So naturally this month’s Style Guide met my every excited expectation (after all, the fall preview is J.Crew’s strong suit). After leafing through all 135 pages the first time, what immediately tugged at my fashionista heartstrings? COLOR!, Jenna’s picks, Style Guide Tips, Twice as Nice, ladylike pleats, the prominence of polka dots… and who am I kidding? The list goes on…
Let me be the first to say that I am beyond excited color blocking is making its way into the fall season! And I am especially ecstatic about all of the beautiful jewel tones coming with it: light violets, deep blues, gorgeous jades… all very flattering and very feminine colors. My only suggestion to carry this trend into the colder months is to balance out a bright color (for example, mint toothpicks) with a more neutral or deeper shade (in cashmere or herringbone), just like on page 52:
I also very much enjoyed the Style Guide tips that popped up throughout this issue, and the Twice as Nice section in the middle. These two ideas are great ways to help clients better envision themselves in the pieces, provide insight, and offer other suggestions that clients may not think of themselves. Very helpful all around, J.Crew!
And for my last (but definitely not least!) favorite part of the Style Guide puzzle—polka dots! You can hardly go a page without seeing some form of pretty polkas. From cashmere to café capris, Naomi’s to Milas, this print is everywhere, and I am NOT complaining! As you will learn, I am a huge fan of pattern-play, aka sporting a little mixin’ and matchin’. Polka dots and stripes compliment each other very well, especially when paired with such chic pieces like on pages 3&4:
Even though there are too many things in the August Style Guide that I am drooling over, that is not to say I did a double take…or two.
First, dare I say it… fatigues. Yes, camouflage. I cannot say enough great things about the “Twice is Nice” section, except for no one should ever be given two ways to wear fatigues. They should be told to leave that for hunting and, well, never. I’m sure some of you probably think I am getting ahead of myself here, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a camouflage skirt hiding somewhere in the back of my closet from my preteen days, but that piece only makes it out for theme parties. When I’m desperate. I think I’ve made myself clear.
Our second faux pas is a few short pages later, in the same Twice as Nice section (p.70)! However, I am not upset with the style idea suggested. I love navy, and am wearing the color at any given time, on any given day. But under the navy boyfriend jacket, we have a dark denim button down paired with dark denim matchsticks. This dark denim-on-denim fad is just a little to Village People for me. Believe it or not, attractive ways to pull off the denim-on-denim look can be done! Pair a light chambray button down with colored toothpicks and you’re good to go!
Any pieces you’re dying over in this Style Guide? Did any leave you wondering what the heck J.Crew was thinking? Tweet the @JCrewReview with hashtag #StyleGuideScan and let us know!
My name is AJ! I am a 22-year-old fashion fanatic from the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. I am currently attending the University of Missouri—St. Louis, where I am pursuing a degree in public relations, and work part-time at the Crew as a Very Personal Stylist.
My style can be defined as classic with a kick of color. I love anything chevron or stripes. I feel naked without a third piece, and you can always find me in my toffee Lila wedges. I also completely agree with Jenna when she says, “it only takes one colorful item to make a grey day beautiful–or a bland outfit sunny.” Fashion is a way to express yourself, embrace it!
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