Happy Thursday! You may have realized I do a fair share amount of shopping at budget brands. I especially like the budget versions of my favorite brands, like Banana Republic Factory, LOFT, and J.Crew Factory. Budget brands are great for rounding out your seasonal wardrobe. Especially if you want to try a trending item; it’s reassuring to give it a go at a lower price point. Today I am starting a semi-regular series called Budget Brand Focus. And I am starting with my go-to budget brand: J.Crew Factory.
Today on Budget Brand Focus, we take a look at J.Crew Factory
Featuring past outfits, with similar items shoppable via text and image widgets
Plus, boards with current items available at J.Crew Factory, shoppable via text widgets
J.Crew Factory tends to restock and/or bring out new colors and prints of past designs. The budget versions of my favorite brands often feature items from the previous year, which is great if something sells out or if you like something so well you want another color or print.
J.Crew can always be counted on for chinos. The preppy staple is just as great from J.Crew Factory. I have a few pairs of chinos from both J.Crew and J.Crew Factory and I love both versions. Try the High Rise Girlfriend Chinos.
Just like the full-length version, J.Crew Factory has a great selection of chino shorts in multiple lengths and colors. I prefer the 3.5-inch length, but they also have 5-inch, 7-inch, and 9-inch lengths.
If you want to try the cropped flared pant trend, try the Petite Kelsey Linen-Blend Flare Pant. At $64.50, it’s easy to try this trend on for size.
Ditto for the wide-leg pant trend. Try the Petite Chambray Wide-Leg Paper-Bag Pant. Wide-leg pants have been trending for a few years now. Especially in summer, wide-leg pants in a soft, light material are just the ticket for keeping cool.
While J.Crew Factory tends toward the casual end of the fashion spectrum, they do offer separates that can be mixed and matched to create an ensemble suitable for the office, or other more buttoned-up moments.
An easy way to add polish to your outfit is with a blazer. This season, J.Crew Factory has a great selection of blazers in a variety of colors and styles that work to mix and match with the current offering of pants, shorts and skirts.
To wrap up my Budget Brand Focus, I want to mention J.Crew Factory Shoes. I have had several pairs of their shoes for years, and I have never had an issue with the quality. Seasonal shoes like espadrilles and leather sandals wear quite well with care. Most recently, I purchased the Striped Lace-Up Espadrilles, featured in A Casual Resort Outfit for Petites. A cute new pair of shoes for summer at a price point that agrees with my budget? Yes, Please!
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 46, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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