It wasn't until after I put this look together and was headed outside to shoot some pictures that I realised how very J. Crew it is. It's almost as if I forced my way into the company's headquarters, raided the samples cupboard, thumped Jenna Lyons over the head, and stole her glasses. But then I suppose there's a reason why the retailer is so popular. Under Lyons' tutelage, the brand has become quite adept at knowing exactly how so many of us want to dress; it's that preppy classic mixed with something a bit irreverent look...that look that illustrates our ongoing attempt to achieve that ever-elusive "effortless" vibe you always hear so much about.
I should point out here that the only piece that I am actually wearing that is from said retailer is the chambray shirt. The rest is all stuff I had lurking in my closet. I suppose that kind of accessibility is exactly what's great about this type of look. You can achieve a look like this for a whole lot less than it's being sold to us for by mainstream retailers. I make no apologies for being a rip-off artist. Jazz musicians quote other musicians when they take a solo, painters learn the techniques of the masters, and fashion designers get schooled in the work of those who came before. That's just how it works. I suppose you could take it one step further and argue that there is no true originality in fashion, or art in general for that matter - only derivation and evolution.
Am I getting carried away? Sorry. You probably clicked on this link to look at some clothes, and now you've been sucked into a discussion about the herd-animal nature of human creativity, and really all you wanted was to enjoy your latte and have a wee internet browse, and now you're left wringing your hands and wondering WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?
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