I love when I start to see real summer clothes being posted to websites like my favorite, J.Crew. It conjures thoughts of the beach, road trips with the windows down, grilled meat and vegetables, Hint of Lime Tostitos with ice-cold Coronas on the beach at sundown, etc. The fact that these items dropped on a day that is cooler and more overcast than it’s been all week doesn’t play down the fact that summer is still around the corner. And by the time I am sick of summer, they will be dropping the Fall items. It’s a clever cycle.
As I perused this month’s offerings I wondered to myself if the modern incarnation of J.Crew has finally jumped the shark. Does anyone else remember when J.Crew was just a great stop for preppy basics? Yeah, they still have those plus some great suiting, but some of the newer items just baffle me. And most of them are members of the In Good Company club. Don’t get me wrong – some of the collaborations have been very good, and work well with the traditional look and feel of J.Crew, and the modern version. Anyway, as usual I’ve compiled my favorites here, and have included some other that I would question, laugh at, scratch my head, etc.
Slim Indian cotton shirt in Kendrick plaid $75
I used to buy shirt after shirt from these guys. Today I need to wear the slim fit shirts in Large. Regular Large is too big in the middle, and the mediums are too small across the chest & shoulders. Not a bad problem to have except for the fact that the slim fit options are limited. Well, perhaps this is more of a blessing than a problem. It forces me to be more picky because I have less to choose from. Trust me, it makes sense. I am not a huge wearer of plaid, but I love the look and feel of their Indian Cotton (Madras) shirts. This plaid is subtle enough to wear without looking like I live in Williamsburg.
Washed Thomas Mason® fabric button-down slim-fit shirt in sun stripe $135
I love the Thomas Mason shirts. They’re a great fit, and the fabrics are really nice. This is a nice alternative for spring. Nice and bright, but still subtle. It says relaxed, but doesn’t scream color.
Patch-pocket cardigan $138
Interesting alternative to a button-up cardigan, or a zip sweatshirt. Also comes in navy. Why is this model so creepy-looking?
Saturdays Rosen tank top $48
This is one of the head-scratchers / eye-rollers. Hipsters and 70′s rejects will rejoice, I’m sure. I, for one expect to see this in the sale section within a month. Tank-tops are just…no.
Wallace & Barnes Garrison jacket $288
Gearing up for your urban hunting expedition? Look no further than Wallace & Barnes. The pigeons and sewer rats won’t see you coming. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m making fun of the whole obsession with camo prints.
11″ Stanton short $59.50
I have a couple of pairs of the 9″ Stanton shorts. I like the fit better than the regular broken-in chino shorts. They are a little slimmer. Some may find the 9″ shorts to be too short (I don’t often run into that problem seeing as I clock in at 5’8″.) So, for those guys who need those extra two inches, here you go.
Or, there’s these at 10 1/2″.
Quiksilver® for J.Crew scallop board short in bamboo print $75
Quicksilver makes some fantastic board shorts. This is a really great collaboration. There are currently four versions in different colors and patterns. I would consider buying these if I didn’t already have too many pairs of swimwear.
Lobster graphic tee $29.50
This is new? I bought the exact same t-shirt last year. No joke. The exact same t-shirt. I guess it was really popular.
This is a cool collaboration. There are two color versions of these available. The price point is reasonable, and they look pretty good. And since they’re K-Swiss, they’re probably also really comfortable.
PT203 selvedge denim Island Slipper® for J.Crew $86.95
Hear ye, hear ye! All those who think that flip-flops are a fashion no-no need only observe these selvedge denim bad boys. Thou shalt not scoff again! Personally, I choose not to wear flip-flops when I leave my apartment. It’s not because I don’t like them. In the summer they are quite comfortable. It’s that I live in New York City. The sidewalk outside my apartment is constantly littered with restaurant trash. The garbage collectors in my neighborhood must drag these bags because they’re constantly ripping causing scraps of rancid meat and vegetables to be strewn all over the street and sidewalk. And two doors down from me there is a constant stench of something foul. I do not know the source of this noxious aroma, but I sure as hell don’t want to step in either the source of this, the restaurant scraps, dog shit, and human spit with my exposed foot. So, since I save my flip-flop wearing for the beach & boardwalks of the world, I just don’t see the point in spending more than $15 or so on such a thing. But, to each his own…
All items available now at J.Crew.