I was randomly thinking about J.Crew's worst items they offered. After having a good chuckle, I thought it would be a fun post to list my top 5 "what were they thinking?" (aka: a bit ridiculous that they offered them) items from recent years.
The following (in no particular order) are my top 5 "what were they thinking?" items from J.Crew. I tried to include items from different item categories. I am sure there are other items that should have made the list too (I just couldn't remember them at the time!) ;)
1. Jumpsuit (Item 83998). This little number came out in the Spring/ Summer of 2007 and was priced over $100. (Not sure of the exact amount). I was shocked that it sold out. Yeah, it looks cute on the model... but she's a model! Jumpsuits rarely transition well to real-life. Unless it's on a toddler. Also, the jumpsuit doesn't seem to fit with J.Crew's over all style.
2. Lucido Jacket (Item 96559). This outerwear item, which debuted September of last year, made it to one of the "Questionable Items of the Week" post and for a good reason. Often referred to by fellow JCAs as the "murder jacket", this raincoat retailed for a ridiculous $1,800! For this price, why not turn to the classic style of Burberry? I have no idea if any were sold. When I attended the first ClothingLine + J.Crew sample sale in NYC this January, I saw a whole bunch of these sad-looking coats on the rack. No one, and I mean no one, went near them.
3. Atomic Flower Necklace (Item 14831). J.Crew has produced several necklaces that have been complete disasters. However, this one takes top honors. From the size to the design... it's just a hot mess no matter how I look at it. This necklace, from Spring 2009, wasn't cheap either, it was priced at $150!
4. Soleil d'Or Jacket (Item 93420). This jacket came out in May of 2008. My first impression from the images online and in the catalog: pretty! However, in person... not so much. At my local brick & mortar (B&M) store, I tried it on and immediately thought I looked like a horrible space cadet. The material was incredibly stiff. Unlike the image shown, the belted jacket would not stay open at the collar for a casual look. The metallic-foil finish was just too modern to wear anywhere too. It just didn't seem like J.Crew. It seemed like a piece I would find at a local boutique selling oddly shaped cardigans. During the "J.Crew is in T.J. Maxx" phase, I was able to find this regular $278 jacket for an amazing $14.99 price in my size. I left it behind.
5. Sienna Fringed Moccasin Booties (Item 17499). Semi-reasonably priced at $88, these booties made their debut this Summer. This item has been discussed on the blog before (refer here). I saw these floppy booties at my local B&M store and thought "I don't get it." This is another item that doesn't seem to fit with J.Crew's overall style. I guess you would wear them with jeans, but why not wear cute Ballet Flats instead?
For tomorrow: a Top 5 post on the most loveliest items from J.Crew, the "OMG, now we are talking!" items from the most recent years.
What are your thoughts on the Top 5 "what were they thinking?" items? What items (from recent years) would make it to your list? :)