Tips from a J.Crew Stylist

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

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“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.”

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Style Tip 2: Invest in Nude Shoes

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“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.

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Style Tip 3: Buy an Oversized Belt

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“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

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“Half tucked shirts help outfits to feel a little less overdone.”

Style Tip 5: Add Some Long Necklaces

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“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.”

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Style Tip 6: How to Roll a Messy Cuff

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“Make your denim a little edgier by rolling it up.  Then take the outside edge and roll it once more.”

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All pictures and tips from here.

Falling for Layers

We’ve had some beautiful fall weather here on the east coast recently.  The kind of weather that is perfect for wearing “movable” clothing that can be easily transitioned on and off.  Here’s a look I wore recently that integrates some of my favorite fall layers.

Details.  Leather Jacket:  Old Loehmann’s find (but I love this and this)  //  Vest: Old Navy  //  Scarf: J.Crew  //  Chambray Top: J.Crew (similar)  //  Pants: Gap  // Flats: Ann Taylor (old, but OBSESSED with THESE!!)  // Bag: Zara

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Sweater: Gap (similar here) // Skirt: J.Crew (similar here) // Belt: J.Crew (similar here) // Wedges: Tory Burch (on sale!!) // Clutch: Muze Handbags (could you just die over this one?!)

I am making it my personal mission to have neon categorized  as business professional.

PS- that clutch had me at first stripe! It is hand painted leather, and just STUNning!

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Blazer: Zara (I’ve been eyeing this one) | Shirt: J.Crew | Skirt: American Apparel | Belt: J.Crew (similar here) | Shoes: J.Crew | Bag: Kooba | Sunglasses: H&M | Jewelry: Michael Kors watch, J. Crew Bracelet, Jennifer Zeuner Bracelet (as seen here), Flea Market Earrings

I’ve been searching for the perfect accordion pleated skirt for quite some time now.  I just love beautiful fluidity and quintessential femininity the look exudes.  This version from American Apparel is just right.  The bouncy pleats amazingly never wrinkle, the length is on point, and the price can’t be topped.  Go. Buy. Now!

And one more…Check out this pic of my beautiful mama!

style focus | shock it to me

Now, don’t get me wrong…I love all things simple.  Clean, classic looks can really make a bold statement.  But nothing adds a little shock value like florescent tinged fashions.

I try to expand my palette and infuse brights into my wardrobe and home every chance I get.  Paired with nudes, blushes, and creams, these technicolor trends help me make an impact in any scene.

Check out one of my current outfit faves that I’ve been spotted sporting around town!

Zara Linen Blazer | Zara Skinny Red Trousers | J.Crew Stripe Silk Tee | Stuart Weitzman Nude Pumps | Stella & Dot Garden Party Earrings | YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 13 Le Orange

(btw, Zara has been killin it this season, no?!)

For my home, one of my favorite places to shop for punchy home accents is CB2.  The store is filled with affordable modern finds in both neutral and saturated shades.  And now, with the opening of a new CB2 store in my neighborhood, I’ve had a VERY hard time staying away.  Take a look at some of the best bright finds!

I recently purchased the switchback rug for my living room… adore-ahblay, right?!!!