Last week I did Festive party outfits and while browsing Pinterest for photo’s to illustrate the post, I came up with many of Ms Lyons, which served to remind me of how much I love her style. I can’t believe I haven’t added her to one of my previous Style Icons posts. So to make amends I’m doing this post just on her. If you like this kind of “Steal-Her-Style’ post, let me know and I will do more. For those of you who are not aware of Jenna Lyons, here’s a potted history. She was at J Crew for 26 years, rising up to become president and chief creative director. She resigned last year and as yet has not popped up at another fashion or design brand, but surely it won’t be long before she does.
There are many reasons I love her style, she likes manish tailoring, but also pretty shoes and tulle skirts. She pairs a breton with a print, denim for evening, and uses khaki and leopard print as a neutral. This week I’ve really been taking inspiration from her. By inspiration, I really mean I’ve been blatantly copying her style and passing it off as my own. My god, I even wore my glasses this week and I never wear them out of the house. I’m even thinking of getting a few new pairs so I can wear more often. I think I’m going to go for these Celine ones, because if I’m going to embrace glasses a bit more often then they may as well be the BEST glasses!
Let me show you how she can inspire us all by breaking down the key elements of her looks and how we can make it work for us.
TAILORED SUIT AND TRAINERS
This has always been one of my favourite looks, ever since the late 90’s. I don’t think it’s dated since then. The trainers may be more upmarket and the suit of better quality, but if I’m at a loss of what to wear to a fancy do, this will always be my fallback outfit. A lovely satin lapel jacket is my top choice. I got mine in the sale from Maje a few years ago and I have worn it to the Brit Awards 3 years in a row. No-one has noticed, so undoubtedly it will come out again next year.
SMART NAVY COAT
Jenna has it right, everyone should own a good Navy Coat. Nice and smart, to throw on over jeans or army style chinos. Add a statement scarf, a classic sweatshirt and swap your trainers for a pair of pointy stilettos to truly channel Jenna for day to night dressing. Hoorah that the H&M Coat I bought last month is now online. I have worn it loads, such a great coat.
I touched on this last week for evening wear. It shouldn’t really work, but it does. Also gives you an added layer of warmth at this time of year. Wear over your white shirt and under your faux fur coat. Add some sparkle with a sequin top and some decorative heels. Not forgetting it’s also a massive summer staple, so a double win, or even a quadruple win if you will, Summer, Winter, Day AND Night!
BRETON STRIPE TOP
Come on, we’ve all got at least 3 of these right? Goes with everything. Try pairing with something patterned or maybe a fancy sequin skirt?. Again, I know it shouldn’t work but somehow it does. Especially if that pattern is some kind of animal print. Alternatively go for a colour block look, or simply wear with your Shacket, Navy Coat and jeans. A perennial favourite.
LEOPARD PRINT COAT
The icing on the cake and goes with everything. My old Toppers one comes out every year, this week I teamed with Shacket and Breton Stripes AND glasses. Like I said, totally ripping off the Jenna Style. If you don’t have a leopard coat, then why ever not? I’m telling you, you will NOT regret.
Let me know who your style icons are and I will do a few more posts like this. If anyone mentions Gemma Collins or Katie Price then you’ve obviously come to the wrong place, but just for fun can we please show our appreciation for this photo again…
It’s the gift that keeps on giving!