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What to Buy at J. Crew Factory

What to Buy at J. Crew Factory

J.Crew Factory is an ideal resource for relaxed weekend pieces, loungewear, fun accessories, and easy basics. All at affordable prices.

My best advice when shopping here is to keep it simple. Skip their trousers and jeans – you have better options elsewhere.

Pair your finds with higher-quality items in your closet and avoid their seasonal prints, so you don’t see yourself coming and going.

As someone committed to being as size-inclusive as possible, J.Crew Factory makes that easy, with regular and petite options in a size range that goes to a 3X.

You’ll always have more options in a broader size range if you shop online. Yes, it’s frustrating, but it is what it is. My local store never has my sizes, and only half of the items you’ll see on their website. 

Most items run small, so I always size up.

There is something for everyone below, from fresh pajamas to basic tops and lots of summer dress options.

What to Buy at J.Crew Factory


what to Buy at J.Crew Factory in June

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These are the pieces I would put in your dressing room. Recommendations are based on everything I know about our readers looking for help creating a timeless, classic, modern wardrobe on a realistic budget.

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Square-Neck Tiered Dress

Square-neck tiered dress

Square-Neck Tiered Dress, $59.50 

I adore the look of this color block tiered dress that features neutrals. It’s just an easy and chic combination that you can wear instead of shorts or linen bottoms.

Pair with flat sandals and statement summer earrings. 

Available in sizes 00 – 18

Short Sleeve Polo T-Shirt Dress

Short sleeve polo T-shirt dress

Short Sleeve Polo T-Shirt Dress, $24.50 

We love a tee shirt dress, but sometimes they feel flat or too bare. 

Recently I’ve loved anything with a collar, like this polo t-shirt dress. It’s a throwback to the eighties but paired with fresh white sneakers and simple accessories, it’s a perfect everyday look. 

Available in three colors, including Navy, in sizes XXS – 3X.

Silky Pajama Pants

Silky pajama pants

Silky Pajama Pants, $46.50

Isn’t this just prettiest print? J.Crew Factory has some great pajama options, including these silky bottoms. Perfect for lazy summer morning. 

Pair with a simple tee, tank or sweater, if you need it.

Available in XXS – 3X in regular and petite

Cotton Short Pajamas

Cotton Short Pajamas

Cotton Short Pajamas, $22.50 

Another ADORABLE pajama option is this short set for only $22. 

Available in XS – 3X in three color and print options. 

Cotton Beach Sweater

Cotton Beach Sweater

Cotton Beach Sweater, $46.50 

This cotton beach sweater was a best seller last season, so I’m thrilled to see it back in stock!

An ideal lightweight long sleeve top for chilly summer nights. I like to wear it with a pair of shorts. 

Available in six colors in XS – 3X

Cotton Tank

Cotton Tank in Black

Cotton Tank, $14.50

J. Crew Factory’s basic cotton pieces area steal. 

Like this cotton tank, for only $14.50.

Available in six colors, (I picked up black and white) in sizes XXS – 3X.

V-Neck Tee

V-Neck Tee in White

V-Neck Tee, $12.50 

Another great buy are their V-Neck Tees, for $12.50.

It’s a fantastic basic to pair with jeans and shorts at a can’t beat price. 

Available in a dozen colors in XXS – 3X

Tie-Shoulder Striped Smock Dress

Tie-shoulder striped smock dress

Tie-Shoulder Striped Smock Dress, $59.50 

Another tiered dress option, this time in a pale blue and white stripe. The image of it on the model does it much more justice, like summer in a dress.

Available in regular and petite, in XXS – 3X

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Smocked Crinkle Puff Sleeve Top

Smocked Crinkle Puff Sleeve Top

Smocked Crinkle Puff Sleeve Top, $39.50 

J. Crew Factory makes wonderful tops. Just simple, pair-with-casual-bottoms, no fuss tops. 

Like this navy and white print. The v neck is flattering and the subtle puff on the sleeve helps build out your shoulders if they are naturally narrow. 

Available in XXS – 3X. 

Three-Strap Slide Sandals

Three-Strap Slide Sandals

Three-Strap Slide Sandals, $39.50  

Finally, don’t sleep on their well-priced shoe selection.

I ordered these slide sandals in ivory, and I can guarantee my girls (who wear my size) will steal them at some point.

Great for the pool or any time you would wear flip-flops.

Available in ivory and pink

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What to Buy at J. Crew Factory

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Tracy Gray

Monday 13th of June 2022

I love these suggestions in fact—I recently purchased the t-shirt dress and several tee shirts! I can’t wait to get them! Thank you

Tracy Gray

Monday 20th of September 2021

Thank you for this! I love the pull over, pink blazer and boots. Thank you for this. It was thru uour post earlier this year about J Crew that brought me back to them. Thank you!!!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021



Monday 14th of June 2021

After returning to actually shop in person at the mall I was disappointed at what limited items they actually had. So I agree that I have found better options snd prices on line. Thanks for the Jcrew ideas. I love them.

Betty Anne Whitney

Monday 14th of June 2021

I missed your post about pear shaped body clothing. Is there a way to access it now??? Thanks

Megan Kristel

Monday 14th of June 2021

Everything is on the site.

Tracy Gray

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

I had previously not really considered JCrew as a possible shopping destination. But thanks to the Well Dressed Life ideas and suggestions I have made several purchases and have loved them all. Thank you for all the great suggestions and opening up other possibilities for clothes shopping g.

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