This week, the sparkling new J.CREW catalog arrived in my mail box. And sadly, there wasn’t much to get excited about.
Nearly every piece was just an expansion on a previously sold style, and has been the trend over the past few years, there are pieces that are so expensive that you question the sanity of anyone who might purchase them. ($645 for a pencil skirt? $966 for an anorak? Is this a joke?) But there were a couple of items that spokes to me, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share them with you, since as has also been the case recently, they will probably be on backorder before the end of next week.
I don’t buy many cardigans these days, but I thought this shell pink and navy sweater was a good mix of structure and fun. The Merino Colorblock Cardigan costs $90, and also comes in a mix of navy and kelly green. I would tell you to wait for the sale to buy it, but my spidey senses tell me this won’t make it to the sale.
It dawned on me last weekend, while cleaning out my own closet, that I own nine blouses and only three skirts. This disparity is being partially remedied through the purchase of this medallion paisley pencil for $128.
The price on this micro-tweed jacket surprised me. I did not expect it to cost under-$150, but it does. It would look nice with jeans, like in the photo, or with navy separates. Perhaps white, if you live in a place where you can wear tweed past April.
This Colorblock Tartine Satchel ($325) is gorgeous. A complete Givenchy knock-off, but a lovely one. (J.CREW has had a lot of luck knocking off luxury or foreign made bags. Last year it was the Biennial Satchel, a knock off of the Modalu Pippa bag.)
Regardless of its origins, I think it’s a great bag for every season. It’s not too black to carry in summer, and not so pastel it can’t pass muster in December.
So do you have any pieces you’ll buy at retail value? Or did the collection leave you a little cold?