I remember watching Mona Lisa Smile and loving two things: the strong group of females — a cast list that included Julia Roberts, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles — and the retro styling that captured the traditional '50s woman and the rebel. It's that dichotomy that made both the drama and the fashion of the film compelling. Now, it serves as our inspiration to channel both the decade's preppy school girl and the start of the '60s, and the more modern, bohemian woman, mixing full midi skirts with midriff-baring plaid, pedal pushers, and embroidered tunics. We've gathered all of the pieces you'll need to re-create the inspired looks — whether you decide to go prim or a little more laid-back.
Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides is the sleepy portrayal of the five Lisbon sisters and their mysterious suicides, set in a 1970s Detroit suburb. While the subject matter is melancholic, it's hard to ignore the soft, feminine fashion. The film's dreamlike aesthetic and moody tone showcased lots of gauzy, retro-romantic babydoll dresses and ruffled tops, flat leather wedges, and girly, '70s-style eyelet and lace. Shop our picks below to crib the Lisbon sisters' easy, innocent style for Spring.
With this season's nods to ladylike midi-skirts, oxfords, and other retro-chic wear, Gwyneth Paltrow's easy '50s style in The Talented Mr. Ripley provides the perfect inspiration for our Spring shopping list. It's a film that's remembered as much for its fashion as it is for its story, with good reason — we're currently coveting the same relaxed polish via calf-length skirts, knotted button-downs, and pretty scalloped edges on high-waist shorts and tops. Shop our picks below and channel the sweet-cum-casual vibe that's totally fresh for Spring.
Designer and style star Nicole Richie jetted off to Paris to take in some runway shows this week, and was snapped backstage at Givenchy working this supersexy, futuristic look. She wore a skintight black leather high-neck dress by the designer, with Christian Louboutin python-print pumps — and surprisingly went sans accessories, opting only for a chic black clutch. The normally bohemian-cool Nicole has been experimenting with sleek, ultraglam looks lately, and I love to see her switch it up. Ready to steam things up? Click the items below to shop a similar look.
Even while we're fully immersed in the Fall '11 collections, the beginning of March has me thinking all things Spring. I've been eying the past Spring '11 runways and the brights they brought in the form of these flirty frocks from Versace, Matthew Williamson, Peter Som, and so many others. This is a different kind of LBD necessity, so forget the little black dress and allow me to introduce this season's must-own little bright dress. The colorful options are limitless, as are cuts and silhouettes, though we recommend keeping it short and sweet to soak up the sun. Just shop my picks to get the look.Left to right: Versace, Peter Som (middle two), Matthew Williamson.
Sometimes, a few simple pieces that you probably already own come together to create a totally wowing look. This Grey Magazine editorial is the perfect example. You probably already own a blue tee (or any other bright color works too), white cropped trousers, and a pair of platform wedges. And even if you don't, these are good pieces to invest in for Spring. Wear them all together, sans jewelry, and voilà, you have yourself an easy, breezy, beautiful ensemble that can be worn from everything to meeting friends for lunch to an outdoor bridal shower. Click on the pieces above to shop.
Sarah Jessica Parker showed her fashion prowess by channeling some big trends from New York Fall Fashion Week: the color royal blue and long hemlines, as seen at Rag and Bone, and '70s tie-neck blouses á la Derek Lam. This is a ladylike look with a big dose of edgy thanks to her metal-edged Louboutins and metallic blouse. It's the perfect balance of vintage and modern thanks to the color and textures. Love it as much as we do? Just click on the items to buy.
As soon as NYFW wrapped, Olivia jetted across the pond to take in the Fall shows in London — and we already spied the fashion darling sporting a look we're planning to emulate. An easy silk shirt dress is a styled start; but what we really love about this look is the accessory overload — and we mean that in a good way. A luxe croc clutch, fur stole, and leopard-print booties elevate the dress and jacket combo with just enough fashionable flair. If you're feeling inspired? Just click the items above to re-create the style.
If you too have a summery white maxi buried at the bottom of your closet, take a cue from this NYFW street-style pro and channel her Winter-friendly way to dress it up. Start with a long-sleeve tee to layer, then add a plush, faux fur jacket ($80, originally $170) and a pair of utility-style booties. Extra points for bold accessories, like this Proenza, and a pair of round sunnies to complete the look. Get inspired and shop a similarly boho-chic ensemble.
Photo courtesy of Greg Kessler