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This just in: the J Crew spring collection is a triumph

J Crew, Spring Summer 2014

It is a universal truth that Jenna Lyons, Creative Director of American stalwart brand J Crew is one of the chicest women in fashion. Eschewing the traditional ‘I’m a serious devotee to my art’ uniform of black, black and more black, Lyons’ taste is colourful, patterned, interesting and oh-so-covetable. Just as well then, J Crew’s Spring Collection has just dropped for the UK market. Goodbye, February wages…

Make no mistake, I freaking love J Crew. I was overjoyed when they finally hit our shores last year (not so overjoyed at the price hike for the UK). However, as classic and beautiful as their last season was, I never found my hero piece – maybe it was due to my impoverished state (cheers Christmas) or perhaps I simply never had that elusive ‘oh my, if I could’ve designed something myself, this is what it would look like’ feeling. However, feeling a bit (a tiny bit) more flush this time around, I’m looking at the Spring Collection with fresh eyes.

What J Crew do best is similar to what we here in Britain have always used Gap, Sunspel, Uniqlo or Espirit for – except with a little more finesse and thus, in all honesty, a fair bit more money. But it’s the little Jenna Lyons touches you’re paying for; the stripe, the tweed, the detail that makes an item go from a classy but nondescript piece to something that people remark upon. Not to mention having a few wardrobe additions from a place where still few Brits have tread. Key accents are bold block colours, Breton stripes, Merino wool and Cashmere, floral bursts and an overall hybrid feel of easy breezy French Riviera meets Sport Luxe that anyone can wear.

Have yourself some highlights (the accessories department is worth checking out if you’re on bit more of a budget) :-

J Crew, Sweater, 2014 Spring Summer

Stripe Sleeve Merino Sweater, £95

J Crew, Silk Top, Stripe, 2014 Spring Summer

Silk Flutter Top in Stripe, £110

Jeans, J Crew, Spring/Summer, 2014

Toothpick jean in tux stripe, £130

J Crew, Skirt, Spring/Summer 2014

Fluted skirt in double crepe, £98

Snood, Scarf, J Crew, Spring Summer 2014

Printed silk snood, £59,50

Straw Hat, J Crew, Spring Summer 2014

Summer Straw Hat, £34.50

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