Although summer is slowly coming to a close, screenings of new summer movies show no signs of slowing down. On Monday, August 24, stars showed up in style to the screening of Sleeping With Other People West Hollywood, California. And of course, each look was better than the next.
First to wow us at the screening was Kirsten Dunst, who wore an all-black Louis Vuitton top and skirt combination according to InStyle. She paired her paneled top and leather skirt with black pumps and silver earrings.
Alison Brie took to the red carpet in a white semi-sheer dress with black panels at the waist. She completed her look with silver sandals by Aldo and an equally shiny new ring on her finger — her brand new engagement ring.
Lizzy Caplan capped off our favorite looks of the night, wearing what InStyle reports as a black tropical print dress by Proenza Schouler. Caplan took her look to the next level with powder blue lace-up heels by Bionda Castana, while keeping her jewelry to a minimum with gold earrings.
Although these leading ladies are dressed up for a film screening, there are certain things we can learn from their looks that we can apply to our own everyday dressing.
- Monochromatic can be exciting – Kirsten Dunst’s monochromatic number shows us just how visually stimulating an outfit done in all one color can be. Her outfit incorporates different textures, such as the open mesh of her top and the diamond pattern on her skirt, that combine to create a very interesting look. If you are afraid of wearing an all-black look for fear of seeming boring, just remember that the outfit is only as interesting as the details it features. So be sure to mix different textures (like lace and leather, for example) to achieve a cohesive, yet intriguing look that will be far from boring.
- Panels, Panels, Panels – The importance of colorblocked panels cannot be stressed enough, and Alison Brie’s black and white dress is only another example of the miracles colorblocked panels can work in an outfit. The black panels on her dress cinch in right at her natural waist, creating the illusion of an even narrower midsection. Panels like these are a great camouflage tool, so if you are looking to incorporate them into your wardrobe, look for contrasting panels (black on white, white on black or any combination you like!) at the natural waist of tops, dresses and even high-waisted skirts that will make your waist seem tiny.
- Dare to be different – Lizzy Caplan paired her tropical frock with a very trendy lace-up heel done in an eye-catching sky blue. Shoes like these end up acting as a statement piece because they are so different from the rest of the outfit. But notice, however, that the blue of her shoes is also featured in small amounts in the print of her dress; this ends up tying the statement shoe back to the dress, creating a cohesive look. If you decide to go for a statement shoe in an outfit, make sure that it makes sense with your look; this could mean taking Caplan’s lead and wearing the shoe in a color that plays a supporting role in the print you’re wearing. Or it could mean wearing a more subdued, neutral outfit so you can make your new bright heels the main focus of your look.