Ever since Jenna Lyons took the
reins as the creative director of J.Crew back in 2008, she’s slowly and
steadily injected the All-American brand with her signature mussed-up elegance.
Lyons’ influence has rubbed off everywhere, but most notably in unexpected styling tricks like mixing
prints, daytime sequins and tomboy touches (the list goes on). Lyons and the label's aesthetics have become so inseparable,
even the J.Crew models have morphed into Lyons’ own oversized-glasses-sporting image. So, when the style icon decides to shake up her look, we can't help but do a double take.
It's been a few weeks since we spotted Lyons at J.Crew's fall 2015 presentation wearing her trademark glasses, bright lipstick, and
slick middle-part bun, but she's ditched all three in favor of a barefaced make-under at a recent dinner in New York City. She's since lopped off her long hair into a lob (a change she quietly debuted a few weeks ago at the CFDA
nominees announcement ceremony), swapped out the bold lipcolor for a pale pink hue, and gone entirely sans glasses. And, surprise! She looks amazing.
Her beauty look may be more understated than usual, but the outfit itself remained a quirky Lyons original. Wearing a button-down blouse, fancy party shorts, and a menswear-inspired overcoat, all in various shades of blue (and topped off with a snakeskin bag), her eclecticism is still totally on-point. But, here's the real question: Now that we know Lyons can pull off both nerdy-cool and effortlessly pretty equally, will the J.Crew models follow suit next season? Stay tuned.
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Opener image photographed by Mark Iantosca.