She Leads, You Follow: The A-List Anniversary Party Edition

A-list celebrities showed up in their most fashionable outfits to The A-List’s 15th Anniversary Party on September 1. The clothing company’s party, held at their Beverly Hills showroom, played host to the likes of Jordana Brewster, Freida Pinto and Minka Kelly. And while all the guests in attendance dressed to impress, we couldn’t help but fall in love with a certain few looks from the party.

First to steal our hearts was Rosario Dawson, who rocked what PopSugar reported was a green printed jumpsuit by Ella Moss, which she paired with a leopard print clutch and gladiator heels, both by Vince Camuto.

Vanessa Hudgens followed suit in an equally chic ensemble, wearing a white tie-neck blouse with red wide-leg trousers. Hudgens completed her look with a brown and black Céline bag and bright turquoise earrings — accessories much more stylish than the cast she was sporting on her right hand.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum was another lady in red, donning a red split-shoulder dress with mesh detailing down the center. Silver studded t-strap heels took her look to the next level, while her silver metallic clutch with printed red lips invoked her own glossy red lips.

Dawson, Hudgens and Dewan-Tatum may be dressed up for an a-list affair, but there are certain things from their looks that we can learn from and apply in our everyday style.

  1. Prints can be mixed – Rosario Dawson’s printed jumpsuit and clutch showed us how to effortlessly pair two different prints in two different colors palettes. First, both prints are done in neutrals or pseudo-neutrals (colors other than traditional black, brown, navy and grey that can easily pair with other colors); this immediately rules out the problem of the prints clashing based on their mismatched colors since neutrals go with everything. Next, both prints share a common color (black), which allows them to work together to create some sense of cohesion, even though they are two different patterns. Finally, Dawson’s jumpsuit features a larger, bolder leaf-like print, while her clutch has a smaller swatch of leopard print. Having one print be the main focus while the other plays a supporting role reduces the chance of the prints conflicting or competing for attention. If you want to try to mix prints, keep these tips in mind, and with a little bit of practice, you’ll be mixing prints like a pro — or like Rosario Dawson!
  2. Pops of color don’t have to be large – Although she wore red wide-leg trousers, Vanessa Hudgens’ outfit contained a much smaller pop of color that still had a significant impact. Her turquoise earrings may feature only a few small droplets of color, but they add a whole new dimension to the outfit, giving it more visual interest while also drawing the eye up toward her face. Wearing small pops of color in jewelry is a great way to add a bit of life to your outfit in a way that won’t clash with the colors already working through your look, so take Hudgens’ lead and try a colorful earring to not only breathe some life into your ensemble, but also to frame your pretty face.
  3. Matching isn’t always a faux pas – It may seem like a fashion faux-pas to be too “matchy-matchy” in your outfit, but Jenna Dewan-Tatum showed us that matching your lipstick to your dress isn’t such a bad thing after all. In fact, it creates a cohesive, pulled together look. However, notice that she breaks up the red in her outfit with hints of silver (a pseudo-neutral) in her shoes and in her clutch; if she were to wear a red shoe and carry a red clutch, her outfit becomes less cohesive and more monotone and boring. If you decide to match your lipstick to your dress (or even match jewelry to a color in your outfit), limit the matching to one item so as not to create a monotonous look. Be sure to also break up your matching colors with other, non-conflicting hues (like metallics or other pseudo-neutrals) to add some complexity to your look.

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