All the Times We've Wanted to Dress Like Jenna Lyons

She's the 6-foot-tall powerhouse who spent 26 years at J.Crew, dressing first ladies, landing on the Time 100 list in 2013 for her work as a "tastemaker" and even squeezing in a stint on the millennial-favourite TV show Girls. She single-handedly made the playfully preppy, geek-chic girl cool. Sequins became fair game in the supermarket, playground and office; chinos are now acceptable evening attire; and glasses on the red carpet? Totally legit, thanks to Jenna Lyons and her thick-framed Moscot spectacles. This is why when news broke in April that 48-year-old Lyons was stepping down as J.Crew's president and executive creative director by mutual agreement with Mickey Drexler—the brand's chairman and chief executive—the fashion industry went into a state approaching meltdown.

Regardless of what label Lyons hitches her wagon to next —Business of Fashion's fantasy draft came up with Ralph Lauren—she's had a seismic impact on the way women dress. Glamour editor Jo Elvin told me that she channels Lyons when getting ready: "I don't love getting dressed up and then having to put glasses on, but at times like that, I think of Jenna." And Lyons even started using "real" women of all ages who inspired her for biannual presentations at New York Fashion Week instead of models. She also has some of the best personal style in the business. There's no black uniform–and–white trainer wardrobe here. Cosy jumpers with feathered miniskirts? Check. Baby-pink boilersuits. Double check.

Here, we revisit the 12 looks that made us fall hard for Lyons.