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.