If you’re revamping your closet for fall, preparing yourself for a frosty winter, or even looking ahead to the sultry days of summer, there is plenty of inspiration to be had in our latest edition of Seasonal Style. Today’s subject? Vanessa Hudgens—actress, singer, and rising style star. Now, you might know that Vanessa currently calls Los Angeles home, which means that she experiences warmer weather than the rest of the country, all year round; as such, you’ll find her fall/winter ensembles are a little more lightweight than you might expect. Of course, this doesn’t detract from her style—on the contrary, dear readers! In fact, whether she’s sporting an on-trend military jacket in fall, or modeling a chunky sweater in winter, there is one thing that always remains true: Vanessa knows how to keep it young, fresh and interesting, through every season. With that, we present our latest edition of Seasonal Style. Read on!
Last week, Vanessa was spotted at a Weezer concert in Hollywood, kicking off the beginning of fall in an edgy military-inspired ensemble. We love this look for many reasons, one of which is its flexibility—on those oddly lukewarm fall days, you can peel back the layers and still look stylish; when the temperature dives again, you’ve got a lightweight and lovely jacket to boost your look. To take on Vanessa’s fall style, start with her exact jacket—Blu Moon’s Vintage Army Jacket ($110)—or try William Rast’s Military Jacket ($175). Underneath your jacket, you’ll need a loose-fit tank top and a flirty lace bra—we suggest you check out Alternative Apparel’s Striped Linen Lowback Tank ($48) and Honeydew Intimates’s Camellia Bralette ($21). Complete your look with 7 For All Mankind’s Gummy Denim Gwenevere Jeans ($169) and a pair of combat boots; we like Boutique 9’s Rivit Boots ($159.90) and Jeffrey Campbell’s Bal-nu Ankle Boots ($209.95).
As we mentioned above, winter in Los Angeles is, well, mild compared to the east coast, which means Vanessa’s winter ensembles are only slightly cozier than her fall looks. Case in point: in January, Vanessa was spotted out and about in Los Angeles wearing a chunky sweater, jeans, and slouchy leather boots. The main variance between fall and winter? Vanessa swapped out her lightweight jacket for a thick knit, and opted for a darker palette. To get your hands on a similarly snug ensemble, start with a chunky knit such as Manoush’s Chunky-Knit Wool Sweater ($127), Industry’s Chunky Knit Sweater ($128) or Victoria’s Secret’s Cotton Cable Boyfriend Sweater ($48). Next, grab a pair of J Brand’s Lightweight 14″ Cigarette Leg Jeans. To finish, loosely tuck your jeans into a pair of slouchy boots; we like Ted Baker’s Ulfa Slouch Flat Ankle Boots ($134.80) and D-Co Copenhagen’s Leather Short Leather Casual Boots ($131.43).
By March, the weather in Los Angeles was warm again, spring had officially sprung, and Vanessa was spotted out and about in Studio City in a lightly-layered ensemble—namely, a printed cardigan, cotton dress, fringe-embellished satchel, and cowboy boots. Not only does Vanessa’s outfit stay true to her modern-boho aesthetic, but it is easy and effortless, which is the perfect way to step into a new season. To emulate Vanessa’s stylish spring look, start with a simple cotton dress, such as Sparkle & Fade’s Knit Scoop Back Tee Dress ($48) or Victoria’s Secret’s Scoopneck Tee Print Dress ($24.50), and throw on a printed cardigan; we like Alice By Temperley’s Chara Cotton Oversized Cardigan ($395) and Lauren Moshi’s Chainbelt Wrap Cardigan ($176). Finish off your outfit with a slew of hippie-esque accessories such as Bebe’s Leather Fringe Crossbody Satchel ($298) and Guess’s Sundary Cowboy Heel Studded Buckle Detail Ankle Boots ($210.63).
Summer might officially begin in June, but it never really begins until Independence Day weekend. This year, Vanessa celebrated July 4th by heading to a beachside party in Malibu. Her outfit for the day? Simple but sweet: loose blue tank top, white shorts, leather sandals, and a dash of red lipstick. All in all, an unfussy way to usher in sticky summer days. To give Vanessa’s summery style a spin, start with a flirty tank such as Vero Moda’s Drape Side Fine Knit Tank ($25.28), Collective Concepts’s Poly Chiffon Flutter Tank ($50), or Ella Moss’s Madeline Hi-Low Tank ($62). Layer your top over a pair of True Religion’s Allie Shorts ($150), and then throw on Old Navy’s Faux Leather T-Strap Sandals ($9.99) or Charles Albert’s 1650 T-Strap Sandals ($19.95). For the finishing touch, paint your lips with Paul & Joe’s Lipstick ($20) in True Red. Voila!
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