By now you should all know that I am the biggest J Crew whore in the Universe. I’ve had a fairly easy time staying away for the past few months, due in large part to my budget focus, but also because they’ve been trying to push through their inventory and it’s been the same, tired product.
No longer! When I got my J Crew catalog last week I just about died. I was tempted to grab a thick Sharpie marker to start circling my wants (old habits die very hard). Instead, I shoved the catalog into my work bag while muttering the mantra: “I will not shop, I will not shop, I will not shop.”
I finally looked through it this morning, and decided to try an experiment. Instead of heading to their website and filling up my cart, I would instead share everything I want – get it out of my system – and wait for it all to be marked down.
I’m a big believer that every woman should have a trench in her wardrobe. They are universally flattering and classic. I own two, one khaki and one black, both from Banana Republic. I’ve had them both for ages. My khaki trench is cute, but the fabric is very stiff and I’ve been hatching a plan to buy a new one for years. My black trench has been through some rough times; a few years back I unknowingly tossed a cigarette into my back seat and it burned a small hole into one of the sleeves. Luckily, mt seamstress was able to relocate the sleeve buckles to cover up the flaw.
J Crew’s icon trench mimics the classic styling of London Fog coats (which, I have tried – and failed – to find on eBay….I’ve bought 4 and had to resell them all). It’s not too forward, but it still feels modern. I like that it’s double-breasted, it’s a good length and, if I know J Crew at all, the quality is likely good.
I’ve been hunting for a good alternative to American Apparel cotton tee-shirts. White v-neck tees are so perfect for layering and I love pairing them with dressier items. I customarily buy kids tees (Hanes) but they are always so thick and too short.
I already own this in black and love it. It’s currently marked down but I am sure they will bring the price down more. I am digging the glazed pecan color.
Paired with the right accessories this is so Chanel.
I bought a lamé tank in silver last year that I’ve really liked wearing. Although it’s a bit bulky, so I am liking this more slender version.
I am desperately in need of white jeans. I try to avoid buying classic trousers if I can avoid it, as I never wear them outside of work and prefer to wear white or black jeans to the office. J Crew pants don’t typically work very well with my figure, but I like this flared jean so I might give them a try.
I’m in the market for another blazer; I’ve typically worn Theory blazers, but my last two have fallen apart (an elbow on each wore down and split open) so I am moving away from those. Wool blazers are ideal for California cool weather. They’re not too heavy and are great for layering. I prefer one-button style blazers that are on the longer side, as that proportion seems to work well with my body. I am loving the charcoal color! It would look great with white jeans.
I buy these flip flops every year, in whichever color is on sale. I have them in leather, velvet, zebra-printed horse hair, you name it.
Alright, I don’t need this. At all. But, talk about Grecian Goddess! It’s beautiful! If I were getting married, I would wear this in a minute, and at $325 it’s a steal for a wedding dress.
I like it in the graphite color.
My old pair of J Crew gladiator-style sandals are in a sad state. These would be a cute replacement.
I don’t know why, but I feel that I must own this. The bodice is gorgeous, and I love the spiced wine color, which I can easily take into fall. For spring, it will look fantastic with turquoise accessories and maybe a denim jacket.
I bought these last year in black and ended up returning them because I have two pairs of skinny black jeans I wear all the time. Also, this “Audrey” style pant can often feel played out. However, for the spring, I might consider buying this pant in the stone color. For work.
This dress pretty much sums up what I live in at home during the spring and summer. I LOVE mini dresses, as I am 5’6″ with long legs and NO torso, so it’s a shape that works very well on me. I always pair mini dresses with flats – never heels. I would wear this with a pair of gladiator flats and a denim jacket. I wish I were wearing it now….
I adore J Crew’s over-sized bracelets. I like my jewelry to be dainty or BIG. And, I like that they’ve used the traditional pearl and amplified it into a large cluster dangle.
And, there it is! That was nowhere near as satisfying as shopping, but it helped.
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