These J.Crew Items Are FIRE

Ah, J.Crew: a brand so classic and timeless, it's a go-to for seasonal basics and well-priced, well-made items. But I'll admit it's not always top of mind when I'm hunting for a bangin' new piece to add to my wardrobe. It's just not exactly the spot to find the latest #firememe shirts, but it may be hiding the outfit-boosting staple you're looking for. Here's why.

It's no news that J.Crew's bread-and-butter are its versatile tees and work-appropriate options. Even with the amazing, higher priced Collection items, the retailer remains a destination for a favorite new blazer, not a crazy conversation piece to wear to fashion week. Which is exactly the point — it's "unexpected" to find that unique, outfit-making item within J.Crew's doors, making it exactly where you should shop for those unicorn goods.

Whether you already rely on J.Crew to build the majority of your wardrobe, or you never shop there, I recommend starting your relationship with the store over with a slightly different mentality — think of J.Crew like you would any vintage store: Look for those super special, outfit-making pieces, instead of ones you can buy basically anywhere.

The picks ahead will help your newfound outlook on J.Crew blossom. Because if you pair any of these items with your "regulars" (a.k.a your closet favorites), chances are nobody else will be sporting the same thing.
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Picture this dope sweater set with your favorite jeans.

J.Crew Collection Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, $228, available at J.Crew; J.Crew Collection Featherweight Cashmere Shell, $148, available at J.Crew.
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Not no to wearing this swimsuit as a bodysuit. Who knows, maybe you'll get invited to a last-minute pool party and realize you're already wearing a suit.

J.Crew Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit, $110, available at J.Crew
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With its multicolor stripes, this top lends itself to a lot of fun outfit combinations.

Saint James for J.Crew Colorblock Stripe T-shirt, $128, available at J.Crew.
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I'd never guess this was from J.Crew. Would you?

J.Crew Gingham Short-sleeve Shirt Dress, $128, available at J.Crew.
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Navy New Balance sneakers are the perfect upgraded substitute for your standard sneaks.

New Balance for J.Crew 696 Sneakers, $80, available at J.Crew.
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Just going to throw this out there, but you should wear this nightshirt as a day shirt, too.

J.Crew Classic Nightshirt, $68, available at J.Crew.
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Digging the sheen on these pants.

J.Crew Collection Cigarette Pant, $198, available at J.Crew.
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This cut will look good on nearly anyone.

J.Crew Plunge V-neck Bikini Top, $56, available at J. Crew; J.Crew Bikini Brief, $40, available at J.Crew.
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The ankle wrap makes this otherwise standard espadrille stand out.

J.Crew Suede Flatform Espadrilles, $68, available at J.Crew.
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These bold pants are special, indeed.

J.Crew Collection Cropped Pant, $198, available at J.Crew.
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While this isn't made by J.Crew, this hoodie is definitely on-trend and something worth the splurge.

Play Commes Des Garcons Pullover Hoodie, $300, available at J.Crew.
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Honestly my favorite of the bunch, this skirt will look good with your favorite old tee (as pictured here).

Thomas Mason for J. Crew Ruffle Skirt, $158, available at J.Crew.
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The low-cut back on this suit makes it a classic staple cool. Everyone will ask where it's from.

J.Crew V-Neck One Piece Swimsuit, $98, available at J.Crew.
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This summer, we can't get enough gingham. These shoes are a perfect, super-fun way to wear it.

J.Crew Mixed Gingham Sandals, $238, available at J.Crew.
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Polos are back, y'all. If you're going to dive into the trend, might as well get it from a brand you can trust to get it right.

J.Crew Garment-dyed Pique Polo Shirt, $39.50, available at J.Crew.
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The pattern and halter top is too good not to have.

Pati de St Barth V-halter One Piece Swimsuit, $118, available at J.Crew.
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A denim midi-skirt is a must-have. This high-waisted option is choice.

J.Crew Denim Front Slit Skirt, $110 $79.99, available at J.Crew.
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There's something retro about this suit that I can't get enough of.

J.Crew Seamless Underwire One-piece Swimsuit, $98, available at J.Crew.
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These slides might seem hard to pull off, but I say give it a go.

Dr. Scholl's for J.Crew Sandals, $98, available at J.Crew.
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