03 February 2014
Just Another Version
As you can probably tell from the components of most of my outfits, but I'm a big fan of J.Crew. I think the brand fits my aesthetic pretty well and I can wear many of the same pieces to the office or on a casual weekend with no problems. Plus save for some of their "quirkier" items (like this - and this guy I don't get at all), most of their clothes are in-line with the latest trends without being too trendy, so I feel that I'm getting items that don't necessarily date or age me. And let's face it, they have some awfully good sales.
So of course my adoration for the brand extends to their factory stores as well. Especially when it means I get to snag some factory versions of older retail designs that I missed out on (like this entire outfit, for example). But ... when the factory store releases designs of retail items I already own - and have spent retail-level dollars on (most recently, this necklace and dress), then I get all hypocrite-y because I feel like my retail items are now less special. Why did I spend big bucks on an item that is essentially released again for cheaper just a season later?
I know most of you ladies are J.Crew fans out there. What do you think when the factory stores release less expensive versions of retail items? Do you feel like it affects the brand at all?
Sweater: J.Crew factory charley in pom-pom (sim, sim, deal, dif colors)
Skirt: J.Crew factory printed pencil (same as top, as dress)
Necklace: Ann Taylor pearl & pave cluster (worn here - sim, sim, steal)
Bracelets: Groopdealz (sim luxe) & Ann Taylor pearl & pave cluster (worn here - sim, sim), Tag Heuer
Shoes: c/o ShoeMint rosemary (worn here - sim steal, pricey, point-toe)
Bag: Coach flight in metallic mirror (worn here - same wristlet, sim, flap)