Let’s be honest: Who wouldn’t want to look fresh out of a J.Crew catalog? The beloved retailer has mastered the art of easy-chic styling, from casual rolled jeans to perfectly piled jewels. And after exclusively revealing to us the secret formula behind their cuffed sleeves, we had to know more! Luckily, head womenswear designer Tom Mora shared everything from the chicest color combinations for spring to the perfect half-tuck method.
Keep reading for all of J.Crew’s need-to-know tips!
How do you perfect the half tuck?
“For button-down shirts, choose just one section to tuck into your waistband. For T-shirts, tuck a little deeper into your waistband and a little further toward the back so that the tuck is more defined.”
Is there a formula for the way you cuff jeans?
“It depends on the look you want. For the small cuff, just fold, fold, fold until you reach the length you want. I love the single, wide cuff right now. We’ve been doing this with our Point Sur denim collection, and it’s a really great summer look.”
What are some unexpected color combinations the J.Crew team loves this season?
“Right now, we love the idea of mixing brights or pastels with a chambray blue or camo green.”
Get the Look: J.Crew Collection Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan in Colorblock ($248) in Navy Citrus, Collection Featherweight Cashmere Shell in Colorblock ($158) in Navy Citrus, Reid Crop Jean ($120) in Medium Oxford Wash, and Fabric Slingback Pumps ($278) in Helicon Indigo.
What are your tips for mixing and matching bathing suits?
“It’s much easier to mix solids rather than patterns. Have fun with color mixing, and try to pair it with a natural pique sandal and a chambray top to neutralize the colors. We have a tool coming out in May for mixing and matching swim online, which will let people play with prints and different combinations.”
Chino shorts are big for spring. What is a foolproof way to style this piece?
“An oversize men’s-style shirt will look great with the half-tuck.”
Get the Look: J.Crew Andie Shorts ($55) in Natural.
What are some great ways to freshen up your work wardrobe for the new season?
“A crisp woven shirt in a new shape will do wonders.”
What are you favorite spring styling tips? Tell us in the comments below!
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