[Apologies for the lack of blog posting last week. We ran into some technical difficulties, but now it’s all systems go! Now returning to regularly scheduled blogging.]
And our vote for best dressed for the night goes to Olivia Wilde in a dazzling Marchesa gown and stupendous Christian Louboutin heels.
Every fashionista has been in a situation where she had “nothing to wear.” This is a common complaint among women of all ages, and all of this can be avoided by one simple maxim: when in doubt, go basic. Building a classic staple wardrobe is going to be the anchor that keeps your style ship safely moored. No longer will you have to survive, lost adrift in a sea of latest trends and disposable fashion. Instead, trendy clothes and accessories will find a home in your wardrobe and can be worn in a seasonally appropriate fashion; however, they no longer have to make up the entirety of your wardrobe.
Every basic wardrobe needs the following:
1. A well-tailored black jacket
2. A basic white Oxford button down
3. A great pair of jeans
4. A tailored pair of slightly wide-leg black trousers
5. An oversized cardigan
6. A little black dress
7. A camisole in a pretty jewel tone
8. A black pencil skirt
9. A trench coat
10. Hanes plain white tees
11. Ballet flats
12. Classic pumps
13. Classic tall boots (brown and black)
14. A timeless handbag
15. A peacoat
Now this is basic stuff we are talking about. The flair you bring to these basics is your own. You can opt for a bright red peacoat or a turquoise skinny belt. The idea here is that you always have these things at your disposal and that you can mix and match them for multiple outfit options when you’re in a bind. All of these basics can be paired together in different combinations. Just experiment with them and have your daily “looks” worked out ahead of time for moments like when you’re running late for work, or you’re stressing out before a major interview.
There is also a short list of auxilary staples that make getting dressed fun and simple. These aren’t your hardcore basics like jeans or a little black dress, but they will help round out your closet essentials:
1. A watch
2. Simple earrings (pearls, diamond studs, small gold hoops, etc.)
3. A piece of statement jewelry (bold cuff, bib necklace, etc.)
4. Jackie O style sunglasses
6. Silk scarf or cashmere pashmina
7. An elegant clutch
8. A vintage rock and roll t-shirt
9. Black and white striped shirt
10. Classic tote bag
11. Skinny Jeans
12. Loose tunic top
13. Animal print coat
14. Fancy cocktail dress
15. Light cotton summer dress
16. Leggings and tights
All kinds of trendy items can be bought and worn in combination with your wardrobe staples. A plain white Hanes t-shirt can be paired with skinny jeans, aviator sunglasses, a crossbody bag, and hippie vest for an every day casual look. Or you could pair the tailored black jacket with jeans (tucked into tall boots) and an oversized rock-and-roll triangle top for a hipster look. Having a wardrobe foundation comprised of quality basics doesn’t limit you. In fact, it makes getting ready just that much easier!
Every wardrobe needs to contain at least one timeless handbag that goes with everything. We have hundreds of such options at Bag Inc, but these are a few of our favorites:
Fringe was in for 2010, and celebs like Rachel Zoe, Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Lopez carried gorgeous fringe bags all year long. It looks like the fashion magnates want fringe to stay around for Spring of 2011, so get your fringe bag while they’re still hot.
Our Bag of the Week this week is not only a beautiful fringe bag, it’s also a bargain! Marked down to $18.50, our Naria Fringe Crossbody Bag is a fashionable choice when it comes to wearing fringe in 2011.
Before we indulge in too much celebrity style worship, we felt it was our duty to remind you that celebrities don't always look their best in public. We're not talking about when they're going out for coffee in their pajamas, or walking their dog in their every day clothes. Those paparazzi snaps of celebs trying to unwind and live a normal life reveal our unhealthy celebrity obsession in today's global culture. What we ARE talking about is when a celebrity is dressing up for an event or for the red carpet; when a cadre of stylists helped them get ready and when they still get it wrong.
Sometimes, it helps to see "flawless" celebs with ridiculous outfits on to remind us that underneath the glamor, they're not perfect. Therefore, we're taking pictures of celebrities who are usually so "together" and compiling a Worst Dressed list. These are celebs who are known for having impeccable style incorporating just the right amount of fashionable trends. There won't be any Snookies or Keshas on our list because they are always (reliably) poorly dressed. We're looking for bad outfit anomalies. Why? Because it's fun! It's like a scavenger hunt!
Kirsten Dunst looks matronly, and about 15 years older than she really is in this dowdy ensemble.
The "dowdy" virus must be in the air! Looks like Heidi Klum caught it, too!
Not even Mischa Barton can make lederhosen look good.
This is a major departure from Anne Hathway's normally glam look. Mismatched and strange.
You lost us with that hoop skirt, Uma.
Madonna either got lost in 2001 or has been raiding her daughter's closet for inspiration. This look is dated and doesn't fit at all with Madonna's normal style.
Being cuter than a button does not excuse the typically stylish Selena Gomez from those pants! Horrendous!
Drew Barrymore is wearing a sad sack dress in a happy shade of yellow for a look that results in a confusing mess.
Christina Aguilera has NEVER heard the phrase "less is more."
Is this really Gwyneth Paltrow at the Country Strong Premiere? Gwyn, we know you can do so much better. This 90's lace up dress throwback is atrocious!
Rihanna is normally so incredibly stylish! We even wrote a blog about her gorgeous style. Everyone makes mistakes, though. This is one of hers.
Embrace shades of brown as this season’s neutral du jour. Brown was hailed as the “it” neutral shade for winter, and we can’t get enough of it – from the palest beige to the grungiest metallic bronze. Some of our favorite stylish celebrities have been rocking this look, and we think they look fabulous. We especially love how they have been pairing several different shades of brown together in one outfit for a totally monochrome palette. Tres chic!
(From Left to Right) Cameron Diaz, Claudia Schiffer, Drew Barrymore
(From Left to Right) Olivia Palermo, Peaches Geldord, Sarah Jessica Parker
Luckily for you, our selection of brown handbags is not in short supply! Check out our abundance of shades and styles and pick which one is right for you:
Mila Kunis has been a minute blip on the American pop culture radar for over a decade since she was cast in That 70’s Show as Jackie. She also did the voice of Meg in Family Guy. Since her time on television, she remained relatively invisible until she landed a supporting lead role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall – a role which launched a million crushes. Guys everywhere were suddenly more aware of Mila Kunis than they ever had before. Yet, it is her latest co-starring role with Natalie Portman in Black Swan that has made her a household name.
Besides Mila Kunis’s acting chops, and gorgeous looks, it is her youthful appearance that sets her apart. It’s hard to place her age – many have guessed she is as young as 16 years old, but this actress is 27. Her youthful apperance is accentuated by her fresh approach to personal style. She is always off-the-charts gorgeous, and she radiates happiness and a good personality. She favors body-skimming dresses, neutral shades, classic, clean lines, and cozy casuals. Kunis favors simplistic style in a big way. Even on the red carpet she doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry or heavy makeup. This helps her look youthful and down-to-earth. When she’s not wearing a glamorous, tight-fitting gown, she’s often in torn up jeans and a t-shirt. Kunis is the girl to emulate if you like to switch between clean glam and tomboy casual attire.
Here we show you how to cop her look, and we accessorize with some of our own bags that we think fit her style:
Most Outrageous Awards Show Gown:
Lady Gaga at the 2010 Grammys
Best Award Show Gown:
Best Casual Dress:
Best Hipster Outfit:
Best Classy Outfit:
Tie between Claudia Schiffer and Kylie Minogue
Best Ingenue Style:
Tie between Nicole Richie and Carey Mulligan
Best Cutesy Outfit:
Tie between Emma Watson and Taylor Swift
Best Sexy Outfit:
Best Party Girl Outfit:
Best Professional Outfit: