Illustration for article titled Call It a Comeback: J.Crew Returns to Its Roots With the Heritage Collection
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In college, my favorite item of clothing was a chocolate-brown wool J.Crew roll-neck sweater, an item I’d borrowed (but never returned) from my still-bestie, who had, in turn, nipped it from her then-boyfriend. The year was 1994, and it was a single item that looked and felt great on all of us, pre-Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.


I have no idea what happened to that sweater (my bestie likely stole it back), but when I heard last summer that J.Crew was reissuing its classic 1988 roll-neck, my heart admittedly skipped a nostalgic beat. To be honest, I never understood why the brand stopped making the roll-neck. But as J.Crew skewed away from Gen X staples in favor of upscale, preppy chic under the guidance of then-CEO Mickey Drexler and creative director/muse Jenna Lyons, the classic roll-neck—and many of its contemporaries—fell into the fashion archives.


But now it’s back, along with several other reissued J.Crew best-sellers from 1983 through 2011. They’re all part of the Heritage Collection, which launched Wednesday. Think old-school rugby shirts, khakis and that fantastically simple scoop-neck swimsuit from ’89—with a few contemporary updates. In short, it’s the stuff buppie dreams are made of ... albeit at a more mature price point than our college years. That once $48 roll-neck (which seemed expensive in college) is now $75, because ... inflation.

But looking at the reissued version, I found myself not only swept up in a wave of ’90s nostalgia but even a little grateful the winter temps are currently lingering into spring. I think I know exactly what to wear ... here’s hoping it fits like an old friend.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, an avid eyeshadow enthusiast and always her own muse. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.

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