If you're anything like us, then you might solve most of your fashion dilemmas with an answer to this question: "what would Jenna Lyons do?" The styling genius isn't just the force behind J.Crew's fashion-world domination; she's also the reason for much of our own wardrobe improvements in the last few years. We're clearly not alone — when J.Crew traveled across the pond for the opening of its first London store, The Guardian was there to get to the bottom of what we all want to know: how does Jenna do it? Turns out, the fashion icon follows rules just like the rest of us — and we've got the proof. Read on for a few of Jenna's style commandments and how she's put them into practice.
1. Your casual and dressy clothes are better together
"For example, if you have one of our flip-hem wool skirts, you can wear it smart and flirty with a blazer and shirt and jewels and a heel. But you can also wear it dressed down, with an oversized sweatshirt and New Balance trainers."
2. Be smart about holiday sparkle
"If you're wearing a jeweled top, then maybe wear it with a menswear trouser and a loafer. Things that play off each other, instead of matching up, create a fun mood."
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3. Don't fear bold color
"Color isn't easy for anyone. It's not easy for me! It's a challenge. It feels good to embrace a challenge."
4. Menswear is the key to chic dressing
"Menswear is at the heart of everything we do at J.Crew. Even if it's a very fancy, feminine piece, like a jeweled t-shirt, if you drill down you'll find a tailored shape at its root."
5. T-shirts are never off-limits
"Sometimes you are in the mood for a white shirt — that's fine. You can totally default to a pair of black or navy pants. That's always allowed!"