Do you guys remember when J.Crew was, well, not exactly affordable, but, like, normal people could shop there? I spend a ridiculous amount of time reminiscing about the days when I could save up a few extra bucks from my freshman work study job and pop into J.Crew for a nicely made cardigan. Sigh. But wait! Is a more accessible J.Crew poised to make a comeback? Based on a statement from CEO Mickey Drexler, it seemed possible: “For spring, you’ll see our prices much more friendly this year,” he said during a speech at Parsons this week. Exciting, right?
Unfortunately, a J.Crew spokesperson swooped in to release the following party-pooping statement right after Drexler’s words hit the internet: Keep reading »
It’s the eve of New York Fashion Week, and things are about to get real high fashion up in this bitch. Which is why, before all the crazy runway show coverage started, we thought we’d pull you aside for a moment to have a little discussion. High-fashion sweatpants are a thing now. Yes, they are. And that is not okay.
Fancy sweatpants are nothing new, but it does seem that we’re reaching the apex of fancy sweatpants. They’re featured in a new ad for shoe brand Etienne Aigner. J. Crew devoted a fair amount of its latest collection to the sweats-with-heels look. Of course, J. Crew sweats aren’t your average $8 Kmart pair — they’re expensive. Not as expensive as, say, this $842 pair of wool sweatpants from goth fashion maven Rick Owens, but you get the idea. And just like how Birkenstocks began appearing in high-fashion editorials a few months ago, supposedly christened fashionable by Anna Wintour herself, the fancy sweatpant [High-fashion pants are always singular, FYI. PANT. SweatPANT. -- Amelia] appears poised to be the latest low-to-high fashion transformation.
But here’s the thing! Keep reading »
I’m not sure what’s up with the latest collection from J. Crew. The clothes are cute, but the collection doesn’t feel particularly cohesive. Many of the looks are menswear-inspired, though whether or not it’s a good idea to encourage women to wear upscale sweatpants remains to be seen. There are a whole heck of a lot more ways to get that look wrong than there are right.
Take a peek at some of these new looks — and the imagined conversations being had by the models — and tell us what you think!
Let J. Crew’s Pixie put the leggings as pants controversy to rest — leggings CAN be worn as pants when they’re as sleek, thick, slimming and comfy as these. Despite being a J. Crew enthusiast (seriously, I am often dressed like an unpaid and less perfect J. Crew model), I didn’t become aware of the Pixie Pants’ magical powers until recently, when I complimented a number of fashion-y ladies on their leggings looking decidedly inoffensive when worn solo with buttondowns and sweaters. “Oh, these are not your normal leggings,” they each said in some way or another. “They’re Pixie Pants! From J. Crew!” The difference is that these leggings have a zipper in the back and are made from thicker material than the usual stretch jersey. They’re incredibly slimming and warm and are totally opaque. Seriously, these are the chicest leggings you could ever own. It’s only right to wear them as pants. [$88, J. Crew]
This cardigan combines the best thing about fall fashion (slouchy cardigans!) with the best thing about summer fashion (bright colors!), which makes it the perfect transition piece to bridge the seasons. I’d love to throw it on over jersey dresses or dark denim skinny jeans and flats–pretty sure I’d find a way to wear this baby pretty much every day. [$90, J.Crew]
I’ve never been much of an eBay shopper; in fact, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve bought something on the e-retailer. But two of them have been in the last year — and both were brand new J. Crew items. Maybe this isn’t a secret, but it sure as heck was to me — it turns out, there’s a ton of brand new, with tags, J. Crew items being sold on eBay. Why? I’m not entirely sure. I do know that I was incredibly happy with both of my purchases: 1) a winter coat I coveted after seeing it in a movie and 2) a pair of round-toe pumps that I got for $40 less than the retail price. In fact, if I’m coveting anything currently being sold at J. Crew — and, let’s face it, I always am — I check eBay to see if anyone is selling it at a markdown. Plus, eBay is also a great place to check for past favorites that you wish you had snatched up. Here are six awesome J. Crew items you can score on eBay right now.