My father arrived at Stanford University during the height of the swinging sixties. Just ask him and he'll animately talk of parties on the beach, seeing Jefferson Airplane perform in a high school gym, going to protests and living in a milk truck outside the girl's dorm. Of course, clothing was an epic part of the scene. My father talks fondly of visiting San Francisco's infamous Polk Street to purchase clothes. He left with the brightest bell bottoms he could find and a matching paisley top, which made his basketball coach shake his head in utter disappointment.
Well, when I stepped in the house yesterday with my brand new J. Crew cords, my father smiled and said "that was the colour of my pants". And I knew from the many times I've heard that story, exactly what he was talking about. The apple doesn't fall so far from the tree. Get thee to J. Crew for crazy sales (like every other store). I paid $25 for these which were once $79. And no, they're not marked that cheaply on the site.
I have to say, I'm really not a fan of J. Crew's new "black, black no trade backs" policy on sale items. I hope they'll discontinue this policy once the economy is back to normal.
(Photos: J. Crew )