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Style Ideas: Spring 2012

Our latest Style Ideas story has arrived just in time! We have picked four different occasions—a music festival, a barbecue, a fashion event, and a girls’ night out—that are sure to pop up on your calendar, and found outfit inspiration for each!


Style Ideas: Spring 2012

The arrival of a new season always brings with it a batch of different events—from summer weddings to spring picnics. Accordingly, now that spring has officially arrived, your calendar is probably piled high with invitations and, in turn, you are probably wondering what to wear to each one. Sound familiar? Luckily, our latest Style Ideas story has arrived just in time! We have picked four different occasions—a music festival, a barbecue, a fashion event, and a girls’ night out—that are sure to pop up on your calendar, and found outfit inspiration for each! Ready? Read on!

Music Festival
Given that a music festival is usually an all-day event, it is wise to put together an outfit that is as stylish as it sensible, which is why we are looking to Ashley Tisdale for tips. Ashley was recently spotted out and about in Burbank wearing a floral mini dress, a chunky cardigan, and sneakers—a perfect music festival outfit. The floral dress gives the outfit a breezy and fashionable vibe, the cardigan will keep her warm when the sun goes down, and the sneakers will ensure that she can dance all day and into the night. To put together your own festival-ready outfit, pair a dress like MinkPink’s In A Daze Dress ($88) or Topshop’s Chintz Dress ($52) with Zara’s Cable-Knit Cardigan ($50) and Converse’s Chuck Taylor Sneakers ($45).

Barbecue
A barbecue is largely a casual event, so you should aim to put together an outfit that is unfussy yet fashion-forward. On that note, we suggest you take notes from Rihanna, who was recently spotted at LAX wearing a strapless maxi dress, leather sandals, and a few delicate jewelry pieces. While the dress definitely has an easygoing vibe, the strapless silhouette adds a subtly sexy feel to it. As for the accessories, they show that you have put thought into your look, without overthinking it. To try this barbecue-ready outfit for yourself, pick up a dress like Zimmermann’s Ruched Dress ($426) or River Island’s Selena Dress ($45). Then, simply add Zara’s Vamp Shoes ($36) and jewelry pieces like Fallon Jewelry’s Shark Attack Chain ($77) and House of Harlow 1960’s Triangle Earrings ($40).

Fashion Event
Fashion events are much like fashion runways—jam-packed with amazing head-to-toe looks, sometimes minimalist, sometimes over-the-top. While we are certainly not against the theatrical, we definitely think you should opt for an understated look for your next fashion event—specifically, in the vein of the outfit Shailene Woodley wore recently. Shailene’s black jumpsuit and simple black pumps come together to create an outfit that looks (and is) effortlessly chic. The key is to find a jumpsuit that is cinched at the waist, which helps to break up the silhouette and create a fresh, cool look. Ready to try? Check out AllSaints’s Brompton Jumpsuit ($295), ASOS’s Pleat Bust Jumpsuit ($90), and Miss Sixty’s Sang Bleu Jumpsuit ($110), all of which will be perfect with B Brian Atwood’s Patent-Leather Platform Pumps ($325).

Girls’ Night Out
We think Michelle Williams always walks the line between fun and fashionable, so it was a no-brainer to look to her for inspiration for a girls’ night out outfit. Here, Michelle wears a chic black-and-white mini dress and simple black heels. There are a few reasons why this makes such a good girls’ night outfit. Firstly, the wavy stripes immediately call attention to the outfit—but for all the right reasons. Secondly, the dress is sexy in a balanced way—it allows Michelle to show off her legs, but covers up elsewhere. Thirdly, it is just so easy to wear! To make this look your own, pair a dress like Rachel Zoe’s Madison Shift Dress ($575) or Motel’s Cut-Out Sleeveless Dress ($36) with Mark + James’s Fellow Platform Pumps ($130).

Photos: AKM Images, FameFlynet.com, Getty Images

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