And that’s something. Been a while since J. Crew Factory lifted the exclusions umbrella on their suiting, and half-off the “valued at” price drops their stuff into very fair territory. Plus they recently launched what appears to be much of if not most of their fall line, and as has been the case in recent years, the stuff they make should catch plenty of eyeballs around these parts. Picks follow. Not a bad way to kick off the long weekend… which still feels like it’s a long way off.
Beyond pleased with this one. Think of a tweed sportcoat and you’re almost certainly going to picture one in an earth tone like brown or green. Not the case here. Has the texture of tweed, but instead comes in a shade of blue. 70% wool, 30% nylon, and a 100% acetate lining. Very impressed with the feel of the fabric. It’s substantial, but not stiff or cumbersome. Drapes nicely and moves well. Non functioning sleeve buttons and a bit of a taper at the waist. Elbow patches as well. Sized in chest sizes, instead of the ballpark S/M/L/etc.
Praise be for the Sutton fit from J. Crew Factory. It strikes a nice balance between slim and straight. And unless you’re the incredible hulk, even bigger legged fellas should be able to manage to be comfortable through the thighs and calves. Need something that’s real slim? Try the Driggs.
Just showed up in yesterday’s Most Wanted. A quilted jacket with more of a masculine set of lines thanks to that Corduroy collar and back shoulder yoke. (So, here’s where JCF sales can be tricky… since this was over $100 but still marked down yesterday, the 25% off $100+ code that was running dropped it to $88.50. Now it goes back up to the “valued at” price, and gets the 50% off cut. And ends up at $84. So there you have it. The moving target that is JCF sales.)
Kinda the star of J. Crew Factory’s early fall lineup, even though it’s so simple. But it’s that simplicity that other brands seem to royally screw up. The tail isn’t chopped, the sleeve buttons are non-functioning, and the lack of accent stitching around those sleeve buttons make for simple tailoring. Perfect deep shade of blue too. Super easy to wear. A total staple. Full review here.
A good way to mix-up your grey-suit rotation, especially during these upcoming fall months. Herringbone is a year-round pattern, but a black/white version like this one seems to lend itself especially well to the cooler months. Sadly, just slim pants available. A new arrival.
Just a couple of button-downs, but both should come in handy now that we’re entering sweater over shirt season. Homespun fabric looks to have a nice texture in it, and that plaid would look pretty good under a light grey wool or cotton sportcoat and along side jeans. Meanwhile, the larger tattersall/windowpane pattern on that Slim Washed shirt is as classic as it gets.
Fabric is actually a Wool/nylon/poly/silk blend? At least that’s what it says in the description. Could be a great way to get some visual (and actual) texture into your trouser lineup for the fall.
JCF’s merino wool v-neck sweaters are some of the best available for a reasonable price. Not as thin as the UNIQLO sweaters, but still far from bulky. Should be easy to layer for most. Available in their trimmer slim fit, or their regular fit which isn’t all that wide itself. A go-to layer for plenty.
Yep. Elbow patches. Right there.Not a slub weave like J. Crew’s elbow patch crews from last year, but just a regular ol’ merino. Thicker than UNIQLO’s merino for sure, but not overly bulky (to be fair, some of us like how thin but strong UNIQLO’s extra fine merino happens to be). Slimmer than normal fit on these, so less wobble around the middle. Elbow pitches are faux suede, but they’re actually quite nice. Size shown is a medium on 5’10” / 185. Available in plum, olive, indigo, and the grey shown above.
One of those house sweaters that comes in so handy in the fall, winter, and spring. Has those hallmark speckles. (Faux?) leather covered buttons. A classic. Charcoal color should go with everything from jeans to cords to deep amber 5-pockets.
Flannel suits are like linen suits. Not worn year round, but boy are they awesome to have when you need one. And just like linen suits, a flannel suit looks incredible in navy… although you wouldn’t think that it would. Sadly, there’s no regular fit pants for this Thompson suit. Just the slim. Which is a true slim, so if you’ve got trunks in your trunks (wait, what?) then you might feel like your legs are getting strangled. Wool / poly blend here.
The kind of sweater you’d look oh-so-handsome in while splitting wood for a fire. Or… while walking in the door on a cool fall evening, holding steaming takeout for you and your date. Whatever, it has that rugged but still cleaned-up casual look to it. Regular fit here, not slim, and the lambswool/nylon blend will make it a bit more hefty than the merino elbow patch options. But you don’t mind hefty. YOU SPLIT WOOD THEN YOU GO AND GET TAKEOUT DAMMIT.
So you like doing the sportcoat and jeans thing. But you’ve got some black shoes or sleek boots that you’d like to wear more often, yet all of your sportcoats/blazers don’t look right with black shoes and jeans. They look better with brown shoes. You wish you had a sportcoat or blazer that looked good with jeans and BLACK shoes. … Here it is. Probably.
Ahoy. Look, sometimes all you want is a long sleeved t-shirt for wearing around the house, or outside raking leaves, or while chucking a football around. And this one does that without looking too plain. Funny how stripes do that.
Haven’t seen a Thompson in wool dip close to $200 in a while. It’s one of the few Thompson suits that still comes with regular fit pants, instead of just the slim pant option. Nice fabric, does seem to in fact resist wrinkles decent enough, and moves extremely well for a fused suit. Full review here. Also available in navy, which oddly enough you can’t get in the regular ol’ worsted wool (which is also on sale). Just charcoal and black available for the worsted option.
The 50% off no exclusions sale at J. Crew Factory ends Monday Sept 7th. No code needed this time.