As longtime fans of perennial fashionista Nicole Richie, we were beyond thrilled when she revealed her plans for a contemporary clothing line. Making its debut back in February, Winter Kate was everything we hoped it would be and more. Brimming with 1970s bohemian influences and a heavy dose of Nicole’s laidback, Californian vibe, it quickly became one of the most accessible spring collections of 2010.
Of course, our feelings for the Winter Kate line are only amplified by Nicole’s clear passion for it; unlike many celebrity designers, Nicole is often seen out and about in her own designs. With that in mind, we decided to take an in-depth look at how Nicole styles her favorite Winter Kate pieces. After all, who better than the designer herself?! Read on!
#1. Spotted out and about in Los Angeles earlier this year, Nicole looked stylishly sweet in the Camelia Sleeveless Full Length Dress ($195). We love how she offset her bohemian, 1970s-inspired dress with a colorful, contemporary Balenciaga bag; this outfit is the perfect combination of hippie style and modern panache. For a similar look, we suggest pairing the Camelia Dress with Gap’s Braided Leather T-Strap Sandals ($34.50) and Ray-Ban’s Aviator Sunglasses ($139). While Balenciaga’s Arena First Classic ($1,195) is closer to the real thing, Lucky Brand’s Stash Shoulder Bag ($168) is a little more budget-friendly.
#2. While Nicole is often lauded for her soft bohemian style, her flair for adding a rocker-chic edge shouldn’t be missed. For an early stop on the Winter Kate promotional tour, Nicole softened her Leather Dylan Vest ($1,375) and ripped denim shorts with a white button-down blouse and hippie-esque locks. If you like this outfit, don’t miss See By Chloe’s Cross Lace Peasant Blouse ($230), Urban Renewal’s Cutoff Denim Shorts ($28) and Joan & David Collection’s Hartman Cuff Ankle Booties ($142.30). While we love the Dylan Vest, Winter Kate’s Gypsy Rose Vest ($176) is also a great investment piece.
#3. While we didn’t know it at the time, Nicole was rocking Winter Kate as far back as her second pregnancy, pairing the Ginger Chiffon Cardigan ($145) with a black minidress and strappy heels. Our favorite part? This outfit is the perfect party look, pregnant or not. To recreate it, mix the Ginger Cardigan with Reiss’s Dita Bodycon Dress ($268.85). A pair of Nine West’s Gladiator Platform Sandals ($89) will complete the look.
#4. For another stop on the Winter Kate promotional tour, Nicole updated Look #2 by adding a felt boho hat and swapping out her blouse/vest combo with the Hudson Vest ($260) and Lily Chiffon Tunic ($185), resulting in one of her most bohemian outfits to date. If you’re ready to try this look, grab the Hudson Vest and Lily Tunic and pair them with Free People’s Janis Brimmed Hat ($68) and the Peacock Feather Enameled Locket Necklace ($120) from Nicole’s House Of Harlow 1960 line.
#5. Although Nicole’s rise up the fashion ladder has not been without plenty of red-carpet moments, it is her off-duty style that many love the most. For a day out in Los Angeles, Nicole mixed the Ivory Himalaya Jacket ($440.55) with denim cut-off shorts, a slouchy tee and black flip-flops. The look is casual yet chic and perfect for the girl-on-the-go. For a similar style, grab the Himalaya Jacket and add Martin + Osa’s Slouchy V-Neck Pocket Tee ($19.50) and the Slim Basic Flip Flop ($24) by Havaianas.
#6. For our final dose of Winter Kate style tips, we’re taking a look at how Nicole worked the Opy Jacket ($215). Sticking to her off-duty sensibilities, she paired it with skinny jeans and a slouchy tee, and then accessorized with a fringed cross-body bag and black ankle boots. To take a page out of Nicole’s book of style, pair the Opy Jacket with 7 For All Mankind’s Gwenevere Ankle Skinny Jeans ($198) and this Suede Fringe Bag ($385) by J.J. Winters. For good measure, add these Suede Brogue Detail Flat Studded Ankle Boots ($59.18) by Asos Addison. If you like the Opy Jacket in purple, you’ll probably love it in green!
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