To say that Australian model Jessica Hart is gorgeous is an understatement—just look at her long legs, signature sweet gap-toothed smile and bright eyes—but here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone, we’re prepared to look past her superior beauty and focus on one thing only: her style. In fact, it’s fair to say that ever since we spotted Jessica on MTV’s The City, we’ve been, well, smitten. Her expressive mix of grunge and glamour, feminine and masculine, understated and yet perfectly put-together, has had us admiring from afar ever since she graced our television screen. In other words: we simply couldn’t look past Jessica for our latest edition of Model Style.
But first, as always, let us give a little background on today’s model muse. Jessica—who was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia—was discovered after entering and winning a modeling competition at the age of fifteen. A few years later, after stints in Paris and Tokyo, Jessica moved to New York City and quickly became one of the modeling world’s rising stars. Since moving, she has appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia and Elle Germany, walked the runways for Betsey Johnson and Agent Provocateur, and modeled for Guess, H&M, Moschino and Victoria’s Secret, among others. With that, it is time to salute Jessica’s natural beauty and flair for fashion in today’s edition of Model Style—sit back, relax and enjoy with five of Jessica’s best ensembles!
In her downtime, Jessica clearly prefers flat shoes and low-key pieces, but that doesn’t mean she can’t pull of heels and party pieces with aplomb, as this confidently cool ensemble illustrates. In fact, this strapless little black dress, which Jessica wore to a benefit in East Hampton (far left), is one of our favorite off-duty looks, thanks to its ease and effortlessness—two major perks of party dressing! For a similarly stylish ensemble, start out with a playful black party dress—we like Karen Millen’s Feminine Flirtatious Strapless Ruffle Dress ($303.30) and ASOS’s Ruffle Hem Cocktail Dress ($30.33). Then, simply add a pair of metallic platforms, such as Roberto Cavalli’s Leather Platforms ($535.37), and an oversized pendant necklace like Yochi’s Large Silver Coin Necklace ($75).
Like many models, Jessica has a weakness for vintage band t-shirts, a passion she quells by scouring sites like eBay. Spotted last month on the streets of New York (second from left), Jessica demonstrated the art of wearing her fashion item du jour—the band tee—by pairing it with bright American Apparel shorts, a cute fedora and Doc Marten boots. We love the way she gives her rocker-chic ensemble a playful twist by adding a bright color—all in all, this outfit is cute, casual and definitely accessible. To give this ensemble a try, you simply must start with WGACA Vintage’s Vintage Ripped Rock Band Tees ($125 each) and a pair of Vintage Doc Martens ($128) from Free People. To give your outfit a modern twist, add American Apparel’s Stretch Bull Denim High-Waist Cuff Shorts ($46) and Staring At Stars’ Nubby Fedora ($28).
Jessica is a self-confessed lover of quirky hats—”They just add that extra touch,” she once told Vogue Australia—and, as such, she is always willing to throw on a bowler, fedora or Akubra wide-brimmed hat to elevate her look from uncomplicated to cool. Case in point: in June, Jessica was spotted in SoHo (middle) wearing an unfussy, 90s-inspired look—floral bodycon dress, studded Converse sneakers, felt fedora and a cross-body bag embellished with fringe. To replicate Jessica’s ultra-hip look, try a form-fitting printed dress like Motel’s Cloud Belinda Dress ($70) or Floral Hook & Eye Bodycon Dress ($58.98). Then, just add Converse’s Heat Seal Low Tops ($29.95) and JJ Winters’ Fringe Chain Bag ($460).
Although Jessica considers herself a “jeans and t-shirt kind of girl,” we’re fairly sure that she’s always, no matter what she wears, one of the most stylish girls in the room. This particular ensemble, which Jessica wore in May to the first anniversary presentation of Music Unites in New York City (second from right), is proof positive. Her leather pants and band t-shirt—this time, an ode to her boyfriend’s band, Tamarama—were modest, edgy and oh-so-suitable for the model girlfriend of a rocker. To assemble an equally rock & roll ensemble, layer Buddhist Punk’s AC/DC Cotton T-Shirt ($65) over a pair of leather skinnies—we like Mackage’s Stretch Leather Pants ($685) and Muubaa’s Zip Detail Leather Trousers ($126.38). Finish off your look with Alexander Wang’s Anya Wrapped Boot ($413).
Last, but certainly not least, we must draw attention to this cleverly composed fusion of feminine and masculine pieces. Namely, a little black dress and her worn-in pair of Doc Marten boots, which she wore in July while out and about in New York City (far right). The bonus with an outfit like this? The form-fitting dress is versatile enough to be worn with rugged boots, but would also look killer with a pair of heels. The choice is yours! For a similarly flexible get-up, try pairing Vero Moda’s Drape Front Jersey Dress ($23.59) with Vintage Doc Martens. Add Free People’s Fray Leather Obi Belt ($49.95) and Red By Marc Ecko’s Rounded Drawstring Pouch ($50.99) to complete the look.
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