Okay, so Joan Smalls, the subject of today’s Model Style story, does have an unfair advantage when it comes to looking stylish—she is, after all, blessed with a killer body, a beautiful face, and the ability to pull off just about anything she wears—but does that mean we can’t celebrate her personal style? Not at all! On the contrary, today’s Model Style story is devoted to what Joan wears and how she wears it—whether she is attending an industry party, a film festival, or anything in between. On that note, if you love Joan’s style as much as we do, we suggest you read on to discover all the need-to-know details!
1. We always love a girl who knows how to dress for her body, and Joan is a perfect example of that. The halterneck Alexander Wang dress she wore to a party back in July clung to her body in all the right places, creating a sultry and sexy look that definitely catches the eye. Her smart accessory picks—silver jewelry and strappy Gucci heels—added a hint of glam to the sporty silhouette. To try this figure-flattering look for yourself, pick up a dress like Guess’s Halter Bandage Dress ($168) or Michael Kors’s Ring-Neck Twist-Front Dress ($777). Then, throw on Burberry’s Suede Strappy Sandals ($550), before finishing with Anna Beck’s Lombok Dome Cocktail Ring ($230).
2. In May, Joan attended the 2011 Whitney Art Party in New York City wearing a little black dress by Hakaan and pointed pumps. We are simply smitten with her understated party look. By pairing her dress with just a pair of black heels and a clutch, Joan allowed her dress to stand out, which is exactly what a dress like this should do! Her smoky eye and sleek hairdo emphasized her subtly sexy look even further. To make Joan’s party-chic look your own, pick up a dress like Michael Stars’ Matte Sequin Tank Dress ($98) or Wyatt’s Phebe Tank Dress ($128) and pair it with ASOS’s Bardot Point T-Bar Pumps ($109) and Top Choice’s Zip Envelope Clutch ($22).
3. One of the things we like most about Joan is that she isn’t afraid of color. Take, for instance, the outfit she put together for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards in New York City in November. Her lively Joseph Altuzarra dress is sure to have brightened up the party, plus it looks gorgeous against Joan’s skin. By pairing it with understated accessories—specifically, strappy sandals and a pretty clutch—Joan once again allowed her dress to speak for itself. To try this look for yourself, look for a dress like Anna Sui’s Floral-Print Shift Dress ($509) or Dolce & Gabbana’s Floral Sheath Dress ($925). Then, pair it with Bebe’s Neil Ankle-Wrap Sandals ($62) and you’re all set.
4. Now that we have covered some of Joan’s dressier looks, it is time to see how she does casual. In April, Joan attended the premiere of The Bully Project in New York City. Overall, Joan’s outfit—a black tank, a pleated cream skirt, and peep-toe booties—had a casual yet chic vibe, and this is thanks to her styling. By throwing a denim jacket into the mix, Joan added a laidback, sporty element to the outfit, resulting in a look that works for day and night! To make this look your own, pair American Eagle’s Denim Jacket ($50) and Trina Turk’s Lace Tank ($32) with Adam’s Broomstick Skirt ($118). Then, simply add 7 For All Mankind’s Chandra Booties ($187).
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