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What to Buy at J. Crew Factory

I woke up this morning and could feel that first hint of crisp air singling the subtle change of seasons. 

I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for all that brings, but while I’m savoring the last few summer weeks, retail is in full Fall swing. 

And if you need a few new pieces, J.Crew Factory has a fantastic mix of workwear, separates, and shoes, 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.

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

Most items run small, so I always size up.

There is something for everyone below, and today is the final day of their promotion. Use code STUDYBREAK and get an extra 15% off three styles already marked down. 

What to Buy at J.Crew Factory 


What to Buy at J.Crew Factory in August

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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.

Let’s go shopping

Cotton-Cashmere Sweater

Cotton Cashmere Sweater in navy

Cotton-Cashmere Sweater, $58.50 

While I appreciate a high-quality knit, I can’t wrap my head around spending hundreds of dollars for them right now. Not with the amount of tuition and travel sports fees I pay. So these cotton-cashmere blend sweaters are right up my alley. 

I size up in case they shrink and wear them with jeans and flats, like loafers and ballet flats. And I’m not devastated when I inevitably get a stain. 

Under $60, in a range of colors, in all sizes and a soft and sophisticated blend.

Faux-Suede Bow Mules

Faux Suede bow mules in tan

Faux-Suede Bow Mules, $69.50

Flats, like this pointed-toe mule, are big for fall.

I love them in tan (above) or black; the faux-suede and bow detail add texture and interest, elevating any outfit, and the elongated toe helps keep the line of your body long and lean.

You can wear these with anything, from jeans, joggers, and trousers to skirts and dresses.

Available in tan, black and yellow in a wide size range. 

Pull-on Skirt

Pull on skirt in camel polka dot

Pull-on Skirt, $44.50

We featured several midi-length skirts this summer, and you can take them right into early fall. This one, in camel, feels classic and seasonally appropriate. You can also pick up several patterns, including black and white polka dot.

Available in regular and petite up to a size 3X. 

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how to wear it three different ways. 

Cotton-Cashmere Polo Sweater

Cotton cashmere polo sweater in black

Cotton-Cashmere Polo Sweater, $58.50 

90s minimalism style is a new modern aesthetic, it’s here to stay, and I am here for it. This means classic cuts, clean lines, and neutral color combinations.

This polo sweater, also in a cashmere-cotton blend is lovely. Wear it with jeans, a belt and ankle boots. 

Available in black, light grey and lilac in XXS – 3X.

Schoolboy Sweater-Blazer

Schoolboy sweater blazer in camel

Schoolboy Sweater-Blazer, $82.50 

I thought this was a fantastic polished yet casual layer. Looks great with jeans or black trousers. 

Available in regular and petite in XXS – 3X

Girlfriend Crewneck Tee

Girlfriend Crewneck Tee in White

Girlfriend Crewneck Tee, $17

Just an easy-peasy white tee shirt, with a not too tight but not too loose fit. 

Available in XXS – 3X in a range of colors

Clip-Dot Tie Sleeve Top

Clip Dot Tie Sleeve Blouse in Pink

Clip-Dot Tie Sleeve Top, $19.50

Anytime I recommend a top with even the slightest puff sleeve, I get the meanest emails and comments. 

Over a sleeve

The internet is exhausting.

Anyway, I think their adorable, it helps add shape and balance if you have narrow shoulders or a rectangle shape. Wear it like you would a tee shirt for a more pulled together look. 

Available in XS – 3X in pink, navy and white

Striped Mockneck Sweater

Striped Mockneck Sweater

Striped Mockneck Sweater, $49 

I bought the following few tops because I’ve never met a stripe I didn’t love.

This mock neck sweater is a familiar style for J.Crew Factory. You may have it in their cloud-spun fleece.

Available in XS  – 3X.

Striped Half-Zip Sweatshirt

Striped Half Zip Sweatshirt

Striped Half-Zip Sweatshirt, $34.50 

A polished sweatshirt is ideal for early morning school runs. 

I’ll wear this with jeans, white sneakers and a baseball hat for days I live in my car waiting for my kids. 

Available in XS – 3X.

Lightweight Cotton Shirt

Lightweight Cotton Shirt in blue and white stripe

Lightweight Cotton Shirt, $39.50 

A blue stripped shirt is a staple in my daily wardrobe. I have at least a dozen of them. They are so easy to wear alone or add under a layer. And this one is a favorite. It’s affordable, nicely made and fits well. 

You can grab it in range of prints, I buy the “Bankers Blue”.

Available in regular and petite in XXS – 3X

Sueded Clogs

Sueded Clogs in Tan

Sueded Clogs, $74.50 

Finally, clogs are a big trend for fall. I don’t see them having much longevity, so I wouldn’t spend here. 

But for under $100 they can be fun to try. Pair with wide-leg jeans, or dresses and skirts. 

Available in tan (above) and black. 


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Tracy Gray

Tuesday 16th of August 2022

I loved this! I purchased clip dot blouse and the navy and white sweater. Perfect for fall. Thank you!!


Tuesday 16th of August 2022

You advise to avoid their seasonal prints. Which seasonal prints are you referring to? Would it be their plaids in the winter?

Thanks for all your shopping suggestions. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when all the items are new for the season or start going on sale.


Tuesday 16th of August 2022

Interesting that puff sleeves get such a negative reaction, I’m less fond of wide horizontal stripes and large florals. To each their own.

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.

Lis Lee

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

I got the pajamas from one of your last J Crew Factory posts and I LOVE them. There's just something so luxurious feeling about a matching set of PJs lol.


Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Hard to get interested in sweaters when it is 76 degrees in Michigan😀. I know the cold will come. Thank you for your sale alerts.