Bet all of you can hear Tom Jones crooning away. Sadly it's the only catchy line I could up with to start off a review for a couple of new releases from the mens' side.Another fantastic review! "Thanks!" again to J.Crew Guy In Canada for his in-depth look at these pieces!
My first encounter with Wallace and Barnes is the colour block raglan sweatshirt #86321. Yes it's pricey at over $144 Canadian (don't get me started on the difference between US and Canada pricing) but I was able to get mine with 20% off code. First off this sweatshirt is very different, not the usual athletic grey fleece, sloppy, loose fitting and best suited to channel surfing on the sofa. This one is fitted, not tight and more of a medium weight knit. Sleeves were just the right length for me and the waist band hit right at the hip. And regarding the colour of the raglan sleeve; yes it's a little on the bright side and slightly off from the usual shades of green being offered up, but that's exactly what makes this thing right. The sleeve detail is very pronounced because of the green and that another part of it's charm. The designers were definitely channeling a 50s or 60s vibe when they stitched this one together and it really works. Every time I wear it I get some very positive comments and thumbs up.
The sweatshirt works best when worn more like a sweater than a fleece. A rumpled white button down, slim denim and this sweatshirt make for a good look. Or try it with with five pocket cords in a tan shade. But with a stronger look this sweatshirt needs quiet company otherwise the all stronger looking items will all argue with each other and give your eyes a headache. And regarding the price, is worth what they are asking? It's well made and the fabric is nice. And I have seen short sleeved tees at three times the price and they were decidedly over-priced. I'll not answer the price question, that's one for you to decide.
The colour block anorak #11961 is another fleece offering for $120 Canadian. Slightly looser fitting than it's Wallace and Barnes cousin but every bit as noticeable. The colour blocking is very much on trend as is the strong blue colours. The hood is lined, the 1/2 zip also has buttons. Again sleeves are just the right length with the waist band hitting right around the hip. Very comfortable to wear with denim or five pocket cords or even a pair of cotton Bowery pants. A simple tee underneath or an button down oxford are great choices to pair with it. I see myself wearing it with shorts this spring and summer, more dressed up than a basic hoodie, but every bit as comfortable.
The anorak's fabric is a slightly tighter feeling knit than the usual sweatshirt fabric but still soft to the touch. I think it will look even better once the colours slowly fade around the seams. This look is best done by the owner after many wearing and washings and not with a factory produced effect.
So there you have it, a reference to a Tom Jones classic and some new fleece offereings from my favorite fashion fix.
What are your thoughts on J.Crew's items for Men? Do you own any of the items mentioned in this post? If so, please share with us your review. :)