I have been trying to break out of J.Crew a little bit, in case things aren't as preppy and wonderful with the changes and for variety in my clothes. Here are some places I have been looking instead.
Kohls: They have some really cute dresses for summer. The Milly Collection is really cute and has a great price point.
6pm: They have a ton of major designers with things a fraction of the price. I have purchased Lloeffler Randall flats to running gear.
you have to buy off seasons for the deals. Like these majorly marked down beauties
Tuckernuck: I think what J.Crew is best known for is their basics. Tuckernuck has the same basics but better quality (and you won't run into someone else wearing it)
Ann Taylor: Another one of my favorite retailers getting the stink eye... Loft. Sometimes I wonder. Anyways, it's sister store is doing it right this summer, with pretty classics and colors.
Madewell: One of my best friends swears by this store. I like some of the clothes and can't get enough of the shoes but it's kind of a needle in a haystack situation for me. I think I just have to peruse the site more often.
Ebay: I'm not kidding! Some of my greatest finds are from ebay. I love a lot of things I can't afford but I can hunt them down on ebay. Or find that dress I loved and lost and replace it!