I Combed Through J.Crew's Spring Collection—These Are the 15 Pieces I'm Obsessed With

It's all about pops of color in classic silhouettes this season.

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It’s rare to find a brand that carries you through all stages of your life, but J.Crew is that brand for me. My mother kept a well-stocked collection of cashmere sweaters, button-downs, and dresses from the brand in her closet when I was a child. Jeans from the brand’s premium denim line, Point Sur, were the first denim that I ever felt confident in. And now, J.Crew’s spring collection has fit into my life once again as an adult—as the only collection I want to wear as the weather warms. 

What I love the most about the collection: The pieces bound by a common thread that spans the brand’s decades-long history. While some pieces get updated over time by way of a new fabric, color, cut, or texture, you can always tell when something is made by J.Crew. 

It’s that feeling of timeless heritage that was one of the starting points for J.Crew’s Head of Women’s Design, Olympia Gayot, as she began to work on the new spring collection. “It’s actually our 40th anniversary this year," she tells me over email. "So being our birthday, I wanted to look back and remember what this iconic brand has been to so many people and also look forward to what it is today and can be for the future," she continues. "For Spring ‘23 I went deep into the old catalog archives across all decades, spanning from the coastal romance in the ‘80s and ‘90s, to the city-centric tailoring and maximalist fabrics we were known for in the 2010s.” 

While combining the clean essentiality of early J.Crew with the maximalism from later decades might seem like an impossible task, Gayot did so by taking pared-down, retro silhouettes and presenting them in a range of bright colors like seafoam green and red—a major color trend for spring 2023—and extravagant textures. “I’ve been saying the phrase ‘casual drama’ a lot lately to describe the sentiment of the collection," she says. ”We’ve taken iconic, wearable, tried and true items like slip skirts, polos, and bias-cut dresses, and put them in fabrics such as gold sequin and high shine viscose. The effect is effortless but emotional.” 

J.Crew Spring Collection

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Turning back to the history of the brand, Gayot pointed to perennial highlights to bring back for Spring 2023, like an iconic chino fabric and bold leopard print patterning. The collection’s overall color palette incorporated trendier colors while also nodding to iconic J.Crew styling sensibilities, like wearing head-to-toe color.

The trick was to make take historic brand codes—the chino and the leopard among them—and make them seem fresh for the modern J.Crew shopper. Traditional trench coats, cashmere sweaters, and button-down shirts became cropped. A fitted blazer now comes with a slightly padded shoulder. "When I broke that all down, the team and I worked to rebuild those codes into modern, wearable items that could be worn as sets together, or separated into individual pieces that could be mixed with a woman’s own clothes," she says. 

When it comes to her favorite pieces from the collection, Gayot notes that she loves the variety of practical matching tailored sets alongside the more dramatic pieces. “I appreciate clothes that go a long way, that are easy to wear and mix but also have a strong point of view and sharp tailoring,” she tells me. 

Keep scrolling to shop highlights from the J.Crews spring collection, plus a few of my hand-picked favorites that I cannot stop thinking about. 

Deals on J.Crew's Spring Collection

Collection Pleated Wide-Leg Pant in Leopard Trench Canvas, $248 $198 at J.Crew

Collection Pleated Wide-Leg Pant in Leopard Trench Canvas, $248 $198 at J.Crew

Leopard is back, baby! This pair of trousers is discounted 20% right now, making it the perfect time to try out the print for yourself. 

Limited-Edition Point Sur nipped straight jean in Rodeo Wash, $198 $126 at J.Crew

Limited-Edition Point Sur nipped straight jean in Rodeo Wash, $198 $126 at J.Crew

Love collecting jeans? Same. This deep blue pair of straight-leg jeans is next up on my to-try list because they're going for 36 percent off right now. 

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Meet The Expert

Olympia Gayot
Olympia Gayot

Olympia Gayot was born in Toronto and grew up drawing, painting, sewing, with her mother and grandmother from an early age. She was an avid painter from a young age, and her instinct for fashion merged with her art in painting portraits of her family and friends, with specific attention to details of their clothing. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and upon graduating in 2003, began her career painting commissions and simultaneously designing for small brands and assisting stylists in editorials. She originally joined the J.Crew team in 2010 as a Design Director and was with the brand for seven years, followed by three years spent at Victoria’s Secret with their Design team. In September 2020, Gayot returned to J.Crew as the Head of Women’s and Crewcuts Design. Olympia works with her team throughout the year to create and deliver seasonal collections and collaborations with exciting partners including, London-based Liberty, Cassi Namoda, and more. A big fan of the arts, Gayot seeks inspiration and creativity from all around her. She looks to furniture, interiors, fabric, and the New York architecture for inspiration, along with conducting research at her favorite galleries and bookstores in the city. Olympia is happily married to her husband Matt, and they have two sons, Aalto and Ulysses.

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.