Jones New York is just one of those brands that just isn’t considered cool. Think Talbot’s, Land’s End and J. Jill. When we hear their names, we think ‘stodgy’, ‘matronly’ or ‘flat’. But the truth is, that buried in the rough are affordable, stylish pieces that won’t break the bank. Maybe it’s time to rethink Jones New York’s place in the wardrobe hierarchy?
Let’s begin with the dresses. While I do wish there were more dresses with sleeves (hint, hint), I do love their easy spring/summer dresses. JNY carries basics like this belted navy sheath dress ($98) and this elbow-sleeve jersey swing dress ($99). You can also choose brightly colored dresses like this cobalt peplum sheath ($79). I also love this stone-colored swing dress with cap sleeves ($119) and this cotton pique sheath ($99), which looks like Tory Burch.
For tops, JNY makes several tops that would be great for spicing up basic suit pieces. This top with the gathered neck and the bold pattern could be worn under a black suit, or with a black pencil and the drape jacket on the left. This chain-print blouse ($59) incorporates several neutral colors. I also like the soft blush color on this split-neck, sleeveless blouse ($59). And if you like cardigans, this one with gradient stripes ($99) is fab.
The collection also includes some vibrant, printed scarves. They have a phenomenal selection of earrings. I especially loved these David Yurman-inspired drops and door-knockers with chalcedony-colored stones.
As for shopping advice, the brand offers free shipping and free returns on any order over $99. This allows you to try on a few pieces to see if you like them and send them back without hassle if you don’t. And the website hosts regular sales, so sign up for their mailing list to save money. But the best prices on Jones New York can often be found at Bloomingdale’s, Zappos and Macy’s. So never pay full-price if you don’t have to.
JNY provides well-made, reasonably price clothing for the working woman. So let’s start pulling legacy brands with boring reputations from the bin. They give us the basics that allow us to add more exciting pieces to build a great wardrobe for work.