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Essential Style: Billy Reid Teams Up With J. Crew

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We could live out our days dressed in Billy Reid alone and never once regret it. The southern charm of Reid's workwear, American takes on formal dressing, and shoes (oh, friends, the shoes) are all a man needs to get by. If, however, you're trying to save a little scratch in this unsettled economy, then the good people of J. Crew have an elegant solution for you — Reid's just-released CFDA capsule collection with the redoubtable nationwide brand. Part of Reid's prize for taking home the this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, the shirts, pants, jackets, tops, and suits of the Billy Reid at J. Crew line employ light, chambray-tinged fabrics, stick to a summer-friendly color palate, and, priced in the $50 to $500 range, are an affordable alternative to the southern designer's signature offerings (which, take it from us, are well worth their prices). Sure, this chance to reach a mass-market audience is Reid's reward for years of hard work, but we're the true winners.

The Billy Reid at J. Crew collection is available at select J. Crew stores and online at www.jcrew.com.

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