9 Brands Like J.Crew Making Colorful (But Classic) Wardrobe Essentials

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When in search of colorful wardrobe essentials that provide a dose of playfulness, it’s likely that J.Crew is one of the first brands to pop into your head. The retailer has been dishing out timeless closet staples with a twist for years, from knits and trousers in every color imaginable to classic blazers and coveted coats in eye-catching prints. For those who consider themselves fans of J.Crew, you’ve undoubtably accumulated quite a collection of pieces throughout the years. And, while you’re still bound to scour the site for the newest styles, you may also be looking for other brands like J.Crew to diversify your spring shopping haul.

With the impending arrival of a new season, now is the perfect time to start securing those core foundation pieces that have a little extra something. So if you're seeking resources like J.Crew with offerings that include standout staples, these nine brands below could be exactly what you've been missing. Continue on to discover new labels to bookmark as you start scooping up fresh styles for the new season.

& Other Stories

While & Other Stories has pieces that often skew a tad trendier, there are still plenty of options for those looking for timeless styles with some flair: think structured blazers in head-turning hues and tailored trousers in eye-catching fabrics. Within its wide selection of tops, you’ll also find timeless silhouettes in poppy colors and prints, too.

Alex Mill

Meet the new womenswear line that has all the makings of becoming your next go-to destination for classic designs with a unique touch. Alex Mill originally launched in 2012 as a menswear brand, but as of Feb. 19, it introduced a women’s collection under the creative direction of Somsack Sikhounmuong (formerly of J.Crew and Madewell) and co-founder Alex Drexler. Its first collection is composed of easy-to-wear pieces that range from tees to outerwear.

A.P.C.

Known for its effortless aesthetic and cool, French-girl vibe, the spring collection from A.P.C. is brimming with clean silhouettes in everything from bold brights and baby blues to leopard. They're bound to become mainstays in your wardrobe.

Aritzia

The Vancouver-based retailer traditionally takes a less-is-more approach when it comes to its in-house brand's designs. But though it may keep it simple in shape, the latest spring drops have amped up the colors and prints. Shades of bubblegum pink and buttery yellow, as well as feminine silhouettes in playful polka dots, are all included in the mix.

Closed

With color, prints, and loads of denim, Closed brings a unique spin to traditional closet staples by upping the cool factor with fresh silhouettes and some edge. Plus, if you’re eager for new ways to mix and match your essentials, just scroll through Closed’s website for instant styling inspiration.

Joie

Seeking everyday styles that’ll easily transition from work to weekend? Take a peek at Joie’s offering of clothing as well as its selection of shoes that range from understated slip-on sandals in pastel hues to bow- adorned mules. The contemporary brand’s feminine designs will bring refined styles into your wardrobe that you can wear with ease.

La Ligne

La Ligne was started by two Vogue alumni and Rag & Bone’s former head of business development. “If you can’t eat, dance, sleep and drink in it, we won’t make it,” the brand notes on its website. And as the brand’s name suggests, it should be your first stop to shop fun new striped styles. But the selection doesn’t stop at stripes; you’ll find more versatile pieces like tailored trousers and breezy dresses within the offerings, too.

Veronica Beard

Created by two sister-in-laws, both named Veronica, the brand brings together East and West Coast styles to deliver elevated, everyday clothing and shoes. Within the offerings, you’ll find just as many pieces you can wear to the office as you can to hang out with friends on the weekend.

Uniqlo

If you’re searching for wallet-friendly, stylish basics offered in loads of colors, the Japanese brand Uniqlo is for you. Pick up pieces like go-to knits, easy dresses, and wear-with-anything outerwear that you’ll return to season after season.