After a successful stint launching J Brand in 2004, Susie Crippen left the company for some "me" time, traveling to haunts like Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, and India. After all that globe-trotting, she realized how much she missed creating clothes for women to wear and came back to her Los Angeles garage (truly!) to get to work.
She's now back at the helm of another ready-to-wear label, this time the eponymous Crippen, and cranking out clean pieces that will strengthen anyone's wardrobe. You're guaranteed to live in it all — when designing, she was inspired after looking at old photos of herself and realizing she was wearing the same thing again and again (and again) and wanting to give them fresh updates. With Fall wardrobe updates on the brain, we were eager to chat and find out the pro's stance on a few key fashion positions.
Denim overalls are cool again, and we couldn't be more excited to shop the '90s throwback trend in new styles from J Brand, Free People, Current/Elliott, and Topshop. The secret to getting this look right? Make sure to accessorize with modern accoutrements, and choose a fit that's not too baggy. Heels or oxfords also add polish, and you can finish off with red lips for a bold pop of color. From classic indigo hues to floral prints, shop our picks right now.
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Thanks to their cool, clean, and crisp demeanor, white jeans were made for every kind of laid-back Summer situation. This season, brands like 7 For All Mankind and J Brand have supplied us with every kind of silhouette to pair with your bright tops, sandals, and statement clutches. Shop them all now.
From oversize grunge appeal to classic cuts, there's no denying that denim jackets are back. Pair a boxier cut with a minidress for tomboy appeal, or pair a printed rendition with solid accompaniments for a head-turning look. Our favorite pairing? A sweet Summer dress topped with a jean jacket.
Some girls blossom in floral prints and bright hues during Spring, while others prefer to take a more minimalistic approach. For the latter population, J Brand's Spring '13 lookbook serves up endless styling inspiration. White on white on white is a huge theme, as are Spring leather, dresses over pants, and hints of pastel balanced with edgier pieces. But even if you don't follow the less-is-more school of thought, you can still appreciate J Brand's strong Spring styling cues. Head inside to soak up a slew of streamlined ensembles, and then shop J Brand's Spring collection here.
While catching a flight out of LA with husband Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel gave her new white Nike Dunk Sky Hi sneakers ($125) a sophisticated spin. How so? By pairing them with supersleek pieces, including a collarless gray coat and matching gray skinny J Brand jeans ($202). Jessica then completed her travel style with a creamy netted sweater, a black tote bag, and oversize sunglasses. Wedge sneakers have practically become a style staple, but what we love about Jessica's latest outfit is that she proved that sporty can indeed look polished — that is, with the right accoutrements. Next time you're heading out of town (or just taking a spin around the neighborhood), take a cue from Jessica's latest and try matching your sneakers with a more luxe-feeling coat and any other pieces that scream chic (think leather pants, silky blouses, and tweed jackets). To get her look, shop our editors' picks below — including Jessica's exact Nike sneakers.