If you really hate the cold and already find yourself counting the days until the leaves turn green again and you're throwing on strappy sandals, then please, spare yourself the torture of looking through J. Crew's Spring Collection. It's absolutely charming -- nearly all of it, actually. But again, don't do it if you're going to get in a huff that you can't wear it for 4-5 months.
(Why all of the caution? Well, I, in fact, dislike winter immensely so...I wouldn't want to impart the same frustration that I feel, on others :) Neurotic? Maybe.)
For the past few seasons I've loved the "looks" J. Crew has designed but I don't find them nearly as alluring when I head to the store and try them on. There's all of these "combinations" of things in one outfit. My sister is a pro at pulling a million different things together and looking great in it. I fail miserably at this. I realize time and again I don't know how to layer without looking like a bag lady. I need it paired back and simple.
Ok now that I'm done venting I can explain that this is precisely why I'm very happy with this new collection. You can see pieces that will work perfectly on their own, shoes that look right with dozens of outfits and some very fine stand-alones -- like these gorgeous cream-colored trousers above.
Well done. Bravo J. Crew.