Man, I miss old J.Crew. Be it normcore 90s J.Crew featuring Katie Holmes, James van der Beek, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams frolicking around the Creek. Or the polished looks centered around a pencil skirt and embellished cardigan a la Michelle Obama circa 2008. Or the sequin-stripe-and-neon maximalism of the Jenna Lyons-era. The latter two phases included not only pants that were long enough (talking 37 inch inseams), but tops and dresses available in the tall range.
I will take any of those looks. The tweed of the nineties. The three season wool suiting of the nineties. I would even take the undergarments of the nineties, all of which at the time seems so upscale. Also if anyone (any blogger) tells you that J.Crew’s go at undergarments circa 2018 was their initial attempt at underwear, they are wrong and you should not listen to them about anything. All this is to say that I currently feel like the heritage mall retailer is serving a watered down cosplay of the former.
the J.Crew graphic tee
I dug into the depths of my closet when I discovered a tee shirt that I purchased in 2012 and last remember wearing in 2015. It was the height of the Jenna Lyon’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach, including neon. I must not have paid more than twelve dollars for the tee. At the time of purchase, I was in grad school and more particular about what I bought.
the J.Crew slouchy boyfriend jean
I purchased these J.Crew Slouchy Boyfriend denim after waiting for the destroyed wash to go on promotion for weeks. With the exception of the J.Crew demi bootcut cropped denim, I am not one to gravitate to jeans. This style has me rethinking that position. I bought the white version worn in this post after catching them on sale last week.
This pair does not have stretch in it and… I like it! The length is intentionally cropped. The rise is higher, all the better to hold in my postnatal stomach. For reference, I am wearing the size 32 tall.