The Simply Luxurious Life®: Rules Of Style – Jenna Lyons  

January 13, 2011

Rules Of Style – Jenna Lyons

Tall and lanky, motivated and loyal, casual, yet very stylish, Jenna Lyons is at the top of my style icon list.  Being a woman myself near the 6’0” mark, I admire how self-assured Lyons carries herself in her 6’0” frame. And even more reassuring is how she owns her style. Never does it appear that she is imitating someone else’s suggestions or ideas (although I’m sure she has many inspirations). She consistently strides in heels, sometimes sequins with a mixing of masculine boyfriend jeans to major events in New York City being the Executive Fashion Director for J.Crew, and for these reasons I applaud her and continue to be inspired.

Not only does she demonstrate her eye for beautiful style in fashion, but her home as well in Brooklyn is stunningly casual, yet sophisticated (click here to see inside).

Elle and Elle Decor have also taken notice of Lyons knack for style as is demonstrated her list of the 12 Things She Can’t Live Without and a party she threw in her home – Jenna Throws A Party.

With her style in mind, let’s take a look at her rules.

Tights & Heels

One signature piece of Jenna’s wardrobe that always catches my attention is her choice to wear tights (usually grey) with open-toe heels.  Instantly her confidence and creativity are revealed, and she demonstrates how you can dress such a look up or down (and stay a smidge warmer at the same time).

Feminine & Masculine

What you will notice in almost all of the photographs taken of Jenna is her ability to mix feminine pieces (heels, fur, sequins) with a touch of masculinity (collared shirts, trouser pants, camouflage, etc). She stated on her interview with Oprah last season that one of the rules she lives by is to mix tomboy touches with feminine pieces, and she  demonstrates regularly, she does it very well.


Another one of her fashion favorites is sequins. The idea of wearing sequins during the day is gradually become more acceptable, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Whether it be a blouse, a cardigan, harem pants, or a clutch, sequins make a confident feminine statement.

Red Lips

In a word – gutsy. In the same breath, however, I would say Hollywood glamour as well. There is something regal, stunning and at the same time commanding about a woman who wears red lips well.  They can almost be an accessory all on their own.

A Bit Bohemian

Jenna’s typically loose tresses and fashionable layers reveal her casual side, yet at the same time upon closer examination, it all works perfectly.  While it may seem a bit more casual than one would expect, she owns.  A bohemian blouse? Cinch it with a belt.  A classic blazer? Add a faux fur skirt.  Attending Fashion Week in New York? Wear jeans, but with fabulous Stella McCartney heels. You get the idea.

A Blazer

Even during the day, Lyons demonstrates that a woman can look feminine, but still be in command while in the office.  Wearing a three-quarter length blazer with a skirt and tights is a fantastic way to bring balance and professionalism into the working day.

As shown above, Jenna Lyons creates her own rules of style and reveals to everyone why confidence in knowing who you are, what looks best on you and what works well together can be a very successful combination.

Below are a few other impressive women who have created their own Rules of Style:

*Inès de la Fressange

*Jennifer Aniston

*Tory Burch

Images: (1)  Source (2) J.Crew (3) Source (4) Source (5) Source (6) Source (7) Source (8) Source (9) Source (10) Source (11) Source

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At January 13, 2011 at 2:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard of her before but she does have a great sense of style!

At January 13, 2011 at 4:24 AM , Blogger Black Zebra said...

She is so hip , I just adore her style and wish I had the confidence to mix the way she does!

At January 13, 2011 at 5:02 AM , Anonymous Shauna said...

I am tall so feel i can appreciate this article even more. She has great style. Thank you posting it.

At January 13, 2011 at 6:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how she mixes it up. I need to put time aside to "play" with my wardrobe, I keep reaching for the tried and tested same old outfits.

Oh I'll be posting a link to your blog tomorrow mentioning the newsletter.

At January 13, 2011 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Pearl Westwood said...

What a great post, Ive seen her a few times on streetstyle and such but never knew who she was, your right she has great style I especially love the sequin cardigan!

At January 13, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Blogger Grace said...

Oh how I adore her. She does such a fabulous job mixing things up - the sequins, the gray tights, the chambray shirts... ooh, I want to be her!

Great post!

At January 13, 2011 at 8:19 AM , Blogger Carrie said...

I admire Jenna's style and love how she mixes the unthinkable - camo + fur + sequins = love in my book.

At January 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Blogger Blondie said...

I love her style and have to take some advice from her since I'm 5'10 and often shy away from heels because I don't want to be too tall! Kori xoxo

At January 13, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Cara said...

love her!

At January 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has an eclectic style - not for everyone, but she carries it off well. Very disappointed in the furs and hope they are faux.

At January 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Lissa @ After Adornment said...

I have loved everyone you have highlighted on this series. Jenna makes a great addition to the list. Her style is unique yes, and may not be for some. I like how everything always looks so effortless on her.
Keep the fabulous coming...I love how each new person is so different from the last!

At January 13, 2011 at 7:55 PM , Anonymous {this is glamorous} said...

how perfectly fun! adore the way you put this post together -- a happy new year to you, and thanks so much for all the lovely comments & well-wishes! x


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