Vanessa Hudgens: Transforming a Shirtdress from Drab to Fab

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Though at first glance they may look shapeless and bland, I love shirt dresses. I just bought one in seersucker pattern at H&M last weekend and wore it today with a wide belt, which is the key to making these sack-like garments flatter your shape. These dresses are so flowy and comfortable, perfect for the scorching temperatures that are heading our way.

Vanessa Hudgens recently wore a light blue shirtdress. I think this look suits her style so well; it’s a more sophisticated interpretation of the laid-back, boho styles that she often rocks.

You can easily make a plain, light-blue shirtdress pop with a brown leather belt and sandals, a black tote and a cream colored sunhat.

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)
Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias) Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)
Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21) Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)

Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias)

Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)

Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21)

Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Style

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to discuss Sarah Jessica Parker’s style. I have to admit, I often think more of Carrie Bradshaw’s style when I think of SJP. Pink tutus, hundreds of pairs of Manolos, and anything avant garde comes to mind.

I think SJP in real life wears outfits that are slightly more toned down in terms of their ‘creativity’ but still manages to look like a million bucks. Although every once in a while she does break out something outrageous, like a neon pink handbag, as recently featured on People Style Watch.

I’m loving the color combination she chose in this photo. A brilliant blue paired with a dark jacket and perfectly balanced by a pair of gold shoes and a statement necklace. Not too much and too little, which is hard to get right.

Speaking of Sex and the City, each of the four characters has her own unique style. Whose is your favorite? I think mine is a combination of Miranda’s classy look with Samantha’s, which is always sharp and sexy.

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Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21) MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy's)
Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21) Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21)

MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy’s)

Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21)

Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear: Recreating the Look

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 ready-to-wear show was truly a feast for the eyes. The best way to describe it would be an explosion of rich textures and patterns, including velvet, lace, tweed, florals and animal prints. Your mother probably always told you to never wear these together at the same time; D&G brilliantly defies this style principle.

Layering is a recurring theme in this collection. Never afraid to push the envelope, D&G had models marching down the runway wearing black blazers with nothing but lingere-like leotards underneath. While I’m not suggesting you don one of these combinations for your next outing, there are a number of other looks from this collection that translate perfectly to the everyday setting.

You’re probably thinking right now, “Where am I going to find a gorgeous D&G-esque silk yellow dress with black lace accents?” This is where creativity comes in. Simply throw a black lace or delicate crochet scarf over a super girly yellow dress and you’re good! Complete the look with semi-opaque tights, a black tote and pumps.

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy's) Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)
Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal) Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy’s)

Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)

Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal)

Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

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Stealing Brooklyn Decker’s Style

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker

Ah, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. If this title doesn’t make you a goddess, nothing will. Brooklyn Decker is exactly that. Tall, never-ending legs, flowing blond hair–the girl’s got it all. And she doesn’t seem to lack style savvy either.

I really loved one of her recent outfits. A simple black mini-dress, grey peep-toe booties and an unembellished gray handbag make for a put-together look that does not scream “this outfit required hours of maintenance.” What’s even better news for us is that you can easily find all of these staples for a fraction of the cost.

If you are shy about showing off your legs, you can still totally pull off this Brooklyn Decker-inspired look by opting for a dress that ends more towards the knees. Just be sure to choose one that is fitted. An a-line dress that flares out at the bottom is not the best garment to pair with an ankle boot. If you do go with a looser cut, wear it with boots that reach the calf or higher.

Keep in mind that this little number may just get you on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com) Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21) Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com)

Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21)

Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

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