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How Jenna Lyons changed the way we dressed

As the boss lady leaves J.Crew after 26 years — presumably to run for President, because Jenna — we look back at her greatest hits

By ELLE team  April 4th, 2017

If Jenna Lyons is your style hero, then the news of her departure from retail brand J.Crew after 26 years might trigger separation anxiety. Since taking over as the undisputed face of the brand since 2012, Jenna has rewritten several style rules and laid down a few unique ones of her own — like the time she wore a denim jacket to that most hallowed of red carpets, the MET gala. Here are a bunch of styling tricks you probably take for granted but owe to Jenna’s street style savvy.

Nerdy chic

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Geek chic glasses have never had a more influential ambassador than Jenna Lyons, who’s taken her pair from work to after party to celebrity-strewn red carpet. Paired with her signature tailored jackets and a bright red pout, she single-handedly made glasses cool again.

Statement jewellery for day

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Sure, stacking your jewellery until your arms weigh two kilos more is an Instagram staple now, but it was Jenna who originally insisted we consider wearing statement pieces outside of weddings and award shows. Pairing bright baubles with crisp white shirts became a signature look for the woman and the brand. 

The modern powersuit

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Jenna proved boardroom dressing doesn’t have to be stuffy, introducing colours and prints into workwear in a way that only she could. Don’t forget her masterclass on folding sleeves, bookmarked for eternity.