Style Advice from Jenna Lyons

When I think of women with great personal style, Jenna Lyons is one of the first who comes to mind. She has a way of making her quirky, clever outfits appear completely effortless. Pairing a  slouchy sweater with a floor-length, feather skirt for the Met Gala? Duh! A simple pinstriped oxford shirt with a pair of bright green, silk trousers? Why didn’t I think of that?

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In a recent Levo interview, Jenna gave four styling tips which are super easy to implement into your everyday wardrobe, whether or not that wardrobe consists entirely of J.Crew pieces. Here’s the tips, along with my take on each one.

“1. Your wardrobe doesn’t have to be in two categories.
“For example, if you have one of our flip-hem wool skirts, you can wear it smart and flirty with a blazer and shirt and jewels and a heel. But you can also wear it dressed down, with an oversized sweatshirt and New Balance trainers,” says Lyons.”

“2. Don’t ever be too matchy-matchy.
“If you’re wearing a jewelled top, then maybe wear it with a menswear trouser and a loafer. Things that play off each other, instead of matching up, create a fun mood,” she says.”

Matchy Matchy

“3. Add a pop of color
Lyons pretty much invented this one. Even if you are a little afraid, go for it. ”Color isn’t easy for anyone. It’s not easy for me! It’s a challenge. It feels good to embrace a challenge.””
Pop of Color

“4. Add a little bit of masculinity, always
“Menswear is at the heart of everything we do at J Crew. Even if it’s a very fancy, feminine piece, like a jewelled T-shirt, if you drill down you’ll find a tailored shape at its root.””
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Speaking of menswear, here are some of Jenna’s styling tips for men!

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