Post # 1
Everytime I go in their store I find that their items are way overpriced and cheaply made. Like the shirts are so thin and see-through. And you can tell that they will probably fall apart after a few washes. And they charge $15 for a headband? come on!
Honestly, I know their bridesmaid dresses are cute and all, but why pay over $200 for a JCrew cocktail dress when you can pay generally $150 or less for a similar short dress by Bill Levkoff or Alfred Angelo at a bridal store? I don’t know, it just seems silly to me that some people have their bridesmaids buy these JCrew dresses that are so expensive!
Am I missing something? Do they use really nice materials for their dresses? Do people like JCrew just because it’s a popular name brand store?
Post # 3
I have to disagree with you about the quality. I buy a lot of stuff from JCrew, particularly for work. I am a bargain shopper by nature, so I stalk sales and hit the outlet a lot. But I find that its worth every penny. I have shirts that have been washed hundreds of times and look as crisp as the day I bought them. While my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were not from JCrew, I love their Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. I think the difference is that the styles are more modern and don’t necessarily look like “BM dresses” and are dresses that many gals wear after the wedding. I buy clothes wherever I find something I like, Target? sure! But when it somes to some items that you need more structure with (pants, suits, coats), I just feel that you get what you pay for and while there are certainly higher end brands, JCrew has never let me down.
Post # 4
I agree that J Crew is expensive, but I guess people think that because it’s a chain store that people with wear the dresses again! My friend got her Bridesmaid or Best Man dress there for another wedding, complained about the price, but ended wearing it to many functions afterward! I also liked a pair of shoes there but they were charging over $200…craziness!
Post # 5
amariem, I totally feel ya on this! I kind of wondered about their bridesmaids dresses when I saw how many people swear by them. I guess I look at the dresses by JCrew and just don’t see why they are so expensive. I thought the same thing about them, why not go to a bridal shop and get one of those dresses for my girls, they don’t look all that different and they are cheaper. I will say I’ve never shopped at JCrew, so I can’t say anything about the quality or anything like that but I’ve always wondered why they cost so much more than other stores with similar dresses.
Post # 6
I never pay retail for J. Crew. I love their stuff and think the quality is great, but it is a bit overpriced. I stalk their outlets and final sale.
I went back and forth considering whether to use J. Crew for bridesmaids dresses. In the end I decided not to due to price considerations for a few of my bridesmaids, but if I was in a slightly different situation, I would have gone with J. Crew. Their customer service is amazing and you can definitely wear the dresses again. I know so many people who have worn their J. Crew Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses to several other weddings.
Post # 7
I think J Crew is overpriced. The qual doesn’t make up for their prices. But with bmaids dresses, they have the corner on the market for straight-sized cute dresses. Granted I wouldn’t buy one of their regular strapless or tank style dresses (like the sophia) for a bridesmaid dress as it is such a simple (and in my opinion, not cute) pattern. Those you can get at DB for half the price (which is still way too much for some of that crap).
I do think it sucks that they don’t make their bridesmaids dresses in Women’s Sizes.
Post # 8
Personally, I think JCrew quality is good. I have lots of clothes from there and I’ve always found them to be well-made. IME, they last a long time, I have several sweaters that I still wear from college. I also like their styles, they do a good mix of trendy and timeless. I do agree that their pricing is a little high (has gone up in recent years), so most of the time, I buy things on sale. Their sales are great, especially the final sale where you get things REALLY marked down.
In terms of dresses, I chose JCrew for my Bridesmaid or Best Man because I prefered the styles to traditional Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. The fabrics were more what I was looking for and the dresses looked like a regular cocktail dress instead of a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. I also wanted to give my gals the choice of dresses and I liked their selection. Also, JCrew dresses are true-to-size, so I knew my Bridesmaid or Best Man wouldn’t have to deal with ordering a dress based on a size chart and having to wait 4 months for it to come in. Finally, all my Bridesmaid or Best Man were able to find their dresses on sale and none spent more than $75! That’s WAY cheaper than a Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress!
Post # 9
I looooovve J.Crew. I find most of their clothes to be very well made as far as construction, material quality and fit. They sometimes use delicate materials that don’t hold up well, but those aren’t the types of items I buy anyway. They make some cute and trendy stuff and I love them for their timeless classics. All this being said, I pretty much never pay full price. I know that I can count on the sizing so I buy a lot if J.Crew items on eBay. In fact, I’ve purchased about 5 of their dresses on eBay in the last couple years. Being a short girl, the fact that they have petite sizes is also a plus!
Post # 10
I do believe that JCrew is totally over-priced, and while the quality I think is better than average, it’s not good enough to jusify their prices for the most part. I always buy ‘Crew stuff on sale. I never pay retail.
But overall, I DO like the store a lot. I love its style and how the pieces are trendy and timeless at the same time (as someone already pointed out).
Post # 11
I have to say that I’ve never been into J Crew but both of my bridesmaids love them. They independently sent the the link for the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. I liked the styles but wasn’t crazy about the colors until I saw them in person. I ended up loving the dress they like and they were able to order them for less than $100 since they were on sale. (Pink was on clearance at the end of the summer.)
I’ve never been excited about any of their other clothes but on of my girls insists they’ve been ramping up their quality. Last weekend I went in there and bought my first t-shirt and pair of shorts from them. I wouldn’t pay full price for anything there, but feel like I got a great deal on the items I just bought (shorts for $19.99 and an embellished T for $30 – normally I would never pay $30 for a T but its so cute with fabric flowers perfect for the sailing excursion the weekend of the wedding).
Post # 12
J Crew is expensive…but I have 3 of the Jackie cardigans and they are such high quailty that they were worth every penny. I agree about some of their T-shirts…I am not a fan of the tissue thin ones, and the Painter tees get snagged on freaking anything and pull really bad. But on their jeans, pants, shoes, dresses, and sweaters, I think the price is worth it, especially if you hit up an outlet or final sale.
Post # 13
i think j crew is incredibly hit and miss, quality-wise.
their knits seem to really be junk. i’d never ever ever ever ever buy another junky j crew cashmere sweater again. they SUCK. . i’ve been suckered time and time again, and bought j crew cashmere that looked so pretty in the catalogue. it pilled instantly, and was unwearable after two times. also the T-shirts suck. this “tissue thin” fabric thing looks great for a photo, but they are ready for the trash can in two weeks.
on the other hand, some of their higher-end items are beautifully made. as well made as any catalogue item you could find anywhere. for example, i bought second-hand — and sold again on eBay cause it didn’t fit — a jcrew “rebecca” dress that was silk tricotine, a wonderful high-quality real silk. it was originally $350, i think.
the REAL DIFFERENCE between something like that an a dress from david’s bridal or alfred angelo is that the latter are selling you POLYESTER. so my question is: why should a polyester wedding or bridesmaid dress cost hundreds of dollars???
Post # 14
I only buy from them online during sales. Their staff has been fantastic for returns and ordering help over the phone. I mentioned that a pair shoes were for my wedding and they gave me an even better discount and didn’t charge me shipping.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I don’t think the quality of their clothes is bad at all! My entire wardrobe is almost all JCrew (with a few anthro additions :). I love their aesthetic and I always buy on sale. I’m using their bridesmaids dresses and didn’t pay over $150 for any of them, one was on sale for $75! I looked at some alfred angelo Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses but honestly thought those were way worse quality than the JCrew ones…
Post # 16
I’m not a big J. Crew fan either — I agree that their stuff is generally overpriced. Also, they really don’t do a good job fitting my body type (pear-shaped). It seems like if you have any hips at all, J. Crew is not your friend.
But I did get J. Crew bridesmaids’ dresses for my girls! I didn’t love their prices at first, but I also wasn’t excited about the usual bridesmaids’ lines (Bill Levkoff, Jasmine, Alfred Angelo, etc.) because I’m a fabric snob, and I didn’t want to pay $175 or more for something that looked and felt like cheap polyester. And then a miracle happened — the navy blue Sophia dress went on sale, AND I ran across a 30% off coupon. I got my girls’ dresses for way less than the traditional bridesmaids’ lines! And when one of them didn’t fit quite right, I was able to exchange it for a new size with no problem, which would never happen in a bridal salon. So even though I’m not in love with J. Crew’s everyday clothes, I do think their bridesmaid line can be a bargain, not to mention an easy shopping experience. (Don’t get me started on what they charge for their shoes, though. And I’m still a bit baffled about their high-end wedding dresses — why would you shop the J. Crew website if your gown budget was $3,000?)