Years ago fresh out of university I worked part-time at a local clothing store. We sold Polo, Guess, Tommy amoung other brands. While the work was fun and we had a great staff it was all about the staff discount of 40% off regular prices that made me work there for two years. The downside was regularly owing more than I earned. Besides filling my closet I learned a great deal about service and also developed a better sense of style.Another fantastic review! "Thanks!" again to J.Crew Guy In Canada for his take on chest pockets!
Men and women shop very differently. Guys touch the fabric to see how it feels and then check the price. Women hold up the garment and often hold it in front of themselves usually near a mirror. The whole laying a garment in front of themselves was always a mystery to me, but if a woman did that and smiled you could usually count on her to try it on. By my rough count women buy about 25% of what they try on. Men are much different. If a guy goes into a change room 75% of the time he buys. Women would often try things out just to see how it feels or looks with no intention of buying. A guy tries it on and says yeah I like it wrap it up, or no thanks.
Two of the women I worked with were very shrewd judges of clothing. The minute a box arrived they'd rip it open look a the garment and then either nod with a yes that will sell or nope. Sometimes I completely understood why; mustard yellow = sale rack, but sometimes they mystified me. Denim was one area I learned much about. One gal had the pocket rule, small pockets on jeans made your butt look bigger. And she was right, it's true.
I learned that I like small pockets on shirts. Currently J.Crew sells many men's shirts with two chest pockets. And like the gal I worked with, they're a pass for me. A shirt without a pocket is slimmer looking, more polished and when you wear a slim cut sweater doesn't give you nipples from the buttons on the pocket flap. I have a chambray shirt from a few seasons ago, #84018 is basically the same one. It's featured all the time on the website and in the catalog. The fabric and colour look great with so many things, but those flap pockets are a deal breaker.
Recently I picked up a lightweight chambray shirt #73976 in azure. While the blue is ever so slightly brighter than I would prefer, it's a great colour with a light, soft fabric. Rather than the usual button down this one has hidden buttons under the tips of the collar. It's offered in several colours, azure and baltic being the standouts in my mind. I plan to wear mine with a slim sweater in merino or a chunky linen v-neck. Once it's warmer it'll be untucked with chino shorts.
Pockets are a nice finishing touch, but seriously J.Crew, what's with the over sized ones? It's not like I'm tucking in a pocket protector and pens.
What are your thoughts on J.Crew's placement of pockets on shirts? Do you own any of the items mentioned in this post? If so, please share with us your review. :)