J.Crew’s Spring Collection Is Offbeat And Brilliant

Spring has sprung at J.Crew and, like usual, Jenna Lyons makes us want to shamelessly spend our entire savings on a new wardrobe. What initially seemed like an obvious repeat of September’s trends — neutral shades, tailored silhouettes and reinvented minimalism –- quickly transforms into an collection of relaxed ensembles in bright colors that is both refreshing and intriguing.

Opening with a number of white, ivory and cream looks that quickly segue into bold oranges, yellows, blues and greens, J.Crew’s spring/summer 2011 collection is a refreshing take on next season’s trends. The silhouettes, ranging from a shorts-and-blazer combo to an elegant maxi dress topped with a belted trench, provide an interesting mix of unexpected ensembles appropriate for both work and play. Bringing a bit of her own aesthetic to the lineup, Lyons incorporates that unique style of über glam paired with everyday basics into her designs and ensures that the brand’s signature offbeat edge is felt in each look.

And while we’ve seen the rumpled twill shorts and neutral toned utility wear many times before, a few stand-out pieces transform the collection into an impressive display of sartorial craftsmanship -– the maxi blush-colored skirt, satin yellow shorts with the ruffle at the hip, and the full sequined floor-length skirt particularly caught our eyes.

What has traditionally been a go-to brand for buttoned-up conservatism has seemingly found its ideal niche in the quirky and even fanciful realm of today’s fashion landscape. The brand’s spring collection stays true to this eccentric aesthetic and offers an unmistakable display of the offbeat charm and disheveled nonchalance now synonymous with the J.Crew name. [Styleite]

Bryanna Brown