30 Little Style Lessons To Learn From J.Crew

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When we look at a J.Crew catalog or enter one of its stores, something wonderful happens in our brains. Seeing the same belt fastened just so around three different kinds of dresses, or a denim pant cuff rolled to perfection gives us such life, in the same way a slideshow like this can inspire weeks of artful tucking, rolling, and combining.

Part of J.Crew's appeal is we already own many of its classic clothes. From Breton stripes and jean jackets to wool pencil skirts and funnel-neck sweaters, the retailer's stock makes up some of our most reliable go-tos. The magic, though, lies in the small things its team does to put it all together. The way that they're able to execute a side tuck, a sloppy bow, or even drape a scarf around a neck makes every other side tuck, sloppy bow, or draped scarf look like it was done by amateurs.

Its fall collection brought a great new delivery of basics as well as some lovely styling ideas (try 30) to liven everything up. Click through to see all the outfits, as well as that little perfectly imperfect somethin'-somethin' that makes it stand out.

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Wearing a belt in between a thin sweater and suiting skirt, even when there's no belt loop, keeps things looking neat.
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You can layer your jumpsuits, too. Just don't button up that shirt.
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Mix bold, saturated hues with patterned neutrals.
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That side tuck! Show off a fun design element by only tucking in a specific part of your sweater.
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A stole looks better when it's a little off-center.
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Wrap your summer scarves around your neck snood-style to give a casual dress some bite.
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Pick your ponchos in an unexpected color, like Pepto-pink.
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Match your shoes to your skirt.
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Give a chunky knit some shape with a tiny tuck.
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Going out in your glitziest duds? Top it off with an anorak for an unexpected combo.
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Cuff your khakis so they show off a healthy length of ankle.
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The cool-girl's way to DIY a gown.
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A slim belt helps keep a loose, flowing outfit from overwhelming your shape.
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Your scarf can be an indoor accessory if it's as cool as this one.
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Layer a vest on top of a jean jacket to create a contrast-sleeve look that's professional and cool.
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A long shawl cardigan looks great over an asymmetrical shirtdress.
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Wear a flat cashmere scarf underneath your blazer for a brilliant styling move.
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Your Breton stripe has never looked as ready to party.
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Wear your patchwork dude pants with your girliest heels.
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A shirtdress can be just the thing to make a too-short tunic work.
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Adjusting the strap so it sits just beneath your arm gives your cross-body a cool, modern spin.
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That kind of vertical tie is a better way to knot a bow.
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Workwear + outerwear = a classic J.Crew combination.
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A major scarf with beautiful embroidering can take a simple shirt-and-jeans look somewhere amazing.
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Unbuttoned to there, and worn with a jean jacket and a fur stole — we see you, Jenna Lyons!
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Looping a too-long belt around like this keeps things in place.
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We're all about that half-tuck.
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Wearing a shorter blazer underneath a longer topcoat extends the shelf life on both pieces.
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Combine your tweeds — it's a subtle way to do print-mixing.
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A big, sporty pullover looks too obvious with jeans or sweats. Throw everyone for a loop by matching it with a flippy skirt and heels.
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