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No New Markdowns at J.Crew—But No Line, Either

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There aren't many perks to 100 degree weather in New York City, but we've managed to find a few: artisan gelato, having a good excuse to go to the beach, and the barely-there line at the J. Crew sample sale at 260 Fifth Avenue. In only three minutes, we managed to get from the hot sweaty sidewalk and into the surprisingly civil sale. How civil? People were actually apologizing when bumping into each other between the organized racks.

The prices haven't changed since opening day, and as previously reported, they don't differ much from the average J.Crew clearance sales. However, the selection remains pretty solid. For working women, there are many $110 blazers and plenty of $40 formal skirts and $60 formal dresses to match. In terms of casual weekend wear, chino and corduroy pants, shorts, and skirts run for only $25, and casual tops, many from Madewell, are just $15.

While the selection of $35 wool and cotton sweaters may be boring and picked over (although there is a funky, sequin-embellished sweatshirt to match the crazy coral pants we found before), we recommend checking out the $90 cashmere sweaters—great variety and oh-so-soft. We especially love the on-trend pastel pink ones with mesh sleeves.

Although the collection items are priced as marked and can be expensive, try picking through for the more reasonably priced offerings. We found a long-sleeved sequined dress for $169, a leopard-print velvet cocktail dress for $149, and fun, metallic shorts for $99.

Don't skip over the shoes, as they are abundant and reasonably priced. Pumps and ankle boots are $100, and flats, which are available in a large variety of colors and embellishments, are $65. While the selection of jewelry wasn't large, there are many fun statement pieces available for $60 and under. Small leather accessories—mainly from Madewell—rung it at $80, with an enormous assortment of hats coming in at $15.

As for menswear, there's very little left that's seasonal. It's mostly sweaters and sweatshirts, and today is not the day to try those on. If you're impervious to heat, the casual outerwear—think Barbour-style jackets and lightweight rain-gear—is just $60. Blazers are $110, and bottoms are all under $70, including some very wintry flannel-lined khakis.

And for the little ones, the selection of adorable, teeny-clothes left us wondering if we could squeeze into a 2T. The prices for tots ranged from $25 for tops to $65 for outerwear.

The sale is open daily from 10am to 8pm through Saturday, June 23rd and from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday, June 24th at 260 Fifth Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets. All bags and coats must be checked upon entrance; both cash and credit are accepted.—Madeline Berg
· Navigating the Clothing Offerings at the J.Crew Sample Sale [Racked NY]
· The J.Crew Sample Sale Has Loads of Accessories [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: J.Crew [Racked NY]