things i learned from the january j.crew catalog

It's always a good day when you open the mailbox and find a copy of the new J.Crew catalog inside. J.Crew does such an incredible job with their catalogs, don't they? They are always so beautifully styled, and there are lots of lessons to be learned in their pages. Here's the takeaway from the January catalog:

1/ You can never have too many pairs of ballet flats, especially when they're available in literally every color in the rainbow.

Classic leather ballet flats, $125 each.

2/ If you buy anything for spring, make it super colorful denim - it's all the rage.

Toothpick jeans in garment-dyed twill, $108; Ripplestitch sweater, $88; Cutler and Gross sunglasses, $495; Tillary purse, $148; and Jayne t-strap ballet flats, $198.

3/ Showing off a high-waisted skirt by tying together the front corners of a boyish button-front shirt is sexy and flirty in an Audrey Hepburn-ish way - and it's even better if you throw in some super shiny gold loafers.

Keeper chambray shirt, $78; Pleated a-line skirt, $198; and Biella metallic penny loafers, $248.

4/ Hipster glasses make everything - even sugary sweet pastel sweaters and pencil skirts - look cool.

Downtown field jacket, $148; Cashmere v-neck sweater, $168; NO. 2 pencil skirt, $128; Edie purse, $238; and Viv flats, $228.

5/ Cashmere is always a good idea. Period.

Cashmere on-the-button henley, $188; Cashmere getaway hoodie, $188; and Cashmere candy-stripe sweater, $198.

6/ Sometimes the best outfit really is jeans, a simple top and eye-catching heels.

Matchstick jeans, $108; Silk-linen henley tunic, $135; Classic enamel link bracelet, $48; and Mona patent pumps, $218.

7/ Is it true? Can chinos actually be...cool?

Bennett chino, $79.50; Burnout crepe sweater, $118; Dot scarf, $55; and Darby patent loafers, $198.

8/ Wearing sneakers with a suit isn't just for rappers, "Young Hollywood" actors and Justin Bieber. Also, poppy pink lipstick is amazing.

Superfine cotton suiting, $118-$178; Tuxedo shirt in Thomas Mason fabric, $150; Cutler and Gross sunglasses, $495; and Converse Jack Purcell sneakers, $65.

All clothing and accessories available at www.jcrew.com.


  1. I'm a fan of J.CREW's looks in general, and I really enjoyed what I had seen of this catalog already.

    However, I find J.CREW to have primarily made in China goods without the life expectancy a good prep brand should have. I like looking at J.CREW, but I can never justify paying the prices they ask given their origin and weaker construction.

  2. Kionon - I definitely understand what you're saying. I too love the overall J.Crew aesthetic, but if I want to buy something, it usually has to be on sale in order for me to afford it. As far as what I do own, though, I haven't noticed any quality issues, and I love every piece I have. For what it's worth. ;)

    P.S.: I checked out your blogs and they are fantastic!

  3. Nice interpretation of the catalog!:-)

  4. I wish I could afford JCrew, love soooo much!

  5. Such a fantastic, unique post! I need to pour through my latest catalogs and see what I can learn :-)

    XO - Marion

  6. That silk-linen henley is amazing... I wish I could afford it!! I love the J Crew catalog, if only for the styling... Always so useful and inspirational.


  7. I really loved your thoughts on this. I've always loved their catalogues, but as someone who lives in Europe I don't have any experience with J. Crew. I've noticed that they're changed (lowered) the shipping costs, so I'm thinking of ordering something for spring. But I have to agree with the previous comments... I'm so not sure of the quality of the products. Yes, everything looks amazing, but are those jeans really worth $100?

    1. Thanks so much, Diana! I think their quality is on par with most premium denim brands, but for me, jeans are only worth anything if they fit perfectly. I'll spend way more than I should on a pair of jeans that fit well... ;)

  8. Love the commentary!


  9. This is going to sound really awful, but I feel like J Crew is kind of behind on trends. Regardless, nice post!

  10. Love the Matchstick jeans that goes with the Silk-linen henley tunic and Mona patent pumps.Fabulously adorable.