She Leads, You Follow: La Mer Celebration Edition

Being considered an ‘icon’ in the fashion and makeup industry is not an easily-won accomplishment, but on Oct. 13, skincare and cosmetic brand La Mer celebrated their icon-status at their “Celebration of an Icon” 50th Anniversary event at Siren Studios in Hollywood, California. Although the night was all about La Mer, we couldn’t help but be sidetracked by the event’s tremendous red carpet fashion.

Take Chrissy Teigen’s white-hot ensemble, for example. The model and recently-announced mommy-to-be made an appearance on the red carpet in what InStyle describes as a white strappy Kayat dress. Teigen completed her look with silver metallic frame clutch, matching silver Jimmy Choo sandals and EF Collection jewelry.

Following suit in an equally stunning look was Gwyneth Paltrow, who rocked the red carpet in a Galvan jumpsuit with a sheer plunging neckline. Polishing off her look were black satin Brian Atwood sandals and a bold cocktail ring.

Although these lovely ladies are styled for the red carpet, there are certain facets of their looks that we can apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Structurally speaking – Chrissy Teigen’s white Kayat dress a perfect example of clothing with an inherent, shape-creating structure. The wide straps accentuate her shoulders, balancing them out with her hips, while the zipper running down the center of her dress draws our attention and makes us follow the long line it creates. The seaming and slight ruching at the bodice and waist of the dress draws attention to her bustline while simultaneously narrowing her waist. These simple, barely perceptible features all work to define her shape and make an otherwise simple dress visually stimulating. Whether you’re shopping for anything from a dress to a blouse, be sure to consider all of the elements of the garment beyond the print and overall shape, because there may be elements working ‘behind the seams’ that make the piece a very functional, yet fashionable item.
  2. Jump into a jumpsuit – Gwyneth Paltrow’s Galvan jumpsuit shows us not only one way to properly wear a formal jumpsuit, but also what to look for when shopping for the perfect one-piece. First, be sure that the jumpsuit has a clearly defined waistline; in Paltrow’s jumpsuit, her waist is easily identified by a thick black band. Then, check out the cut of the legs; a universally flattering leg silhouette for jumpsuits is wide-legged cut, because the leg of the pant will graze the widest part of your hips and fall straight down to the floor, creating a long, lean legline. Finally, try to find a jumpsuit with some interesting detail that will act as a focal point for the look; in Paltrow’s Galvan number, the obvious focal point is its sheer plunging neckline, but a high neckline or notched strapless neckline can be equally as eye-catching. All of these facets combine to create a flattering jumpsuit look for all body types.
  3. A ‘solid’ look – One of the things both of these looks have in common is that they are composed of solid colors. And while solid colors can sometimes be thought of as ‘boring’ or ‘dull,’ both of these outfits prove that solid colors can be anything but boring. So what is it that makes these outfits particularly interesting? The answer is in the details — not only are both Teigen’s dress and Paltrow’s jumpsuit tailored perfectly to their bodies, they also have inherent shape, structure and detail that combine to make a visually stimulating look. Both of their outfits demonstrate that solid colors can be exciting when they are cut and styled in ways that enhance the body shape of each woman, as well as their personality.

She Leads, You Follow: Wimbledon Edition

This year’s Wimbledon championships not only attracted some of the best tennis players in the world, but also some incredibly well-dressed guests.

The championships, which officially ends on July 12, has been graced with the attendance of several A-list celebrities, from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Catherine to Hollywood power couple John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen. But despite the celebrities in attendance, THL has only been starstruck by the impeccable Wimbledon fashion.

The first Wimbledon attendee to catch our eye was Sienna Miller, who showed up to the semi-finals on Friday in an elegant white jumpsuit by Galvan. Miller doubled up on Alexander McQueen accessories, pairing her look with a McQueen tote as well as McQueen tortoise shell sunglasses, according to Vogue

While Miller kept it simple in a sleek white jumpsuit, People StyleWatch reports that Pippa Middleton opted for a printed Carolina Herrera peplum top with a matching cigarette pant to attend Thursday’s match. She completed her look with a black espadrille wedge, a cream colored clutch and classic aviator sunglasses.

Although you may not be attending a fancy sporting event anytime soon (don’t worry, we aren’t either!), there are some aspects of Miller’s and Middleton’s outfits that we can work into our own wardrobes.

  1. Jump into a jumpsuit – Jumpsuits are such an easy option, not just for the summer but all-year round. Similar to dresses, just put on a jumpsuit and you are instantly dressed. However, there are certain things to be mindful of when shopping for your perfect jumpsuit: first, make sure that the jumpsuit clearly defines your waist. This means looking for jumpsuits with obvious seaming or even a belt at the waist. Next, be sure to try on the jumpsuit before you purchase it, ensuring that the waist of the jumpsuit falls at your natural waistline (your natural waistline is the smallest part of your torso); this ensures that your legs look long because your legs will seem like they start at your waist, making you look taller overall. Finally, make sure that the jumpsuit isn’t too long; the last thing you want is material to be pooling around your ankles, as this can make your legs look shorter and reverse the illusion of a longer leg created by defining your natural waist.
  2. All-over prints are A-OK – Pippa Middleton’s all-over printed ensemble shows us exactly how to pull off such a bold look. First, she chose pieces in flattering silhouettes; remember, peplum tops are universally flattering, as they not only have the ability to define your waist and emphasize your curves, but also to hide anything you may be worried about in your stomach area. Her cigarette pants are tailored closely to her body, giving her a fitted, long and lean shape. Next, she chose a print that is proportional to her frame; at a tall and slender 5 feet 9 inches, she can pull off a small to medium sized print, and this white-on-black print certainly fit the bill. Finally, she kept her accessories simple, letting the print be the star of the show while her accessories played a supporting role; note that she opted for accessories in similar colors to those in her outfit and kept those accessories in solid colors. While you can add a pop of color to something as simple as black and white, make sure that you do not introduce another bold print to compete with the main print of your outfit. You can introduce another simpler print, however, so long as it is small enough to read as a solid color from a distance.