We at Grazia HQ are very excited for London’s first J Crew store to arrive on Regent Street this week – SO excited that we’ve invited the all-American clothing brand’s creative Director Jenna Lyons to guest edit this week’s issue. In honour of such an exciting event, we’ve pieced together a selection of ALL the J Crew loveliness that we’re looking forward to buying…
1. The first thing you need to know about J Crew is its not just a clothing store.
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It's a lifestyle choice. Hoards of J Crew afficianado bloggers and street-stylers dedicated to the brand celebrate the America's favourite high street-cum-designer label for its continuously evolving moodboard of style and how-to tips. J Crew's lookbooks will endow you with a joyous fashion education - how to layer; how to make preppy cool; how to wear neon; how to borrow from the boys; to the joys of co-ords or perhaps a tutorial in the importance of colour injection. We can't get enough of the never-ending inspiration and lifestyle interviews on the brand's tumblr either.
2. Layering is key to the J Crew look.
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Take your cue from Jenna (left) who eternally changes up her plethora of menswear classics: denim, blazers, pea coats, cashmere, trainers and shirts. Shirts make regular appearances, but always compete in the style-stakes by oversized proportions, oversized jewels, unexpected mismatching (a long evening feathered skirt worn with a denim shirt? A denim jacket worn underneath a huge parka? Head-to-toe colour clashing?) and masculine meets feminine to an extreme degree. As soon as you think you've got the J Crew formula all worked out, the store's candy shop of colour will throw a felt baseball cap or diamante encrusted neckline into your very unsuspecting wardrobe.
3. Jewels are a girl's best friend.
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J Crew has long-heralded the oversized statement necklace and bejewelled cuff as an instant outfit maker, EVEN applying them directly to the tee or sweater for you. We love scrolling through their endless collections online; a quick glimpse will show you reason enough to wrap-up and line-up, coffee-in-hand this Friday 8th Nov, where many a Christmas list will be written. If you can't get down to London - all the more reason to refresh that website.
Scroll through our gallery above to see the pieces we are most excited about.