Sunday, February 26, 2012

Celeb Street Chic – Getting It Right

Whether stepping in front of the camera or out onto the street, in the good old days of Hollywood glam, the Studios made sure that their Stars always looked perfectly put together

Except for Red Carpet events, today’s celebrities and those who are just famous for being famous are pretty much on their own, with predictable results.

Without the proper guidance, many of them just don’t have a clue about style and how to put themselves together.

Many………..but not all. Some of them definitely do get it right.

It doesn’t get more right than this. Actress Ali Larter, a New Jersey native I hasten to add proudly, has put together a fabulous street chic outfit in neutral tones.

This whole look is about layers and texture. The loose Tee has a silky feel to it and its rounded hem peaks out from a cropped blazer. That fitted jacket in grey tweed gives the entire outfit structure and classic sophistication.

The skin-tight leather pants and sexy stilettos add a dash of je ne sais quoi, and we all know quoi when we see it, don’t we, Ladies?

Ditto for the studded neutral bag which adds a bit of rocker edge.

And, is that a little pop of red peaking out of her handbag? Perhaps a scarf she threw in at the last minute in case the weather should turn nippy. What a great touch.

Except for a bracelet (which could be a watch), the entire outfit is unembellished, and its clean lines just epitomize the best of casual street chic.

At first glance you might be tempted dismiss Katie Holmes’ look here as a bit too casual…on the verge of sloppy.

But, give it a second look and you’ll see that it has a sweet, simple charm all its own.

Again, the look is about neutrals and texture. The over-sized, bulky knit sweater over a pair of skin-tight jeans and suede boots, all in neutral shades, create a perfect balance for her small frame.

The eye goes immediately to the over-sized, bright red bag which crosses her body on the diagonal, visually breaking up the bulk of the sweater.

Not only are there no embellishments, but Katie has pulled her hair up into a sweet and simple chignon, and, unless I’m very much mistaken, there appears to be not a hint of makeup on that classically beautiful face.

I think she looks adorable.

I just love this outfit on Jessica Alba.

The whole thing has a vintage feel to it until you get to the shoes.

The mid-calf floral dress is pure 60s. I had one just like it……actually, I think I had quite a few……….it was the “it” dress of its time.

The print on the dress is in warm tones, but she has chosen to top it off with an interesting scarf duo – one in a warm tone which picks up one of the shades in the dress, and the other in a cool tone.

The addition of that outer scarf in a cool tone, what appears to be a pale grey or pewter, is an interesting choice as the color contrast makes the whole outfit pop.

And then there are those adorable wedge booties in a warm neutral whose color does not compete for attention with the dress. They don’t need to. They create their own style buzz by kicking the whole outfit up several notches from retro to modern.

Just look at her face. When a woman touches her hair like that, she is telling the world that she looks fabulous and she knows it.

And, of course, how could we get through our fashion day without a Pippa sighting??!!

Do I even need to explain why she has become such a fashion icon?

Again, an artful mix of texture and neutral colors until you come to the coat.

Just look at this great double-breasted, 60s-inspired coat in fire engine red!

There must have been something special in the water at the Middleton home when Kate and Pippa were growing up to have produced two such stylish young women.

While lamenting the loss of the good old days of Hollywood glam, I have high hopes for the future, particularly with the Middleton sisters leading the way to a new era of style and glam that young women everywhere can emulate and then make their own.


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