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Last week, a big issue erupted about J.Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons. Her ascent to the top of the design ladder at the company has been well documented and praised, especially since she is responsible for J.Crew’s new found ascension in trendiness.  The controversy is about a J.Crew ad that depicts Lyons’ life on a weekend, “Saturday with Jenna”, in which she is photographed with her son. In one of the photographs, she is shown painting his toenails pink.  This detail is what the media, specifically Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow, has chosen to emphasize. (more…)

J.Crew vs Topman

Posted: April 4, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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A few years ago, J.Crew represented the quintessential preppy New England brand. They made traditional and conventional clothing, and that was their caché. People who shopped at J.Crew fit into that look, but everyone else was alienated from their elitist aesthetic.

Thankfully, changes have been made. Now, J.Crew has transcended the small group of people who have always ascribed to the brand, and branched out to a larger audience. The garments have taken a cue from trends on the runway, and have established a solid high street look. You can still get basics at J.Crew and remain stylish without all the preppy connotations.

This season, there is a new focus on menswear. The new collection is simple and easy. The silhouettes are slim and tailored, which are the main essentials for all menswear.

Topman is the menswear counterpart to Topshop. Yet, unlike Topshop, Topman limits its accessibility. The fit is tailored and slim, but fitted in a way that allows only a certain type of guy to wear the garments. The Topman customer is very slender, is comfortable in feminine-cut slim jeans, tight and deep V-necks, all the while tiptoe-ing androgyny. All these are more fashion forward ideas on menswear, but also not meant for a broader public.

It is already a common assumption that men do not enjoy shopping as much as women or taking the time to put their look together. So, making clothing that may make them uncomfortable would only push them further away. Instead, all men’s clothing stores should focus on well-made basics that effortlessly accentuate different body types. It is fine to create a specific look for your desired customer, but not for a sister brand of Topshop, which prides itself in representing a large array of styles.

Menswear should always be simple and effortless, even though the prices may not always be. For stylish attire without the designer prices, I think the J.Crew and Zara models of menswear are great choices.

-Nadjma Sako