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Old 11-29-2010, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by SoCalCroozer View Post
J. Crew has gone down hill A LOT in the last 10 years. They used to have really good quality basic staples like polos, sweaters, chinos, etc. Banana Republic is far and away better in all aspects.........styling, fit, choice, quality etc. Ann Taylor Loft is for conservative old ladies and their quality is not that great.
Noooo...Ann Taylor is for conservative old ladies...the loft is the hipper, younger version.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:25 AM
Location: Denver, CO
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I love Ann Taylor, their clothes are quality made, and most items can be machine washed unless otherwise noted. I live in their jeans and can buy my size without trying them on first!
I have worn JCrew in the past, but their price increases over the years has turned me away from them. But their clothes are well-made also. You can find some basic pieces like a blazer and skirt, pants, white blouses and sheath dresses. Then you can build around these key pieces with scarves or camisoles from lesser expensive stores. Their clothes are not stuffy, and young women and older women can find plenty of options. Have you tried Banana Republic or even H&M? they also have career minded looks you may like. Hope this helps!!

Originally Posted by Citron View Post
The quality of clothing at Ann Taylor loft and J. Crew?
I'm at that not a college student but still at a young adult faze and need to update what I'm wearing. I've been, I guess pre-shopping and seeing whats out there. Honestly the last couple of years I have had hardly any time to spend that didn't involve running my business. Now I had been saving and want to get pretty much everything new and matching. What is the quality, and lasting ability of these mall brands? These two are one of the few that at least offer my sizing online so I'm kind of limited to what stores I can buy from. I've never had a good experience with having clothing tailored to my liking. So don't want to deal with that and just want off the rack stuff.

Honestly most of my stuff is from my high school years or work out style clothing like stretch pants and track jackets. It's time for a change
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Jdawg8181 View Post
Noooo...Ann Taylor is for conservative old ladies...the loft is the hipper, younger version.
I don't know too many fashionable 20 somethings that shop at Ann Taylor loft. Maybe on the east coast but not out here on the West Coast.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:31 AM
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I disagree. One of the things that I love about both Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft is that they have items that appeal to people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. And yes, I am a 20-somthing!
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:07 PM
Location: Dallas TX
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J. Crew I think has terrible quality. I have bought a few cashmere sweaters from them that get holes after a year. IMO that is ridiculous for a $300 sweater. When I brought it back they said there was really nothing they could do.

I love the store, but the prices do not match the quality. Ann Taylor Loft I have had great luck with.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:56 PM
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I've learned to look at the fabric content and not the label. Look for clothes with 80-100% of cotton, silk, or wool. Expensive clothes can have a high % of polyester, nylon, or spandex, but they won't last long or fit well.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:51 AM
Location: Tennessee
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I'm also a 20-something who wears Ann Taylor Loft. I would buy more pieces from them, but their sizing is too large for shirts and pants--skirts and dresses fit wonderfully. I would consider myself a "regular" x-small, but even the Loft's x-x-s is quite large for non-stretch fabrics and 00 pants are much too wide in the thighs and too long. The regular Ann Taylor store carries great basic cardigans and coats + shoes/jewelry for people our age.

J. Crew is worth spending extra money on except for their cashmere pieces which seem to pill and form holes. Every formal coat I own has come from there and they're going on 3-4+ years of regular wear. I second what everyone says about staying far away from the J. Crew Outlet.

Other stores to check out are Zara and White House Black Market.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:35 PM
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Just an FYI- all outlet merchandise from any store is inferior quality. It might not be visible to the naked eye but it absolutely differs in some way from the 1st quality of a regular store sample. Things that will mark clothing down to outlet level include issues with trim/thread, production line issues like pattern mistakes, fabric quality issues (crocking, weight, etc).

With that said - unless you work in a conservative office environment, go to J Crew.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:08 PM
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I'm in the same boat as you. Right now I'm looking at Ann Taylor just because they have petite size and their sales are great....
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:43 PM
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I'm 30-something but I look really young. I live in a college town and am constantly mistaken for a "college girl" - even when I have my two kids (ages 11 and 15) with me. So... needless to say sometimes I care and try to dress less "young" but sometimes I don't and wear whatever I like. Translation: whatever is clean, modest, and comfy.

TMI. Sorry!

Ann Taylor Loft jeans I LOVE. Not much else I love or like at Ann Taylor, though. Every sweater and dress I've ever bought there has fallen apart. The jeans are good though. I like the curvy boot cut. (Yes, I'm a boot-cut jeans person... I can't stand straight-leg jeans or skinny jeans. Ugh. I do like the "boyfriend" jeans though, those are cute.)

J. Crew is flimsy and will fall apart on you. Cute stuff though.

Lately I've really been into L.L. Bean stuff - they have some really classic stuff like their cotton Double L sweaters and cashmere turtlenecks and wool wrap-around skirts (cute with tights and boots) - things like that.

J.Jill is my favorite place to shop, though. It's good stuff and if you care for the clothes properly (such as laying your sweaters flat to dry and handwashing the delicate knits) they will last forever. I have things from J.Jill that I wear frequently that still look new ten years going. LOVE J.Jill. Their jeans are good, too. Women's apparel, accessories, and footwear from J. Jill

Lately I'm really liking Garnet Hill, too. Catch their sales. Womens Clothing, Dresses, Shoes, Sweaters, Boots, Sleepwear, Accessories - Garnet Hill

Dress Barn and Eddie Bauer are also good to check once in awhile. Chico's, Talbot's, and Coldwater Creek are hit and miss with me. They feel too... I dunno... uppity or conservative or something... but sometimes I'm surprised with a fun find.
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