J.Crew is becoming known for quirky and whimsical fashion that makes getting dressed up fun again. For Fall 2011, the brand is continuing in those footsteps with a slight detour to the more sophisticated and old-worldly, spinning the idea of elegance and refinement on its head.
The classics are always present in every J.Crew collection and for Fall they are done in rich fabrics, interesting prints and eye-popping colors. A sky blue top is paired with a pair of leopard print high-waisted capris in rust and then juxtaposed with a nude briefcase-inspired clutch. A classic camel trench is given loads of volume with a tulle underskirt, for women who already own the style and want something new for the season. Jenna Lyons is a master of the mix and adds a ton of bangles and asparagus-colored gloves to a look dominated by yellow.
Why I love J.Crew each season is because there is a blend of Mad Men-inspired silhouettes and femininity with a kind of nerdy chic that makes every woman feel just a little bit cute when wearing the pieces, as well as sexy in a subtle way. Having just traveled to Paris, I see so much of that influence there from the way the models’ hair is unkempt yet polished, as well as their clean faces that allow the clothing and accessories the chance to play centerstage. French women always seem to get it so right in the most effortless way.
Though the fashion industry is in Fall, we are indeed just into Spring so here are some of my top picks from J.Crew to get you ready for the season.
Statement necklace please! The Mulberry Leaf Necklace ($150) is everything you need in one for Spring. A woman can never have too many shirtdresses and the Safari Shirtdress ($128) will take you from the office to a night out with ease. I saw something in a glossy stating that studded bags were out, but I beg to differ: the Lockwood Studded Hobo is J.Crew’s signature style and its most popular, for good reason.
Visit www.jcrew.com for more information and see more looks from the Fall 2011 collection below.