The Most Dressed up Denim: Jenna Lyons At The Met Gala

If there’s one occasion where it seems like denim might be slightly out of place, it’s the red carpet of a major New York City event. However, if you’re Jenna Lyons, the President and Creative Director of J. Crew, you make it work.

At the 2012 Costume Institute Gala on Monday night, Lyons layered an uber-fitted and cropped denim jacket over a crisp white shirt, and paired it with a glamorous hot pink skirt – complete with dramatic sash. The look was definitely amongst the most casual and quirky of the evening, but even so – how amazingly individual and true to her style does she look?

In the real world there may not be so many occasions to take dressed up denim this far, but we can certainly glean some everyday inspiration from Ms. Lyons’ look. Why not pair a teeny jean jacket like this Maison Scotch cropped number or this grey Club Monaco one (zipped and snapped up all the way) with a high-waisted skirt and heels? You could choose something short and flirty like this By Zoe a-line skirt, or a dramatic maxi like this one from MINKPINK.

I’m suddenly feeling very inspired to start dressing up, way up, in my denim jacket. How about you?

[Image source: Women’s Wear Daily]



  1. A Reader
    May 9, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    Oy veh!
    Girlfriend has lost her mind and, apparently, her bra as well. Clearly, the real Jenna has been abducted by aliens.
    I do love those pink shoes, though.

  2. May 9, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    I actually love this look. Yes it is off beat but it does look good on her and like you said so true to her style. Not that I would wear this to a black tie event but it does make me want to pair a denim jacket with a super fancy dress.

  3. May 9, 2012 / 3:17 pm

    Not sure how I feel about this look. Though I love the thought of dressing up denim for everyday situations, or even a house party or night out with the girls, you’re at THE MET BALL… leave your denim jacket at home!

  4. lazypadawan
    May 10, 2012 / 1:00 am

    No, no, no, no!

  5. Jen
    May 10, 2012 / 10:48 am

    I am not on board with this. The jacket looks beyond fitted – more like a stuffed sausage – she looks like she can’t bend her arms and the jacket is puckered at the midriff and buttons are gaping at her middle because it is so tight and yes, put on a bra! I think the outfit would be lovely minus the jacket. Or maybe it would just look better if the jacket fit and she were properly supported.

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