updated 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Less high maintenance than last year's version, this summer's easy, breezy rompers are a chic way to beat the heat
FERGIE in Karen Zambos in Los Angeles.
EVA MARCILLE in Betsey Johnson in Miami Beach.
LEIGHTON MEESTER on a movie set in Hollywood.
Get the Look!
MOSSIMO FOR TARGET
Khaki halter romper, $24.99; target.com (available March 31)
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Silk romper, $49.90; hm.com for stores
HOW TO WEAR IT
"The modern way to wear a summer romper is relaxed and loose but still tailored at the waist or hip," says celeb stylist George Kotsiopoulos. "Anything too tight will quickly take you from classy to trashy."
"I wanted her to look like a modern-day Monroe," Giorgio Armani says of ELIZABETH BANKS, in the Armani Privé gown (accessorized with Jimmy Choo sandals) she wore to the Cannes Film Festival May 13.
Katie Holmes, Halle Berry and Jessica Alba have been channelling their inner hippie chicks lately, stepping out in Kenneth Cole's fringed sandals. And the stars' footwear of choice just got even more affordable. Enter W090521 at checkout online (mention code R1934 in stores) and get 20 percent off the regular price of $175.
Fringe Me sandal; kennethcole.com
VANESSA'S FAVORITE RING
Vanessa Hudgens's other constant companion (besides Zac, of course) is Melinda Maria's gold pod ring. "It's one of my absolute favorites," says the High School Musical star. "It complements every outfit and other pieces of jewelry."
Black-onyx pod ring, $98; melindamaria.com
Stars are embracing this season's take on the '80s power suit. Plus: How to keep the look modern, not retro
Beyoncé Knowles KNOWLES in a Balmain crystal-embellished canvas jacket in New York City.
JENNIFER CONNELLY in Balmain in L.A.
REESE WITHERSPOON in Prada in London.
SIENNA MILLER in Jonathan Saunders in Las Vegas.
MILEY CYRUS in Hervé Léger by Max Azria in London.
HOW TO GET IT RIGHT
• WATCH PROPORTIONS
"The idea is to keep the look modern and not too literal '80s or oversized," says celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe.
• KEEP THE REST OF THE OUTFIT SIMPLE
"A tailored silhouette with a sculpted shoulder makes the waist look smaller," adds Zoe.
• DON'T GO VINTAGE
"Designers inevitably bring back influences from different periods," says Zoe. But to avoid a costumey effect, don't "wear an actual vintage piece."