The Celebrity Street Style Effect
Ever crave for paparazzi to follow you around en route to the coffee shop? Create your own celebrity style with these fashion tips.
I don’t know about you, but my favorite part about magazines–from Cosmo to the rag mags we read at the nail salon—is seeing what the stars wore. Jessica Alba and Lauren Conrad—these ladies seem to make even the grocery store parking lot look like a catwalk. Whether they’re in this season’s printed denim, carrying the latest “it” bag, or pulling off that messy bed head look (the one that no matter how many hair products you use, it looks more “brush your hair” than “bed head”), they never miss an opportunity to be featured on the pages of style magazines. Well, it’s our turn now. When you break it down, their looks are classic—tailored denim with a plain top, or just a simple dress–but it’s how they incorporate fun accessories, like printed blazers and wedge sneakers into their looks that make us lust after their ensembles.
Take Jessica Alba, for instance. She seems to follow the same strategy when putting together her day-to-day outfits. She starts with a great pair of skinny jeans. Sometimes that means colored jeans (hot pink and olive green are a favorite), sometimes they’re printed (she’s been spotted in jeans that feature flowers and stars), or sometimes they’re just a great pair of denim that will survive any season. Next, she goes for a plain top. Whether it’s a classic white button down, a sweater in solid colors like cream or pink, or just a plain tank, she makes sure to keep the basics timeless and chic. Alba embraces accessories like printed blazers, fun scarves, or a statement necklace, which makes sure her outfits are never boring. What makes Alba a shoo-in as a fashion role model is just that—her shoes. Suede or leather booties, gladiator sandals, wedge sneakers—Alba’s shoe choice always helps to pull together her look. The best part of Alba’s fashion sense?
It’s easy to replicate with what’s already in your closet. Interested in incorporating some of these pieces into your own closet? Zara (zara.com) has great printed blazers and statement necklaces to help you achieve star-status on your next grocery run. Look to Aldo (aldoshoes.com) and Chinese Laundry (chineselaundry.com) for a great pair of on-trend wedge sneakers or suede booties.
Prefer a more classic look? Use Lauren Conrad as your style inspiration. The reality-star-turned-fashion-designer, who describes her style as “feminine and chic”, knows how to use basics to put together an outfit that is both chic and on-trend. Conrad, like Alba, is frequently seen in skinny jeans. Dark denim, black, while—she uses a myriad of colors to keep her look fresh. Conrad often pairs these pants with a plain top. Whether it’s an olive or white button down, a v-neck sweater, or an off the shoulder top, Conrad’s tops always fit her perfectly. She can often be spotted in flats (nude and black are some favorites) or flip flops, keeping the look both casual and comfortable. Conrad uses accessories to pull her outfit together. She pairs a leopard print belt with a white button down, or a printed scarf with a plain top to keep the outfit fun. Her signature pieces? A big pair of sunglasses and a quilted-Chanel bag.
The best part about using Conrad for style inspiration is that most of the pieces you need are already in your closet. Denim and button down tops are a staple in the most closet. While investing in a Chanel bag may not be in everyone’s price range, a simple, classic bag can go a long way in making your outfit. Adding printed belts, colored or printed flats and a big pair of shades to your closet are easy ways to channel Conrad’s style.
So ladies, next time you’re headed out to run errands or get a fresh mani-pedi, put those yoga pants away and embrace your street-chic potential!