I love New Arrivals time at J. Crew; it’s like the start of a new semester; a chance to begin afresh. As anyone who follows the Crew knows, not all New Arrivals are created equal—sometimes they can be a big seen-it-before bore—but this time around I’m downright excited, mainly because of this velvet blazer, as I have been dying to find you guys an affordable velvet blazer, and this one is just so good. And so luxe in the grey, though I know many of you will want it in the black, which is also quite elegant. I had talked myself out of needing to buy a velvet blazer when I thought I was going to have to spend $500-ish for one (I have a lot of blazers) but this is another story.
I like that the colors on this striped sweater are all over the map.
These stretch cargo pants remind me of my skinny armies from The Great, but they’re way cheaper.
The pink faux fur trim on the hood of this down parka charms the hell out of me.
Such a flattering neckline—the kind of tee worth stockpiling, especially since it comes in about a million colors.
I don’t get as worked up over leopard prints as I used to, but I still like a really good one—and these days that tends to mean one that has some color other than the ones you traditionally associate with leopard print in the mix. This shirt, with its bold hits of pink against a background of grey, for instance, is pretty remarkable.
Army green turns out to be a great foil for leopard, and gives it an almost camo-like feel.
Don’t even click through to the price (it’s bonkers); I just had to include this coat because it is so fun to look at.
I am not really a colored jeans person. And in fact, I have known of the existence of these brick-red jeans from The Great for some time now without feeling one way or another about them, but the other day I ran across them again and felt strongly, suddenly, that they needed to be mine (am I the only one given to these transitory urges?) I might have waited for the moment to pass, but I went for it and am glad I did: they’re soft and comfortable (I sized up or they’d definitely be on the tight side), and a really nifty way to inject color into an outfit when I’m feeling lazy.
Another item I surprise myself by wanting: this corduroy vest by Frame Denim, my new faves. I don’t think I’ve actually worn a vest since the 70s—I always feel a little bit like I’m in costume, or about to take a drink order when I try one on—and I’m not at all sure I could pull it off. But this is so chic—I love that it’s corduroy, and such a good blue—that I might have to try.
Most sweater coats tend to look lumpy and un-tailored (that’s sort of the point of them, I guess), but this is just fantastic.
And these are crazy, I know, but I can’t stop thinking about them.