Let feminism ring

Amal Clooney knows a thing or two about human rights; as an international human rights lawyer, she’s handled cases on behalf of Julian Assange and even to seek justice for the Armenian genocide. But now she’s asserting another facet of human rights: that women’s rights are human rights.

When Clooney spoke at the Texas Conference for Women, The Cut reports that the lawyer made explicit her disdain for misogyny, encouraging women to engage in “‘everyday acts of feminism’ for each other and to support each other at work as in everyday life.”

The Cut reports that Clooney continued her remarks this way:

“The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do — women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another.”

But in case anyone missed her point the first time around, The Cut says she simplified her point even further by putting women’s rights in a global context.

Speaking on behalf of women spanning the globe, Clooney said, “Holding back women is holding back half of every country in the world.”

She Leads, You Follow: ‘Naughty Christmas Party’ Edition

The holidays came a bit early this year when makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury launched her flagship beauty boutique in the Covent Garden district of London on Dec. 3. Called the “Naught Christmas Party,” the launch brought out several stylish stars, all dressed in festive and fashionable looks for the event.

Catching our eye in a mixed metallic look was Amal Clooney, who wore a silver and gold metallic crop top and matching culottes. She completed her look with silver pointed-toe pumps and gold chandelier earrings, says InStyle.

Following Clooney’s metallic look was Kate Bosworth in an all-white ensemble by Simone Rocha. InStyle says that the actress polished off her look with a gilded clutch and pearl-embellished Nicholas Kirkwood pumps.

Although Clooney and Bosworth are dressed for the launch of a new boutique, there are certain facets of their looks that you can apply to your holiday style:

  1. Shine bright – Both Clooney and Bosworth incorporated metallics into their look, something that can easily make your outfit much more festive. While Clooney wore head-to-toe metallics, the mixed metallics were not so pronounced that they clashed; instead, they created a multidimensional, yet cohesive look. Bosworth chose to use hints of metallics, carrying a gold-accented minaudière and wearing pale gold heels. Whether you go for a full-on metallic look or use silver and gold sparingly, adding metallics to your holiday ensembles is a great way to be festive without wearing traditional red and green.
  2. Patterns and prints – Another similarity between these two outfits is that they both incorporate a pattern or print. However, they are both tonal; Clooney’s barely-perceptable floral print is done in gold on silver, while Bosworth’s pattern is white on white. If you are hesitant to wear louder prints like a large plaid or floral, tonal patterns and prints are a great way to add visual interest and depth to your look. They also can be very sophisticated when done in a modern silhouette like Clooney’s crop top and culotte combination or Bosworth’s ankle-length dress.

Take Her Look [For Less]

The leaves on the trees may be changing from their summertime green to their autumnal reds, oranges and yellows, but a certain stylish lady wasn’t ready to trade in her bright green frock for more seasonal colors just yet. We’re looking at you, Amal Clooney.

According to The Huffington Post, Mrs. Clooney was spotted out in New York City on Sept. 29 with husband George to attend the 15th anniversary screening of Clooney’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” InStyle says that Clooney wore a green Versace cocktail dress, which she paired with black and green Jimmy Choo sandals and bold statement earrings.

Clooney’s end-of-summer style certainly caught our eye, but so did its price tag. Her dress, the Versace Pleated Dress, is currently available at Farfetch.com for a lofty $2,045 — and that’s not even considering her Jimmy Choo sandals, which have similar styles originally priced at $800 on Tradesy.com. With Clooney’s NYC-night-out look coming in at around $2,845, we set out to recreate her entire look for less than $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a frock in an equally bright, cheerful shade of green was no easy task, but we finally landed on the Springs to Mind Dress from ModCloth. Not only is this sweet dress done in a similar shade of green, it also features a similar construction with a fuller skirt and fitted bodice. This dress, however, won’t set you back $2,045, as it’s available for only $54.99.

The Springs to Mind Dress, found on ModCloth.com.

The Springs to Mind Dress, found on ModCloth.com.

Nothing can compare to Clooney’s two-tone Jimmy Choo sandals, but we thought the N.Y.L.A. Mercutio Sandal from DSW came in a close second. Although this sandal features a more cage-like foot design, its strap pattern is reminiscent of Clooney’s heels. The best part — these sandals will complete your Clooney-inspired look for less for only $49.95.

The N.Y.L.A. Mercutio Sandal, found on DSW.com.

The N.Y.L.A. Mercutio Sandal, found on DSW.com.

Amal Clooney’s all-over green ensemble made us green with envy, but we certainly didn’t envy its $2,845 estimated total price.But if you love her look, our recreated outfit will give imitate her chic style for only $104.94. Style it with your favorite pair of statement earrings, and you’ll have successfully taken Clooney’s look for yourself.

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Black and white and seen all over the world! Amal Clooney made her way into the headlines yet again with another gorgeous look, this time a black and white polka dot look worn on a date with husband George Clooney in Lake Como earlier this week.

According to The Daily Mail, Mrs. Clooney stepped out in a pair of black and white polka dot shorts from Dolce and Gabbana’s spring/summer 2015 collection. She paired her classic look with a black top that showed a peek of skin on the back and a black fringe clutch.

If you’re thinking of running out to purchase these exact shorts, you might want to hold off — not only are they no longer available, they also sold for a whopping $595! But there are a couple of great alternatives to take Clooney’s classic look for less, and we even found two great tops to go with your stylish new shorts!

The Take Me Away Polka Dot Shorts by Keepsake the Label not only offer a similar polka dot style, they also have a flared leg, giving them a universally flattering skirt-like silhouette. The polka dots on these cute shorts are done in a watercolor style, giving them a softer, almost grey appearance. Available for $120 on Nordstrom.com, these shorts also have a matching top also for $120 so you can pair the pieces together a fun faux-romper look!

The Take Me Away Polka Dot Shorts by Keepsake the Label, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Take Me Away Polka Dot Shorts by Keepsake the Label, found on Nordstrom.com.

If you would rather have a more subtle polka dot, try the Polka Dot shorts by First & I from Asos. The dots on these shorts look as if they were done with a pen, making it a finer, more subdued print to pull off. The best part is that these shorts are available for only $21.75 on Asos.com.

The First & I Polka Dot Shorts, found on Asos.com.

The First & I Polka Dot Shorts, found on Asos.com.

To complete the look, you’ll need a great black top that is conservative in the front but a little sexy in the back, just like Clooney’s top. The Truly Scrumptious Black Peplum Top from Lulu’s fits the bill perfectly, offering a classic (and universally flattering) peplum silhouette while showing a little skin on the back. You’ll look good coming and going in this peplum top, and for only $34, you’ll have money left over to buy another cute top to wear with your new polka dot shorts!

The Truly Scrumptious Black Peplum Top, found on Lulus.com.

The Truly Scrumptious Black Peplum Top, found on Lulus.com.

With the money you saved from our look for less pieces, you’ll be able to sneak in another cute top to wear with your polka dot shorts, and we think the Twisted Open-Back Tee from Forever 21 is great alternative to Clooney’s more dressy top. Done in a t-shirt style, you’ll feel comfortable but look fabulous when you show a little peek of skin through the slit on the back of the top. And for only $15.90, you won’t feel bad spending what you saved on this great piece that’s sure to be a utility player in your wardrobe.

The Twisted Open-Back Tee, found on Forever21.com.

The Twisted Open-Back Tee, found on Forever21.com.

Even though Amal Clooney’s adorable polka dot shorts are no longer available (not that we could afford them, anyway!), you can still take her look for less with these great options from Nordstrom and Asos, while completing the look with tops from Forever 21 and Lulu’s. What’s more is that all of our outfit combinations are under $160, making them accessible to fashionistas with budgets both large and small.

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: Amal Clooney

There are very few people that can make headlines just for going to work. But Amal Clooney is one of the few people that can. EOnline reported this morning that Mrs. Clooney was spotted at the Supreme Court in London “to challenge a 2008 ruling which forced residents of the Chagos Islands to leave their native lands.” And naturally, she showed up in style.

Clooney appeared before the court in a tan and black polka-dot dress, complete with pockets at the hip that created a faux peplum. She completed her ensemble with her standard Dior work bag (which we profiled in a Take Her Look [For Less] here), black pointy-toe pumps and black Prada sunglasses.

We can’t get enough of Amal Clooney’s timeless style, so if you love her look and want to inject your wardrobe with a shot of Amal’s classic elegance, keep these tips in mind the next time you go shopping:

  1. Try a classic print – Polka dots are a print that will never go out of style, so you will not only look fashionable, but you will also get a lot of wear out of these pieces. This means you can spend a little more on a well-made, well-fitting polka dot dress, blouse or skirt so it will last for years to come.
  2. It’s all about the fit – Fit is everything, and as we can see with Clooney’s dress, it is perfectly tailored to her body. Making sure that your clothes fit properly is the first step to achieving a classic style, so pay attention to where the shoulder seams sit, as well as where the waist of the dress falls in relation to your natural waist; if the seams are off even slightly, it can distort the proportions of your body. With Clooney’s dress, the shoulder seams sit right at the top of her shoulder as they should, and the waist falls right in her natural waistline, allowing the faux-peplum to do its job and create a curve at the hip.
  3. Classic breeds classic – Amal Clooney styled her classic dress with classic accessories: black pumps, a black bag and black sunglasses. When attempting a more timeless look, be sure to pair it with equally timeless accessories; adding more trendy pieces (say spikes with polka dots) would create a weird dissonance, making the look seem fragmented instead of unified. So take Clooney’s lead and pair your polka-dot pieces with other classic items like black pumps, pearls  and dainty jewelry.

Take Her Look [For Less]

Every now and then, someone enters the public realm and captures the world’s attention with their style, elegance and class. And right now, all eyes are on none other than Mrs. Amal Clooney.

Yahoo Style Editors reported today that Clooney was spotted in London after a business meeting wearing a tweed lilac dress and matching blazer with a pale yellow trim by Giambattista Valli. She styled the springy suit with a beautiful bone colored pointy-toe pump from Gianvito Rossi and Dior Bar Bag as her ‘work’ bag.

Although Mrs. Clooney’s dress/blazer combination cannot be priced, her shoes are available at Barney’s New York in black for $995. Her gorgeous Dior bag, the object of our envy and today’s “Take Her Look [For Less], also has an elusive price tag; Dior only releases pricing upon request, but according to Bagreporter.com, Dior bags as of November 2013 started at $1,450. So as much as we all love Clooney’s impeccable style, it looks like we won’t be purchasing any of the exact pieces she’s wearing any time soon!

But that doesn’t mean we can’t find similar pieces for a fraction of the cost! We found this strikingly similar (minus the) leather shopper tote from Express that mimics the handle style and structure of the Dior bag; it even has a dangling tag from one of the handles just like Clooney’s bag! However, you won’t have to take out a loan to purchase this bag – it’s only $69.90! If that’s not enough, it comes in two colors: black (shown) and a vibrant red!

Screenshot of the (Minus the) Leather Shopper Tote from Express, available in black and red for $69.90.

Screenshot of the (Minus the) Leather Shopper Tote from Express, available in black and red for $69.90.

So if you love Amal Clooney’s style but can’t afford even a thread off of one of her outfits (don’t feel bad – we can’t afford it either!), there are always ways to mimic her style without paying the price for it. Don’t have the dough for Clooney’s Dior Bar Bag? Try out this great option from Express; it’s an accessible way to achieve Clooney’s look without breaking your budget.