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Thursday, September 19, 2013

{Style Finds} Old Navy vs. J.Crew

Yesterday's post was kind of a beast, so let's take it easy today! How about a little pop quiz?!

Last week, my girlfriend and I were browsing all the cute new stuff at Old Navy. I was shocked to find so many items that looked straight from the J.Crew catalog....I mean, some of them were virtually the same. At half the price, of course. I picked up a new bag that looks identical to the Madewell bag I've been lusting over for years, saving $140 in the process! Can you pick the Old Navy item from each pairing?

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Okay, so that last one was kind of a trick question. They are both Old Navy...but are identical to the J.Crew versions from last year that I own...see them in action here and here. So how'd you do? You think Old Navy scored themselves a disgruntled former J.Crew designer??

18 comments:

  1. Dang...I need to get myself to Old Navy asap. I was lusting after that Madewell bag real bad yesterday.

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  2. What a fabulous post! I'll have to head over to Old Navy soon!! :) Thanks, Cassie!

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  3. That's awesome. This just goes to show that you do NOT have to spend a lot of money to wear great looking clothes!

    I love this post :)

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  4. I need to make a trip to Old Navy!!

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  5. I only know because I shop ON website so much, I recognize their model's torso ;) They have some really cute clothes this Fall.

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  6. Oh, and just so you know...they did bring a creative advisor on board...former J Crew employee! LOL

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  7. I LOVE THIS! Probably because I do this all the time. Sometimes I wander around other stores looking for ideas and then try to find similar items elsewhere for less. Especially with trendy things that I know many not last. Also, Target is on the mark this Fall! I have gotten a few cute pieces there already :)

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  8. I just bought that coral checkered shirt at old navy this weekend. They had so much great stuff!

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  9. The last line of this post made me laugh out loud! You're so funny!

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  10. I love this post!

    I think with things like the chambray shirt, knockoffs from Old Navy (and similar) are a great way to save a buck. But for certain items, the quality difference is really obvious. Every inexpensive sweater I've purchased has pilled quickly, and faux leather bags never break in, looking stiff and faux-leather-y forever. You just have to pick wisely the things you splurge on and the things you don't.

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    1. True -- but I've noticed J.Crew quality slipping of late. My cardi's always split at the seams after a few washes. And for some reason I'm totally okay with a $20 sweater doing that...but when an $80 sweater does it pisses me off! I think for me, I'm just so fickle that I need to have more of a disposable wardrobe! ;) But jeans...I'll pay anything for a pair that makes me look good!

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  11. Right??? I've been so impressed with Old Navy lately! I just picked up one of those new sweatshirts and can't wait to pop this baby out so I can rock it (c; Shopping is a LOT more fun without a huge belly!

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  12. Such good stuff! Target's kids dept has been killing lately too - so many of their items look like Crew Cuts - my girl is stylin' ;)

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  13. Ummm yes I love this post! I was in there the other day and bought that black and white striped top. LOVE it. Very sturdy material that lays nicely and I scored it for under $10!! I don't blog, but I actually thought if I did, I would write a whole post about the cuteness that abounds in Old Navy right now!

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  14. great post! Some items you can get away with by going for the look for less but the leather goods I would definitely spend more money on.

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  15. I am always surprised by this type of post. I can certainly see the difference between the two by photo alone. The J. Crew designs look better, are more refined and the fabrics are better quality (obviously I can't see that on a photo). I stopped shopping at Old Navy years ago after a couple of instances where I bought outfits for my then 2-year-old and after 1 washing the matching outfits were a hot mess. The colors no longer matched and the shirts shrunk enough to not lay nice anymore; they were either too small or the shape went wonky. I find that Baby Gap and Gap Kids clothing is so much better made, is made from much better fabrics, and holds up to repeated washings very well. I am able to pass all my Gap clothing on to my niece and nephew as it still looks new after a year or more of wear. By shopping carefully it is easy to get Gap Kids and Baby Gap clothes at significantly reduced sale prices- at least 40% off.

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  16. Well, I thought it was kind of easy to tell because I knew that Old Navy doesn't model their designs on mannequins in photographs--clearly I spend too much time browsing Old Navy online! I was fooled by the photo of the bag, though.

    I'm all for quality but I can't afford to buy J Crew-level-quality for everything, so I'm thrilled by this kind of news!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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