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10/20/2013 11:07 am ET

Jenna Lyons' Style Icon Is Not Who You Might Think

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It's no secret that Jenna Lyons is one of our style icons -- the J.Crew creative director practically invented menswear-as-womenswear -- but who inspires Lyons? In a new interview with British Vogue, the bespectacled beauty filled us in on her fashion ethos.

While one might expect Jenna to single out a champion pattern-clasher like Solange or a low-key prep like Katie Holmes, she pledged her sartorial allegiance to none other than Samantha Cameron. As Jenna told Vogue UK:

"Samantha Cameron is beautiful and she seems effortless," she said. "She isn't fussy and never overdresses. She's elegant in herself. Especially [in England], being in that world, where you're thrust in a very formalised way of dressing, she's found a nice niche for herself which must be challenging to do."

The more we think about it, the more we can spot the parallels; Britain's first lady is a master at mixing mass-market clothing with high-end finds -- not too different from Lyons' high-low style. And both show an affinity for smart suits, monochromatic outfits and the occasional statement-making pattern. Below, a few examples:

Modern suits:

suit

Color-blocking:

color block

Bright pants:

pants

Bold blooms:

floral

Can you spot SamCam's influence?

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Jenna Lyons of J. Crew

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