30+ Styling Tips We're Stealing From J.Crew

We all have style icons. Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Kim Kardashian. Kate Moss. For us, it's J.Crew's president and creative director Jenna Lyons. Lyons' eye is unrivaled — she mixes the wildest of patterns, embraces traditionally "unflattering" cuts and silhouettes, and knows how to layer and tuck pieces in ways we'd never think of. She possesses the rare ability to make some of the most simple items feel new — things like a button-up blouse, a blazer, or even a pair of jeans. But even more, she makes her own style so readily accessible to those who want to cop it most.

Each season, J.Crew's New York Fashion Week presentation takes all the pieces we're almost too familiar with and turns them on their heads with creative styling that's straight out of the Lyons playbook. Multiple jackets piled on top of each other, tulle party skirts paired with chunky knits, full-denim looks that are way beyond your average jeans-and-a-jean-jacket get-up...it's all part of the retailer's fall 2017 collection, reminding us how inventive we can (and should) be when we get dressed each morning. Ahead, find 30+ styling tips we're copying from J.Crew's latest presentation.
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Go slouchy on top and on the bottom.
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Balance out the volume of a midi skirt by adding something more structured, like a blazer or button-up shirt, up top.
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Try only buttoning your shirt in the middle to make it feel more like a loose-fitting tunic.
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Who doesn't love an item you can D.I.Y. yourself? For this, all you need is a little piece of ribbon.
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Play with textures! Just do it!
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If you read Refinery29 religiously, you know we love a good dad hat.
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Mastering the perfectly disheveled, half-in/half-out tuck is way easier than it looks.
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Give your denim jacket new dimension by fastening just the top button.
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Let a tulle skirt peek out ever-so-slightly from beneath a sweater...
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...a shirtdress...
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...or a plaid skirt. (And shout-out to the model, our amazing global editor-in-chief and co-founder, Christene Barberich!).
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Play with proportions by layering a long-sleeve button-up under a short-sleeve one.
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You can wear it solo, too.
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Sheer items may not seem totally practical, but they're actually layering gems.
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Tie a neck scarf on for size.
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Furry coats have become a winter must. We love J.Crew's colorful options.
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Those thick-striped tops you wore in middle school are coming back. Dress it up with a more structured piece of outerwear.
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Everyone needs a fuzzy bag! Period.
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Wear your favorite party skirt during the day with a more utilitarian jacket.
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Two words: Velvet. Blazer.
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Who doesn't love a good half-tuck?
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If you're not so sure about wearing pajamas out in public, try adding a non-matching piece into the mix to help break things up.
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Ruffled pieces (blouses, in particular) will never steer you wrong.
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Camouflage is baaaack. Brace yourself.
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Go on, give the extra-wide cuff a try.
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Bright! Pants! (Just go for it!).
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Here's how to do the monochromatic look without having to wear black, gray, or tan.
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This might just be the going out top of our dreams.
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Let a lighter, silky blazer peek out from underneath a thicker wool coat.
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Tug your sweater all the way off your shoulders.
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Or, tug it just slightly.
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Rather than a button-up and pair of trousers, try coordinating your blazer with a jumpsuit.
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Everyone needs a well-fitting suit. Here's our guide to finding the perfect one.
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Because two dresses are better than one.
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