There's a fine line between daring and dated when it comes to rocking vintage-style clothing, and in the hands of a mere mortal, acid-washed jeans could go horribly wrong. But Beyoncé successfully balances her throwback bottoms with a casual tee and an embellished leather jacket. Keeping things very 2014: Sky-high Azzedine Alaïa booties, a fur-clad Dee Ocleppo bag and a berry lip.
Coats aren't usually the showstopper piece in an outfit, which is why it can be tricky to know what to wear with a topper that demands all the attention. But Hailee shows exactly how to tackle the task, by going mostly monotone (she tops a black and white dress with her polka-dot coat) and adding a few subtle but chic accessories, like her tri-tone bag and Jimmy Choo heels. The pink-red lip ensures attention stays on her face, not her outerwear.
No, we're not suggesting you shave your head and/or dye your hair purple. What we are suggesting is that any do will do with a clothing combo as festive and feminine as Kelly's here. A modest hem gives a figure-hugging pencil silhouette (like her glimmering Alice + Olivia skirt) a ladylike feel, and a jet-black top and leather jacket toughens up the sequins.
Red and black: A classic – but expected – holiday color combo. Why not mix things up (just a little) by pairing glossy red and navy instead? The star shines in a striped MaxMara top tucked into a high-slit navy skirt, then adds some very retro touches (a Longchamp coat, Stuart Weitzman heels and structured Kate Spade New York bag) for a super-polished finish.
Both Gwyneth and Monique Lhuillier have enviable outfits at the star's Goop boutique opening in Dallas, but it's the movie star's look we dare you to try. The one-shoulder jumpsuit, sparkly-heeled pumps and unexpected Jennifer Meyer turquoise danglers all add up to a flattering, and subtly spirited, ensemble.
Head-to-toe neutral tones can be super-snoozy, unless you take a cue from Kendall. She plays with texture to make her outfit pop, balancing her ribbed beige sweater with tan suede Theory pants, then keeps her accessories sleek (and lust worthy) with a mini bag and pointed white pumps.
We're going to keep telling you until you believe us: You can totally wear white well into fall – and not just winter white, either. Katherine tops her fresh white Black Halo dress with a leather jacket (which adds a coolness to the outfit, plus much needed warmth) and a boyish bag. You could even add tights to further "winterize" the ensemble.
Cozy sweaters: Soft and sweet. Leather pants: Pretty badass. Put the two together like Jamie did (her sweater is J Brand's "Kasia" style, and her teal coat is Rebecca Minkoff) and you've nailed the best day-to-night combo of the season. Freezing out? Swap in warmer booties.
Distressed denim definitely has a rugged vibe, but Nikki demonstrates how a little accessorizing can upgrade the look of your jeans by pairing her Gap pair with no less than three chic pieces: a fitted navy AllSaints coat, chain-link pocket book and pointy boots.
What are you wearing to all your holiday parties? A sparkly black dress? C'mon, you can do better than that. How about a pretty two-piece pants look like Ashley's Elie Saab? The color is festive, but not overly so, thanks to the see-through paneling – and the star's decision to keep her makeup minimal.
And you can step outside of your LBD box before the holidays, too: Try a ladylike look in royal blue, as Jennifer did. The color of this Mugler piece is also classic, but the plunging neckline – and her studded Christian Louboutin pumps – gives it some sex appeal.
Leave it to Olivia to make us use words like cool and waaant when describing black pants and a white top. How? By styling the classic pieces with killer accessories: multicolor shades, a black fringe bag and red flats that feature both an animal print and studs. Throwing on a non-basic coat (hers is an oversize, two-tone wool Inhabit topper) adds to the visual appeal.
Ah, the cape-and-hat combo. So warm, but so dangerously close to cowboy territory. While Western wears are on trend this season, you'll want to balance pieces with modern solids like Rosie's textured Zadig & Voltaire sweater and green leather pants from The Row (a fresh departure from black).
We rarely wear our plaid button-downs with anything besides dark skinnies. But Gwyneth gives the boyish shirt some feminine flair by complementing her Equipment top with a flared skirt. A vibrant Valentino purse and metallic-accented Saint Laurent shades punctuate the ladylike vibe.
Yes, Diane is wearing our favorite fall trend, over-the-knee boots. Yes, she is also wearing a very pretty textured sweater dress. And yes, she's carrying the cutest mini Chanel purse on the planet. Those three things combined, plus the fact that it's Diane Kruger, make for well, the best outfit ever.
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Were you about to put away all your whites for the winter? Stop! The color has major staying power (proven by Jamie and Jennifer) as long as it's made to look seasonally appropriate. The process is two-step: 1. contrast your ensemble with black accessories to add a touch of toughness, and 2: complete the look with a dark pout. The richer and deeper the hue, the more fall-ready you'll be.
If the thought of wearing three prints at once makes you run screaming for the nearest LBD, allow Kerry to demonstrate how easy the look can be. Keeping pieces in the same color family is the key (from her Comptoir des Cotonniers jacket to her pumps, she wears a head-to-toe medley of purple, blue and white). And when it comes to accessories, the simpler, the better.
Jeans and a T-shirt is every starlet's go-to uniform. How's a girl to stand out in a sea of celebrity street style? Reese gets your attention by adding a killer pair of over-the-knee Michael Michael Kors boots (though the rest of her accessories aren't too shabby, either).
Buffalo check is experiencing a major comeback this season, and the look is more sophisticated than scoutmaster: Just check out Kate's cocoon-shaped Coach houndstooth number. Worried about going oversize? Take a cue from the star and pick a piece with piping (to add structure) and keep the rest of your look streamlined (see: her figure-hugging all-black outfit).
Your favorite night-out leather skirt is about to see the daylight, and you have Beyoncé's outfit inspiration to thank. She picks a warm gray skirt that works with a patterned top (hers is Rails) – which gives her a low-key, sporty vibe. However, the center slit offers a sliver of sex appeal, thanks especially to that bare-leg-and-bootie thing she's rocking.
It's the dilemma many a fashionista is facing this fall: If the crop top trend is here to stay, how does one make it seasonally appropriate? Follow Lupita's steps: 1. Pick a long-sleeve version in a hue that conjures up a feeling of autumn leaves. 2. Accessorize the look with a mix of rich tones. 3. Swipe on a berry lip. When all else fails, that's a surefire way to say "fall."
We'll admit, the on-point red lip may have a lot to do with why we love this look so much. But perfect pout aside, Ashley teaches us that jumpsuits can be totally chic if you pick a sleek design (hers is Thakoon), pair it with a fuss-free T-shirt and pop on some strappy sandals.
Even if you don't want to invest in matching separates, you can give the illusion of that look by pairing pieces in the color family. In this case, that color family is white, though notice how Sarah's Paper London crop top is a different shade than her ivory snakeskin DVF skirt – and it doesn't feel clashing. P.S. You can never go wrong with a pair of pumps (hers are alice + olivia) that match your skin tone.
With a bold graphic print, it's safest to wear the pattern via just one piece and keep the rest of your ensemble neutral. But neutral doesn't have to equal blah. Jamie knows this and she picks a subtle color in a cool silhouette on top (a slouchy Elie Tahari for DesigNation at Kohl's moto). Those pointy-toe metallic Loeffler Randall flats don't steal her Lovers + Friends "Tatem" skirt's spotlight, but simply add to the fun vibe.
On an autumnal scale of 1 to 10, pumpkin spice lattes are an 11 and an outfit made up of a brown leather midi with a black turtleneck, ankle booties and a fur-trimmed handbag (hers is Ghurka and yes, we're drooling over it, too) is a 10. This type of look is so classic that it pops up every fall – and every fall, we want to make it our uniform for the season.
If you wear your leather jacket practically every other day, it's time to graduate to the next level of badassness with a leather mini. You won't feel like you're going to a Halloween party as an '80s rock star as long as you stick to a black one (like this alice + olivia skirt). We'll be wearing ours with printed tees as Gabrielle does, but we applaud her for doing leathah-on-leathah with a cream jacket.
Do you live in a part of the country where it's still warm? Then do two things: Send us a plane ticket, and check out Louise's way of transitioning white into fall. A silk printed bomber feels more substantial than a cardigan but more interesting than a blazer. And army-green loafers (with tassels!) let everyone know she's embracing the season even if the temps still call for iced coffee.
There's nothing sweeter and more feminine than a pink rose print and there's nothing more badass than a strong-shoulder leather moto jacket. But in this case, opposites attract and the result is a really well-balanced outfit that feels neither too youthful nor too edgy. If Goldilocks were a fashion critic, she'd surely say, "This look is just right."
You know that rule that if you're going to wear something billowy, pair it with something fitted? Kate didn't listen, but her loose-on-loose-on-loose combo works because the pieces aren't formfitting, but they are tailored. The structure of her Helmut Lang blazer and the tapered, waist-cinched silhouette of her Max Mara pants keep this out of dumpy territory.
Think crop tops can't withstand plunging temperatures? Think again. When the material and the color are weather-appropriate (in this case, a knit in burgundy) and what's on bottom isn't too summery (like Kendall's tulip-hem high-low Sass & Bide skirt), the shrunken-tee trend becomes seasonless. If you need us, we'll be on the floor doing crunches.
We're officially excited for holiday party season after spotting this metallic knit Tory Burch top and skirt on Jessica. But her look doesn't feel premature since she gives it a sleek, not Christmassy, vibe by adding opaques and black booties, plus a gold-and-pearl necklace. We'd wear it as is for nights out then get more use out of the ensemble by pairing the top with jeans or the skirt with a black tee for less formal occasions.
Pulling off allover horizontal stripes has a high level of difficulty. There are two key elements that make it work on Lily (and don't worry, neither is "being a supermodel"). She shows a lotta leg and picks Thakoon pieces with narrow stripes on a light-colored background.
We’ve always loved the polish of a white collared shirt under a crewneck sweater, and J.Lo gives us a fresh way to sport the look: in dress form. Belting the layered pieces and accessorizing with badass lace-up boots balances out the primness and properness of the look.
The bold print on Lily’s Balmain separates borders on hypnotizing, which is why breaking it up with a solid tank and basic heels (not to mention wearing the pattern in black and white) is a stylishly savvy idea.
Here’s a case where it’s the styling – not the actual pieces – that makes the look. Tucking the shirt and wearing the moto over her shoulders gives the outfit a fashion "It Girl" vibe. And throwing on accessories in the same color family (a black cross-body and matching boots) only adds to the sleekness.
A long wool jacket with wide-leg wool pants may sound like the recipe for a pound-adding, schlumptastic outfit. Olivia miraculously makes the pairing look sleek and streamlined by picking bottoms with a waist-whittling tie and adding a crisp white button-down.
For those of you looking to get a little more mileage out of your summery denim, behold the power of a turtleneck! Jessica gives her faded blue skinnies an autumnal twist with a printed high-necked blouse and gilded jacket. Polished navy accessories (including an Edie Parker clutch) bring the look squarely into fall.
The one and only reason to spend time looking at this photo of Rosie in Isabel Marant is to dispel your aversion to mixing navy and black. Well, actually, this photo might also serve another purpose: motivation to do more lunges and leg lifts.
We'll take any opportunity to wear a sweatshirt to work and on nights out. Olivia pairs her Elie Tahari for Kohl's top with the midi-length version of a flouncy mini and sky-high sandals, proving she's not just the queen of high-low fashion, she's also the queen of formal-casual fashion. (And yes, this look would work equally well if you swapped in that plain black sweatshirt you normally wear to Pilates.)
Animal prints, especially when very fitted – like Victoria's Balmain skirt – can enter pin-up territory really fast, but the designer smartly tames the pattern with a not-too-tight, long-sleeve black top that's decidedly un-va-va-voom, plus understated accessories.
Allover plaid is intimidating. But if you're going to do it, follow Kendall's lead and stick to a subtle black-and-white tartan. Because, you know, if you go with a non-neutral, you might end up looking like Cher in Clueless.
Ever bought a bold, patterned dress that looked great in the store, but then seemed like too much to wear out? Enter: Jamie's solution. Like a style genius, she layers a black Twenty Tees shirt over her busy Rebecca Minkoff midi. It adds less bulk (and is more unexpected) than a blazer or cardi. She pulls it all together by using the dress tie over the top. What did we tell you? Genius!
Nude! Nude! Nude! No, we're not writing coverlines for a NSFW magazine, we're just describing the actress's look. If she'd gone with sexier silhouettes (a plunging dress, a tight moto and strappy sandals), the outfit might have seemed ridiculous, but because she wears the color that matches her skin tone via classic pieces (a Louis Vuitton sheath, a Marnie car coat and sensible ankle-strap heels), it feels chic, not overly racy.
Occasions when this outfit works: your wedding weekend in Venice. We can't think of many other situations that call for a wide-leg Stella McCartney suit in white, plus a coordinating hat. That said, we'd totally wear this for our post-wedding brunch then get more use out of it by breaking up the pieces and combining them with other clothing we own (the pants with a navy sweater, the top with a flippy mini, etc.).
If you had polka dots filed under the "prints that feel too childish" folder, it's time to reconsider the print. Here are three aspects of Kerry's Preen dress that make it sophisticated and age-appropriate (keep these in mind when shopping for the pattern): an artsy take on the print (notice how the spots aren't uniform), color-blocking (it keeps it in fashiony, not kiddie, territory) and accessories that are more bold than sweet (we'd say her Thalé Blanc clutch and Christian Louboutins fit the bill).
Next time you're going somewhere that calls for an LBD, consider swapping in an LBS. Demi's sleek suit doesn't feel masculine at all thanks to the fit and of course, her half-unbuttoned white blouse. Even if you can't afford her Saint Laurent version, this is one case where the look for less is seriously easy to find.
When we think of stunning power suits for women, the word fitted often comes to mind (see: previous slide). But Kate eschews that notion with an oversize Atea Oceanie blazer and coordinating wide-leg pants. So, why does it still read as polished and feminine? Because it's roomy, but tailored – as opposed to shapeless – plus, she adds chic accessories.
Leave it to Jenny to make denim-on-denim totally sexy. You probably don't need us to tell you her secret, but we'll spell it out anyway: Keep everything fitted as she does, from her slim-fitting Mother Denim button-down to her curve-flaunting J Brand skinnies. Leg-lengthening nude pumps don't hurt either.
Fine, we admit it: We chose this photo for the shoes and lipstick alone. But what's in between those two pops of red ain't bad either. Nikki goes the classic bad-girl route in BLANKNYC jeans (how cool that they're two-tone, right?), a striped tee, an AllSaints leather moto jacket and a She + Lo bag. Wearing the edgy ensemble with those Manolo Blahniks (as opposed to flat boots) and a red pout gives it a Sandy-at-the-end-of-Grease vibe.
A white button-down and a black pencil skirt have never felt less blah. Reese breathes new life into the work staples with a sleeveless version of the top (featuring black accents on the shoulders) and adding high-fashion accessories: cutout lace-up Aquazzura booties, mod Thierry Lasry shades, and a Lanvin Trilogy bowling bag.
Another example of a celeb zhushing up a white top and black skirt. Jessica adds a blush Rebecca Minkoff moto jacket (black or gray would do, too, if that's what you've got) and Carven X Ancient Greek Sandals flats.
Emmy answers two questions: How do I elevate this basic black tank and how do I keep this floral skirt from feeling too loud? She pairs the two (notice how the top matches the petals on the midi) and adds a matching sky-blue shoulder bag and simple Asos heels.
Allover gray can feel like a tonal washout, but you know what? We didn't even fully process that this was a gray-on-gray outfit because we were too busy noticing the little details: the flippy hem on the skirt, the slouchiness of the top and, of course, the fringed bag (all CH Carolina Herrera) plus those lace-up Aquazzura heels.
Jamie will see your one pop of color and raise you two. She mixes tangerine, hot pink and fuchsia and somehow it all works. (Somehow=no crazy jewelry or other big accessories.)