The impulse when picking a tricky dress with multiple elements like Kerry’s Jonathan Simkhai number might be to play it safe with the extras. But as she shoes in her leather-trimmed suede jacket, polka-dot Salvatore Ferragamo heels and crown braids, somteimes, more is more.
A simple striped sweater and denim skirt (like, say, one of these 15 we picked out for you) can be interpreted so many different ways – but it’s Alexa’s ’70s-in-London version (thanks to her lace-up boots and ultra-luxe Gucci suede trench) that’s speaking to us right now.
A sundress and a denim jacket is pretty much the No. 1 reason we can’t wait for spring to get here, and now we have a No. 2 reason: The opportunity to match the monogramming on our Madewell jackets to our too-cute shoulder bag (like her Max Mara style).
Your go-to outfit formula this spring: Find perfect white dress. Add complementary bright accessories. Repeat. (Our favorite element of Rebel’s look: How cute her A-line dress looks with flats.)
Every star with an athleisure line swears you can wear sweats to brunch, but we needed them to demonstrate this concept. Enter Jenna’s casual-but-chic jogger/oversized cardi combo, which gets extra points for the monochromatic accessories.
Not sure how to style your True Brown K Kylie Lip Kit? Lily goes for contrast by pairing the subdued shade with an explosion of color via her bright bomber, egg yolk-yellow bag and white heels. (And since it’s a lot of look, keep jewelry, like her Established Jewelry necklace, to a minimum.)
If you’re going to wear high-waisted white pants, you might as well go all-in on the nautical theme, especially when you do it as crisply as Garcelle does in her waist-tied striped top and brass-button red blazer.
If played too straight, a Victorian-collar lace top and matching midi skirt (both H&M Conscious Exclusive) could be over-the-top prissy. But a beat-up moto jacket, chunky Brian Atwood platforms and funky Smoke x Mirrors shades help keep the vibe on the “flirty and fun” side of feminine.
Yes, the outfit’s a little basic. But there’s a reason why this outfit is such a classic: It looks amazing on anyone and benefits from slight variations (see how Allison’s pink lipgloss, mussed half updo and ballet flats give it a French-girl-in-the-’60s vibe?).
For a polished, professional look, you can’t do better than this updated take on a Jackie O. coat-and-dress set: A Tory Burch blanket coat with colors that speak to the coordinating leather mini, with a little mix-and-match interest via the studded top and two-tone block-heel L.K. Bennett Mary Janes.
A great shirtdress with some visual interest (like the full sleeves and patterned panels of her Chanel number) is the ultimate desk-to-dinner piece – it is great buttoned up with pumps, or with sandals and a lower neckline. And in Kirsten’s case, accessories make the outfit: This look is all about that burgundy purse (pulling out one of the flecks of color in the skirt) and classic sunglasses.
Having a hard time envisioning what to wear your velvet heels with now that spring is here? How about a sheath in the same color family?
For every one of the sixty million showers (baby and/or wedding) you’ve got scheduled this spring, Kristin Cavallari’s Blaque Label dress, white pumps and pretty cheerleader pony are here for you.
The Big Fat Greek Wedding star shows just how easy print mixing can be by choosing a two-tone color palette and leaning more on textures than actual prints for contrast.
The quickest way to make a pair of shredded denim (like Eva’s Black Orchid pair) effortlessly chic? Add a pressed white blouse, nude heels and a matte red lip.
If the phrase “long camel cardigan” immediately conjures up images of retirement communities, let Rosie’s outfit banish that from your mind. Her ThePerfext cashmere “coatigan” is a perfectly luxe counterpoint to her low key Paige jeans and gray tee, and she further ups the glam factor with a pair of Elisabeth Bell diamond earrings and a Mansur Gavriel bag.
Often, “Love Her Outfit” is an ode to the moto jacket, but Ashley’s proving why the varsity jacket is quickly becoming the hot topper of choice. Carelessly cuffed boyfriend jeans, aviator-inspired Westward/Leaning shades, white-soled sneaks and – oh yeah – a gorgeous, pricey Givenchy bag, all add to the studied “oh, this old thing?” vibe the jacket gives off.
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For those of you dying to break out your spring clothes, we’re sorry to add to the temptation. But Tracee’s oh-so-feminine dress, with its full sleeves, gathered neckline and ruffled hemline, perfectly paired with nude Soebedar heels and a pink lip, was just too pretty to resist.
And if you really refuse to wait for one more degree increase in temperature to get into your warm-weather clothes, do as Molly does and top a romantic floral maxi with a fitted leather moto and keep your shoes dark too.
An oversized blazer similar to Olivia’s coat also lends a cool-girl vibe (and some much-needed heat) to a flowy A.L.C. sundress. Earrings in a contrasting shade add to the fun factor.
In tricky transitional weather, a moto jacket with a shearling collar, like Sophia’s The Arrivals topper, is a cool (and warm) touch for the car-to-event walk, and is easily left on a chair when you’re ready to hit the dance floor.
Thought there was no way to make an exposed-zip denim skirt look chic? Please allow Selena’s crisp white shirt, patchwork bag and snakeskin booties (all Louis Vuitton) to demonstrate otherwise.
An orange dress (Lily’s is Victoria Beckham) is tricky enough on its own, but Lily gets advanced style points – and nails the whole outfit – by adding turquoise Gianvito Rossi shoes from the opposite side of the color wheel. A killer neutral coat, by Sally LaPointe, is an elegant final touch. Try a scarlet dress with emerald earrings or a yellow blouse and purple skirt if you’re looking for a similarly opposites-attract pairing.
How do you make black leather leggings and a crop top less “Sandy from Grease?” Try an oversize structured safari jacket (hers is Versace) and bold statement bag (like Gigi’s marigold stunner) and add aviators to the whole thing. Voilá: Instant
You associate J.Lo with all things short, tight and abs-baring, but she proves she can do the Audrey Hepburn thing pretty well too, wearing a luxe turtleneck and cigarette pants with Christian Louboutin shoes and bag, pearls and a just-right red lip.
Sometimes, a statement coat is all you need to make an outfit, and Jessica’s military-inspired brass-button topper certainly qualifies. (Crisp black accessories, a simple Feel the Piece sweater and a perfectly-cuffed pair of jeans make an ideal base for such a cool piece, though.)
Leather leggings don’t always have to be the most badass item in your closet. They can also meet that “comfy-yet-cool” travel criteria you’re searching for, especially when worn with a cozy, robe-like coat and so-soft blouse.
And taking Rosie’s travel outfit from relaxed to runway-ready? Sexy suede boots, a structured bag and (again) a killer coat – hers is a ThePerfext cardigan.
Fringe and floral are two of the things we’re most excited to wear this spring, and we’re especially loving the way Kate has combined them, teaming a prairie-print Ulla Johnson midi dress with western-inspired Christian Louboutin boots.
The model shows exactly what we mean by “mix flirty with edgy” in this Brock Collection ensemble, which she balances with delicate pieces including Stuart Weitzman heels and Anita Ko jewels.
Tailored, polished, office-ready neutrals get a fun weekend vibe when teamed with cap-toe flats and a bold red bag.
Hollywood starlets determined to ignore the temperatures are all trying this same trick: Wearing whatever they want (in Hilary’s case, a Zimmermann sundress with strappy nude Bionda Castana heels) and then draping a duster coat over it all.
Just add tights to Alison’s textured mini and black pointy-toe heels (all Tory Burch) and you’ve got the perfect desk-to-dinner outfit for this Friday night.
When you’re carrying an oversize pearl clutch as your everyday bag, all your basics need to step up their game, which is exactly what Blake does in a embroidered topper, coated black skinnies and shiny leather boots.
Leave it to the style star to give 2002 style pants a totally 2016 makeover with her fitted blazer (featuring a gold racer stripe accent) and chic black turtleneck (all Tommy Hilfiger).