Like a bright conciliatory light at the end of a dark and ominous election tunnel, the J. Crew holiday collection is reminiscent of the '90s and early aughts when things were easier and the economy was as bright as a pastel cardigan.
Before the mall brand's recent higher-end "Collection" and mis-sized Tippi sweater fiascos took the limelight the past few years, J. Crew was your dependable spot for preppy basics that didn't break the bank. Their array of essentials and accessories seamlessly complemented any white collar wardrobe -- from office attire to weekend wear when urbanites want to look like they're going for a New England stroll but really it's just brunch.
As fast fashion became the status quo for successful retailers like Zara, H&M and the like, J. Crew left the warm embrace of cableknits and corduroy. Opting for trendier, less cohesive pieces that were too expensive for their customers who expected to wear their clothing longer than a season. Sales and brand sentiment fell, and there was a moral outcry for things to go back to the way they were -- a "make J. Crew great again" populist voice if you will (too soon?).
Well, it seems what normcore dreams are made of has returned — the recently released J. Crew holiday collection harkens back to a simpler time.
Closet staples reemerge as more traditional autumn patterns, textures and weaves like plaid, brushed flannel and herringbone. Tailored, modern silhouettes find their niche as key elements of a classic wardrobe. In short, J. CRIZZLE IS BACK, Y'ALL.