much worse quality-wise at retail. But there is certainly a J. Crew look. They've been fostering it for a couple of decades now.
     
  9. Teger

    Teger Senior member

    Messages:
    21,933
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    I never realized I screamed anything. [​IMG]

    your clothing actually looks good [​IMG] but you can tell that it's bespoke.
     
  10. Teger

    Teger Senior member

    Messages:
    21,933
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    WTF does it mean to look like you are 'scorning lesser brands'? And why would you want an un-shaped chest?

    I didn't say J. Crew didn't make decent clothes. For the price, you can do much worse quality-wise at retail. But there is certainly a J. Crew look. They've been fostering it for a couple of decades now.


    really, what would this signature j crew look be?

    and I don't know if you've stopped in a j crew in the last two years, but the brand, its products and its image have completely changed
     
  11. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    20,795
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    really, what would this signature j crew look be?

    and I don't know if you've stopped in a j crew in the last two years, but the brand, its products and its image have completely changed


    I used to wear a lot of J. Crew in high school and college (mid 90's through 2004). My wife still shops there a lot. The stuff hasn't changed that much. Granted, it's not the same time warp experience as walking into an Abercrombie & Fitch, which hasn't changed since 1996. But the 'look' is more or less the same; the main difference I've noticed is that they are doing much brighter, bolder colors for women now, with more prints and finer materials.

    The 'look' for men in a nut shell: 'vintage' t-shirts, untucked 'worn' dress shirts intended to be left a little rumpled, khakis and corduroys, distressed denim with fading and whiskering, lots of zip-up hoodies (sometimes in luxury materials like merino wool or cashmere), lots of sweaters in general, distressed leather belts, argyle socks, etc. It's what 80% of all guys wear in college on the east coast. Conceptually, they crib a lot from traditional American clothing (J. Press . . . J. 'Crew' . . . coincidence?), and update with slimmer cuts, distressing, and a small touch of irony.
     
  12. Teger

    Teger Senior member

    Messages:
    21,933
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    I used to wear a lot of J. Crew in high school and college (mid 90's through 2004). My wife still shops there a lot. The stuff hasn't changed that much. Granted, it's not the same time warp experience as walking into an Abercrombie & Fitch, which hasn't changed since 1996. But the 'look' is more or less the same; the main difference I've noticed is that they are doing much brighter, bolder colors for women now, with more prints and finer materials.

    The 'look' for men in a nut shell: 'vintage' t-shirts, untucked worn-looking dress shirts, khakis and corduroys, distressed denim with fading and whiskering, lots of zip-up hoodies (sometimes in luxury materials like merino wool or cashmere), lots of sweaters in general, distressed leather belts, argyle socks, etc. It's what 80% of all guys wear in college on the east coast. Conceptually, they crib a lot from traditional American clothing (J. Press . . . J. 'Crew' . . . coincidence?), and update with slimmer cuts, distressing, and a small touch of irony.


    so basically it is similar to every other prep/new england style brand out there?

    also, if you think j crew hasn't changed you are absolutely nuts. they have totally redone all of their fits in the last 3 seasons, and are channeling an engineered garments/workwear vibe that only exists in brands at a much higher price point (EG, WWM, etc).

    there's a reason the brand is doing collaborations with mister freedom and alden.
     
  13. manofstyle

    manofstyle Senior member

    Messages:
    363
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Location:
    England
    I like the chinos, cardigans & ties... I wish we had J Crew in England.
     
  14. Teger

    Teger Senior member

    Messages:
    21,933
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    I can't count the number of times someone has asked me if a piece I'm wearing is from wings + horns/EG/WWM/other high end brand, only to be shocked when I let them know it's j crew
     
  15. A Y

    A Y Senior member

    Messages:
    5,592
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2006
    Location:
    Southern California
    It's what 80% of all guys wear in college on the east coast. Conceptually, they crib a lot from traditional American clothing (J. Press . . . J. 'Crew' . . . coincidence?), and update with slimmer cuts, distressing, and a small touch of irony.

    It's pretty different from that these days --- take a look at their catalog or website. It's much closer to the haute workwear trend than preppy, though you could probably put together that kind of outfit still. I always thought the models, especially the women, had a certain look.

    I never realized I screamed anything. [​IMG]

    The drape screams. It's very distinctive in real life.

    --Andre
     
  16. RyJ Maduro

    RyJ Maduro Senior member

    Messages:
    2,213
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2008
    Location:
    Sitting at my credenza.
    I like J Crew for basics (oxfords, chinos, ribbon belts); but Foo is absolutely right, they do have a pretty distinct "look."
     
  17. mossrockss

    mossrockss Senior member

    Messages:
    1,606
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2008
    My personal assessment:

    Get shirts, pants, socks, jeans, sweaters, etc. etc. etc. on sale from J.Crew (as many have said).

    But do not buy their suits or sport coats. They fit... weirdly. And are extremely overpriced for the quality.

    I find that the cheaper suits/sport coats from BR actually fit better and are of comparable quality.
     
  18. Narciso

    Narciso Senior member

    Messages:
    150
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2008
    There may be a "J Crew" look, but it's a good look anyway. I'm always impressed when I browse their catalog.
     
  19. Cas Ruffin

    Cas Ruffin Senior member

    Messages:
    664
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Location:
    Bay Area
    This assessment is incorrect.

    I don't rely on J.Crew for "dress-up" clothes, except for my trench. Did they have anything worth noting as of late?
     
  20. a-rock

    a-rock Senior member

    Messages:
    630
    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2007
    i wish had a bigger mens section at the jcrew in SCP. its very surprising that they don't since SCP is such a shoppers mecca. they reduced the size of the mens section from half the store to just one tiny corner several yrs back. they don't carry any of the higher end workwear - mostly just the kind of stuff mafoo is talking about. frumpy dress shirts in the muted colors with rolled-up sleeves, basic sweaters, chinos, maybe some casual blazers in cotton or tweed. certainly none of the $135 thomas mason dress shirts or jackets in worsted wool.

    if they don't carry the "good" stuff at SCP, i'm assuming its not very ubiquitious. many probably haven't seen firsthand their better quality offerings. possibly a contributing factor to the diff of opinion about the jcrew look.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by