Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Weekly Share: Other JCrew-like Retailers

This is the weekly "Other JCrew-like Retailers" post (similar to the "Off On A Tangent" posts), where we can share our finds from other retailers that have offerings similar to J.Crew (like Anthropologie, LE Canvas, Gap, BR, Talbots, Ann Taylor, and the like.)

If you have recently encountered items that are similar to J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including experiences with certain merchandise pieces, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.


  1. OT. Some new markdowns and deeper cuts today. Midnight floral pants and skirt down to $12 after 60% off. Some other pieces are $30 and $40 prior to the 40 or 60% off. Final sale but little risk at $12. Worth a look.

  2. I have a review of a non-iron shirt from Banana here. I have a love-hate relationship with their shirts, love the mostly non-iron aspect, but find the fit to be slightly weird.

    Also - Boden's sale is now up to 60% off, and it looks like there is a lot of good stuff that's marked down.

  3. Not sure if this is a like J Crew offering or not. But wanted to mention that with my moving away from J Crew in the past year or so and trying to find some new items to round out my closet, I have found a true love in Eileen Fisher. Not the flowing, oversized garments, since I am only 5'1". But I have now purchased dresses, sweaters, skirts and pants. Some from Nordstrom's or Eileen Fisher store on-sale and have gotten some lovely items from EBay. I am absolutely loving the fit, in an XXS or PP, I used to be a solid 4 or 4P, or small in J Crew, now my sizing is all over the map there which is frustrating. I now know what good fitting clothing looks like on me and trying to go with the less choices make it easier to get dressed. Hope that helps someone trying to find an alternative clothing option.

    1. "Moving away" - I hear you, JRS! All those disappointing changes at JCrew AND my new shopping habits drastically influenced how and where I shop these days.
      Now that I am in my 30s, I no longer shop away my paychecks. I don't buy "just because it's on sale", no longer buy multiples (with a very, very few exceptions), avoid "seasonal" prints that "I will probably be bored of/think they are so last year" the very next season, buy only if it fits me perfectly and/or has a good quality. I definitely go quality vs quantity. I am also not shy about immediately retuning stuff that I feel sort of indifferent about, either. And all that means getting a lot of JCrew stuff :(, and being very discriminate about my current purchases. I purged of all tees with a "clever" writing on it, anything sequin, ruffle, fringe, seasonal prints, etc. No more trends! I donated/sold/thrown away about a half of what I owned. And feel absolutely great about it!! I am so proud of myself :)
      It almost feels like finally being a "grown up adult"!

  4. Anthropologie sells the Pilcro Hyphen Chino Shorts (item #34384479) which are my new favorites. They have some stretch, come in fun colors, and are really comfortable. I like them much better than my J. Crew chino shorts. I roll the Pilcro shorts twice and they feel like 4-5" inseam when I do that (how they're meant to be worn).

  5. Went to the mall today and popped into Banana Republic. They are still offering 50% off sale and the sale "section" was huge. It seemed like almost everything was on sale. Anyway, I really liked one shirt in particular: the 'Soft-wash navy ikat shirt'. It is very soft as implied in the name and the cotton is a little thicker than a lot of the button downs lately. Also, the pattern is very on-trend right now and it's navy (my fave), and only $20!

  6. If anyone is fortunate enough to live near a Barbour outlet, I heartily recommend checking them out for the 'original versions' of J Crew's outerwear, like the downtown field jacket. I visited their Niagara Falls location and was blown away by the selection, quality and discounted prices. Unlike so many retailers, Barbour's outlet merch is actually last year's retail, not cheap knockoff versions - it is a true outlet. Purchased a fall/winter waxed long coat for $179, marked down from original price of $400. They carry mostly men's clothing, but had a healthy selection of women's coats and jackets and a few things for children as well.


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