According to J.Crew's Top Designer, This Is How to Wear 2022's Chicest Accessory


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With much of the world returning to work IRL, the corporate look is having a moment, be it in the form of pinstripe suits, pencil skirts, waistcoats, or most trendy right now, neckties. And when it comes to the workwear aesthetic, there's nowhere we trust more than J.Crew, and no one we'd rather garner inspo from than the brand's head designer Olympia Gayot. Luckily, the TikTok-favorite designer just posted her two go-to ways to wear a necktie on Instagram

To celebrate the launch of J.Crew's recent follow-up collaboration with the French shirt brand Marie Marot, Gayot posted a slideshow to her page showcasing not just the collection, but also two easy ways to turn a boring menswear tie into the centerpiece of an outfit. From a casual, Saint Laurent–inspired option to the more refined pussy bow, see how Gayot is styling 2022's easiest and chicest accessory below.


Styling Method #1: Loose Tie
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Option one is giving serious Mick Jagger vibes, but with a Hedi-Slimane-by-Saint-Laurent touch. To master it, loop a thin, silky tie through the unbuttoned collar of any semi-fitted poplin shirt and tie it in a knot halfway down. For some added edge, layer it with chain necklaces of various lengths. 


Styling Method #2: Pussy Bow
(Image credit: @olympiamarie)

On the opposite end of the styling spectrum is the pussy bow, or lavallière. Worn by everyone from Kate Middleton to school girls at private schools, the style is classic, sophisticated, and as easy as tying a silk tie in a slouchy bow underneath a closed collar. 

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Senior Fashion Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.