Porn for Preppies.

The new J. Crew arrived today. Of course, there'll be a new one 10 days from now but no matter: the retailer has made quite the turnaround over the past 5 years and this week's catalog just proves how irresistible - and, for the most part, affordable - its well-designed basics can be. Let's start with the delicious new Marsala suede ballet flats.

They're a little pricey - more than we'd like to spend, we admit, especially considering that Steve Madden's Bees line is about half the price and almost as adorable. But they come in sizes up to 12 (you've just got to love a company that acknowledges big-footed women) and that elastic heel-band just can't be beat.

J. Crew's new button boatneck in merino wool looks perfect for spring (we're thinking the fresh tangerine might be best) but we're not that sold on the cotton pique polos: as cute as their embroidered "critters" are on the page, in real life, there's nothing that can rival a simple yet heavy-duty Lacoste.

Other notables: a safari-inspired canteen shirtdress. (They say to try pairing with leggings; we say, skip that shit and just get a good tan). And we're almost sold on these Savannah wedge espadrilles...except they should be about $30 less.