The latest batch of Liberty Art Fabrics for J.Crew pieces have supplied us with ample reason to start the process of styling out some easy, Spring-friendly looks. These sleek tailored essentials, covered in even brighter floral-print patterns, are actually much easier to mix and match than you might (initially) think. For the casual style-setter, opt for subtle stripes paired with bold floral shorts. For the sophisticate, don't discount the power of a beautifully embellished Peter Pan collar and denim jacket combo to hold its own against floral pumps. And for the girl who borrows from the boys, there's nothing a slick metallic oxford and two-toned jean trouser can't do to punch up a floral-infused tee. Click on for our styling tips — inspired by the Liberty Art Fabrics for J.Crew lineup — plus the complete Spring '13 lookbook inside.
Don't let the temperatures fool you. It'll be Spring sooner than you think — and time to break out a lighter palette and breezier cuts. But just because you can't bare your stems or slip into sandals just yet doesn't mean you can't ready your wardrobe with bright pops of color, print, and nods to the biggest trends. Tuck your heavy plaid shirts and wool trousers away in favor of cooler button-downs and crisp cropped pants — and don't think you can't incorporate a floral dress into your transitional wardrobe with a great leather jacket and a pair of tights. Inside, we've provided the pieces to make the turn from Winter to Spring as easy as swapping out a single item — and a lot more stylish. Keep clicking for our editors' picks and get ready to welcome Spring with open arms — and a closet refresh.
Adriano Goldschmied's GoldSign label has teamed up with J.Crew for a jean-ius capsule collection. And today, you can shop the two new jean styles and a skirt — in five denim washes and two wool-denim washes — online, in 11 J.Crew stores, and from the J.Crew catalog, with prices ranging from $198 to $288. Although, don't expect to see any superskinny jeans in the first-ever capsule mix. Inspired by Norma Jean Baker and the all-American pinup girl, Goldschmied says that he "wanted to go back to what beauty was at that time, curvy and classic, which is also very fitting for what J.Crew represents." With a clear nod to a vintage aesthetic and classic silhouettes, we're ready to style our own pair with a relaxed white tee and pointy-toe pumps.
Despite blistering cold and blizzard-like conditions, the NYFW street style set is still supplying us with some inspiring outfits to get us through the rest of Winter. Among the sea of enviable looks, there was one trend in particular that stood out in the crowd: pink. Whether it's a bold pink coat — we spotted our Fashion and Beauty Director Melissa Liebling-Goldberg donning a gorgeous version, seen left — or a vibrant suit set, we can see why this vibrant splash is the color of choice this season. Not only does this color lend instant pop, but it can also easily transition your wardrobe from Winter to Spring. On board? Shop our editors' picks below to add a splash of color to your getup now.
Now's that funny time when you don't really feel like buying a new Winter coat, but you'd also be jumping the gun if you went out and purchased a pretty floral dress. With February just a few short days away, we're looking to J.Crew's crazy sale — everything from its clearance section is marked down by an additional 40 percent with special code GET40 — to score pieces we can wear now and later. Case in point: this schoolboy houndstooth blazer. Click on for details on it and six more amazing transitional finds from J.Crew's sale now.
If you're wedding planning (or merely perusing), then J.Crew's newly debuted Spring wedding dress collection is sure to impress even the most discerning of brides. With a focus on diaphanous textures and simple silhouettes, the brand supplied us with a beautiful bevy of gowns, highlighting chic column cuts, rosette-embellished sheath dresses, bohemian halter gowns, and a Swiss-dot princess confection for the most feminine kind of girl. Take a look at our top three picks below, then click the slideshow to see the rest of the collection. Which dress is your favorite?
- This rosette-embellished sheath dress was made for the bride who wants to take the nontraditional route. We're in love with the textural floral detailing and semi-sheer bodice.
- Equal parts chic and whimsical, this Swiss-dot princess gown is simply magical.
- This Grecian-inspired halterneck gown is perfect for the bohemian beach wedding — how cool is that halter neck rope detailing?
Nothing makes us want to reinvigorate our wardrobe with a "New Year, new you" attitude more than a bright, impeccably styled J.Crew lookbook. Shot among the dunes of the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, with three punchy hot-air balloons as "props," the preppy-cum-cool brand's tried-and-true pieces got a new lease on shelf life via vibrant hues, reworked denim classics, crisp pointed-collar blouses, sequined pencil skirts, and Panama hats worth wearing and more polka dots than you could shake a stick at. Yes, this is one of those times where we could just say to you, "Invest in it all," but it's only January, and there's plenty of time to spread the retail love. We're practicing what we preach (remember those editors' style resolutions?), in that, we're all about honing in on a particular aesthetic or staple right now. Bottom line: no need to go crazy, even if every single article of clothing is covet-worthy. Thus, we're culling invaluable styling tips from each colorful snap, but outlining which pieces are worth investing in for real and which ones are better off as eye candy. Trust us, there's enough of both to inspire your 2013 wardrobe tenfold. Read up on our findings below, then peep the Up, Up, and Away editorial when you keep clicking.
- We know the whole mixed-print styling trick isn't going anywhere, so here's one seriously cool way to amp up the eye-catching effect. Go for bold with a striped and sequined look. We'd go so far as to say that this particular embellished houndstooth pencil skirt ($695) and striped V-neck top ($70) combo is sophisticated enough for the workplace — wouldn't you agree?
- Denim on denim has never looked so sharp, and we're pretty sure it has everything to do with the cropped toothpick jean ($125) and the cropped — and quilted — denim jacket ($198). Instead of evoking the Canadian tuxedo vibe (perhaps a more traditional denim jacket would have done so), the ladylike quilted texture softens the juxtaposition. Add your own version of polished footwear (bow-tie flats, oxford lace-ups, tasseled loafers, or a great pair of heels), and you're all set.
- Move over, black pumps — we've got another pair we're eyeing. Hello, black patent wedges! What we love most about this one part sweet, one part sexy shoe ($268) is its ability to be both a viable night-out option and an office-appropriate accent. The wedge is subtle, the buckled strap details are sleek, and the patent finish gives it a youthful edge. This is a shoe you won't regret splurging on, promise.
Holiday fashion can feel a little too predictable — red and green, lots of sequins, and a hearty helping of plaid. The trick to not dressing like a foregone conclusion is in reinventing the way you style your seasonal pieces. If you're in need of a fresh set of eyes to help you do so, look through J.Crew's lenses — the genius styling team provides a few fresh twists that are well worth adopting (like, right now) and wearing from work to your holiday parties or out to a festive dinner with friends. It's a nuanced take on the holiday dress code that's ultrachic and ultraeasy to style up on your own. Relying on clever pops of red, classic camel, a touch of tartan, and some well-placed sparkle, this styling how-to may just help you rethink holiday dressing altogether. Click on for a peek at J.Crew's holiday looks — and our styling tips, so you can, indeed, try this at home.
Gone are the days (and luxury), of being able to head home to change and primp before a holiday party. With not a minute to spare — and with the holiday invites starting to roll in — it's all about looking chic at the office and dazzling at the parties in one fell swoop. But don't fret, we have just the cure for your work to play holiday ensemble. You may think red pants are not the most versatile Winter must have but listen up: with just a few styling tricks these gorgeous J.Crew silk wool cafe capri trousers ($288) just might be your new go-to item. For work, make a high impact and pair these statement pants with a cozy cropped cream knit over a white button-down, and finish with a sparkly brooch and ladylike cap-toe pumps. Holiday cocktails straight after? Then simply swap out your top for a slinky black camisole and trade out your accessories for a stunning necklace, red-hot suede sandals, and a shimmery clutch. Yes, it's that easy. Shop our two chic outfits below and get ready for the compliments.
The piece: J.Crew Red Silk Wool Cafe Capri Trousers ($288)
Work: Derek Lam sleeveless cable knit sweater ($534, originally $890), BLK DNM collar shirt ($145), Banana Republic sparkle bow brooch ($40), Alexander Wang pelican tote ($985), Nicholas Amore cap toe pump ($259), Play: Miu Miu multi-strap sandal ($479, originally $795), Tibi silk camisole ($158), Lizzie Fortunato age of innocence necklace ($550), Gat Rimon sequin clutch ($112)
Any fabulous dress can stand on its own, but with the right belt, it can really come to life. Imagine your favorite little black dress; now imagine it finished with an adorable glittery belt. So much cuter, right? The holidays call for majorly festive looks, so we recommend getting a little bit of help via a festive belt. On that note, we've hunted down nine that make kicking up your seasonal style, well, a cinch. Choose it skinny, thick, metallic, glittery, with a bow, and more. And remember: when it comes to festive belts, you don't have to fall in love with just one!