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Maybe not all style rules are made to be broken, but we'll be damned if we don't at least bend 'em. And, with the debut of the new J.Crew fall '14 collection, this was the common theme of the lineup.
Jenna Lyons has continued to design pieces practically made for clashing. And, that goes for colors, textures, shapes, and, of course, J.Crew's signature clash of boy meets girl. Puffy coats topped mini-fringe skirts, fuzzy pullovers accompanied velvet lounge pants, and varied denim washes were paired together for a Canadian tuxedo we'd be proud to swap for one of our tailored suits.
In short, we've come to realize that there are no hard and fast rules in the J.Crew style guide. While for other labels this might mean madness, for the Lyons-led line, it's the key to what makes every piece so wearable and covetable. Should you find yourself purchasing just a couple pieces from the line next fall, these images ahead will be inspiration for how to mix them in a way that feels clever, not chaotic. Click on for all the real-girl, rule-breaking ensembles.