Thursday, January 22, 2009

J Crash: When Malia and Sasha Wore the Coats of the Year


As reported on the New York Times Technology blog, J Crew’s Web site crashed on Tuesday after news got out that the Obama girls were wearing Crewcuts coats.

But as savvy NYT critics noted, the J Crew website crashes—or is painfully slow—lots of times; don’t blame the Obamas for its bad performance.

I confess: I contributed to the J Crash, if that’s what it was, yesterday evening

I clicked on, sometime around 7 p.m., because I was curious to see exactly what the girls had worn to the inauguration. Although my daughters have a couple of choice Crewcuts, I usually avoid that children’s label because I find it wildly overpriced in relation to its quality. Wildly.

So I was expecting to find expensive but pretty coats and did indeed find one, but only one, this pink trench.


(Seriously, I’d rather call a spring jacket for a child a spring jacket. There are later years in which to wear trenches.) Like I anticipated: pretty and expensive ($168).

I also saw a note to the gentle public: Malia and Sasha Obama’s coats were made just for them, and versions of their looks would be made available at a later date.

I though that the girls looked absolutely darling, and would have looked darling no matter what they were wearing, because, well, they are darling, and no clothing, no matter how fancy or simple, could add or detract from their overall darlingness.

So I don’t think I’ll scramble to outfit my darlings in similar J Crew style. Rather, I’ll fix in my memory the way that the girls’ parents lovingly look at them, lovingly discuss them with respect and honor, and will follow those stylish cues.

(And, truth be told, I hope I do that without any prompting!)

10 comments:

WendyB said...

The girls were adorable. And, yeah, J. Crew is ALWAYS down.

K.Line said...

Oh, those kiddies are the most adorable things ever. I hope their new experience will enrich them rather than expose them.

Sal said...

I heard about the site crash on the news and giggled. Also heard that J.Crew stock has risen.

Savvy Mode SG said...

they are cute. my niece will love the pink jacket.

Couture Carrie said...

Wow I am totally impressed with Crewcuts right now! The girls looked sooooo fab!

xoxox,
CC

enc said...

I loved the bright colors the girls wore. So appropos, so youthful.

I agree, J.Crew is a big boat anchor right now. Super heavy and slow.

Karen said...

I am so bummed I can't fit into my Crew Cuts anymore. Neither can my daughter...Sigh....

Songy said...

so that's what happened? I didn't even know the crash nor the trenches.

funny.. how people react to things like that. I say it's only found in North America. Am I wrong?

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Anonymous said...

Great coats; the girls wear them well, too. A bit sad, though, that the first-ever African American "First Kids" both have their hair long and straight...