If the J. Crew spring 2011 collection has left you craving for more, the ‘Looks We Love’ lookbook can certainly help you fill a few style gaps. The casual chic style is emphasized once again through a series of outfits that are intuitively built to exude glamor effortlessly. Although mostly focused around solids, the outfits occasionally include striped blouses, one of the hottest fashion trends of the moment.

The layering technique is extensively used in order to create interest. Blouses, sleeveless shirts, shorts, cardigans and pants are the basic pieces that are used as a base for most of the outfits presented. Denim pieces are also used, being one of the most versatile fashion staples available. The brand seems to endorse acid washed jeans and ripped jeans as summer-must haves. Without a doubt, these jeans styles are perfect alternatives for those who prefer to give their outfits a rebellious touch.

Taking a look at the color palette we notice a fairly balanced approach. On the one hand, right colors such as yellow, hot pink, deep blue, orange or green become instant focal points. On the other hand, the outfits are well balanced by neutrals such as khaki, light gray, nude and white which are perfectly suited for the season and provide an adequate contrast that harmonizes the outfits.

As far as accessories are concerned, we cannot help but notice that strappy sandals seem to be hotter than ever. Since comfort is the main emphasis of the lookbook, flat shoes tend to dominate. Wedges and medium heels can also be spotted throughout the collection, but flats in neutral or vibrant hues are the main shoe styles used.

More formal, office appropriate outfits are also presented in the latest J.Crew lookbook. With a more restricted color palette and consisting of simple pieces that have the word ‘conventional’ written all over them, the outfits are fairly decent being perfectly suited for summer. Once again shorts and long pants seem to be preferred in the place of pencil skirts, as they are a lot more comfortable and practical. Kept at a minimum, accessories continue to have a purely functional role.

Simple dresses, perfect for a weekend getaway or a romantic date are also part of the collection. The overall laid back attitude of the collection is highlighted once again by the simplicity of the design and the fairly predictable color palette. Keep your outfits looking fresh with some of these clever ideas and you won’t have to spend ages in front of the mirror wondering what to wear next.

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