She Leads, You Follow: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Red carpets are often rolled out to mark the arrivals of actors, actresses and musicians to an awards ceremony, but on Oct. 17, the red carpet was readied at Will Rogers State Historic Park for the sixth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles in Pacific Palisades, California. And of course, this means that the arrivals were filled with fashionable outfits for a day of champagne and polo.

Catching our eye first was a bright blue ensemble courtesy of Nina Dobrev. The actress attended the polo classic in a cerulean blue chiffon dress by Badgley Mischka, which she paired with white strappy sandals and a grey oversized clutch, says InStyle

Following Dobrev was Lauren Conrad, who graced the red carpet in a cheery yellow number with a plunging v-neckline. She kept her look simple and to the point, with natural makeup and no jewelry.

Although Dobrev and Conrad are dressed for a red carpet event, there are several things about their looks that we can apply to our everyday dressing:

  1. Don’t be afraid of color – Both Dobrev and Conrad opted for bright colors, immediately attracting our attention. But what is equally eye-catching is how they wore these bright colors: they made the color of their dresses the focal point of their outfits, while keeping their accessories, their makeup and their hair as simple as possible. Dobrev paired her look with a neutral clutch and white heels, allowing for the color to be the star of the outfit while her accessories played a supporting role. Conrad decided to go sans accessories, even keeping her hair and makeup soft and subtle. If you are afraid to try out a bold hue, take their lead by wearing your favorite bright color with more subdued accessories to make the color your outfit’s focal point; any busier or loud accessories would create conflicting focal points and end up drawing attention away from the color itself.
  2. You don’t have to ‘bare’ it all – One common thread (get it?) in both of these outfits is that they are sexy without being overtly so; Dobrev’s frock features tiny cutouts at the waist, while Conrad’s dress has a prominent plunging neckline and even a slit in the skirt. But neither of these dresses  are very revealing; this goes to show that you don’t have to ‘bare’ it all to be sexy. Sometimes, just showing little peeks can be subtly sexy, if not more sexy than showing it all.