How to Dress Like a Total Fashion Boss, à la Jenna Lyons

Even if your personal style doesn’t include a single print, bold color, or pair of jeans, there’s a lot to love about Jenna Lyons’s approach to dressing. From one fashion-loving individual to another, it’s hard not to appreciate the former president and creative director of J.Crew for her daring combinations, signature effortless uniforms, and ability to make everyday denim look sensational for any occasion—even the Met Gala. And if we have to narrow down all the adventurous, unexpected, and chic style moves she’s known for, we’d start with the 10 ahead.

Breaking down Lyons’s standout looks, we’ve outlined some of the rules she follows—or doesn’t follow—that make her ensembles constantly fresh, be it at fashion week, a red carpet event, or, well, wherever her next career move takes her. Even if some of these examples fall outside your own comfort zone, consider them a small nudge to try something you might not have otherwise. We find that our favorite fashion girls tend to have that effect on us.

Scroll down to start adding a bit of Jenna Lyons’s influence in your wardrobe.


She Layers Denim Anywhere
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Skinny jeans under a dress and a statement coat? Why not.


She Plays With Proportions, Big Time
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With its deep V neckline and pared-back accessories, this oversize-meets-oversize look hits the mark.


She Mixes Prints With Abandon
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Decide for yourself what goes and what doesn’t. How refreshing!


She's Got the Classics Mastered
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When in doubt, a blazer, a button-down, distressed denim, and heels will never, ever steer you wrong.


She Makes Monochrome Look Magical
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Head-to-toe tan feels extra exciting with a touch of ruffle, tulle, polka dots, and metallic accessories.


She Embellishes
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Wearing something that’s kind of ordinary then throwing on the sparkle, sequins, jewels, etc. is a classic Lyons move.


She Treats Leopard Like It's a Neutral
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And really, shouldn’t we all?


She Doesn't Take It Too Seriously
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Even a mechanic-inspired pink jumpsuit has so much potential for a great polished ensemble.


She Doesn't Really Listen to the Dress Code
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Forget how you’re supposed to wear certain pieces of your closet (like a feathered party dress or a sleek work blazer) and start pushing the boundaries of what to wear where.


She's Got a Signature Accessory
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Lyons’s glasses are arguably the most envious accessories in her closet and give her outfits the perfect accent.

Start Building Your Jenna Lyons–Inspired Wardrobe

Up next: These 10 outfits are foolproof for the laziest of fashion lovers.

Gina Marinelli
Senior Editor

Who's your style icon?Taylor Tomasi HillWho are your 5 favorite people to follow on Twitter/Instagram? @tamumcpherson @lisasaysgah @therealgracecoddington @everyoutfitonsatc @notmynonni What's the fashion essential you can’t live without? A leather jacket.What's your desert island album? Beyoncé "B'Day." Or pretty much anything Beyoncé.