The midsummer movie season is upon us, and that means another movie is set to debut at the box office. On August 3, stars lined up to walk the red carpet outside the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City for the premiere of Ricki and The Flash, co-starring real-life mother-daughter duo Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer.
Speaking of the famous mother-daughter pair, Streep and Gummer both walked the red carpet in equally chic looks, proving that good fashion sense runs in the family.
Streep graced the red carpet in what The Daily Mail reports was a contrast-inset dress by Valentino, featuring a jewel neckline and tea-length hemline. Done in classic black and white, this dress’s contrasting insets produces a stylish color-block effect, making Streep’s ensemble the most eye-catching look of the night.
Mamie Gummer follow suit, matching her mother’s stylish look with one of her own — a black and blush color-block dress with a sheer mesh skirt, also done in a tasteful tea length. She completed her look with simple black sandals and upswept hair.
Rounding out this red carpet of impeccable fashion was Laverne Cox, who opted for a short, powder blue bodycon dress with an asymmetrical hemline from Elizabeth and James. She accessorized her modern frock with embellished pointed-toe pumps, a black and white clutch and a bold belt.
Although these gorgeous ladies are dressed to impress on the red carpet, there are some lessons to be learned from their red carpet style that can be applied in our everyday lives.
- Punch up a classic – Meryl Streep’s black and white contrast-inset dress shows us that it is possible to wear a classic combination like black and white in a new way; the proof is in the pleats that black and white doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be a really striking combination. If you want to pair black and white together in your outfits but fear looking boring, try to find pieces that pair the colors in a modern way. For instance, look for a dress with an asymmetrical hemline (like the skirt of Laverne Cox’s dress!). Prints always add a bit of depth to an outfit, so you can also try tops featuring black and white abstract or geometric patterns to revive the classic combination.
- Tea length is terrific – Both Streep and Gummer showed that tea length dresses are far from boring; it’s just a matter of picking a dress that fits your personality and that you’re comfortable in. If you are looking to try a tea length dress or skirt, take Gummer’s lead and try out a style with a semi-sheer skirt; this way, you get the look of a tea length dress or skirt while still being able to show off some leg.
- Don’t underestimate the power of a belt – The right belt on the right outfit can take the look to the next level, and that’s exactly what the belt did for Laverne Cox’s Elizabeth and James frock. A thick, detailed belt not only adds visual interest in an outfit, it also enhances the shape created by the garment. Cox’s belt accentuates her narrow waistline, creating a perfect hourglass shape. If you ever notice that your dress, skirt/top combination or even cardigan is looking a little shapeless, throw on a stylish belt right at your natural waistline, and you will instantly create shape in your outfit without extensive (or expensive!) alterations.