After 26 years, Jenna Lyons is leaving J.Crew…”It has been beyond my wildest dreams to work with such an amazing team of people at such an incredible brand and alongside Mickey [Drexler] — one of retail’s most talented visionaries,”… “I am excited about the next chapter for J.Crew as well as the opportunity for other creative leaders within the organization to step up and take on new responsibilities. Having spent the better part of my life with J.Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company” is what Jenna said in a statement about her decision. She was the label’s President and Executive Creative Director since 2012, but what she will always be remember for, in relation to J.Crew, is the Jenna’s boyish look that she certainly created to be also the signature look of the brand.
These are the 5 key style lessons she left as a legacy:
1. Sequins for both day and night
“In the queendom of Jenna Lyons, sparkles are mandatory,” is what Maya Singer from Vogue wrote to describe Lyons style. Even though she has become famous for her androgyny, and at times boyish look, she liked to spice it up, using sparkles and sequins on almost anything..of course they were tastefully mixed and matched to look appropriate for every occasion.
2. The white button down is a must
The perfect “borrowed from your boyfriend” button down shirt has become her staple. She made it look cool and effortless, and she gave us a good lesson on how to wear it with almost everything. From boyish cut jeans to a super feminine pencil skirt.
3. Suits! Suits!
Suits was also her favorite masculine element she used to create a perfect sexy and feminine look, only by combining it with chunky and statement jewelry pieces.
4. Striped shirts
The good old striped shirt is certainly a classic one, but she definitely reimagined it and made it not only her, but also J.Crew’s signature look.
5. Nerdy glasses
And the accessory she is the most known for- the old school thick black-framed glasses. She tought us how to wear them to look both cool and smart