20 things with a cult following at J. Crew—and why they're worth it
Get dressin’ with these J. Crew picks.
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Autumn is officially here—which, for many people, is the peak time to wear fashionable, cozy cool weather gear.
There are many worthy places to get supplies to do so, but one of our favorite places for fall staples is J. Crew. The preppy apparel juggernaut has high-quality, versatile, stylish-but-not-ephemeral pieces for anyone, whether you need clothes for the office, school, or the weekends. Here are some J. Crew bestsellers, cult favorites, and all-around great picks—from blazers to chinos—you’ll want to wear through the season and beyond.
1. A tee everyone will love
J. Crew’s Slim Perfect T-shirt is a top seller for a reason. It has longer sleeves than a regular tee, which reviewers say gives it a more professional look, and comes in an array of rainbow hues to suit any occasion or mood. The white shirt is one of the comfier and more opaque white shirts out there, though the striped option is also a fantastic bet—because is something really from J. Crew if it isn’t covered in horizontal stripes?
The Slim Perfect T-shirt comes in women’s sizes XS to 3X and runs slightly small.
2. A pocket sweatshirt for chic comfort
This sweatshirt, with its dainty chest pocket and relaxed cut, is great for slipping into on weekends, on the way home from work, or after a workout. Reviewers love that it has a wider neck than some sweatshirts, which makes for a more stylish and comfortable fit.
“This is a perfect fall sweatshirt—so soft and cozy even after washing,” writes a reviewer. “I always feel suffocated in a crewneck, so I'm loving this wider neckline that isn't so wide that it's an unintentional off-the-shoulder look.”
The Pocket Sweatshirt comes in women’s sizes XXS to 3X and is true to size.
3. A chambray shirt to increase your denim intake
A chambray shirt is an easy, stylish way to pull off some yee-haw flair through the fall and beyond—and this particular top is the one you want to get. Reviewers use the words “forever” and “investment piece” to describe the piece, which is made of cotton and has nice details, like silver buttons on the breast pockets, that differentiate it from other chambray shirts.
“I love the shirt so much, that I bought another one after losing 20 pounds,” writes a reviewer. “It’s tailored, so gives you a nice shape. Everyone should have a go-to denim shirt.”
The Western Chambray Shirt comes in women’s sizes 00 to 20 and runs small.
4. A wear-anywhere jacket
J. Crew fans covet this waxed cotton jacket, which has a laidback collegiate look that never goes out of style. Its lightweight material makes it a perfect transitional jacket for late autumn and early spring, and its roomy pockets—there are four of ‘em—make it possible to go out for the night without lugging around a purse.
“A few years ago I purchased this jacket in mossy brown. I wore it basically every week for two years straight. I took it with me to Haiti and to Africa—the pockets are perfect for adventures,” writes a reviewer. “I love it so much at this point, that I've basically purchased one in every color.”
The Downtown Field Jacket comes in women’s sizes XXXS to 3X and is true to size.
5. A rain jacket to make a storm feel like a party
Blustery gray skies are no match for this customer-beloved raincoat. It’s unlined, so it won’t make you overheat on warm-but-rainy-days, and has a relaxed fit that makes it easy to layer with sweaters on chillier days. With its cinched waist, deep pockets, and cheery color selection—which ranges from neon yellow to burgundy—you might want it to rain all the time, just so you can show off your jacket.
The Perfect Rain Jacket comes in women’s sizes XS to 3X and runs large.
6. Pants for a classy work-to-happy-hour staple
Finding a good office uniform that doesn’t look and feel like, well, a uniform can be difficult. But according to reviewers of J. Crew’s High-rise Cameron Pants, the perfect pair of work pants does exist. They come in easy-to-mix-and-match colors like black, olive, navy, and gray, and are made with a stretchy material that looks and feels great on any body type.
“I used to hate work pants. I don't hate work pants anymore now that I own the Cameron pant,” writes a reviewer. “These are figure-flattering, comfortable, and classic while still being stylish.”
The High-rise Cameron Pants come in women’s sizes 00 to 24 and is true to size.
7. A skirt to stay stylishly work-appropriate
J. Crew devotees know the power of this wool work skirt, which has a heavy—but not suffocating—feel and the ability to keep anyone looking buttoned-up without feeling prissy.
“It is perfect in every way,” writes a reviewer. “It is sleek and structured—it eliminates any bumps or trouble spots you may have. I can sit in it for 12 hours and it barely gets a crease or a wrinkle. You can dress it up for a formal occasion or wear at shirt and casual shoes. Even though it is a wool, I wear it year round because it isn't thick and bulky.”
The No. 2 Pencil Skirt comes in women’s sizes 00 to 24 and is true to size.
8. A pleated midi skirt for an all-season piece
This midi skirt is a nice piece for the often-bipolar early days of fall, when it feels like winter in the morning and summer in the afternoon. It’s made of a sleek-but-not-too-shiny fabric that pairs as well with tank tops and crop tops as it does with sweaters and turtlenecks. It comes in five rich colors—burgundy, blush, forest green, navy, and light blue—that reviewers adore.
“Do yourself a favor and purchase this skirt,” writes a reviewer. “I love it so much I bought it in three colors. Wears well with few wrinkles throughout the day, super comfortable, and fits true to size.”
The Pleated Midi Skirt comes in women’s sizes 00 to 24 and is true to size.
9. A blazer to show you mean business
Mix business with pleasure in the best possible way with this open-front, slim-fitting blazer. It comes in three colors, gray, navy, and black, and is made of a thick, matte fabric that can be dressed up or down depending on whether you pair it with jeans or a pencil skirt.
“I usually don't buy blazers without the matching pants, but I made an exception for this one,” writes a reviewer. “I love the quality, material, and look of this blazer. It is an essential piece for your wardrobe and a classic.”
The Going Out Blazer comes in women’s sizes 00 to 24 and is true to size.
10. A sweater to upgrade your cashmere game
Any of J. Crew’s cashmere sweater options are a great bet, but reviewers are especially sweet on this crew-neck sweater, which is emblazoned with a striking leopard print-covered heart. Its material is lightweight yet still warm, so it’s easy to layer with or wear under a jacket on a cool day, and wear on its own when it’s a little warmer.
“This sweater is made of nice cashmere—it was not itchy and this is statement from someone with high skin sensitivity,” writes a reviewer. “The color is a rich red and the leopard print heart makes it very modern and hip.”
The Everyday Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater comes in women’s sizes XS to 3X and is true to size.
11. A cool take on a classic shirt
An Oxford shirt is always useful, whether you’re heading to a job interview or date—and this Oxford shirt, made of a super-soft, breathable cotton, is the one you want. Reviewers love its simple, versatile cuts—classic, slim, slim untucked, and tall—and washing machine-withstanding quality.
“The classic fit is great, it is just fitted enough to be dressy but not so much to be constraining,” writes a reviewer. “The fabric is of great quality, it’s a thicker weave, rather than a fine/delicate one, but it’s something I always prefer. I absolutely recommend the piece, I immediately ordered a second one.”
The American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt comes in men’s sizes XS to XXL and runs slightly large.
12. The gingham shirt that’s worth the hype
This shirt is everywhere—seriously, look around any office, and you’ll see guys in it—but it makes up for its overexposure with its versatility. It goes well with jeans, khakis, or corduroys, and is comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It also comes in as many colors as there are days in a work week—including blue, green, yellow, red, and gray—so it can be useful to buy a bunch to keep on hand for days when you need to look nice-ish, but don’t want to put in much effort.
The Stretch Secret Wash Shirt comes in men’s sizes XS to XXXL and is true to size.
13. A cashmere crewneck to stay stylish and warm
Reviewers love this classic crewneck cashmere sweater. It has thin, breathable material that lets body heat circulate to maintain an ideal temperature, and—like most things on this list—is simple to layer with other things you have in your closet.
“Perfect for the fall season and is warm, without being too much,” writes a reviewer. “Fits perfectly and is great to wear with jeans or khakis.”
The Everyday Cashmere Sweater comes in men’s sizes XS to XXL and is true to size.
14. The heathered cotton crewneck for a perfectly nubby sweater
For a non-cashmere—but still warm—sweater, try this cotton option. Its heathered fabric gives it an interesting, snuggly texture that can be paired with a plain tee or collared shirt for a more cohesive look. Whether you wear it to walk the dog or underneath a light jacket, it’ll keep you stylish and cozy all fall.
The Heathered Cotton Crewneck comes in men’s sizes XS to XXL and is true to size.
15. A pair of chinos you’ll never want to take off
It is probably no surprise that J. Crew, a bastion of preppy and work-appropriate apparel, excels in mens’ khakis. The brand sells a wide range of colors, such as olive, gray, brown, white, and salmon, that can suit anyone of any taste or style. The pants also have a stretch that makes them flattering and comfortable and a classic straight leg that makes them easy to wear to work or on the weekends.
“Hands-down best chinos ever,” writes a reviewer. “The fit is amazing, makes your butt look good, and they're so comfortable.”
The 770 Straight-fit Chino Pants come in men’s sizes 28 to 44 and are true to size.
16. Straight-fit pant corduroys to keep your legs warm
For a cozier fall vibe, try the corduroy 770s. These have the same cut as the chinos, but are made with a velvety corduroy to provide some variety—and extra warmth—for fall and winter. The corduroy also has a thin wale, so it doesn’t look aggressive on the pants, but it still adds interesting depth and texture.
“First time buying corduroy and pleasantly surprised,” writes a reviewer. “Fit is spot on and they are very comfortable. These pants also go really well with most shirts.”
The 770 Straight-fit Corduroy Pants come in men’s sizes 28 to 44 and are true to size.
17. Skinny stripe socks for funky footwear
The mark of a seasoned J. Crew shopper is funky, eclectic socks—and these particular socks are a great way to get your sock game going. The multicolored stripes are bold enough to be interesting, but not so esoteric that they assault the eyes if they peek out between a cuff and a shoe.
“The colors jump out at you. The fabric is soft, not too heavy, not too light,” writes a reviewer. “An excellent purchase.”
The Multi Skinny Stripe Socks come in one size, which should fit men’s shoe sizes 10 to 13.
18. A just-rugged-enough coat
For functional-yet-stylish fall outerwear, look to the Field Mechanic’s jacket. Its buttoned flap-patch pockets, standing collar, and lightweight, layerable cotton make it a good option to help you ease into (and, eventually, out of) winter.
“I first saw this in stores earlier in the year and I haven't stopped thinking about it since,” writes a reviewer. “Finally decided to pull the trigger and buy it since the weather has been perfect for this piece. I seriously regret not buying this sooner!”
The Field Mechanic Jacket comes in men’s sizes XS to XXL and runs large.
19. A silk tie to make any outfit more formal
If you need a tie, you can’t do much better than with this classic, top-rated striped option. Reviewers love that it makes a slim knot and goes with anything from jeans and a dress shirt to a three-piece suit.
“Looks great, ties well; received many compliments on it even the first time I wore it,” writes a reviewer.
The English Silk Tie comes in one size.
20. A half-zip fleece to stay cozy on chilly days
This sporty-looking half-zip is ideal for any range of outdoor activities you might get into this fall, from apple picking to hiking to taking the kids out trick-or-treating. It’s made of Polartec synthetic fleece, so it should keep you warm on its own, but it’s also stretchy enough to layer with some thermal gear if you’re in a cooler climate and need to stay extra toasty.
The Nordic Half-zip Pullover comes in men’s sizes XS to XXL and is true to size.
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