Dear J. Crew, I’m annoyed with you

Many items in my closet are from J. Crew. I wear the wool cafe capri pants to work, the Blythe silk blouses to work, dinner and brunch, and most recently, I purchased plaid pajamas for Christmas with my in-laws. Unfortunately, after washing the pjs once, they shrank and now look vulgar. My husband owns a button down from the retailer and we recently sent it to a tailor to switch out all the buttons as they had chipped or broken (he rarely wears the shirt). The button on my black pair of cafe capris became very lose about 2 months after I bought the pants.

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[Photo from Jcrew.com]

J. Crew as a brand resonnates with professionals my age and older. Its appeal stems from its iconic leaders (think Jenna Lyons and Mickey Dressler) and its bright, young, happy ethos. Every month, I scour their stores/ website to see what’s new and what might be a great addition to my wardrobe, once it goes on sale.

But, after chatting with my husband about our J. Crew struggles, we came to the conclusion that J. Crew’s quality simply doesn’t justify the price (not that we even pay full price for the items we purchase). Beyond the quality not justifying the price, it just seems like buying J. Crew mechandise today is simply wasting hard-earned money. The J. Crew linen blouse that I’m wearing today has a button that won’t stay closed (I should have done a QC check before leaving the house).

Moving forward, I think I’ll stick to Gilt, TJMaxx, The Outnet, Barneyswarehouse, and Nordstrom for my shopping needs. The enchantment is over; I think I’m done with J. Crew.  Well… we’ll see how long this lasts.

Have you bought anything disappointing from J. Crew recently?

G

Fancy Pants

Hi Readers!

My life is still currently a whirlwind, but I did have a chance to slow down and check out J. Crew’s newest additions.

I am a big fan of their Cafe Capri pants and wear two (one black, one a saturated light blue) to work regularly. Today I came across these beauties and immediately fell in love! I haven’t really been into the printed pant trend but if I were to take the plunge, this would certainly be my first pair.

 

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I wouldn’t mind the blue suede shoes either!

G

Spring Shopping Haul

Greens and Blues from J. Crew

The Cafe Capri Pants in 100% Wool!

Bright shorts for warmer weatherA punky silk blouse for work and playEyelet blouse from TJ Maxx (it’s wrinkly from being in my suitcase for a few days)Wool Sanctuary shorts…wonder what I’ll pair with theseMulticolored Maxi for Spring-FallNordstrom, Festive skirt for dinners and such

I’ve wanted to inject certain colors into my wardrobe for a while now. I’m still in search of the perfect mango-y yellow shade, along with some heather grey. The last few things I still need to purchase are jeans (I just lost a pair of Vince pants this week due to a nasty rip) and a dress for graduation!

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I’ve got my eye on you…J.Crew

I love J. Crew! So it makes perfect sense that after a relaxing dinner with my boyfriend, we stopped by to see what they brought in for the spring.

I’ve been searching for some basic pumps and these Mona pumps have such a classic shape. And of course, I can never have too many pencil skirts. These would look great in my closet. Sigh, a girl can dream!

G

Inspiration

Photos from chictopia.com and fashionologie.com

My style seems to be having a split personality; sometimes I’m in the mood for ultra-feminine preppy looks and other times I feel like a rock-and-roller in black and tons of silver jewelry. Today’s one of those feminine days.

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