This recent warm weather has reminded us all that spring is just around the corner, and it couldn’t be more welcome! As is often the case, the changing seasons provide a perfect opportunity to update your wardrobe. And if you’re looking to refresh your closet on a budget, J. Crew Factory’s new menswear offerings are a great place to start. Most of us are familiar with J. Crew proper, so what exactly sets JCF apart from its “big brother?” Before we dive into our favorite pieces, let’s take a quick minute to clear up any confusion on that question.
J. Crew Factory vs J. Crew vs J. Crew Mercantile?
Contrary to popular belief, J. Crew Factory does not merely offer unsold J. Crew pieces at discount prices. In fact, JCF typically offers clothing that is inspired by J. Crew’s products. This means that you’ll tend to find the same prints and designs, but created from materials that result in a more economically priced end product. Of course, J. Crew’s quality is better, but this increased quality comes with a much higher price tag as well. J. Crew Mercantile is simply the brick and mortar version of J. Crew Factory’s online retail site. You can shop in-person at the J. Crew Mercantile located here in Fort Collins, in the newly renovated Foothills Mall. In short, JCF offers designer-level looks at affordable prices—perfect for a college student’s budget!
Now, without further ado, here are some of the best looks from their Spring 16 arrivals:
The short-sleeve shirt has, up to recent years, admittedly carried a rather unfortunate reputation in menswear circles. From Office Space’s Milton to The Office’s Dwight Schrute, the image of a boxy, billowing short-sleeve shirt (complete with tie) doesn’t exactly depict style. However, designers have responded to this by creating shirts that come in slim and athletic fits, perfect for those of us who have been religiously hitting the gym and want to show off our hard-earned gains. Additionally, these shirts have been appearing with fun prints that are ready-made to match the rapidly warming weather. This shirt from JCF nails both the fit and requisite eye-catching design, just in time for spring.
We all know that just because the calendar says “spring,” Colorado doesn’t always agree. For those chilly mornings and warm afternoons, don’t be caught out in the cold! This popover sweater is the ultimate transition-piece. Simply layer it over your outfit in the morning and remove it when the temperature finally heats up. The toggles and shawl neck provide a stylish alternative to the ocean of sweatshirts that will surely be flooding CSU this season. Try wearing this over a crisp oxford shirt for a sharp, campus-ready look.
The best way to keep cool when the weather starts heating up is to invest in clothing that breathes. By blending cotton with linen, this light-weight shirt will keep you cool and comfortable all day long. The band-collar helps maintain that casual appearance that we all love, while providing a bit of visual interest. And as if that weren’t enough, the stunning indigo color is trending for SS16, so you can stay on top in the fashion world! Need outfit inspiration? Just wear this shirt with a pair of khaki or grey chinos and your favorite sneakers—easy, right?
I hope this has given you a good starting point for updating your wardrobe this season. What pieces are you looking to invest in this spring? What do you think of our picks? Let us know in the comments below!
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