The most stylish moms of Los Angeles took to the red carpet on Nov. 14 for the annual Baby2Baby Gala in Los Angeles, California. Benefitting the non-profit Baby2Baby, which was started by Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, the gala seeks to bring awareness to the organization’s mission of helping to “supply families in need with essentials for children up to ages 12.” And this year’s gala was not only charitable, but also incredibly fashionable.
Catching our eye in a pale pink number was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who walked the red carpet in a short blush dress with a beaded bodice. She paired her pocket-accented frock with grey suede pointed-toe pumps.
Adding a much-need pop of color to the gala’s red carpet was Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who rocked a bright emerald green gown with a thigh-high slit and rhinestone embellishments. She completed her stylish ensemble with a pair of white pointed-toe pumps, and perhaps her best accessory yet — her handsome husband Channing Tatum.
Wrapping up our favorite gala looks was Scandal star Kerry Washington, who floated down the red carpet in a black semi-sheer tulle ballgown. Breaking up the sea of tulle were light pink floral appliqués that cascaded down the bodice of the dress and into the skirt.
Although these stylish moms are dressed up for a gala affair, there are certain things from their looks that we can apply to the way we dress every day:
- Discrete pockets – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s pale pink frock is proof that pockets have a place in formalwear: the skirt of her dress has side pockets sewn into the pleating of the skirt, making them well-camouflaged and discrete. Although pockets can sometimes be bulky, pockets like these actually fall right into the garment’s natural construction, making them unobtrusive and barely perceptible. Pockets in dresses and skirts are becoming increasingly popular, so if you want to try them out, look for pieces that incorporate the pockets in a way that won’t add volume to your lower half; that is, find pockets that are creatively concealed via pleats (like Huntington-Whiteley’s dress) or sewn into the side seams of the garment.
- Colors are complementary — Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s bright green gown perfectly complements her rich skin tone; that’s because the dress is done in what’s called a jewel tone, or colors of gemstones that are universally flattering to all skin tones. Buying garments of any kind in colors like emerald, amethyst, ruby or citrine will automatically enhance the natural richness in your skin tone and give you a glowing appearance.
- Appliqués are enhancing — Kerry Washington’s appliqué-embellished gown shows us the power of details in an outfit. Not only do these appliqués add visual interest to her look while breaking up her all-black ensemble, these floral details also accentuate her waist and hips since they are mostly concentrated in the center of the gown. Using embellishments like appliqués to your advantage will not only make your outfits more interesting, they will also enhance your shape when done in a way similar to Washington’s dress. Concentrating embellishments near your neckline can direct attention to your face, while appliqués at the shoulder and hip can create the illusion of a balanced, hourglass silhouette.