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

ageless J.Crew shopping


@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 their chic and elevated staples, but I wanted to get my aunt's take on what to buy there now. Despite the nearly thirty 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.

I think this might be the perfect summer dress.

Thanks to TikTok, I now need a striped cardigan to wear with jeans and flats.

I'm picky about white tanks, but this looks like a good one.

If I wear denim shorts in 2023, they'll be this fresh mid-length.

How, and I mean howare these chic slides under $100?

Well, I already know it looks good with white jeans, so I'm sold.

The kind of cardigan you can drape over your shoulders during the day and throw on at night when the temperature dips.

The shape, the subtle hardware—yep, it's giving quiet luxury.

To wear with everything from dresses to t-shirts.

In case you were eyeing the chic striped shirt in the opening image.

This looks so much more polished than throwing on jeans but are just as easy to toss on.

Thong sandals are a summertime must, and this kitten-heel feels especially wearable.

Did you hear? Mermaidcore is trending hard right now. 

Extremely chic and wildly classic. What more could you ask for?

This is giving me major French-girl energy.

There's something about pearl jewelry in the summer that feels right.

I've owned this for a week and have already lost count of how many compliments I've received about it. 

Cancel your trip to Spain and buy these authentic espadrilles instead.

Have you heard? Preppy stripes are the new It print.

I call these "house shorts" because I lounge at home or by the pool in easy styles like this all summer.

These look good on everyone who wears them. I don't make the rules.

The accessory trend I simply won't shut up about.

I love the idea of wearing this skirt just like this with a simple ribbed tank.

I know this is a swimsuit, but I'd totally wear it as a bodysuit too.

Have you seen a chicer swim cover-up? I'll wait.

More elevated than denim shorts, but more relaxed than trousers.

To pull every outfit together in seconds flat.