If you’re a longtime reader, you know I could live in J. Crew. I absolutely love everything about that store, minus the prices. And while there are a few pieces I think are worth the price, some are better saved for your next trip to the outlet mall.
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- No. 2 wool pencil skirt – I love the No. 2 pencil skirt for work – and I love it even better when I can find it on sale! The amount of wool is significantly different in the retail version – you can feel it when you put the skirt on, and you can see it when you’ve been sitting at a desk for eight hours a day and don’t have wrinkles when you finally stand up. The factory version of this skirt is noticeably less soft and wrinkles super easily. Save your money and buy the retail skirt. The skirt above on the left is from J. Crew Factory, while the one on the right is from J. Crew. See the wrinkly difference?
- Chino shorts – My favorites on a warm summer day, J. Crew’s chino shorts are thicker and less wrinkly (see above) than their factory cousins. They look nicer after several washes and come in an array of fun colors (I’m hoping to add melted caramel to my closet for the summer).
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- Clare cardigans – virtually identical to their retail Jackie counterparts for half the price. The buttons are even the same, which used to be a complaint of mine – older Clares got crappy buttons that made the cardigan look cheap.
- Anya shoes – also identical to the Cece shoes in retail. The only hitch is that Ceces come in 10.5, while Anyas don’t. I can usually get away with sizing down but it is a bit of a tight fit. And this is more of a personal issue – I have yet to meet many 10.5 ladies. And I’m sorry to say that J. Crew just discontinued Cece in favor of Emma, who I am NOT a fan of. (Sidenote: who comes up with J. Crew shoe names? Because I’d like to throw my hat in for that job.)
- Jewelry – I think bracelets are better quality at J. Crew by far than at J. Crew Factory. But necklaces seem to be better at the Factory.
- T-shirts – I am the J. Crew vintage cotton tees‘ biggest fan, but I also love the layering t-shirt at J. Crew Factory. I own too many of these. Seriously, it’s embarrasing.
Is there anything you buy at J. Crew Factory instead of J. Crew? Or vice versa?