She Leads, You Follow: Just Jared’s Way Too Wonderland

With summer drawing to a close, autumn is coming ever so quickly and bringing with it all our favorite things associated with the season, from fall fashion to fall television. But while Just Jared’s Way Too Wonderland event on August 27 celebrated the arrival of animated series Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland to Netflix, celebrities in attendance held on to what’s left of summer with their colorful fashion choices.

Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka showed up to the Greystone Manor Supperclub in West Hollywood, California in a whimsical pink dress, featuring a sweet ruffled neckline and matching hemline. She paired her fun frock with what InStyle says are multicolored Valentino heels done in green, orange, blue and purple.

Arriving in an equally cheery outfit was Modern Family star Ariel Winter, who wore a bright yellow top and an asymmetrical skirt in a matching hue. She paired her eye-popping look with simple nude strappy heels and a metallic clutch.

Although Shipka and Winter are dressed to impress at an event teeming with celebrities, there are some things we can learn from their style and apply to the way we dress everyday:

  1. Ruffles aren’t just pretty – Kiernan Shipka’s ladylike dress features ruffles at the neck and hemline of the dress, but don’t be quick to dismiss them as merely a girly detail. These ruffles actually act as shape-creators, giving structure to a dress with a very straight cut. The ruffle at the neckline serves to emphasize her shoulders and frame her face, drawing attention up toward her collarbone and shoulders. The ruffle at the hemline flares out just slightly, balancing out the width created at her shoulders while also enhancing the curve of the dress at her hips. Ruffles like these on a dress or top/skirt combination are great ways to use clothing to trick the eye and make others see proportionate, structured silhouettes without doing too much work.
  2. Nude heels and high waists are a girl’s best friend – Wearing a blouse tucked into a high-waisted skirt, Ariel Winter not only showed us how to effectively define a waist in a monochromatic outfit, she also showed us how to create the illusion of long legs by wearing simple nude heels that blend into her skin tone. Nude heels are a great way to fool the eye into seeing one long, uninterrupted legline, which makes the legs look even longer and leaner than they are. Pair this with cinching in your waist at its natural location, and not only will your legs look like they go on for miles, you will also look taller and leaner in two easy steps. What’s not to love about that?!
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