Dunn stars in new campaign

When fashion and philanthropy combine, you know the product is going to be something stylish and worthwhile — and that’s exactly where #ActuallySheCan’s latest campaign comes in.

According to InStylethe model Jourdan Dunn has recently been featured in a new campaign for #ActuallySheCan, a movement to promote and encourage strong, empowered women. The collaboration came about to promote their new inspirational tank tops, which were created in conjunction with Le Motto, a company that creates products inscribed with positive statements and sayings.

The 25-year-old model was photographed with minimal makeup wearing the motivational tanks, which having sayings such as “Less drama. More karma” or “Less hesitation. More meditation” scrawled across the front.

But the tanks’ positive messages won’t just brighten your day — they will also make a difference in the lives of women across the United States. #ActuallySheCan says that the majority of the proceeds from the tanks will be donated to AcademyWomen, an organization described as empowering “aspiring, current and past women military leaders through mentoring, training, and growth opportunities to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally.”

InStyle says Dunn spoke on the inspiration behind the tanks, explaining their uplifting purpose this way: “The #ActuallySheCan tanks are the perfect way to inject some positivity into your life, with motivational slogans that encourage the best in all of us.”

To purchase one of these tanks and benefit AcademyWomen, click here — and be sure to “wear your motivation”!

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Take Her Look: Year in Review

In a year filled with great fashion, it is easy to forget even the most glamorous looks to grace the red carpets of events near and far. But as 2015 draws to a close, we can’t help but recall the most fashionable, eye-catching looks of the year that made us stop in our tracks.

Kicking off awards season in a sparkly Zuhair Murad number was Giuliana Rancic, who stunned on the Emmys red carpet in the embellishment-encrusted gown. Rancic’s gown was complemented by soft, subtle waves and dainty jewelry.

In an equally breathtaking look on country’s night to rock, Jennifer Nettles took to the red carpet of the CMAs in a pale pink gown with a mesh-covered bodice and beading at the chest. She completed her striking look with upswept hair and dramatic eye makeup.

To celebrate Glamour’s 25th Women of the Year Awards, singer Jennifer Hudson rocked the red carpet in a slate-grey gown with floral appliqués and a plunging neckline. The singer polished off her look with some sparkly bangles and earrings.

Taking the British Fashion Awards by storm in a stunning black and white number was model Jourdan Dunn, who took to the red carpet in the colorblocked number that was complete with waist cutouts and a thigh-high slit. She completed her mock-neck gown with silver single-strap sandals and minimal jewelry.

Wearing an out-of-this-world style for the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was Lupita Nyong’o, who wore an Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture crystal-encrusted gown complete with satin-trimmed cutouts. The actress topped off her look with a bright red lipstick and Chopard jewelry.

While all of these ladies were styled to perfection in 2015, there is one thing to remember from their looks to apply to the way we dress not just in 2016, but in all years to come:

The key to any good outfit is confidence; when you feel good about yourself and what you’re wearing, it immediately elevates everything from the simplest T-shirt and jeans to the most elaborate couture gown.

So in 2016, remember that you are beautiful, and dress like you know you’re beautiful.

She Leads, You Follow: British Fashion Awards Edition

The boldest and the best of British fashion took to the red carpet on Nov. 23 for the British Fashion Awards of 2015. The annual event, which began in 1989 to honor prominent figures in British fashion whose contributions have transcended far beyond the UK, was held at the London Coliseum and saw the likes of Anna Wintour and Victoria Beckham in attendance. But some attendees stood out among the rest for their impeccable style.

First to catch our eye in a sophisticated white ensemble was model Arizona Muse. She floated down the red carpet in this ethereal two-piece gown, featuring a beaded elbow-length crop top and a cascading solid white skirt. A silver frame clutch, a red lip and a classic updo completed her stunning look.

Black and white was far from boring when model Jourdan Dunn walked the red carpet of the British Fashion Awards in this striking number. Featuring a mock-neck and cutouts at her waist and back, this gown revamped the classic combination. Dunn paired her look with a simple silver strappy heel and a few bold rings.

Actress Kate Beckinsale opted for an all-black ensemble for the evening’s festivities, wearing an open-back dress with black heels and a black clutch. She completed her look with her signature high ponytail updo.

Capping off our favorite looks of the night was model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who stunned in a silver encrusted Burberry gown with a plunging neckline. Chandelier earrings and tousled hair completed her stylish ensemble.

Although these lovely ladies are dressed for a night to celebrate British fashion’s elite, there are some things we can take away from their style to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Simplicity is key – One of the unifying factors among all four of these looks is that they are all fairly simple; while they may have beading, cutouts or interesting necklines, they don’t feature overwhelming prints or over-the-top accessories. Each look has one interesting focal point, to which all other things play a supporting role: for Muse, it’s the beaded crop top; for Dunn, it’s the cutouts; for Beckinsale, it’s the back detail; for Huntington-Whiteley, it’s the plunging neckline. All of the other details of their outfits — from their hair to their jewelry to their shoes and accessories — enhance instead of detract from the focal points of their looks.
  2. Neutrals are interesting – Another common theme among these looks is their color: they are all done in neutral colors. From black and white, to all white, to all black, to silver, these looks are all neutral, but still so appealing. Why? Because of the shape of the gowns and their intricate details. While some have interesting cutouts, others have elaborate beading either at the bodice of the gown or all the way through. These gowns also have inherent shape-creating structures; Muse’s crop top accentuates her waist, while Dunn’s and Beckinsale’s cutouts do the same. Huntingon-Whiteley’s plunging neckline not only frames her face, it also acts as a pointing device to her waist, making it appear even smaller. Details like these are small, but they make all the difference.