Spring for prints.
When warm weather and sunshine rolls around, I love a good floral as much as the next gal, but this season, I find myself gravitating more towards an eye-catching print—whether it be floral or cat inspired. The more complementary color combinations involved, the better. And if it involves a novel idea (ombre heels, here’s looking at you Alice + Olivia), then all the better. Here are my picks:
1. Piamita for J. Crew Isabella shirt ($198, additional 50% off now!)
2. Parker Bayou maxi dress ($308)
3. Collective Concepts dress ($89)
4. Ann Taylor skirt ($89)
6. Alice + Olivia ombre pumps ($325)
What are some of your favorite prints?
Last weekend, on a complete whim, I ended up purchasing J. Crew’s merino boyfriend sweater (on sale!) in neon amethyst. It seemed like a great color addition to my closet when I was trying it on in the store but when I got home, I was stumped on interesting ways to style this bright color that would still be work-appropriate. While I think J. Crew’s neon amethyst looks great with neutrals like black or dark grey, the combination seemed a bit harsh and predictable. By adding ‘color’ through accessories and switching out blacks and greys with a deep midnight navy in varying fabrics, cuts, shapes, it becomes a much more interesting outfit—one I know better speaks to my own personal style.
Do you have any other ideas on styling J. Crew’s neon amethyst?
The Dairly Fall Edit 2013.
After some deceptively warm weather, the cold is finally settling in and I’m finally feeling inspired by all the cashmere, the darkened colors, and the layers that the fashion industry has been touting since August. I’m a huge proponent of Pinterest-surfing for style inspiration, as it always yields positive results. While fashion changes day to day, the essence of each season remains the same. In this new series (easily becoming one of my favorites to compile), I’m collecting a ton of images of dark bordeaux lips, leather accents, printed coats, light gray knits, long skirts, and booties. Add a cropped “constructed mess” of hair, minimal but statement-making accessories, a hot brew in hand and I believe you’ll be all set for anything that comes your way.
1. Mango ethnic print coat, $109.99
2. J. Crew leather panel sweater, $158
3. J. Crew Factory olive green cords, on sale today $39.50
4. Zara leather rucksack handbag, $79.90
5. J. Crew Claremont clutch, $158
6. Zara flared skirt, $59.90
7. Rag & Bone Harrow bootie, $495
Also, check out Zara’s new feature: Pictures, which features some style-setters in their Zara gear (some pictures above were c/o)
"No cars. No trucks. Just islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Stripe shirts and gondoliers, water taxis, and Murano glass. Centuries of art and gelato for days."
Business Casual often makes me wish that I chose to join a company in the fashion industry, or even tech, or any industry except financial services. Because in financial, business casual means conservative basics in a neutral palette, which isn’t terrible but veers on the edge of boring. I am reluctant to buy button-down after button-down or black pant after black pant but there’s very little room for creativity among suits and pencil skirts, or at the very least, slacks. A recent e-mail about the upcoming training week and first day of work got me brainstorming various outfits that are both work-appropriate and would make me feel comfortable. I turned to Pinterest and came up with some looks and styling tips that I can’t wait to use come October.
Top: 1. I love how Aimee Song of Song of Style added dainty jewelry to style a basic light gray sweater. The delicateness of the top could be easily balanced with a power heel and statement bag. Another option would be to add a statement necklace to an otherwise completely neutral and basic outfit.
Bottom, left to right:
2. This is a very basic office-appropriate outfit, but I love the pulled-back polished updo draws focus to a fresh face and bold, but not flashy, red lip. (Photo via Pinterest from Stockholm Street Style)
4. Could J. Crew ever do wrong? I think not! Because I’m on the short side, I tend to gravitate towards cropped lengths for pants. However, I love the look of wide legged pants and a fitted tee on top. It’s a great balance of casual and chic and perfect for a business casual environment.
What are your favorite business casual tips? Any Pinterest “office wear” boards out there I should know of?
My Valentine’s Day PSA: this silk heartthrob shirt was THE bespoke print of the J. Crew pre-spring ‘12 collection when I worked there. Everyone loved it… loved the lookbook outfit that styled the shirt with its matching skirt, which made for a killer shirtdress combination. It sold out in, like, seconds. I could barely get a hold of one for myself as it came through shipment. Now, thanks to the Bring-It-Back Queen (aka J. Crew Factory), everyone who missed out before has a second chance. You’re welcome.
When I worked for J. Crew, my favorite part was seeing new shipment boxes being wheeled in the back room, spitting out the bright colors of the new season. Usually within three days, the contents are styled, fitted, and pinned to the mannequins and filed into the catalog, reflecting the brand’s favorite color inspirations of the season. Because of the company’s love affair with colorful lifestyles, we were always encouraged as sales assistants to experiment and be creative with color combinations in our outfits. To this day, I am always on the lookout for inspirational color combinations—from paintings, floral arrangements, fashion, other bloggers, and even weather— and Pinterest has been a great tool. My current favorites include the royal purple accents in a recent Anthropologie catalog, the soft juxtaposition of pastels and darks in an image unearthed through Pinterest, the fluorescent and rich pinks and oranges in a painting by Isca Greenfield-Sanders (h/t to Tory Burch), a seafoam green beading on a cloudy gray from a blogger’s outfit (via Glitter Guide).
A purchase I am rather proud of. Lusted after this copper snakeskin Timex for J. Crew watch band when it was at its double-digit peak. By a stroke of uncharacteristic patience, decided to wait it out through the holidays to see it sink down to a mere buck seventy-five after factoring in a generous associate discount. Since I don’t yet own a watch, it is to be happily interchanged with a gifted turquoise Timex band as everyday bracelets.
falling in good company…
I’m a major fan of all J. Crew’s “In Good Company" partnerships, but these five items top my exclusive list of IGC essentials:
1. The Laundress for J. Crew cashmere wash— their full line of products is truly amazing, a little pricey perhaps ($18 a pop) but considering how much it costs to get silks and sweaters dry cleaned, it is a great investment (trust me, I’ve done the math).
2. Lulu Frost for J. Crew bangles—bright fun colors through thick and thin
3. Minnetonka for J. Crew deerskin moccasins—the perfect leather driving moc
5. Wallace & Barnes men’s Eddison plaid flannel shirt—you could throw on just this over a pair of jeans and be sufficiently cozy on a crisp fall day.
Fashion Week: Getting in the Mood
it’s a big day here at 770—we’re at our very first New York
Fashion Week to present our spring 2012 collection.
take a sneak peek at the mood board our head women’s designer,
Marissa Webb, put together for inspiration.
P.S. This is just the beginning…there’s more behind-the-scenes Fashion Week scoop on the way.
It’s a year of epic proportions for the company, you see…
Be not afraid of interesting color combinations. If there is just one thing J. Crew taught me, that would be it.
A sort of whimsical purchase at the good ol’ Crew. It’s quickly becoming my favorite skirt, so unlike my healthy collection of solid neutrals.
One of my favorite “In Good Company" partnerships, as Lulu Frost is (in my humble opinion) one of the best jewelry designers out there. Check out the Lulu Frost for J. Crew bangles here (I’m feeling the mandarin orange & turquoise stone one)
In J.Crew, they are given tousled hair, dewy cheeks, and boyfriend cardigans. The effect is unabashedly lovely. Unlike most catalogue models, however, they do not invoke the prettiest girl in your college class or office but, rather, a new kind of aspirational figure: the prettiest civilian on street-fashion blog the Sartorialist, maybe.
--New York Magazine, The J in J. Crew