In recent years J.Crew has become the retail equivalent of your preppy college roommate who was kind of quiet and wanted to date the frat guys, and whom you lost touch with after school but then ran into a few years ago at Trader Joe's and over periodic lunches learn that she spent several years in her 30's trekking through the Andes photographing lichens and now is into healing crystals and has a tarot reader on speed dial and bursts into song in line at Starbucks and holds birthday parties for her parakeets. All fifteen of them. But every now and then she says something so insightful, so grounded, with such amazing clarity, that you keep making lunch dates with her.
Behold, the Jackie Cardigan:
This little masterpiece of cotton/nylon/spandex blends in beautifully with almost any ensemble and spans Southern California's seasons, such as they are, with ease. It holds up to washing, travel, and being balled up in the bottom of a tote, all without pilling. My navy Jackie has been a quiet workhorse in my wardrobe, always ready to help keep me grounded. Wandering through J.Crew this week, I spied this cardi in two must-have (for me, anyway) colors: a dark olive and a dark steel grey. At 30% off, how could I resist? (These colors don't yet seem to be available online, but the store had plenty of stock in these and other hues, so keep checking.)
Also spied-and-tried on my J. Crew travels, for those of you who may be flirting with the idea of a marinière but haven't committed yet, may I suggest this one:
Unlike many of J.Crew's tees, this one is cut with love and forgiveness. It's long, yes, but not narrow. (Alas, too long for me.) The material is light, though not tissue-thin, and has a nice drape.
Have you recently found any amazingly sane pieces in unexpected places?