Posts for January 15th 2013
The New Year also sparks a time for new opportunities, and if you're one of the many looking for a new job this year, listen up. Dressing up for an interview requires a functional — there's nothing worse than pairing your sleek skirt suit with a puffer coat — yet professionally chic state of mind. Since a meeting with your maybe-future boss is nerve-racking enough without having to worry about what to wear, we're lending you a sartorial hand with refreshing dressing options and styling tips to ace your next big meeting. From chic pumps to tailored outerwear, here are the 13 pieces that are sure to amp up your professional style game in 2013.
We not-so-subtly hinted at the fact that pencil skirts are having a serious moment, and yes, we're still singing the praises of their sexy-meets-modest appeal. This time around, though, we're looking to our favorite starlets for test-driven (and approved) ways to wear this silhouette right now — and all week long. For this seven-day stretch, Olivia Wilde offers up a tweedy iteration for a more polished workwear option, Sophia Bush punches up a classic shape with edgy leather, and Olivia Palermo puts the most feminine spin on a sophisticated Tibi lace skirt. If you're in need of something a little more leg-baring, Kate Bosworth's asymmetrical-cut Preen version is perfect for, well, a leg up. There's even more day-to-night styling inspiration inside, so keep clicking. And don't forget to shop our favorite pencil skirt picks at the end of the slideshow.
While Jennifer Lawrence's red Dior Couture gown from the Golden Globes may be top of mind — although we fully expect her to outdo herself in the coming weeks — we have to let you in on some runway-to-reality fodder. That gorgeously sexy black Prabal Gurung cutout creation she wore to the Critics' Choice Awards is exclusively available to preorder on Moda Operandi. With a fairly steep price tag and an estimated delivery date of June 1, this hand-draped leather yoke gown ($4,550) isn't exactly an impulse buy, but listen, if you regularly find yourself dressing for black-tie events (or just want to treat yourself), this is a no-brainer. Its skin-baring reveals never veer into the too-much-skin territory and the floor-skimming train injects a subtle amount of Old Hollywood glamour. Lest we forget, the sweetheart neckline and leather detailing provide the perfect juxtaposition of a sweet vs. tough sensibility. And, just like Jennifer did, you too could find yourself on the receiving end of some stunned reactions. What other kind of response could you illicit from this kind of head-turning gown?
We imagine that celebrity closets are stocked with statement pieces, custom-made designer couture, and the most jaw-dropping heels — but sometimes it's just their impeccably chic basics that prove the most inspiring. Cut to us drooling over three perfect iterations of the army jacket, and that's especially true of this morning's trio of celebs. We spotted Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, and Diane Kruger (three celebs with some serious street-style prowess, we might add) showing off the value of a great army jacket. Rosie gave us a more tailored version; Jessica selected one by Rhyme & Echo, updated with leather sleeves; and Diane Kruger topped her everyday ensemble with a Rag & Bone jacket. Each is a testament not just to the outfit versatility of the army jacket, but the fact that it also comes in a version that's likely perfectly suited to your own style personality. Rosie gives us one that's just right for the sophisticate; Jessica offers up an edgy style; and Diane suits that sportier angle. The fact that they go with everything and can be either a perfect Winter layer or a lightweight Spring jacket just makes them a smart investment. Invest in your own with our editors' picks below.
We might be in a recession, but that's not stopping fashion girls from spending big bucks on the latest craze — Phillip Lim's leather overalls. Ringing in at a cool $1,400 (and practically sold out everywhere online and in stores), — see a more detailed look here — Lim's luxe ode to the '90s is a surefire way to inject a refreshing tilt to your cold weather look. We've been seeing overalls popping up more and more as of late, but the Fab team is torn on whether this leather rendition is taking it too far. While some of us would wear Lim's decadent rendition in a fashion heartbeat, others are just not into this burgeoning throwback trend. That said, we need your help deciding: if money weren't an issue, would you sport Phillip Lim's superluxe leather overalls?
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Now that all of the awards have been handed out, the real competition begins! The Golden Globes red carpet was filled with glamorous looks, showcasing a range of bold hues, lots of shimmer, and drop-dead sexy silhouettes. Who can forget Jennifer Lawrence's breathtaking appearance in her stunning Dior Couture confection, Anne Hathaway's dazzling beaded Chanel Haute Couture gown, or Kate Hudson's exquisite black and gold Alexander McQueen gown? With so many beautiful looks to swoon over, we've created a fun (and addictive), bracket game so you can help us pick the best-dressed lady of the night. We've selected the top 64 looks from the festivities, and we need your help picking the winner. Start by clicking below, and go through the first-round matchups by picking your favorite looks of the night. Once you've done that, we'll take your favorites and pair them against each other until there is only one winning style setter left. The winner will be announced this Friday so don't wait a moment longer — vote now for your favorite look from the Golden Globes!
Lily Aldridge hasn't slowed down much since giving birth to daughter Dixie Followill last June. While taking a stroll with the little one in NYC yesterday, the Victoria's Secret Angel showed off yet another laid-back look that is two parts hot mom and one part model off-duty. Proving the power of cozy, Winter-perfect separates, Lily put together an everyday ensemble that we'll be copying immediately. She started with a pair of black skinnies, then layered up with a white tee and chunky cream-colored Etoilé Isabel Marant sweater (perhaps she checked out our selection of January must haves?). She accessorized with a pair of flat, studded black Chloé booties, oversize shades, and a black woven leather bag, and walked the streets of the West Village in style — all while carrying sweet baby Dixie on her hip.
Australian actress Rose Byrne attended the Sydney premiere of I Give It a Year looking (pun coming your way) berry beautiful in this Jill Stuart leather-skirt dress ($345, originally $1,150) — that's 70 percent off! She completed her red-carpet style with black suede pointy Casadei pumps, a black Kotur clutch, a matching black cocktail ring, and round silver earrings. Invest in Rose's exact berry-colored dress to wear everywhere from the office to parties. Throw it on with tights and a blazer for work, then come the weekend, ditch the tights and blazer for strappy sandals and a cropped jacket.
While Diane Kruger picked up groceries at Gelson's in LA, we took the time to check out her utilitarian-cool outfit: this army green quilted Rag & Bone jacket ($695) and these Current/Elliott fishnet jeans ($119, originally $198), which Sarah Jessica Parker also owns. The actress completed her supermarket style with snakeskin flats and a chain-strap bag. Score Diane's exact jacket and jeans — shop way more pairs on ShopStyle — to pair together or separately with other fabulous pieces in your closet.