She Leads, You Follow: Teen Choice Awards Edition

The blue carpet was rolled out on August 16 for the arrival of Hollywood’s rising young stars at the Teen Choice Awards. Held in Los Angele’s Galen Center, the star-studded event was as much about the fashion as it was about the awards, and what tremendous fashion there was!

One of the first looks to catch our eye came courtesy of Gina Rodriguez. According to PopSugar, the actress took to the Teen Choice Awards’ blue carpet in a gunmetal Alberta Ferretti dress, featuring the tiniest bit of beading and a crochet-like hemline. Rodriguez completed her look with dainty silver jewelry, nude pointed-toe pumps and  sultry loose waves.

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale certainly looked pretty as she arrived to the Teen Choice Awards, wearing a blue and black minidress with a plunging, mesh-covered neckline. Hale swept her hair back in a sleek updo and kept the rest of her accessories quite simple, wearing minimal jewelry and pairing her sassy frock with a black Edie Parker clutch and strappy sandals.

Sarah Hyland added a splash of color to the awards, showing up in a cheerful yellow Christian Siriano crop top and shorts set, which she paired with the ever-popular strappy sandal by Stuart Weitzman. The Modern Family actress added another subtle punch of color with her blue earrings, but kept her bracelet neutral, wearing a sparkly silver bangle.

Although these gorgeous ladies are decked out for a red (or in this case, blue) carpet event, there are some things we can take away from their looks to apply to our everyday style:

  1. Small details have a large effect – Gina Rodriguez’s gunmetal grey dress shows us just how small details can come together to create something beautiful. Her dress is constructed in an almost net-like fashion with a nude underlay filling in the dead space. But on each of the ‘seams’ on the netting, there is a small bead that catches the light and adds some dimension to the dress. Finishing off the dress is a crocheted hemline, injecting a bit of femininity into what otherwise could’ve been a pretty edgy dress. No matter what you are shopping for — a dress, a top, a pair of pants or even shoes — look for small details like a subtle texture (like lace, crochet or netting) or shine that will work with the other elements of the piece to make a dimensional, multifaceted look.
  2. Pick a focal point – When putting together an outfit, it’s crucial to pick one focal point of the ensemble, whether it’s wearing a short skirt to show off your legs or wearing an open back to flaunt your back. In Lucy Hale’s case, she chose to wear a dress with a deep v-neckline, making her open neck her outfit’s main focus. Note that she kept her shoes and clutch black to blend in with the black in her dress while also keeping her accessories to a minimum — this allows the neckline of the dress to be the star of the outfit while all of the other components play a supporting role. When putting together an outfit, be sure to pick a focal point (like an open neckline) and don’t pair it with accessories that will compete with that focal point by trying to draw the eye elsewhere. For example, if you choose to wear a dress with a neon pink waist, don’t wear a shoe in an equally loud, contrasting color that will draw the eye away from that point; this will only segment your outfit and create two different areas of interest, making it difficult to spot where we should direct our attention.
  3. Brights will light up your day – Sarah Hyland’s bright yellow crop top and shorts set showed us just how flattering yellow can be. Brights, in general, are very skin tone-enhancing colors, but be careful with brights done in pastel — pastels, although beautiful, are desaturated colors, which can end up washing out those of us with pale complexions. If you want to try a bright color, take Hyland’s lead and wear a color that has some saturation to it. This ensures that the color will warm up your skin tone rather than make you appear pale.

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