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Style Stealer: Kristen Stewart’s white trouser suit

Head-to-toe white is a look that many people describe as “brave” – partly because it’s hard to imagine wearing so much white without spilling something on it (Which would kinda spoil the look, huh?), but also, we suspect, because it’s something of a head-turner. An all-white look is a guaranteed way to stand out in a crowd, even when the outfit itself is as simple as Kristen Stewart’s is here.

Kristen was spotted wearing this white trouser suit, paired with a v-neck t-shirt and white patent loafers, while out and about in New York this month. The success of this look is all down to the tailoring: the sharp cut of the jacket and trousers is offset nicely by the slouchy t-shirt, while the black and white loafers help keep the look casual.

Want to steal Kirsten’s style on a budget? Well, your first stop is, as always, good ol’ ASOS…

white trouser suit

These white cigarette trousers, teamed with a slim tailored jacket will help you recreate Kristen’s look – just add a t-shirt and flats, to dress it all down. Of course, if you’d rather dress it UP instead, a silk camisole and pair of strappy sandals, as shown here, will also look good.

white trouser suit

Missguided’s white blazer, meanwhile, has a tuxedo shape, which gives it a little more of an eveningwear look. You’ll still easily be able to dress this one down, though, and if you don’t want to go for head-to-toe white, with the matching trousers, this will also work with a pair of jeans, for a classic casual look.

As for the loafers, meanwhile, these ones by Miss KG aren’t exactly the same as the ones Kristen Stewart is wearing…

white loafers

… but they’re not too far removed either, and at least they’ll (probably) be a whole lot cheaper!

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Style Stealer | Blake Lively’s yellow maxi dress and denim jacket

 

It has to be said, Blake Lively is rocking maternity style right now, isn’t she?

Pregnant or not, though, you can still steal her maternity maxi dress style: we love the way she’s dressed down this eveningwear-inspired yellow chiffon maxi dress with a casual denim jacket. On its own, this dress would probably have looked a little fancy for daywear, but denim jackets have a way of instantly making even the fanciest dress look just a little more casual, so we reckon this look could easily work for a summer barbecue, say, or other smart/casual event.

You probably won’t want to spend quite as much as Blake Lively did on her chiffon maxi dress, though, so here are a couple of low-cost options for you:

yellow chiffon maxi dress

BOOHOO ESTHER EMBELLISHED MAXI DRESS

This dress isn’t an exact copy of Blake’s, but the yellow chiffon fabric and embellished bodice makes it not too far off, either – and at just £30, it’s (probably) a whole lot cheaper, too.  A denim jacket and a pair of summery flat sandals will be all you need to dress this down a little, but if you’re looking for something even more casual, this dress – also from BooHoo – is only £10, and, well, it doesn’t really get much more casual than a simple jersey maxi dress, does it?

yellow jersey maxi dress

 Although this look isn’t exactly revolutionary, it’s the colours that really make it stand out: that neon yellow shade can be a tricky one to wear, but, as well as making the look more casual, the jacket also helps to tone down the neon, creating a nice contrast between the yellow and blue.

style stealer: blake Lively's yellow chiffon maxi dress

Of course, if the yellow is too much for you, these two dresses also come in a variety of different colours, so you can still steal the style – just not the colour scheme.

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Style Stealer: Alice & Olivia Vs Chi Chi London

style stealer: Alice & Olivia vs Chi Chi London

OK, so one is a dress and one is a top + skirt combo, but if you’re looking for the same look on a budget (and we’ve no idea why you wouldn’t be, really…) you could do worse than compare Alice + Olivia’s ‘Justina’ skirt (£550) and matching top  (£225), with Chi Chi London’s Bobbie dress, which represents quite a saving, at just £65.

These two outfits have a similar, but not identical look: if we’re being honest, we’d have to say the Alice + Olivia skirt has the edge on looks, with the gold embroidery making much more of an impact than on the Chi Chi London dress. Then again, the dress is that little bit more subtle, and a whole lot more wearable, given that the top half doesn’t leave any of the skin of your torso exposed, like the Alice + Olivia crop top. (You could, of course, wear the Alice & Olivia skirt with a different top, if the exposed skin really bothered you, but it might not have quite the same effect.)

Counsel for the Alice & Olivia combo might well argue that it’s better value as you can wear both skirt and top with other items, which you can’t really do with a dress. In this case, though, the price makes all the difference: yes, you get two items, but it’s not exactly two-for-the-price of one, is it? No, it’s more like two for the price of almost 12 Chi Chi London dresses: which is what you’d get for the price of the skirt and top on the left.

Case closed? It is for us, but just in case you need any more convincing, take a look at some Chi Chi dress on their website here, featuring some of our favourite Chi Chi London dresses (or check them out in action here and here).

Celebrity Fashion, Outerwear, Style Stealer

Style Stealer | Frankie Sanford’s (The Saturdays) bright yellow Zara coat

Zara yellow piqué coat

yellow Zara coat, as seen on Frankie from The Saturdays

Zara yellow piqué coat, £79.99

We loved this bright yellow coat when we spotted it on the Zara website a couple of weeks ago, and we love it even more now that we’ve had the opportunity to see it in action, as worn by Frankie of The Saturdays to the Kiss FM studios last week:

(For those of you who’ve never heard of Frankie Sanford or The Saturdays, she’s the one in the bright yellow coat. Obviously.)

This is a lightweight coat, suitable for the current season, and we love the 60s-style stand-up collar, and the causal-but-cool style. We also love the colour: yellow (especially bright yellows like this one) is a shade a lot of people hesitate to wear, fearing it’ll wash them out, or make their complexion look sallow. While it’s true that yellow won’t suit everyone (We don’t think there’s a colour in the world that suits EVERYONE), if you can pull it off, it’s a particularly nice shade for outerwear, providing a huge splash of colour, and allowing you to wear the most boring outfit imaginable underneath, and still look like you’ve made an effort.

Well, we don’t know about “boring”, but we’d say that simple is probably best with a colour like this. We couldn’t get a full-length image of Frankie, unfortunately (you can see one here), but both she and the Zara stylist chose to style this with plain trousers and top. We approve, and would probably style this similarly, perhaps playing up the slightly retro-feel of the shape:

what to wear with zara's yellow coat

capri pants // bardot top // pointed flats // cat-eye sunglasses // statement handbag

what to wear with a bright yellow coat

White shift dress // statement necklace // nude shoes // tote bag // gold watch 

what to wear with Zara's yellow coat

baby blue capri jeans// blue strappy sandals // white tote bag // fluffy sweater

What do you think of this coat? And regardless of how you answered, how would you style it, if it were to magically appear in your closet?

Celebrity Fashion, Style Stealer

STYLE STEALER | Jennifer Hudson’s polka dot skirt and red heels

polka dot skirt

We loved this polka dot pencil skirt/ red heels outfit, which Jennifer Hudson wore to a charity event in London last week. On paper, this might not sound like anything to write home about, but this is the kind of classic look which never really goes out of fashion, and which has tons of impact, despite its simplicity. Polka dots and red shoes always create a vaguely retro feel, but we love the way Jennifer has given this look a contemporary feel with the slouchy t-shirt and zip-front coat. She looks effortlessly elegant, with the bright red lips providing the perfect finishing touch to an outfit which could be easily adapted to a variety of different occasions.

If you want to steal Jennifer Hudson’s ACTUAL look, you can do it: her skirt is by Dolce & Gabbana, and, at the time of writing, it’s almost sold out at Net-a-Porter , although you may be able to track it down elsewhere. (If you can’t, there’s also a dress version which you may like, too.) There’s just one problem, though: it’s $995. And, you know, we like it, but we’re not sure we like it QUITE that much (We’re not sure we like ANY skirt quite that much, if we’re honest…), so we’ve put together our own version of the look, using items available from the UK high street, all of which cost considerably less than $995:

Jennifer Hudson in polka dot skirt and red heels

Dorothy Perkins polka dot pencil skirt // Mango t-shirt //Uniqlo trench // Office pumps // NARS ‘Jungle Red’ lipstick

Now, admittedly, this skirt isn’t quite as nice as the Dolce & Gabbana version, with its trumpet-style hem. This one is plainer, and with a smaller, more subtle dot, so it won’t have the same wow factor as the one Jennifer Hudson’s wearing. On the plus side, however, it’s a full £535 less than designer version, so we reckon we can live with that. Finally, as the weather’s starting to warm up, we’ve swapped Jennifer’s wool coat for a lightweight trench: oh, and don’t forget the red lipstick!

Skirts, Style Stealer

Style Stealer | Grey pleated skirts by J.W. Anderson and River Island

grey skirts

The Fashion Police are basically addicted to buying full skirts at the moment, and the bigger and more dramatic they are, they better. (We’re seriously not joking about the “addicted” part: we may need an intervention…) When we saw this full, pleated J.W. Anderson midi skirt at Shopbop, then, we knew we loved it. And when we saw it a few days later, on one of our favourite fashion bloggers, Atlantic Pacific, we knew we loved it even more. Well, there’s nothing like a big skirt to set Fashion Police hearts a-fluttering, and while grey isn’t generally a colour we lust over (Bad memories of too many grey school skirts), the fact that it’s just as versatile as black but a little less harsh against our pasty complexions makes us willing to give it a shot.

The J.W. Anderson skirt, however, is almost £500. No way will we be giving THAT a shot, then.

Luckily. however, it’s River Island to the rescue. We’ve had a lot of love for their scuba skater skirts lately, and this grey midi version (also available in a shorter length) provides us with a way to steal that J.W. Anderson style for just £35. Which is MUCH more reasonable, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Is it identical to the designer skirt? Nope.

Is it as nice as it? Nope.

Is it vaguely similar, in a way that will let you recreate the basic look, without having to survive on Ramen noodles for the rest of the month? We think so. And apparently some other people think so too, because this is sold out at River Island in this length. Luckily, our officers managed to track it down at ASOS, where there are still some sizes available.

(One of these might have fallen into our basket while the officers were investigating, so we’ll interrogate it soon for you in a Fashion Police review…)

Celebrity Fashion, Shirts & Tops, Style Stealer

Kate Middleton portrait helps sell French Connection tops

Kate Middleton portrait

 

Let’s talk about that Kate Middleton portrait for a second, shall we?

Now, we don’t advocate body/face snarking. At all. In fact, we find it totally depressing when we ask the ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police Jury what they think of a celebrity outfit, and get a bunch of comments on their face/figure/how old they look, etc, etc. These are things the celebrities (mostly) can’t do much about, you see, and as for the “OMG SHE LOOKS SO OLD!” comments, well, people get old. It happens. It’ll even happen to you one day, if you’re lucky.

In this case, though, we feel no compunction about commenting on Kate Middleton’s face because, well, THAT ISN’T KATE MIDDLETON’S FACE, is it? She doesn’t actually look like that. Or not right now, anyway. As Officer Terry put it on the day the portrait was released, at least it’ll come in handy if Kate’s ever kidnapped one day and the police have to do one of those “what she might like like NOW” photos, where they digitally age the person.

And people think Photoshop is bad.

Anyway! As fascinating as the subject of the Kate Middleton portrait undoubtedly is, we are, of course, here to talk about fashion, and with that in mind, we can reveal that the top Kate is wearing in the infamous portrait has been accused identified as French Connection’s sub silky tie top in navy. It’s quite nice, isn’t it?

Before you go getting too excited and rushing out to buy yourself one, though, we also need to tell you that what we described last year as the “Kate Middleton effect“, whereby anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears sells out instantly, is still in full effect, and you can no longer buy the navy version, as seen in the portrait, online. Fear not, though, young Padawans: it IS still available (in limited sizes, naturally) in the green shade shown above, so if you want to dress up as the Kate Middleton portrait for Halloween this year, or if you just like bow-necked tops, you can buy it here. And it’s reduced to £28.50, too.

What do you think? Does Kate Middleton have any influence on your fashion purchases? Or are you just here to tell us what you think of the portrait?

Celebrity Fashion, Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Taylor Swift in Kate Spade’s striped ‘Carolyn’ dress

Taylor Swift in Kate Spade Carolyn dress

[PRPhotos.com]

It’s Taylor Swift, everyone! Looking… well, exactly like she always does!

We jest, of course: we’ve defended Taylor before on the charge of being “too boring”, and we stand by our opinion that it’s unreasonable to expect celebrities (or anyone else, really) to be constantly changing their looks, chameleon-like. People don’t do that in “real life”, after all, in which most people work out what they like, and then more or less stick to it, so we don’t see why Taylor Swift should be any different. Especially when she looks so darn cute, with her bright red lips and her striped silk dress.

The dress is Kate Spade’s ‘Carolyn’ dress, and we think it’s the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, and we promise we’re not just saying that because we’ve never met a stripe we didn’t like. OK, we kind of are saying that, actually. Sorry.

The bad news is that the dress is on the pricey side, at $478. Well, no one said life was fair..

[Buy it here]
Celebrity Fashion, Style Stealer

Style Trial: Lea Michele at the 2012 ‘Do Something’ Awards

Lea Michele at 2012 Do Something Awards - Arrivals

Did anyone order a buxom wench in a flowing white dress? Anyone? Well, looks like one showed up anyway, in the shape of Lea Michele, who wore this ruffled white gown to the ‘Do Something’ awards at the weekend.

The plunging neckline and thigh-high slit mean Lea is in clear contravention of the “legs OR boobs” rule, but is she making it work, we wonder? This dress, combined with tumbling locks and “come hither” look is trying very hard to be sexy, but there is such a thing as trying TOO hard. Has Lea crossed that line, do you think? Is she guilty or innocent of committing crimes of fashion?

[Images: PRPhotos.com]
Celebrity Fashion, Dresses, Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Angelina Jolie’s Golden Globes dress

Angelina Jolie's Golden Globes dress replica

(Angelina’s always done the leg thing, hasn’t she?)

Immediately after every major awards ceremony, The Fashion Police are always inundated with press releases from brand’s claiming that their dresses are exactly like the ones just seen on the red carpet, and will therefore allow us to “get the look” of the stars.

We’re always a little puzzled by these messages: not just because the dresses in question almost never do look even remotely like the ones they’re claiming to be inspired by, but because, seriously: how many of you really NEED to look like you’re going to the Oscars on a regular basis? Not that many, we bet. Because Oscar dresses are really only appropriate for, well, The Oscars. And, we guess, other extremely dressy occasions, the likes of which you don’t really come across too often, unless you’re one of those high society girls who’s always going to balls.

Still, people DO go to balls, and to other black tie events, and if you’re one of those people, you may well be thinking to yourself, “Gosh, I wish I could dress just like Angelina Jolie for my event!” Well, now you can: the two dresses shown above are replicas of Angie’s Golden Globes dress from earlier this year, but they’ll cost you a whole lot less. They’re made by The Pretty Dress Company (which is a Fashion Police favourite, we’ll have you know) and the full-length gown is £110, while the shorter version is just £89.

These aren’t in stock just yet, so if you want to buy one, you’ll need to keep an eye on the company’s website. You can practice pouting and thrusting your leg out while you wait.

Celebrity Fashion, Dresses, Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Kourtney Kardashian ALSO wears ASOS horse-print!

Kourtney Kardashian in a horse-print dress from ASOS

When we told you that horse-print would be taking over the world, you probably didn’t think it would happen quite this quickly, did you? Well, it is, and it seems that ASOS is mostly to blame for the high street version of the trend, because no sooner did we show you Jayma Mays in their horse-print sweater, than along came Kourtney Kadashian in a horse-print dress, also from ASOS.

Kourtney’s dress is £40, and available here. It’s already sold out in a couple of sizes, though, so if you really want to “rock” the pony print, we also found this alternative from Oasis, which is a different colour and shape, but shares the same kind of print:

Black horse print dress from OasisSo now you have no excuse not to wear ponies this winter. Aren’t you thrilled?

Celebrity Fashion, Knitwear, Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Jayma Mays wears ASOS horse print sweater

Jayma Mays in a yellow horse print sweater from ASOS

We love it when celebrities wear clothes from the high street: it allows us to pretend they’re just like us, really, even although we know they’re totally not. And it makes it much easier to copy them, if copying celebrity style is your thing. Is it? If so, you may be interested in rushing out and purchasing this ASOS horse-print sweater, as seen on Jayma Mays (Hey, remember when “ASOS” meant “As Seen on Screen”, and all of the clothes were “as seen on” celebrities? This was all fields, then. God, we feel old now. We bet there are people reading this who are so young they don’t even KNOW what “ASOS” stands for, just like there are people who don’t know that “LOL” isn’t actually a word. Or punctuation. We digress, LOL.) this week at the Hollywood premiere of American Horror Story.

Not into horse print? Oh dear. You’re in for a rough few weeks, in that case, because horse print is going to be A THING this season. Trust us on this. Horses are the new Scotty dogs, as far fashion is concerned, so you may want to brace yourself for all of the people-in-ponies you’re about to see. What is it about winter fashion that makes people want to plaster tiny little animals all over their clothes, anyway?

Back to the sweater: it’s $61.11, it’s also available in grey, and you can click here to buy it from ASOS. What do you think of it?

[Image: PRPhotos.com]
Celebrity Fashion, Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Kate Middleton’s green Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Maja’ dress

Green Diane Von Furstenberg 'Maja' dress, as seen on Kate Middleton

Attention Kate Middleton fans, Royal watchers and people who are just a bit bored, and are reading this simply to pass the time: we interrupt our Emmys/Fashion Week coverage to bring you the news you’ve probably not been waiting for, which is that the Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Maja’ dress, as worn by Kate Middelton, is now available for us commoners to buy.

The dress, which is so loved by the Duchess of Cambridge that she’s now worn it twice (a move guaranteed to rock fashion victims to their very core) is available for £375 at Net-a-Porter, and $398 at Shopbop.

What do you think of it, though?

Dresses, Style Stealer

Designer on a Budget: Red flared dresses from DKNY and Zara

The bright red dress is something of a wardrobe staple for many people, and a great way to make a big impact with a really simple piece. We loved DKNY’s three-quarter sleeved version, with it’s flippy skirt and gorgeous, cherry-red colour… but then we spotted this very similar dress at Zara, which is £170 cheaper, leaving us enough left over to buy a pair of killer heels to go with it. Or a bag. Or a coat. Or… you get the picture…

Which one would you go for, ladies and gentlemen of the fashion jury? DKNY Vs Zara?

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Get the Look: Betty Draper’s capri pants

How cute are these Kenzo capri pants? Betty Draper would look adorable tottering around the pool in these, hair coiffed, kids at her heels, cocktail in hand… Unfortunately, Kenzo don’t come in cheap, and these babies will set you back a tidy £198.00 (from yoox.com).

On the other hand, these retro floral print capris from Warehouse offer the same look for a far more reasonable £45.00. All you need is a halter top and a martini to complete the look!

Or, if floral isn’t your vibe, you can always tap into the cool vibe beatnik look with classic black. These Love Label scalloped edge pants will take you neatly from office to evening, while the ASOS tailored capri trousers are ideal for a smart night out. And at £30 a piece, neither will require Don Draper’s salary to supplement them!

Style Stealer, Trousers/Pants

Designer on a Budget: Spotty wide leg trousers

Well, would you look at that: Miu Miu include wide leg, polka dot pants in theor Resort 2011 collection, and the next thing you know, everyone’s doing them. Well, New Look and Topshop are, anyway. If Miu Miu jumped in the fire, would you jump too, guys? Huh? HUH?

New Look have actually replicated the Miu Miu spot a little more little more literally than Topshop, who’ve gone for a small dot, and a wider leg, which almost leaves them looking like a maxi skirt. We’ve seen the New Look trews in store, and can confirm they’re nicer than they look in this image, although at first glance we did think, “Hey, why’ve they got pyjamas amongst the normal clothes?”, which may not be the reaction you’d be hoping for. (Or maybe it would, of course. Would they pass the “Tesco Test“, though, we wonder?)

What do you think? Could you make these work, or would they leave you feeling like an off-duty clown? Click here to buy the New Look pair, and here for the Topshop versions, if so?

Celebrity Fashion, Shoes, Style Stealer

Spotted! Paris Hilton in Christian Louboutin’s ‘Love’ pumps – and a whole lot of sequins!

Paris Hilton in Christian Louboutin Love Pumps

Shoeperwoman alerted us the existence of the flat version of Christian Louboutin’s ‘Love’ pumps back in November, and although we’re not normally keen on clothes and shoes with writing on them, we were fairly taken with the style. This is the heeled version, as worn by a very shiny looking Paris Hilton to the the Project A.L.S. 7th Annual Los Angeles Benefit this week, and we’d say more about them, but we’re too distracted by all those sequins. We’re more used to seeing baggy, sequined tops like this on the, er, more mature lady, shall we say, but Paris is presumably hoping that by pairing the sequined top with a pair of leggings, she can get away with it.

Can she, though? What do you think of this look?

Celebrity Fashion, Dresses, Style Stealer

Celebrities Shop on the High Street too: Eva Longoria Parker in Karen Millen’s graphic stripe dress

Eva Longoria in a Karen Millen dressIt’s fairly unusual to spot a celebrity out at a function in anything other than designer duds, so it’s always refreshing to see the rich and famous wear the kind of clothes that are accessible to us mere mortals, too.

Here’s Eva Longoria Parker, for example, at any event in California this weekend, wearing Karen Millen’s graphic stripe dress, £165. Looks like she went the designer route with the shoes, though…

Celebrity Fashion, Shoes, Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Alexa Chung’s Chanel clogs on an ASOS budget

Ever since Alexa Chung appeared on the cover of UK Vogue’s March issue, one thing was clear: clogs were on the way back “in”.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing, we ask ourselves? Well, we’ve never really been huge fans of the clog, but at the same time, we wouldn’t slap these particular ones in jail either, so you could say we’re on the fence on this one.

What we DEFINITELY wouldn’t do, though, is pay Chanel prices for shoes like this. So it’s a good job we don’t have to, because if we did suddenly decide we couldn’t last one more day without a pair of Alexa-like heeled clogs on our hooves, at least we know ASOS are selling these ones for £85. No, they’re not Chanel, and nor do they look it, but if you really like this look, at least they’ll save you a bit of money.

What do you think of clogs?