• Exhibit A: Let’s kick things off with this classic shirtdress which took on a feminine feel thanks to its cinched waist and flower embellishment. I love how it was shown with sporty kicks—at last, comfort and style unite in bliss!

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  • Monochromatic looks are definitely classics. (Just ask Kim Kardashian, who has never met a nude bodycon dress–and-trench combination she didn't like.) When they include oversize pants and a drapey tee in cotton candy pink, they take on a fun, fresh feel.

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  • A basic white button-down is anything but when done with a tuxedo front and a matching bow tie. It pairs well with the cropped khakis shown here and would look equally awesome with some distressed denim and a brand new pair of classic white Chucks.

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  • The brand's head women’s designer, Somsack Sikhounmuong, described the collection as “a celebration of shapes and proportion.” Because the collection included an abundance of oversize pants, flowing maxi skirts, and grown-up onesies, it was clear that its influence successfully took shape.

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  • Of course, Spring 2017 isn’t the only time J.Crew has played hard and fast with sartorial tradition. Remember: This is the same company who decided to make a tailored suit in a shade called Wild Flamingo. (Because a classic blazer is definitely a staple, and in hot pink, it’s twice as nice.)

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  • By 2011, J.Crew was already updating your favourite pieces with unexpected twists. They layered denim shirts with sequin skirts, they made shorts work for fall, and they made jean shorts office-ready via ladylike handbags and boldly striped coats.

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  • The Fall 2016 (in stores now) was the first collection by head women’s designer Somsack Sikhounmuong. He revitalized timeless classics with modern whimsy by splashing vibrant prints on traditional tailored pieces (think: exotic print silk pajamas and houndstooth Mary Janes).

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  • Michelle O. has been spotted in J.Crew on several occasions, each of which served as an illustration of how the brand bridges conservative prep and a sartorial style that’s a little more left-of-centre. Example? A pencil skirt and twinset will get you in with the ivy crowd. But when it features ruffles and a coral hue, the outfit will win you a majority vote.

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  • A leather skirt with a striped, fur-embellished sweater and strappy leopard pumps? It sounds so wrong, but J.Crew made it look so right, once again proving its flair for mixing unexpected styles.

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  • Is it any wonder that J.Crew has perfected the balance of classic and modern? It’s helmed by nerdy powerhouse Jenna Lyons, a self-professed button-down addict. “I have the world’s biggest supply of white shirts and blue-and-white striped shirts,” she has said. Somehow she manages to keep them all looking fresh and cool. Not a basic in sight.

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