I know a lot of you agree that this is a brand that has seriously lost its way. First, they over-leveraged the sequins-and-khakis Jenna Lyons aesthetic (which I actually liked a lot of at first, but which eventually jumped the shark) and now that Lyons is gone, they just seem a bit all over the place—less specific and more mass. What made J. Crew good was the same thing that made the Gap good in its heyday: You could find classic pieces and adapt them to your individual style easily. These days that’s a bit more challenging, but not impossible. Also, I will say that they are being a lot more size-inclusive these days, which is lovely and long-overdue, and they’re even using models with real-sized bodies occasionally (although I won’t consider this serious progress until I see a size 14 model in a swimsuit). Anyhow, enough of my opining; here’s what I like, starting with a very smart tuxedo blazer.
Several of you just yesterday mentioned that you like J. Crew’s nine-inch rise toothpick jeans, and this pair is made with something called Thermolite, which makes them warmer and therefore very tempting to me.
A buffalo check shirt jacket is very tomboy-cool.
And this corduroy puffer couldn’t be a whole lot cuter.
This sherpa toggle coat looks insanely cozy.
This cocoon dress is a slightly weird piece to show in December, but the floral print is aces, and maybe you’re going somewhere warm soon, in which case I envy you.
This metallic pleated skirt would be pretty fun to wear to a New Year’s party.