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Why do people buy J.Crew?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jay Gatsby, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. gladhands

    gladhands Well-Known Member

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    J Crew is a great source for casual wear...especially on sale. Granted, I'm a relative small-timer, but I can't justify spending a lot of money on weekend-wear now that I'm married and no longer hitting the clubs.

    I don't expect or even want my casual clothes to last a lifetime, so why not buy moderately priced, somewhat disposable clothes from a place like J Crew.
     
  2. mack11211

    mack11211 Well-Known Member

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    Everyone is good at something.

    J Crew has quality styling. They work their idiom as well as anyone in the (crowded) market. If you think this is easy, just look at a J Crew catalogue from the 80s when they were born....much less on-the-ball.

    Their shirts fit me and often look good without ironing. Machine wash, drip dry. I'm happy. It's not office wear but I don't work in an office.

    The ties are well styled too.

    I probably have a J Crew sweater or two but for most other things, I look elsewhere.
     
  3. BeaconHillBoston

    BeaconHillBoston Well-Known Member

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    Everyone is good at something.

    J Crew has quality styling. They work their idiom as well as anyone in the (crowded) market. If you think this is easy, just look at a J Crew catalogue from the 80s when they were born....much less on-the-ball.

    Their shirts fit me and often look good without ironing. Machine wash, drip dry. I'm happy. It's not office wear but I don't work in an office.

    The ties are well styled too.

    I probably have a J Crew sweater or two but for most other things, I look elsewhere.


    This is a good point. I really like their ties and squares.
     
  4. word

    word Well-Known Member

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    I like j crew shirts. Since they ship from a warehouse in VA it only takes a day to get down to NC. Wait for sales and free ship promotions and you can get quite a bit for not that much money. Makes for great casual wear.

    Why didn't you return your stuff op? Did you honestly expect a good suit jacket from a mall brand that markets and price points to college-age people? Come on be realistic here... J crew is hyped in the streetwear section because it's affordable casual wear, I rarely see it mentioned in mc.
     
  5. ChicagoMediaMan

    ChicagoMediaMan Well-Known Member

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    The only thing I own from J Crew is a tie and I like it a lot. I wouldn't even think about buying a suit or jacket there. Some of their casual shirts look nice, but I have found that they are just way too roomy for my thin build. Even their slim or tailored shirts are too big.
     
  6. jamesbond

    jamesbond Well-Known Member

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    I bought the Aldrige khaki cotton suit for beating around in the summer and I was actually quite surprised. The thing fit pretty much perfectly off the rack with only minor alterations needed. Quality wasn't that bad either. Perfect for a summer time suit.

    Their casual wear is good when on sale. I own a number of their chino's, sweater's and casual shirts (their madras and chambray are great). Not all of us are suited up 5 days a week. [​IMG]

    Obviously their quality is not the best, it's all made in chinese sweatshops but for the price what do you expect?
     
  7. LennonMcCartney

    LennonMcCartney Well-Known Member

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    I bought this suit off ebay for 165. The armholes are low, the jacket is fused, but it was inexpensive, and for the cost I think it looks good. Critiques on fit/ look welcomed. [​IMG] I bought this suit off jcrew.com for 200. For 200 bucks I think it's a decent looking suit. Again, I may be wrong. [​IMG] [​IMG] I had the pants hemmed and the back taken in on both jackets. If anyone has any suggestions besides buying and selling where I could get a better suit for a similar price point please let me know. I say this b/c buying and selling is high variable as to when you will find something worthwhile and what it is, whereas something from a retailer is readily available and easy to try on at any location.
     
  8. gorgekko

    gorgekko Well-Known Member

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    I don't think anyone here really buys a lot of jcrew suiting.
    I wasn't aware J. Crew sold fabric.
    I somehow doubt poor people pay $80 for a shirt.
     
  9. gladhands

    gladhands Well-Known Member

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    I somehow doubt poor people pay $80 for a shirt.



    Don't you know, this is SF. Anyone who can't afford bespoke is po.
     
  10. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I somehow doubt poor people pay $80 for a shirt.

    I can't believe anyone pays $80 for a J. Crew shirt.

    $20 on the sale rack, sure.
     
  11. benjamin831

    benjamin831 Well-Known Member

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    I never buy anything J. Crew at full price. You'd be a fool to.

    They stuff goes on sale every month or two.
     
  12. najpie

    najpie Well-Known Member

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    The replies in this thread are ridiculous. If you think J. Crew is for poor people, you need to get back in touch with Earth.
     
  13. shademore

    shademore Well-Known Member

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    The replies in this thread are ridiculous. If you think J. Crew is for poor people, you need to get back in touch with Earth.


    Goodwill sells clothing by the lb here in No Cal. Quality is somewhat varied, but once you get past the stains the price is right...
     
  14. BeaconHillBoston

    BeaconHillBoston Well-Known Member

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    Don't you know, this is SF. Anyone who acts like they can't afford bespoke is po.

    Fixed.
     
  15. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    I never buy anything J. Crew at full price. You'd be a fool to.

    They stuff goes on sale every month or two.

    +1. J.Crew, RL, and BB have enough sales to avoid paying full retail for most anything, and one doesn't have to wait long for a sale given that they happen predictably multiple times each season.
     
  16. gorgekko

    gorgekko Well-Known Member

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    The replies in this thread are ridiculous. If you think J. Crew is for poor people, you need to get back in touch with Earth.

    A lot of ballers on this web site. They buy their clothes second-hand at thrift stores but they jump on "poor" people who shop at J. Crew.
     
  17. GBer

    GBer Well-Known Member

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    Price and the college prep allusion
     
  18. GoldenTribe

    GoldenTribe Well-Known Member

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    The replies in this thread are ridiculous. If you think J. Crew is for poor people, you need to get back in touch with Earth.

    It's easy to fall into hyperbole when criticizing something you don't like, but the bottom line is that J. Crew makes absolutely unremarkable clothes that tend to add up to absolutely uninteresting and unimaginitive outfits.

    I do not think it is a fair statement to say that "J. Crew is for poor people"; but on a forum dedicated to dressing well, where cashmere Brioni sportcoats get thrown on the Buy & Sell forum with some regularity, how can you possibly be surprised to see this mundane high-street brand roundly derided?
     
  19. bleachboy

    bleachboy Well-Known Member

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    I own lots of stuff from J.Crew.

    Does the dude who started this thread buy his madras shorts at his local Brunello Cucinelli boutique or something?
     
  20. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Well-Known Member

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    A lot of J Crew stuff fits me well. I tend to stick to shorts, t's, polos, cords and khakis. Long sleeve shirts and jeans do not fit as well for some reason. I have not been impressed with their suits, but I can see the appeal for the just-out-of-college set.
     

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