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The J.Crew sample sale is back at 260 Fifth Avenue for another season. This one is always a toss up: it's essentially overpriced mall store clothes that look good and feel good, but may not be worth a serious queue for moderate discounts. This time around, this one is a can't miss.
As usual, the sales floor was packed and the racks were chock full of very wearable and covetable iconic J.Crew pieces. In fact, many of the pieces were featured in recent lookbooks and store mannequins earlier this this season. Plus, there's a wide range of sizes (including petites and talls), so there's something for everyone.
Most of the sales floor is dedicated to fall merchandise for the ladies. If there's a patterned perfect shirt that you've been lusting for during the last few months, chances are you'll find it here for about $40. Same goes for J.Crew's much-loved No. 2 pencil skirts. Ranging from $40 to $60, the racks were full of pencil skirts in basic wool, metallic tweed, pop art graphic prints, and lamé cheetah print.
In the middle of the sales floor you'll find dresses and J.Crew Collection pieces. Dresses start at $30 for casual cotton and top out at $60 for "party/work" wear (think wool, sequins, and silk). One of the most wearable pieces was a full-skirted navy cotton shirt dress for $40, and there was a whole rack of them.
Collection pieces are in a row along the cash register kiosks and pricing ranges from as low as $150 for a bejeweled collar tweed top, to as high as $550 for a burgundy pleated leather skirt.
Toward the back there are racks of candy-colored cashmere for $90 a pop and two racks of Madewell. The best Madewell pieces are the quirky Cosby sweaters and the patterned silk tops. Nearby are the shoes, including some of the brightest and quirkiest ones that are always highlighted in store. Heels are $100 and flats are $65. As usual, there are also bins of handbags and accessories, as well as a jewelry counter, but the clothes are definitely the highlight at this sale.
For the guys, there are loads of: pants, jeans, outerwear, and button front shirts. Our favorites were the vintage-style leather jackets, fuzzy wool pullovers, and tailored blazers. Khakis were prices as low as $15, and jackets (including a rack full of trenches) were in the $150 range.