I Shopped at J.Crew With My 54-Year-Old Aunt, and We Both Loved These 35 Items


(Image credit: @jen_wonders; PICTURED: J.Crew Garçon Cotton Poplin Shirt ($118) and Oversized Angular Sunglasses ($80))

I've said it before, but I'll say it again: My aunt is one of my biggest style inspirations. In my 28 years as her niece, I've never seen her looking anything short of pulled-together and ultra-chic, so it should come as no surprise when I tell you that it's basically her job to help people find their personal style. She went into fashion merchandising and has since worked in everything from personal styling to buying. Almost everyone in our family goes to her for style advice, myself included. And now that we both work in fashion, I'm constantly texting her about everything from the coolest new trends to the items I'm considering buying.

I sat down with her to chat about the best J.Crew summer shopping. The retailer has recently shot up to the top of my list of go-to stores, and I've found more and more reasons to shop its chic and elevated staples, but I wanted to get my aunt's take on what to buy there now. Despite the nearly 30 years between us, we picked out many of the same J.Crew items, which proves how versatile and ageless these finds really are.

Instead of keeping them to myself, I'm dishing on all the chic J.Crew shopping finds my aunt and I are losing our minds over now. Ahead are 35 perfect picks.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.