Do you guys ever get struck by a burst of excitement as you walk up to a J.Crew store? Strolling by the window scapes, gaining inspiration with each step towards the door as you gaze upon the impeccably styled mannequins all displaying that perfect balance of color, texture, and patterns, looks that scream chic… yet staple, bold… yet subtle, modern… yet classic, and on and on. That’s not just me, right?
There’s something so special about J.Crew styling. Having worked in one of their retail stores while in college (best part-time job ever), I know first hand how meticulous and detailed the styling is with each start of the new season. For example, with J.Crew, it’s not just about simply untucking a shirt…its about making a normally stiff-looking button down look effortlessly loose and non-sterile by non-nonchalantly half-tucking. It’s that unexpected, almost ironic, juxtaposition of styling elements that create such desirable intrigue. It’s no wonder I always want literally every item in the store.
I recently stumbled upon this article that shares some tips from a J.Crew stylist. Finally! Their secrets are revealed. Below are some of my favorite tips. And by the way, I tried the sleeve roll trick today in the office, and I gotta say, so easy and so chic!
Style Tip 1: How to Roll a Sleeve
“Most people tuck the cuff of the sleeve in and roll that up, but the cuff is a fun detail on the outfit….so….take the cuff and bring it up to the elbow… THEN roll the remaining part of the sleeve up to the elbow. This way the cuff is always showing.”
Style Tip 2: Invest in Nude Shoes
“Nude shoes are more versatile and you can wear with any outfit! In the winter, they look great with black, charcoal or other dark tights, as well.” They’re also elongating.
Style Tip 3: Buy an Oversized Belt
“Borrow belts from the boys. Find any vintage men’s belts from Good Will. It will balance an otherwise feminine outfit. The larger the belt, the smaller it will make you look!”
Style Tip 4: The Half Tuck
“Half tucked shirts help outfits to feel a little less overdone.”
Style Tip 5: Add Some Long Necklaces
“The longer the necklace, the taller you will look. It elongates your outfit. Add multiple necklaces for a layered look. In case you have a bunch of short necklaces, tie ribbon to them to make them a longer necklace. The ribbon can add color and texture to your outfit.”
Style Tip 6: How to Roll a Messy Cuff
“Make your denim a little edgier by rolling it up. Then take the outside edge and roll it once more.”
All pictures and tips from here.