If you have read any of my other articles, then you know that I have an obsession with J.Crew. I got the chance to work at their Princeton store last summer and became fully immersed in the brand, learning about the company’s aesthetic while being surrounded by my dream wardrobe. My favorite part about working at J.Crew was getting to wear their clothes everyday and emulating the latest trends being put forth by the company. While the brand used to be considered a mostly preppy store and was targeted towards a more specific market, their new look that’s come about in the past few years is, as the New York Times awesomely put it, something more like a “sultry au pair watching the children. In sequins.” Their fashion shows are always so fun to watch because you get to see the pieces you find at your local store styled in the way that Ms. Lyons would want them. Taking these looks from the runway and translating them into your everyday outfits doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
Their spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection did not fall short of any expectations I had, featuring a ton of chambray (a J.Crew staple), layering, bold jewelry and perfectly half-tucked shirts. One style that I like that J.Crew consistently has in their collections is the denim on denim look. Also known as a Canadian Tuxedo, a term made popular by the hilarious move Super Troopers, these looks can vary from super casual to semi-formal. One of the ways I usually wear this look is a pair of jeans with a denim jacket on top. This leaves me room to break up the denim with whatever shirts, scarves and belts I am loving at the moment.
The distressed jeans that I am wearing are from Forever 21 and my denim jacket is from American Apparel. The St. James striped T-shirt is from none other than J.Crew, as is my lavender scarf. My tan flats are my favorite Eddie Flats from Tory Burch. A key piece of advice to pulling off the Canadian Tuxedo is to make sure that your denims aren’t the exact same color or fabric. The different tones keep you from looking like you stepped straight out of the ‘80s and more like a modern day Fashionista.