Jenna Lyons advises to “ignore trends” when shopping for a winter coat.
With the colder season in full swing, it’s many women’s mission to find their perfect cover-up.
The creative director of J. Crew is known for her great sense of style and shared her top tips with fans going new-season shopping.
“When it comes to buying a winter coat, proportion is important and can look really interesting when pushed to the extreme. Ignore trends (I’ve made some of my biggest fashion mistakes when I have bought into trends that don’t suit my body), and play to your strengths instead,” she explained to British newspaper The Telegraph.
“If you are small, for example, accentuate your size by keeping proportions super-tight with a slim-fitting coat. If you are tall, like me, try an oversized men’s coat – a size too big. I like the trench coats from Private White. Now I am a bit older, I’m starting to wear tailored coats more often as I think they give a nicer shape and look more polished.”
One of Jenna’s signature looks is mixing a variety of patterns and prints.
While she’s a fan of clashing, the fashion star does advise some continuity throughout an outfit.
“Choose garments that are in the same colour family – it’s the easiest place to start. I’m all for mixing patterned and textured pieces, but picking ones of the same shade will prevent your outfit from looking too messy,” she revealed.
“For example, wear a dark leopard print with brown tartan and deeper brown paisley, or silver sequins with grey herringbone and a grey cashmere scarf from Drake’s. My failsafe combination is triple denim: jeans, a chambray shirt and a heavy jean jacket. I love the mix of different textures as well as the denim colours.”
Other tips for winter dressing from Jenna include investing in a smart white shirt, mixing textures by layering and stacking jewellery.
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