The overall effect was lovely—and smart, in a moment when J.Crew’s sales have been slipping. Loyal customers have complained that more risky, fashion-forward looks are too much of a departure from J.Crew’s casual, preppy roots. The company has gone to great lengths to address this. (Full disclosure: They resurrected a swimsuit from the 1990s after I requested it.)

The collection was full of the brand’s signatures: stripes, chambray, and loads of khaki—with the odd polka-dotted crinoline and bubblegum-pink pajama shirt thrown in. By styling the presentation on a cast of non-models, J.Crew seemed to be stating loudly, to all those loyal customers: This will look good on you too.

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