There has been quite a bit of talk about pre- ‘worn’, ‘destroyed’, and/or ‘broken in’. While I don’t have a huge problem with this, I do take issue with the mark-up. I’m a big J. Crew fan, but I can’t justify spending an extra $35 for ‘broken in’ Sperry Topsiders. Try buying a fresh pair and wearing them for a week. Same effect.
On the other side – Orvis has done a great job with their new ‘Surfwashed’ collection. The shirts and pants look great, come in a wide variety of colors, and they are very reasonably priced. Right now you can get two shirts for $59 (originally $39 each) and two pair of pants for $99 (originally $79 each).
Any FYI – Orvis shirts run a little big, so buy a size down. Example – if you wear a large in PRL, get a medium from Orvis. The pants do run true to size.