With the news that J. Crew has filed for bankruptcy, it may be only a matter of time until some of your favorites are no longer available. While bankruptcy in itself isn’t necessary the end of the road for the prep-friendly brand, it does signal that significant changes are ahead for one of our favorite stores, especially for the over-40 set.
Whether a restructured J. Crew will thrive remains to be seen — the brand was in trouble well before the COVID-19 pandemic — but you can still find an ample stock of tried-and-true favorites, along with a slew of looks that are so very J. Crew. (Just keep an eye on the return policy, as those tend to change when a retailer goes into restructure.) Here are 12 J. Crew pieces you may want to add to your wardrobe, stat.
12 J. Crew Pieces We Love
1. The perfect work blazer
Sure, it’s the “going-out” blazer, but who says you can’t make the most of this versatile topper? Perfect for absolutely anything, this sleek piece is a flattering addition to any closet. It’s available in multiple colors, but our money is on the black for most-worn honors. Throw it on with jeans to pull it all together, or add it to your workwear separates.
2. The ultimate light cardigan
J. Crew does cashmere beautifully, and its featherweight cardigan is no exception. Available in an array of hues spanning the rainbow, this practical piece looks perfect with a simple tee and a pair of wide-leg trousers at the office. Throw it on over a floral dress on a breezy spring day, or layer your coat over it when things get chilly at the end of the year.
3. The timeless cover-up
As summer approaches and the possibility of going to the beach looms somewhere on the horizon, you’ll start thinking about the wardrobe possibilities. Among your contenders should be this tiered beach dress. Featuring all of the hallmarks of a style sensation, it’s got a slightly vintage vibe with its ruffled skirt and crinkled finish.
4. The forever ballet flat
If there’s one pair of shoes that’s destined to be a favorite for a lifetime, it’s the ballet flat. Wearing heels becomes a wee bit more challenging with time, and the need for a slightly more sensible option becomes even greater. Enter Kiki, the cutest option going, what with its eye-popping red and pink palette. They’re cute with a fit-and-flare skirt and tank top.
5. The perfect midi skirt
When you’ve reached the stage where mini skirts feel childish, but you’re not interested in devoting your entire summer to thef maxi silhouette, you’ve got another option: the humble midi. Offering the best of all worlds, this pretty midi skirt boasts a full, swingy cut. Try it with a fitted tee for a balanced look.
6. The wide-leg pant
You’ll never want for comfort in a pair of wide-leg pants. These forgiving bottoms are known to conceal a multitude of sins, but you’ll just love them because they look great. Try the high-rise Peyton with anything from a simple corporate-friendly twinset to a bejeweled cardigan and a pair of pointy-toe flats.
7. The easy t-shirt
You don’t have to be terribly picky about your t-shirts to recognize greatness when you slip into it. J. Crew’s vintage cotton V-neck is a longtime favorite for a reason. It’s soft and light, with an airy quality that renders it perfect for the balmiest of days. Even better, it’s available in dozens of great colors.
8. The ultimate LBD
You probably feel like you already own the perfect little black dress, or at least innumerable options to suit any occasion. But do you have one with a lace finish, a sweetheart neckline, a midi-length skirt, and a completely flattering silhouette? If not, you do now — this easy little number is destined for warm-weather greatness.
9. The perfect rain coat
Braving wet weather isn’t something most of us love to do, but adding something stylish to the mix can make even the most torrential downpour a little more tolerable. The brand’s so-called “perfect” rain jacket is available in your favorite dark neutrals. This olive green will go with anything.
10. The versatile jogger pant
If you’ve been living in your casual wardrobe lately, then you’ve probably spent your fair share of time in things like leggings and yoga pants. If you don’t yet own a pair of joggers, though, you’re missing out. Like a glorified pair of sweatpants, they’re slightly more tailored thanks to their tapered leg. These are great for everything from bedtime to chill time.
11. The playful statement necklace
We always encourage having some fun with your wardrobe. Why be serious when you can step out wearing bright, quirky colors? Even if you’re wearing all neutrals, this candy gem statement necklace is destined to do the job. It’s bold and fun, with shapely gemstones that elevate your look in an instant.
12. The go-everywhere bag
When life takes you places, you need a bag to get you there in style. The Montauk large tote bag is the perfect companion for your everyday grind. Whether you’re headed to the office, taking the kids to the park, or spending some time relaxing with girlfriends on the weekend, you can trust this sturdy carryall to hold all of your essentials in style.