J.Crew Does Heavy-Handed Layering And Mixed Prints

J.Crew Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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Despite going through many, MANY fashion phases in my lifetime thus far, the one thing that has remained consistent is a preppy bass line. I’m a sucker for a clean line, a collared shirt, and a great trouser. Naturally, brushes with J.Crew in any capacity send me into a dizzying prep-gasm. This morning’s Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week presentation did not disappoint. President/Creative Director extraordinaire Jenna Lyons employs a ’70s rec room color palette for her latest autumn/winter collection of dresses and professional separates, blessing it all with her Midas styling touch, namely heavy-handed layering and fearless print mixing.

LAYER UP

J.Crew Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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J.Crew may have skimped on the hosiery, but Jenna ain’t no fool. This season is COLD! Instead of tights, she presents a grip of tailored trouser options in enough colors and prints to make your head spin and skirt hemlines extend to below or just above the knee. Pieces are layered one, two, three times over with collared shirts sitting under thinner sweaters and all under blazers (and coats!). Short-sleeve tops are constructed thicker and worn over printed long-sleeves and turtlenecks. The combinations are endless, just make sure you’re balancing your lines and weights of fabrics.

MIXED PRINTS

J.Crew Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
Photo: Getty Images

Print mixing doesn’t stop at two for J.Crew. The more the better this season, so long as the color families are the same. Head-to-toe (literally: Check out some of these heels!) mixed prints is the style game for fall, and J.Crew provides an arsenal of options from a sequin snakeskin pencil skirt to neon intarsia to metallic brocades. And don’t forget, your bag can get in on the action too, say, with a croc-embossed crossbody or patterned clutch. Now, whose credit cards are burning?? (My hand is raised.)

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