Style icon Jenna Lyons is leaving J.Crew after 26 (!) years with the company, and it’s safe to say that we’re sobbing on the inside. Since her start in 1990 as an assistant menswear designer, she has shaped the brand (and fashion scene) tremendously.
While saying a teary goodbye, we’re looking back at the five most important things we’ve learned from J.Crew’s executive creative director and designer.
Treat stripes as a neutral
It’s no secret that J.Crew has a love affair with stripes. In fact, the brand declared March 31 to be “International Stripe Day,” and people all around the world went crazy for it. From blouses and swimwear to shoes and accessories, the graphic print has become an iconic part of J.Crew’s look.
There’s more than one way to tuck in a shirt
Through her designs and styling, Jenna has showed us that a full, clean tuck isn’t the only way to go. Half-tucks, front-tucks and looser, messy tucks can also look incredibly chic.
The bolder the frame, the better
Jenna rocked thick-rimmed glasses wayyyyy before hipsters made them a thing, and we can all thank her for that.
Print-on-print is always a winning combo
Florals + stripes (obvi) + leopard print = a yes in Jenna’s book, and now ours too. While many women might shy away from wearing more than one print at once, Jenna welcomed it with arms wide open and constantly gave us so much inspo.
Shoes are a girl’s real best friend
In a video, Jenna once casually referred to her 289 pairs of shoes—and counting (NBD!). She also revealed that in the design process, she calls the shoes that don’t work out “Ugly Dollies” and the ones that do “Shiny Ponies,” forever gifting us with the brill hashtag #ShinyPonies for our fave pairs of shoes.