J.Crew's Fashion Director Shares Her Favorite Styling Tricks

J. Crew Head Stylist Gayle Spannaus was nice enough to let us pick her brain about the new fall 2013 Style Guide, her favorite styling tricks and how she makes us all want to be that J. Crew girl.
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J. Crew Head Stylist Gayle Spannaus was nice enough to let us pick her brain about the new fall 2013 Style Guide, her favorite styling tricks and how she makes us all want to be that J. Crew girl.
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As you've undoubtedly noticed, we here at Fashionista have been more than a little obsessed with J. Crew for the past couple of years.

And yes, Jenna Lyons deserves and gets a lot of the credit for the brand's fashiony and super-appealing new look, but not all of it.

The half-tucked shirts, the orange lips (replaced by Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Isola Bella in J. Crew's latest style guide), that undefinable but perfect quirky tomboy vibe that we and everyone we know tries to emulate? Much credit for that goes to Women's Fashion Director Gayle Spannaus.

Spannaus was nice enough to let us pick her brain about the new fall 2013 Style Guide, her favorite styling tricks and how she makes us all want to be that J. Crew girl. Read on.

Fashionista: What were you feeling inspired by for the styling of the September guide? Gayle Spannaus: A more heightened tomboy minimalism. Playing with structure and volume.

The models look a bit sleeker this time around--nude lip, slicked back hair--what made you decide on that look? You have to pick one or two features to focus on. For September we wanted to bring awareness to the brushed brow and a flushed, slightly kissed cheek. A more nude lip just felt right against the glowing, flawless skin.

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What's the easiest style trick we should all try for fall? FLATS. Don’t be afraid of wearing loafers, oxfords or sneakers and pairing them with a skirt, dress or skinny pant.

Obsessed with the leather skirt/nikes look - how did that come together? My rule is: the higher the hemline, the lower the heel should be. It felt modern and still ultra feminine.

How do you tweak the J.Crew look and update it for each season without changing it too much? We try to stay fresh and do something that feels new while staying true to the brand. We are always looking to pair things differently than we have in the past. For example, color is still important but we are pairing it in a more graphic way or contrasting it with something muted.