She Leads, You Follow: InStyle Awards Edition

Magazines often send reporters out to cover the latest movie premiere or awards ceremony, but rarely do they have a chance to host their own red carpet event. But on Oct. 26, all this changed as InStyle hosted their inaugural “InStyle Awards 2015” at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. And no surprise here: all of their guests showed up in very “in-style” looks.

One of our favorite looks came from Gwyneth Paltrow, who graced the event in a a black velvet Schiaparelli gown with a plunging v-neckline and cap-sleeves. Finishing off her look were Casadei heels and David Webb jewelry, says InStyle

Contrasting Paltrow’s all-black ensemble was Miranda Kerr, who worked the red carpet in a white tea-length trumpet dress by Ulyana Sergeenko, says InStyle. While her dress seemed fairly simple from the front, it features mesh-covered cutouts on the side that lead to an sheer back.

Although Paltrow and Kerr are dressed for a red-carpet event for one of the most well-known fashion magazines of today, there are several things about their looks that we can apply to the way we dress everyday;

  1. Revamp a classic – Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress is made of velvet, which to some can read as an antiquated fabric. However, what changes this timeless fabric is the cut, silhouette and overall style of the gown. Her dress features a plunging neckline, which automatically gives the dress a younger, sexier feel. The cap sleeves at a bit of drama by giving her a stronger shoulder, while the strip of rhinestones framing her collarbone draws attention to her face. If you find yourself doubting more classic fabrics or styles, take Paltrow’s lead and look for the ways in which they have been updated to give it a more modern or younger feel.
  2. Have some fun – This should be a consistent rule, whether you are dressing to go grocery shopping or dressing up for a black-tie affair. Miranda Kerr’s dress is fun and flirty not only for its trumpet-style hemline, but also for its mesh covered cutouts and sheer back. Looking for details like this, among others, in your outfits can create a fun, visually interesting look. To start small, look for more subtle ways to have fun in your clothes; this could be achieved by a small pop of color in your shoes or handbag, or even with a print that you really love. What it all boils down to, essentially, is to wear what makes you happy and what you love — if you feel good in what you’re wearing, then you will wear your outfit with confidence.

She Leads, You Follow: Downton Abbey BAFTA Edition

There’s no denying the tremendous success of Downton Abbey, so it would come as no surprise that the show was honored with a special award at the BAFTA Tribute that took place on August 11. And while this tribute was held to celebrate the show’s worldwide success, the celebration had a pretty exciting side effect — it showed off just how fashionable their cast is!

Keeping it classic in black and white was Michelle Dockery, who turned heads on the red carpet in what InStyle reports was a Valentino gown. Dockery styled her minimalist gown with a slick of red lipstick and a metallic clutch, while letting her hair fall around her shoulders in loose curls.

Lily James followed suit in an equally exquisite ensemble, wearing a white jacquard midi dress by Ulyana Sergeenko. James completed her head-to-toe white look with white pom-pom embellished pumps, the product of what InStyle says is a collaboration of Christian Louboutin for Ulyana Sergeenko.

While Dockery and James are dressed for the red carpet, there are some things we can take away from their formal looks and apply to our everyday style:

  1. Panels are perfection – Michelle Dockery’s colorblocked dress shows us just how useful panels can be not only on a dress, but on any garment. The white panels on her dress are positioned in such a way that they fall straight down from her waist to the floor, just barely skimming her hips. This straight line from her waist to the floor creates the illusion of straighter hips while also allowing us to focus on the black center column of the dress, which overall makes her appear even slimmer than she is. The lines created by the colorblocked panels also lengthen her frame, making her appear taller. Panels like this on a dress, skirt, pants or top are a great way to create illusions of a longer, leaner silhouette — having the panels positioned on the outsides of the body help to create this shape, so look for pieces with a similar construction to recreate the look.
  2. Simple doesn’t mean boring – Lily James’ red carpet look may be done in one color, but it’s far from boring. That’s because her outfit is filled with subtle details that come together to create a cohesive, visually stimulating look. Her dress is done in jacquard, which means that the material of the dress has a print woven into it. Oftentimes, this print can be done in a metallic thread or a thread of a slightly different hue, which makes the print multidimensional. James’ dress has a tone-on-tone jacquard, meaning the print is done is the same hue as the dress, adding the slightest bit of texture to the monochromatic look. James then introduces satin and fuzzy pom-poms with her shoes, adding yet another dimension to her outfit. Her look shows us that an outfit isn’t boring just because it’s comprised of only one color — as long as it has pattern, texture and some shine, any outfit that pays attention to details can be an exciting outfit.