Fall is a tricky season. On one hand, you’re probably dying to try out your new cold-weather closet, complete with leather bomber jackets, faux fur coats, and chunky knit scarves. On the other, it’s so much easier to throw on a cotton bandage dress and head out the door. Sound familiar? Consider your problem solved! As regular readers will know, we’re big fans of layering here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone—there is no easier way to make the transition from summer to winter. As a result, when we spot a stylish starlet in a flawlessly layered ensemble, we quickly file it away for inspiration, which brings us to today’s story. Our latest edition of Steal Her Style features three perfectly put together fall ensembles, courtesy of Jessica Alba, Shenae Grimes and January Jones. Whether you’re looking for new ways to style your favorite boyfriend blazer, or you just want some great denim options for fall, we have plenty of ideas! On that note, we present our latest edition of Steal Her Style.
Jessica Alba clearly knows how to travel in style, as demonstrated by the subtly sexy ensemble she put together for a recent Venice-to-LA flight. We love how Jessica has combined relaxed elements—boyfriend jeans, colorful flats—with chic pieces like a sheer top and boyfriend blazer, to create a look that has an air of sophistication and a playful side, all at once. Plus, by swapping out Jessica’s sheer top for a lightweight burn-out tee, you’ll have a flawlessly layered ensemble that’ll see you through fall’s odd warm days in style. So, how do we steal Jessica’s smart and sassy look? We suggest starting with a great pair of boyfriend jeans, such as Current/Elliott’s The Boyfriend Jeans ($206) or James Jeans’ Boyfriend Jeans ($172)—both have a relaxed silhouette. Next, pick up Nasty Gal’s Shirttail Tee ($26) or, for something a little more modest, Wessex’s Slouchy Scoop Top ($106), and layer it under a nude blazer—we like Stella McCartney’s Cashmere-Blend Oversized Blazer ($2,045) and Recess’s Linen Cropped Blazer ($115). For the finishing touch, slip into a pair of colorful flats such as Nine West’s Camishka Flats ($42.42) or ModCloth’s Stripe For Picking Flats ($27.99).
90210 actress Shenae Grimes is quickly rising through the ranks to become one of our favorite new style stars, thanks to a consistent repertoire of rock & roll-inspired outfits. Case in point: last month, Shenae wore a chic leather look to AT&T’s BlackBerry Torch launch party in Los Angeles. Her leather skinny pants, striped tee, and boyfriend blazer are all great pieces that work just as well together as they do separately. Now, how do we steal Shenae’s effortlessly edgy style? We recommend you start with a pair of sleek, sexy and skintight leather pants—we like Notify’s Stretch Washed-Leather Skinny Pants ($900), Helmut Lang’s Skinny Leather Pants ($$875), and Ted Baker’s Leather Biker Trousers ($335.32). Then, add a striped boatneck top, such as J Crew’s Vintage Bateau Top ($42.50), and a timeless black blazer, like Topshop’s Ruched Sleeve Blazer ($125) or Silence & Noise’s Tuxedo Blazer ($78)—both these blazers are key pieces when it comes to layering. Finally, choose a pair of leather boots—we like Nine West’s Credable Boots ($99) and Paul By Paul Smith’s Helli Buckle Strap Ankle Boots ($387.55)—that blend seamlessly with your chosen leather skinnies.
It’s a fact: we’re as smitten with January Jones’s off-duty aesthetic as we are with her red-carpet prowess. Just look at the smart ensemble she put together to take a walk in Los Feliz, California—her cropped flared jeans and red jazz shoes are so chic, especially when paired with a classic satchel bag and fedora. Plus, with the addition of a boyfriend blazer or cropped leather jacket, this outfit will easily transition from daytime shopping expedition to cocktail hour with friends. Only one question remains: how do we steal January’s modish style? To begin, we suggest buying a pair of fall’s denim du jour–the cropped bellbottom—via J Brand’s Cropped Flare Jeans ($159) or Textile Elizabeth & James’ Joni Cropped Flare Jeans ($235). Add to your ensemble with Wyatt’s Slub Knit V-Neck Swing T-Shirt ($45.99) and Pins & Needles’ Open Weave Fedora ($34). Then, complete your look with a pair of colorful menswear-inspired jazz shoes—we like Faryl Robin’s Gabby Flats ($174) and Franco Sarto’s Henley Shoes ($75.95).
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