Star Trends Worth Trying
Adding a bedazzled band to your strands like does serves two purposes: It allows you to accessorize in a fresh way (read: your earrings and necklaces get a break) and it gives blah hair an instant upgrade.
Floral and fabulous! Rose McGowan’s fitted red mini gets a little pick-me-up from the pretty sculpted addition on the shoulder. Try the 3-D trend on a skirt or along a neckline.
You no longer have to choose between wearing a maxi and showing off your gams – Alessandra Ambrésio’s sheer, striped maxi dress does both! It has the ease of a traditional beachy dress and doesn’t feel the least bit frumpy.
LEATHER & LACE
An easy way to tone down leather is to pair it with an ultrafeminine fabric, like a floral lace. Lily Collins demonstrates this look via a dress-and-jacket combo, but Elizabeth Banks gives it a slightly more casual twist by pairing a girlie top with a tough mini.
What’s the point of having stylish neckwear if it’s only going to hide under a winter coat? Now that it’s warm out, this lightweight, pretty piece (like Rosario Dawson’s) can actually be seen – and admired!
Brooklyn Decker’s Giambattista Valli shoes are unexpected and a little naughty, making them the perfect counterpoint to a sweet white shift. Rely on these kicks to give all your spring outfits a shot of sexy.
HINT OF NEON
Day-Glo brights can be office-appropriate in small doses. Dip a toe in the bold trend with little touches of the superbright shades – does it with a classic top-handle satchel, but it works equally well on shoes or a bangle.
LOUIS VUITTON PUMPS
The star-loved “Merry-Go-Round” pumps (seen on everyone from Kristen Stewart to ) have been one of the most enviable examples of the cap-toe kicks craze. The ultrapointy toe, with its high-shine finish, updates the traditional silhouette with a major edge.
When combining patterns, you can start small (with accessories in the same color palette) or embrace the trend from head to toe, as Diane Kruger does, topping a bold floral with a wide-stripe skirt. Just remember to choose prints on a similar scale.
Leave it to the adorkable to find the sweetest dress around: The heart-print Rachel Antonoff mini she wore on Saturday Night Live is one of many cutesy patterns you’ll see this season (think birds, sailboats and even cats!).
Too warm for thigh-high leather but still too chilly for strappy sandals? Step into spring with open-toe booties like does. Her suede pair gives a little urban edge to a silky frock.
Schoolgirl style is back in vogue with stars like , who rocks the “air tie” look – also known as a fully buttoned oxford shirt that’s primly pretty.
ditches her slouchy winter knit caps for something a little chicer – her stiff-brimmed wool fedora gives even a basic jeans-and-top look some elegant retro flair.
They’re not just for Hef anymore! The loungewear staple has gotten an outdoors upgrade and a feminine makeover with studs, sparkles and bright colors. Amber Heard shows how they replace ballet flats in a cute around-town ensemble.
Lily Collins’s delicate Collette Dinnigan dress is gorgeous on its own but adding a cropped Alice by Temperley moto jacket elevates it from nice to knockout. (Lace transitions well into summer and even autumn, so its worth investing in a great dress now.)
Swishy, silky trousers like red pair (part of a totally on-trend outfit) are perfect for breezy spring days, plus they’re surprisingly office-appropriate.
THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS
The same rules apply for this sweet style as for its darker counterpart, the LBD. Take your cues from Jenna Dewan-Tatum: Fit is key to taking the dress from simple to stunning, and colorful accessories are a quick way punch up the look.
A gathered panel of extra fabric around the waist may sound daunting, but Emmy Rossum (in Ted Baker) demonstrates how to pull off peplum with aplomb: a V-neck, dark shade and slim fit show off the look’s ladylike, curve-enhancing appeal without veering into dowdy territory.
BRIGHT WITH WHITE
Find a fresh new pairing for your favorite vivid heels: When worn with an all-white outfit, like Jada Pinkett-Smith’s slouchy suit, they’re even more flirty and fun.
DENIM ON DENIM
An ombré chambray shirt and skinny dark denim give the look a deliberate, downtown vibe – which plays up with chocolate booties and layered necklaces.
The style odds are in favor! She demonstrates how a winter staple gets a warm-weather makeover thanks to a light shade and an unstructured, feminine silhouette.
HIGH-LOW DRESSES & SKIRTS
It’s been dubbed the “mullet,” but this asymmetrical look is way more flattering and on-trend. There’s nothing wrong with having a party in the front and in the back, just ask , who wears a silky version, adding sky-high heels, layered necklaces, oversize shades and a black topper.
ANIMAL PRINT JEANS
If floral pants aren’t your thing, you can still jump on the patterned trou bandwagon with an exotic pair like the blue leopard-print Current/Elliot jeans Miranda Kerr rocks.
Amp up an otherwise demure outfit with bold, multi-shade kicks, as Louise Roe does. Change into these fun shoes after work and your 9-to-5 ensemble is instantly happy hour ready!
Everyone, including , is getting on board with this whimsical style, which is just right with a pair of cutoffs or jeans for a casual weekend look.
Stacy Keibler’s understated earrings look edgy thanks to its geometric shape, one of the big trends in jewelry this season.
NAVY & BLACK
A onetime style no-no now looks fresh and sophisticated, whether on separates or mixed together (like in the case of Emily Blunt’s sweet sheath).
Yellow can be tricky against many complexions. Play it safe (while embracing this season’s colored denim trend) by picking a pair of pale yellow pants and topping them them with a casual, flattering top, like Jenna Dewan’s nautical draped piece.
A hint of flirty lace along the edge of a dress calls to mind lingerie – but doesn’t veer into trashy territory. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Stella McCartney number shows just a sliver of skin while maintaining ladylike sophistication.
This perennial wardrobe staple is suddenly very versatile – with jeans and a tee, it’s cool and casual; with a mini, à la Kate Bosworth in a Vanessa Bruno dress, it’s boho-sexy.
Can you kick it? Yes, you can! Only 17 percent of StyleWatchers said they’d try the celeb-adored wedge sneaker trend, but luckily there’s a more wearable alternative to those shoes. walks around in a flat, casual version: white lace-up Converse.
The sophisticated cousin of the button-down, this top adds instant elegance to jeans or khakis, but also goes perfectly with skirts or formal black pants, as Emma Roberts demonstrates.
For a modern spin on the girlie pattern, a sophisticated silhouette such as sexy sheath is spot-on and benefits from equally mature accessories, such as the supermodel’s patent pumps, oversize Wildlife by Heidi Klum watch and ruby-red lips.
Mellow it is not, but the bright shade is less intimidating to wear than you think. Whether sporting from head-to-toe like (in Elie Saab) or adding a dash similar to her belt and sandals, the rich hue pairs well with primary colors, like the actress’s red lips and nails.
Give your going-out mini the night off and slip on a fancy metallic pair with a full-coverage top (like 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse and blazer) and leg-lengthening heels like for a look that will highlight your stems just as well, if not better.
Bigger is better! Accentuate the season’s hottest – and longest! – hemline with bold lines and follow lead by choosing matching sandals and minimal jewelry that don’t distract from the dress’s graphic statement.
A skirt for all figures, this thigh-grazer also earns high marks for wardrobe versatility. Polished off by with a blazer and pumps for an evening out, the flirty style can be pared down for day with a fitted tee and cute flats.
LOOSE KNIT SWEATERS
A new spring must-have, the roomy style looks cozy-yet-cool over slim pieces like skinnies while providing a extra coverage for short skirts, sleeveless dresses and all the other warm-weather styles you can’t wait to wear.
Less intimidating (and sweltering!) than a full leather dress, Minka Kelly’s J Brand shirt has tough-but-pretty appeal, especially when paired with floral pants (hers are Dolce & Gabbana).
Sometimes more is more! Ali Larter proves that point with her armful of bangles. The only rule for pulling off the style is that there are no rules. Have fun by mixing metallics and colors, varying the size of the bracelets and even throwing a watch into the mix.
EXAGGERATED WIDE-LEG PANTS
We love our skinnies, but we’re excited to venture to the other end of the style spectrum with these über-loose trousers. Minka Kelly wears hers with a simple, cap-sleeve top in a similar shade and adds a wide green belt, smartly keeping the focus on her legs.
If Diane Kruger is wearing something, you just know it’s hot! Which is why we’re totally onboard with the reemergence of these straw toppers that were so in last summer. The lightweight material means you won’t destroy your do and the brim will help protect you from looking like a lobster after an afternoon under the sun.
Swap prissy prints and make a major style statement with larger-than-life pansy patterns. On a form-fitting mini with fun accessories (like Rachael Leigh Cook’s blue and ), it’s a flirty look that works well for day or night.
LARGE ROUND SHADES
With her uber-glam oversize sunnies – worn with a lacy white dress and dangling earrings – channels a Park Avenue mom while out with son Mason.
Jean cutoffs can read more cheesy than chic, especially when worn too tight or styled with the wrong top and accessories. Emma Roberts shows how to do it right, teaming her just-snug-enough pair with a loose Express blouse, platforms and a bright blue bag.
Not only is Jessica Stroup’s jumbo cognac Coach purse the perfect complement to her ’70s-inspired Tucker blouse and white flared pants, but the roomy envelope style allows her to fit way more than just a lipstick and cell phone.
Navy-and-white nautical stripes will always be in style, but right now it’s all about working the classic pattern in eye-popping neon colors like Emmanuelle Chriqui. It’s surprisingly easy to pull off and feel fresh for summer.
V-necks and scoop necks aren’t your only option as shows by revealing an off-center swatch of clavicle in her pretty LBD, then accenting the view with a delicate necklace.
Take the ladies-who-lunch staple from buttoned-up to effortlessly cool (à la Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) by using it to top a tee, skinny jeans and sneaks. The ladylike piece should fit fairly snugly – and looks best when paired with a structured bag and feminine jewels.
Waist-cinching gets twice as nice with wide, two-closure belts, as seen on . Don’t force it through the belt loops of your jeans, though, since that can look messy. Instead, stick to layering it over skirts, dresses and long tops or sweaters.