>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.
Skinny jeans under a dress and a statement coat? Why not.
With its deep V neckline and pared-back accessories, this oversize-meets-oversize look hits the mark.
Decide for yourself what goes and what doesn’t. How refreshing!
When in doubt, a blazer, a button-down, distressed denim, and heels will never, ever steer you wrong.
Head-to-toe tan feels extra exciting with a touch of ruffle, tulle, polka dots, and metallic accessories.
Wearing something that’s kind of ordinary then throwing on the sparkle, sequins, jewels, etc. is a classic Lyons move.
And really, shouldn’t we all?
Even a mechanic-inspired pink jumpsuit has so much potential for a great polished ensemble.
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.
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
Available in sizes XXS to XXL.
Dress this jumpsuit up or down.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
If you’re daring, pair with an equally oversize top.
Available in sizes 34 to 42.
Lyons loves heels, but crisp white sneakers are another staple of hers.
Available in sizes S to L.
Pack on the prints, starting with these pretty flowers.
Available in sizes 2 to 16.
This classic piece has so many styling possibilities.
Available in sizes 24 to 32.
For a more advanced move, wear these layered under a dress.
Available in sizes 2 to 16.
If you’re new to ruffles, start with ones in a neutral hue. If not, opt for this bold choice.
Lyons-inspired lenses that even those with 20/20 vision will want.
Available in sizes 00 to 20.
Naturally, the former J.Crew executive knows the value of a great blazer.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
A hint of metallic adds extra dimension to an outfit for day or night.
Available in sizes 12 to 20.
Here’s that wear-with-anything leopard we were talking about.