Retail vs. Factory posts show the differences and discuss pros and cons of J.Crew items sold at both locations.
I am so excited to share another J.Crew factory v. retail post. This time I’m comparing the coveted No. 2 Pencil Skirt.
As of January, the No. 2 Pencil skirt got a make over with slimming seams similar to the factory version, a slimmer waistband and “softer fabric.” My retail pencil skirt is from this past winter, so it doesn’t have the updated seaming or slimmer waist band. I’ve tried on the “updated” one, and there’s not a ton of difference, so this one I could get my hands on works well for pictures and comparison. They are both brand new so that you can see the most differences.
- Pockets:: The Factory version has them, but they may not be flattering on everyone.
- Lining:: The Retail version is lined, adding a lot of value since that makes most colors practically seasonless. Also it helps with seam stability making it an over all better made skirt in my opinion.
- Length:: The Retail version is two inches longer than the factory version. If you’re tall, go for that.
- Seaming:: When comparing the updated No. 2 to the factory version, the seaming details have become very similar, so this point has a little less weight on your decision.
- Price:: Here’s the kicker. The Retail version is obviously more expensive running about $110-$118 while the factory version runs around $88. BUT both go on sale all the time. Right now the retail is on sale with an additional promo code, putting it around $40. That’s a steal for piece that will be in your closet forever and most likely run around pennies per wear.