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Your One-Stop Shopping Guide to the New J.Crew

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From perfectly relaxed jeans to luxe cashmere knits, this is everything to buy from the saving grace of malls around the world.

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J.Crew’s been churning out quality menswear at approachable prices for decades now, a spinning plates act most brands struggle mightily to approximate. Today, you might think of the brand as an oasis of dependable style nestled within your local mall, but those plates have been spinning long before the brand had a brick and mortar presence. The company’s experienced a few crests and troughs since its inception way back in 1984, but with Brendon Babenzien heading up its menswear, the Crew is solidly back on the upswing again

Even before the injection of new energy, though, J.Crew offered plenty of tried and true pieces to fill out your wardrobe. And none of that’s going anywhere. The brand’s current offering runs the gamut—from slick suits to quiet sneakers to luxe polos, and a whole lot more. Which means whether you need to re-up on time-tested basics, revamp your cobbled-together closet entirely, or merely find yourself hightailing it to the closest mall because the airline lost your luggage, J.Crew’s got you covered. Feeling a little Crew-curious? These are the categories the brand does an especially killer job in. 

Bar-Raising Chinos

J.Crew classic relaxed-fit chino

J.Crew classic relaxed-fit pleated chino

J.Crew 770 straight-fit stretch chino pant

Wallace & Barnes selvedge officer chino pant

By almost any metric, J.Crew’s chinos are really good. Their cotton twill fabric is sturdy and smooth, their construction is stellar, and they come in just about every color imaginable. The new-ish relaxed-fit silhouette—slouchy without being overly baggy—is a welcome bid on the brand’s behalf to reprise its catalog heyday.

Damned Good Denim

J.Crew relaxed midweight denim shirt

J.Crew classic relaxed-fit jean

J.Crew classic straight-fit jean

J.Crew denim jacket

Denim is another area where J.Crew’s selection stands out. Most of its denim offering, from classic five pocket jeans to hardy trucker jackets, is made out of 100% cotton, often using the type of coveted Japanese selvedge that garners approving nods from the denimhead crowd.

Office-Ready Button-Ups

Thomas Mason for J.Crew washed poplin shirt

J.Crew relaxed broken-in organic cotton Oxford shirt

J.Crew broken-in organic cotton Oxford shirt

J.Crew “Bowery” wrinkle-free stretch cotton shirt

If you’re in need of a shirt that can handle a tie and blazer, J.Crew’s full slate of button-down shirts has you covered. From luxuriously smooth poplin to burly Oxford cloth and Irish linen, their button-down shirts offer a lot of bang for your buck.

Off-Duty Shirting

J.Crew Baird McNutt Irish linen shirt

J.Crew short-sleeve slub cotton camp-collar shirt

J.Crew slub cotton camp-collar shirt

J.Crew ribbed cotton short-sleeve “Johnny” collar sweater polo

When the time calls for something with more day-off vibes, J.Crew’s got plenty of wavy camp shirts to keep your torso dripped out. The brand’s striped shirts are masterful, too, and they’re more than comfortable veering into pretty wild territory when it comes to prints.

Lowkey Fire Shoe Collabs

Alden for J.Crew Cordovan penny loafers

New Balance x J.Crew CRT300 V2 leather sneakers

Collective Canvas Bal natural sneakers

Rancourt & Co. x J.Crew “Harrison” boots

J.Crew may not be a marquee name in the world of footwear (though it certainly makes a decent case for its inclusion in the conversation with its Goodyear-welted shoes and made-in-Italy desert boots). But they stock a regular rotation of shoes from well-respected brands like Alden, Vans, and Red Wing, including some tasty one-off collaborations.

Cheaper-Than-It-Should-Be Cashmere

J.Crew cashmere collared sweater-polo

J.Crew cashmere cable-knit sweater

J.Crew cashmere sweater vest

J.Crew cashmere hoodie

When the colder months roll around, you’ll want to stockpile a few cashmere sweaters and cardigans. J.Crew’s offer a noticeable jump in quality from those of their big-box counterparts, but they still won’t set your credit score back.

Champion-Worthy Sweats

J.Crew 6.5″ lightweight French terry dock short

J.Crew Wallace & Barnes French terry hoodie

J.Crew cotton-silk piqué sweater

J.Crew marled linen-cotton sweater

Yes, every brand and their parent company makes a hoodie. But J.Crew’s French terry sweats are far from the shrink-wrapped stuff you’ll find at other mall brand mainstays. They’re cut from fantastic mid-weight fabrics with a substantial feel that won’t go away (or fall apart after a few wears) no matter how many times you put them through the wringer. 

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