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The 12 Styles Jenna Lyons Revolutionized at J.Crew

How will we get dressed now? 

By Adele Chapin
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Daytime sequins—was that even a thing before J.Crew's creative director Jenna Lyons hit the scene? During her 26-year career at J.Crew, Jenna pioneered a very particular way of dressing that mixed pearls and prep with quirky vintage. She became an unlikely street style icon in the process, and women everywhere copied her effortless outfits.

But today, J.Crew announced that Jenna is leaving the company and current J.Crew womenswear designer Somsack Sikhounmuong will take over her duties in the face of recent business struggles. Not everyone will be sad to see her leave: some J.Crew fans blamed Jenna when the brand veered away from everyday basics.

But for everyone who obsessively follows the Pinterest board "What Would Jenna Lyons Do?," here are the looks we'll always associate with the J.Crew-Jenna Lyons era, which we will be reliving until Jenna announces her next move.

Jenna is the queen of mixing and matching patterns that shouldn't go together and somehow making it look amazing:

Stripes were kind of her thing:

Also blazers and floral pants:

✨Monday Muse✨ @inbloom.ibic #jennalyons #topofstyle #instadaily #instafashion #ootd

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She made pajamas a lewk:

Great show #JennaLyons @jcrew! #cfdanyfw 📸: @toryrust

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Is Jenna the reason we all wear our denim jackets over our shoulders like capes?

#Nooooo 🙁 She's leaving #jcrew . How are we going to get dressed now?! #jennalyons

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Leopard print is truly a neutral for Jenna:

Jenna Lyons after Mara Hoffman show. Photo by @thejesspage for Joliegazette #jennalyons #jcrew #nyfw #streetstyle #ootd

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Her look for Solange's wedding can only be described as unforgettable:

Fur on feather never looked so good. Winter wedding wear done right 👏

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Obviously she loves feathers:

✨Monday Muse✨ @inbloom.ibic #jennalyons #stylish #powerful and #gorgeous #ootd #instafashion #instastyle

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And sequins:

Her only rival in tutu-wearing is Carrie Bradshaw:

But she wears simple looks so well too:

Finally, Jenna made giant glasses a fashion statement (hers are by Moscot, in case you want to copy them in tribute):

We're excited to see where this Lyon of the fashion industry is headed next.

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