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This Amazon sweater looks just like a timeless J.Crew classic, fans say — get it for up to 50% off

If you spend any time on social media, then there's a good chance you've come across the J.Crew Emilie Lady Jacket. It's a bestseller that women of all shapes, sizes and ages rave about because it looks good on everyone. Even better, there are tons of ways to wear it, whether with jeans or over a dress. The problem? It isn't cheap — even on sale right now, it's over $100. That's why lots of shoppers are turning to this similar option that's marked down on Amazon.

While the J.Crew sweater is made from 100% cotton, the Amazon version is made from viscose, polyamide and polyester — but that doesn't make it any less stylish.

$43 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

It can be painful to shell out more than $100 for a single piece of clothing, no matter how versatile. That's why this Amazon lookalike is a must-buy — even at its regular price, $60, it's less than half the price of J.Crew's sweater. But right now, the deal is even sweeter: Most sizes and colors are less than $45 — about 25% off — but the price drops as low as $28 (over 50% off) on select colors and sizes.

Why do I need this?

I own the J.Crew Lady Jacket and agree with the rave reviews: It's a timeless closet staple. Whether worn open with jeans and a tank or buttoned up with trousers, it's elegant, polished and all-around chic. Whenever I wear it, someone inevitably recognizes it as "the" J.Crew jacket or asks me where I got it.

The Lillusory striped cardigan has a very similar look, though. So if you want that preppy-cool aesthetic without dropping over $100, it's more than worth a try. It's also available in more colors, so you'll have more options for matching other items in your wardrobe. And with spring right around the corner (a girl can dream, right?), this lightweight layer will be just right on milder days.

amazon striped sweater similar to j.crew lady jacket
Get that old-money lady jacket style ... without, well, the old money.

What reviewers say

Shoppers give the Lillusory sweater 4.4 out of 5 stars, with many people praising the fit, comfort and overall value.

"The price is fantastic and it came fast," one shopper wrote. "It's great looking. I wore it on a flight to New Orleans for a long travel day and on the travel day home. I washed it in a mesh laundering bag on gentle cycle in Woolite and hung it to dry. I’ve worn it a couple more times and it still looks great."

"Fashion doesn't have to be expensive," a second reviewer said. "My husband said I looked like a college girl! Who wouldn’t love compliments like this? Just enough thickness to give it shape, and a budget friendly fashion piece. Great on its own or as a cardigan over tanks, turtlenecks or tees."

Another happy customer commented, "If you love the J.Crew Lady Cardigan but hate their price, et voilà! This cardigan is for you! It's made of synthetic yarns, but is soft and the gold buttons give it a jazzy look! Very nice, so I bought it in other colors too."

"I’ve seen 'lady jackets' that cost three times the price," said a final shopper. "This would look expensive, but the gold plastic buttons are not impressive. Easy enough to replace the buttons if you’re motivated."

Another pro of this Amazon sweater: You can choose from nine colors, including this classic black and white stripe.

$44 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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