What to Buy at J. Crew Factory

Even before I turned 40, I’ve found shopping for myself frustrating.

Finally, at a place in life where I can comfortably buy whatever I want (within reason, of course), I find myself leaving store after store empty-handed.

Online is a better option since many stores are limiting their in-store merchandise, but generally speaking, there are only a few retailers that I would call my go-to.

And one of the stores I have no problem spending my money is J. Crew Factory.

This likely makes me the most basic of the basic, and I am just fine with it.

J.Crew Factory is an ideal resource for a relaxed weekend, loungewear, fun accessories, and easy basics. Keep it casual. Skip their jeans and dressy options.

Pair your finds with better pieces so you don’t look like one of their mannequins.

And 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.

Most items run small, so I always size up.

There is something for everyone below, from cozy sweaters, hybrid office staples and outerwear.

What to Buy at J.Crew Factory

what to buy at j.crew factory

Our What to Buy at Series recreates the experience of working with a stylist. 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.

Please note, prices are subject to change. 

Mockneck Sweatshirt

J. Crew Factory mockneck sweatshirt in adobeMockneck sweatshirt, $35

Aww, it’s that time of year when I start to romanticize pumpkin patches, and Fall days fill with kids-friendly activities. In my Instagram filtered imagination, I’m wearing this stripped sweatshirt, jeans and ankle boots. 

In reality, I have several versions of this and it’s so soft and cozy. We use them as a layer for ski days. 

Available in six colors in XXS – 3X

Flannel Shirtj.crew factory flannel shirt in blue and black

Flannel Shirt, $48.50 

I love a flannel shirt in a slim cut, paired with boyfriend jeans. To keep the look soft, add a pointy toe flat (your Rothy’s would work well here) and extra feminine jewelry, like a simple pearl accent earring and some layer gold necklaces.

Available in regular and petite from a XXS – 3X. 

Button Jacquard Pullover Sweater

j.crew factory sweater in colorblocked green ivory and tan

Button Jacquard Pullover Sweater, $44.50 

A girlfriend of mine was wearing this at our kids back to school night (in the rose and navy combo) and it looked so fresh I knew I wanted to feature it. Simply pair with jeans and either sneakers or booties and if you’re feeling ambitious, layer it over a button down shirt. 

Available in two color combinations, in XXS – 3X

Tunic Sweatshirt

j.crew tunic sweatshirt

Tunic Sweatshirt, $34.50  

One of the most popular reader favorites last year was this sweatshirt with a wide button collar. This year, they made it slightly longer, so it pairs with leggings and skinny jeans easier. 

Available in seven color options, in XXS – 3X.

Chelsea Sweater Blazer

jcrew factory sweater blazer in burgundy

Chelsea Sweater Blazer, $59.50 

If finding a cardigan that doesn’t overwhelmn you is a challenge (and it is for so many readers) this sweater blazer may be your solution. It has a little bit of movement, layers beautifully and doesn’t give bathrobe-vibes. 

Available five gorgeous fall-ready colors in regular and petite from XXS – 3X.

Corduroy Slip-Ons with Shearling

j.crew factory courderoy slip ons with shearling

Corduroy slip-ons with shearling, $44.50

I can’t imagine a better work-from-home shoe. Undoubtedly, wearing “real” shoes makes you feel more pulled together, but the reality of home office life means most of us are in slippers. So here you get the best of both worlds, the soft feeling of shearling in a shoe you can not be embarrassed to wear leaving the house.

One-Button Blazer

j.crew factory one button blazer

One-Button Blazer, $129.50 

It’s a well known fact that it’s hard for me to pass up a blazer, even these days when my lifestyle never requires one. But throwing one on with a pair of jeans and heels for drinks and dinner makes me feel like my old, stylish self. 

I’d pair this with a simple white bodysuit, light wash jeans an a neutral-to-me pump. 

Available in regular and petite, from a 0 – 24

Leather Heeled Boots

j.crew factory one button blazer

Leather Heeled Boots, $89.50 

Just a gorgeous under $100 leather boot (also available in black) available in all sizes. 

Boiled Wool-Blend Topcoat

j.crew factory camel topcoat

Boiled wool-blend topcoat, $139.50

In my humble opinion, there is nothing more classic, more wearable, than a camel topcoat. But take my word, finding something affordable, and in an inclusive size range is a challenge.

That’s why this wool-blend coat, in camel, blue and black is wonderful. 

Available in regular and petite in 00 – 24

Statement Necklace

j.crew factory gold and crystal statement necklace

Statement Necklace, $29.50 

Sometimes you want to zhush up your basics, and this over-the-top statement necklace is an affordable way to have some fun. It’s available in clear and rainbow; I like both but went with clear.
Layer it over crewneck sweaters or under a collar for a bit of personality.

 

 

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What to Buy at J. Crew Factory

7 thoughts on “What to Buy at J. Crew Factory”

  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!!!

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