In this review, J.Crew Guy In Canada reviews J.Crew's Merino sweaters for men, in particular the Slim Slub Merino V-neck Sweater (Item 95555; $89.50) and the Slim Slub Merino Crewneck Sweater (Item 95531; $89.50)
As temperatures dip and cooler weather comes along we all like to to layer up and stay warm. The tough bit is how to do it without looking like a homeless man or the Michelin Tire guy.Another fantastic review! "Thanks!" again to J.Crew Guy In Canada for his insightful take of the Merino sweaters, a classic in everyone's warddrobe!
Cashmere seems to steal the spot light from most of the other knit offerings at J.Crew. And like most of you I love the very soft, plush undercoat from the Mongolian goat. But once the initial 'it's so soft' wears off we're often left with a beautifully colored sweater that pills too easily. Merino of the other hand is light, very polished and wears like iron. The J.Crew merino sweaters are my favorite item that 'crew elves produce.
I do have a number of J.Crew knits from cotton to cashmere to merino to blends. They all have their good qualities, but for my money the merino kicks them all to the curb. The company has increased the offerings from the standard v-necks and crewnecks to slim slub v-neck #95555, slim slub crewneck #95531 both with suede elbow patches in a contrasting color. Then there are zip necks and even turtlenecks and even cardigans. They all have one thing in common, that incredible long wearing knit in a fine gauge.
The higher the gauge number the more polished and thinner the fabric. The merino in a 12 gauge is smooth and light enough to wear under a blazer, hello Ludlow or simply popped over a white tee and worn with jeans. My go to colors are navy and varying shades of gray. Women have their little black dress, I have the merino v-neck. I work with dark purple and rich burgundy but my favorites are the expected navy and gray. From tweed wool pants to chinos and jeans they never fail me. From cool summer evenings to the dead of winter these sweaters work perfectly. And as they don't wrinkle they are ideal for travel too.
Some say that cashmere is J.Crew's signature knit, but I disagree. Cashmere surely gets the most press to the high margins and the good returns it gives to the company. I do have a number of cashmere sweaters from a variety of companies and designers, but unless it's the good stuff it all seems to pill to easily. My friend merino on the other hand is bullet proof. I've tried merino from Lord and Taylor, BR and J.Crew and the crew's offerings are the best cut and offer the best value. They are fitted but not tight, the arms are just the right length; BR knits seem to often been made for monkey arms. The waist and cuffs of J.Crew keep their shape and the v-neck is slight and not some nasty cheesey deep v, am I looking at you again BR?
With companies like BR adding nylon to many of their sweaters while still calling them merino rings false to me. I'm good with spending more for full 100% mernino. Thankfully J.Crew prices of merino are very affordable and if you watch for sales you can get exceptional value.
What are your thoughts on J.Crew's Merino Sweaters for Men? Do you own any of their Merino Sweaters? If so, please share with us your review. :)