The little black is a wardrobe essential for a reason: timeless, versatile and universally flattering. But the humble LBD doens't have much rack appeal. We've gone back through our celebrity style archives to dig up some fresh inspiration for how to wear it, and why it's always a red carpet winner. Whether you're adding a printed heel like Kate Bosworth, busting out the old one-shoulder trick like Kate Moss or keeping things schoolgirl-cute à la Alexa Chung — there's a plethora of styling inspiration inside. Ready to get your click on?
There's little we love more than seeing how our favourite style stars dress themselves when they're off duty. Why? It's like catching an unguarded glimpse of their personality, free from the restraints of stylists and fashion teams, and full of inspiration. Leading the street style pack this week? Diane Kruger (of course), who made a strong case for midriff-baring tops, and fully reminded us of the power of a cropped jean. Miranda Kerr got loud in leopard, but nothing compared to her neon accessory, and Beyoncé went monochromatic in Topshop. Yes, Topshop. It wasn't all about the street, though — there were a few red carpet moments that stopped us in our tracks, too! Click through to see who made our Top 10.
There are only a handful of fashionable folk that could pull of this look; paisley print boho skirt + two-toned doctor bag + a pair of strappy Louboutins. Which is why we think this Guess Who is easier than most. Hint: The lady in question rose to fame via reality TV. Go on, take a stab!
For those who love the ease of dressing in Summer, the change of seasons can bring a black cloud over your personal style. Floral dresses are replaced by boring sweaters and drab colours sub-in for Spring's pretty pastel palette. We want to turn that sartorial frown upside-down, because there are plenty of reasons to be excited about getting dressed during Winter. 57 of them, to be precise. We've gone back through our off-duty celebrity archives to bring you a celebrity mood board of the best kind. From luxurious layers to clever colour combinations to a serious flirtation with texture — the options are endless. Your cool-climate inspiration awaits!
Two gorgeous Aussie girls both following their modelling dreams in New York City, and two killer sets of off-duty style. We think that both Miranda Kerr and Jessica Hart do a great job of representing Australian style on the NYC streets, but who does it best? Miranda favours a more polished, put-together aesthetic — complete with a full arsenal of designer shoes and bags — whereas Jessica has a penchant for vintage (we uncovered her eBay habit) and more low-key looks in comparison. Step inside to see the similarities and then tell us who's off-duty style you hart heart the most.
Print-on-print ain't an easy look to pull off. Solange Knowles has it down pat, as does Anna Dello Russo — but unless you naturally err on the braver side of the sartorial scale it can be a risk not worth taking. Enter stage left Diane Kruger. Known for her classic and effortless off-duty style, the actress showed us a nifty way of doing double-print — working a low-key combo at producer Joel Silver's annual Memorial Day Malibu beach party over the weekend. She cleverly stuck to a tight colour palette (grey, black and white) to keep thing coordinated, and let one print shine over the over — choosing a larger star-print shirt to wear back with her small-scale polkadot skater skirt. Three-tone wingtip brogues pulled the whole thing together, and her catseye shades and raffia fedora were stylish but neutral background players. Zoom in on Diane's flawless off-duty look, from every angle.
If last week was all about the red carpet (hello Met Gala madness!), then this week is all about off-duty celebrity style. Stars are ditching the big gowns and designer names for effortless, low-key looks. Snapped on the streets of New York or LA, jumping on (or off) an international flight, or just going about their day to day — these A-listers all rely on a concise edit of wardrobe staples. After some close and very serious analysis, we think we've cracked the off-duty style code. Step inside to see how they do it, shop the core items, then pepare to get papped!
News flash: the delightful Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare blog-fames has collaborated on a a capsule collection of tricked up heels with Tony Bianco. We spotted the ever-smiling Geneva skipping between shows during fashion week and couldn't help but do a double-take at her chain-strap t-bar pumps. Now we know that her two-tone wheels were a prototype her own just-released line. Joining the crafty lineup are lace-up, super-strappy and fringed stiletto styles too, which retail for between $199.95 and $219.95. Margaret Zhang from Shine by Three lensed, and helped to style the killer shoot. After clicking through this street-style inspired campaign you'll want a pair and a couple of spares, at least! Images courtesy of Margaret Zhang.
Coachella weekend two kicks off tomorrow, and there's bound to be even more fun festival style to soak in. To get you in the mood, we're highlighting all of the awesome outfits from last weekend's kickoff. While making our rounds on the fairgrounds and at the parties, we spotted some music-loving, party-chic girls in a range of chic printed rompers, bold-hued dresses, and, of course, some of the coolest iterations of cutoff shorts and ankle boots. Suffice to say, you can easily translate some of these amazing outfits into your own off-duty routine — even if you're not planning on heading to the Californian desert anytime soon.
Hands up who's got a case of Coachella-induced festival envy? Our Instagram feeds are jammed with back-lit snaps of celebrities looking Almost Famous whilst letting their hair down in the Californian desert — how about you? From Kate Bosworth debuting Topshop's new Festival collection to Alessandra Ambrosio looking impossibly perfect in that off-duty model way, there is some serious style going down at Coachella this year. Our US Sugar sisters are on the ground, and are snapping up storm. Want to see, first hand, what the crowd is wearing? Step inside for the best street style looks (so far)!