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Style Ideas: August 2011

Our latest Style Ideas story is teeming with fresh outfit inspiration—with a helping hand from Emmy Rossum, Michelle Williams, Camilla Belle, and Miranda Kerr—for four occasions that are sure to crop up at some point.


Style Ideas: August 2011

Picture this: you have just received an invitation to a social event, but when you look in your closet for outfit inspiration, your mind turns blank. Sound familiar? Let’s get down to business! Our latest Style Ideas story is teeming with fresh outfit inspiration—with a helping hand from Emmy Rossum, Michelle Williams, Camilla Belle, and Miranda Kerr—for four occasions that are sure to crop up at some point. So, whether you are heading to a Labor Day wedding, booked in for a major business meeting, or your event falls somewhere in between, read on for plenty of ideas and inspiration!

Wedding Reception
Now that we are in the tail end of summer, many of you will have at least one more wedding to attend. But, what to wear? For outfit inspiration, we are turning to Emmy Rossum, who attended the Showtime TCA party last week wearing a color-block cocktail dress and strappy heels. So, why does this outfit work for a wedding? By picking a dress that is colorful, but not overtly bright, you can create a style statement without stealing attention from the bride. In that same way, we love that Emmy has picked a dress that flatters the figure but isn’t overly tight. Try this look for yourself by picking up Robert Rodriguez’s Colorblock Dress ($345) or Diane von Furstenberg’s Komotini Bead-Embellished Silk-Crepe Dress ($695). Complete your look with strappy sandals and a clutch.

Mini Vacation
Michelle Williams always looks amazing when spotted strolling around New York City, which is why we are turning to her for inspiration for your mini vacation ensemble! Last month, Michelle was spotted out and about in Tribeca wearing a retro sun dress and ballet flats. This ensemble is perfect for your mini vacation for many reasons. Firstly, it consists of just a few key pieces, which is essential when you have a small baggage allowance. In addition, it easily shifts from a day of sightseeing or shopping to a night at a fancy restaurant. You can put together your own travel-ready look by picking up Dahlia’s Rose Print Dip Hem Sundress ($55.16) or Topshop’s Floral Print Crochet Waist Dress ($75) and pairing it with Lucky Brand’s Emmie Ballet Flats ($39.99).

Summer Concert
There are a few events synonymous with summer, including concerts. We just got our Micky Flanagan Concert Tickets for a show this Fall, and have already picked out the outfit. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to see your favorite band, make sure you turn to Camilla Belle for outfit inspiration. Last week, Camilla was spotted at a Coldplay concert in Westwood wearing a printed maxi dress and sandals. She accessorized with a red mini bag. Camilla’s outfit is perfect because, while chic, it has an unfussy, breezy vibe. In addition, we love that the simple silhouette makes it easy to dance the night away! You can put together a similarly stylish concert look by grabbing Parker’s Cami Long Dress ($286) or Obakki’s Alsea Long Dress ($101). Then, simply throw on a pair of sandals and sling Michael Michael Kors’ Hamilton Leather Cross-Body Bag ($155) across your body.

Business Meeting
Putting together the perfect outfit for a business meeting—an outfit that is both appropriate and yet stylish—can be tricky, which is why we suggest you check out the ensemble Miranda Kerr wore to a business meeting in Sydney last week. By teaming her crewneck top with a pencil skirt, Miranda found the right balance between “strong business woman” and “office appropriate.” The key? Stick to a low-key color palette and sophisticated silhouettes. For a fashion-forward twist, add a detailed belt. On that note, you can compose your own work-ready ensemble by picking up J Crew’s Linen Tie-Back Sweater ($49.99) and Topshop’s Panel Bodycon Pencil Skirt ($56) and pairing them with ASOS’s Color Block Wide Ties Obi Belt ($20.69) and See by Chloé’s Carmen Ostrich-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag ($495).

Photos: Bauer Griffin, Flynet Pictures, Splash News, WireImage

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