Style Inspiration: Jenna Lyons

After 26 successful years, creative director of J.Crew Jenna Lyons is leaving the company. Known for taking the brand from its preppy roots and evolving it to reflect a high fashion aesthetic, Lyons also became a pop culture icon herself. This makes her exit bittersweet; we are sad for J.Crew, yet excited to see what Jenna does next. 

Her personal style is constantly referred to as "unexpected." The girl knows how to take risks, how to mix prints, and how to add drama. Yet she never leaves the house looking anything less than perfect. It's easy to be inspired by her balancing act. We took Estilo pieces reminescent of Lyons's style and re-worked them into four looks easy to emulate.



Lyons basically started the pajamas trend, so we understandably gravitated towards the Zadig & Voltaire Parone Python Print Pant. To make this look more accessible, we skipped the matching top and instead paired it with a tunic-inspired button down shirt from Krisa, tucked in the front, loose in the back. Finally, we draped the Jakett Cotton and Vegan Leather Jacket over the shoulders— Lyons loves a touch of khaki.  



At six-feet tall, Lyons can easily rock any pair of flare jeans; but these J Brand Maria Flare High Rise in Dark Innovation look good on literally everyone-- tall or short. The designer isn't afraid of bright colors like the "electric rouge" of this Amanda Uprichard Trace Top. Likewise, she has been known to go the extra mile, utilizing a statement necklace like this piece from Auden. We finished the look with a clean, crisp white blazer from Zadig & Voltaire-- much like this one seen on Lyons. 



Lyons has been known to mix day and night pieces to create a unique streetwear look. To emulate her style, we layered a Rails Chambray shirt over The Jetset Diaries Gold Diamond Mini Dress. Since the dress brings the sparkle as is, we used contrasting industrial chain necklaces-- a reflection of Lyons's penchant for donning costume jewelry. Lyons is a self-professed sneakerhead-- a hobby she shares with her young son. Keeping that in mind, we finished this look with the KAANAS Salinas Sneaker in goes-with-everything-even-sequins-beige.



"As far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral." - Jenna Lyons

Doing a Jenna Lyons-inspired post without at least one leopard piece is basically fashion heresy. Pairing an animal print top like the Equipment Essential Top in Pewter Multi under a graphic top like this Zadig & Voltaire Lightning Sweater probably sounds like too much. But when you anchor it with a coordinating bottom like this navy pencil skirt from Grace Willow, it all comes together. All you need is a pair of thick framed glasses and a low bun to have a classic Jenna Lyons look.