How to Join
the Fashion Spot / the Finishing Touches / Shop Till You Drop
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Rules Links Mobile How to Join
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
15-02-2011
  76
Meg
inspired contemplation
 
Meg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: London by way of North America
Gender: femme
Posts: 17,064
I think their styling in the catalogs is great. To be honest, for my wardrobe, I find J.Crew does offer a lot of great basics, as well as price-conscious fashion forward pieces, and then crazy elaborate pieces (like $2,000 sequined pants) - but I love the variety. And the variety in sizing (ie petites, tall, etc.) I've never had a problem with quality.

For awhile I was a bit 'meh' on their styling and offerings, but I think things are starting to pick up again. I loved a lot of items in their spring lookbook. Just got these wedges - I think they are a more wearable (ie everyday) version of the wedges put out by Celine and Chloe

jcrew.com

  Reply With Quote
 
16-02-2011
  77
Iowa Girl Loves Fashion
 
Erin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Omaha, NE
Gender: femme
Posts: 14,675
^ Meg (and other J. Crew fans), there was an article at Wall Street Journal/Market Watch online that may be of interest that includes an interview with Jenna Lyons:

Giving Classics a Fresh Look at J. Crew

Enjoy.

__________________
Pinterest * Twitter
  Reply With Quote
16-02-2011
  78
trendsetter
 
LoveLetter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,357
I have had problems with J. Crew's Dream collection. They just pill too much too soon. My last J. Crew purchase (in Oct.) was a waffled cashmere zip sweater, which I looooove and have worn many times and no pilling yet.

__________________
food photographer/stylist/author
  Reply With Quote
16-02-2011
  79
Meg
inspired contemplation
 
Meg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: London by way of North America
Gender: femme
Posts: 17,064
hmm - thanks for the warning. I have two J. Crew sweaters (well technically one is my boyfriend's but I'm the only one who wears it) but neither are the dream collection. That's frustrating - I hate pilling

Thanks for the article Erin! Really interesting read - it seems that sales reflected my sentiment above that late last year, the styling and products were a bit boring. It's great to see Jenna speak about their concern over quality (like their recent video about their shoes being made in Italy) and also how important styling is. There are a lot of great pieces out right now - can't wait for the next update. I really wish they would either ship to the UK or open a store in London...


Last edited by Meg; 16-02-2011 at 03:46 PM.
  Reply With Quote
17-02-2011
  80
Iowa Girl Loves Fashion
 
Erin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Omaha, NE
Gender: femme
Posts: 14,675
^ Meg, those wedges are fantastic! And they look absolutely comfortable! Nice purchase.


There's also a video of Jenna on Wall Street Journal Online... I'm not sure if I can embed it, so here's the link:

Boss Talk: J.Crew's Jenna Lyons

__________________
Pinterest * Twitter
  Reply With Quote
17-02-2011
  81
Making a Mess
 
Party_Vixen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Gender: femme
Posts: 10,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by Erin View Post
^ Meg (and other J. Crew fans), there was an article at Wall Street Journal/Market Watch online that may be of interest that includes an interview with Jenna Lyons:

Giving Classics a Fresh Look at J. Crew
Thank you for posting this . A great read.

I own 3 pairs of trousers and I'm very happy with the quality of them. But I would like to pick up a cashmere sweater or two as well the next time I'm there. They look so soft. But piling is definitely an issue.

__________________
Carolyn - Daria - Natalia - Miranda - Valentina - Christy - Kate
  Reply With Quote
22-02-2011
  82
front row
 
ellesea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Gender: femme
Posts: 315
I recently just made my first online order from J.Crew and to my delight, everything fit when it came in! A rare occurence when ordering from the online version of a store one doesn't even shop at. The quality is good but I'm not sure if I would pay full price. Similar to Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, I know there are always coupons and mark downs shortly after release.

I love their "basics with a twist" style. I work in an office but hate buying typical office clothing as it is usually very boring. I like the addition of a funky color, a small ruffled edge, etc. to spice things up a little.

__________________
Come take A Walk In The Closet
  Reply With Quote
22-02-2011
  83
Iowa Girl Loves Fashion
 
Erin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Omaha, NE
Gender: femme
Posts: 14,675
^ Glad your purchase worked out, ellesea.

I, too, do not purchase items from J. Crew at full price.

And it sounds to me that you're fitting their target market quite well - a woman who wants the "basics with the twist." That's definitely one of the things that I like about J. Crew the most.

__________________
Pinterest * Twitter
  Reply With Quote
23-02-2011
  84
front row
 
ellesea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Gender: femme
Posts: 315
^ It's true, I am their target market! 20-something cubicle slave who style wants to look relatively stylish and age appropriate but without designer prices or too much fuss.

Funny enough, I was just thinking about this a few days ago. Whereas I used to wear a lot of vintage, do a lot of layering and generally wear a more complicated outfit, I now love the ease of J.Crew, Banana Republic, etc. pieces.

I'm becoming an "adult".

__________________
Come take A Walk In The Closet
  Reply With Quote
29-09-2011
  85
front row
 
Lapin de Lune's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: UK
Gender: femme
Posts: 455
Thread resurrection altert: has anyone seen the Edie purse? The leather looks lovely in images. I'm really taken by it.

__________________
danse de lune
  Reply With Quote
01-10-2011
  86
Making a Mess
 
Party_Vixen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Gender: femme
Posts: 10,215
^ I just received the October catalog which has that purse on the cover and I am absolutely in love with it. Would love to see it in person.

I have a question about sizing. Do the minnie pants in twill run true to size?

I ask because I own the pixie pants in a size 4 but I also own trousers by them in a size 0. So it seems to me that their sizing can vary quite a bit.

ETA: Lapin here is a blog review of the Edie purse with pictures .

__________________
Carolyn - Daria - Natalia - Miranda - Valentina - Christy - Kate

Last edited by Party_Vixen; 01-10-2011 at 06:16 PM.
  Reply With Quote
02-10-2011
  87
tailored
 
kimair's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: San Francisco
Gender: femme
Posts: 14,496
i've seen the edie in person, and it's a great bag...
i've been waffling back and forth about getting the leopard one (it's a great alternative to the celine box, and i love that it has a shoulder strap), but it's not an "everyday" bag...
it's basically large enough for wallet, phone, keys, maybe a makeup bag and one more piece...

party_vixen, i find the minnie runs true to size...

__________________
j'adore couture (life in fashion and in print)
  Reply With Quote
02-10-2011
  88
fashion icon
 
Cicciolina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Anywhere but here
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,026
On the point of sizing in J.Crew, are they commonly accepted to be seen as a large cut? I usually buy size 10 Australian (equivalent to a UK 10), FR38/IT42, and US 6, but I wear a small or US 2 in their skirts, tops and shirts. This is the same with Madewell.

So when you say the pants run true to size - in terms of what I usually am in other brands, or with J.Crew?

  Reply With Quote
03-10-2011
  89
tailored
 
kimair's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: San Francisco
Gender: femme
Posts: 14,496
^ i would say what you wear in other brands...
i tend to be a 4-6 in most american brands (j.crew, banana republic, gap, etc), but i can vary with euro brands...

__________________
j'adore couture (life in fashion and in print)
  Reply With Quote
05-10-2011
  90
fashion insider
 
SugarMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Canada
Gender: femme
Posts: 2,241
I went to J.Crew to pick up an Edie bag for myself but left without one, unfortunately. The store I went to only had 6 and all of them were scuffed to some degree, one also had a dent right on the top of the flap. The leather is quite soft and I can imagine it would get scuffed over time but I wasn't about to spend CDN $270+ in order to buy one that was already that way. Needless to say, I was really disappointed. It's a beautiful bag in person. Now I'm wondering if I should just buy it online, instead.

  Reply With Quote
Reply
Previous Thread | Next Thread »

Tags
crew
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

monitoring_string = "058526dd2635cb6818386bfd373b82a4"


 
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:46 AM.
Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
TheFashionSpot.com is a property of TotallyHer Media, LLC, an Evolve Media LLC company. ©2014 All rights reserved.