What do Nicole Richie, Blake Lively, and Vanessa Hudgens all have in common? They have a natural, enviable style and are constantly topping best-dressed lists. Seriously, a day does not go by that I don’t use one of these girls as style inspiration for getting dressed. Another thing they have in common? They used to be fashion disasters.
Coming into your own certainly happens with age, and as you can see from the style transformations below, these three have definitely learned from their mistakes to become the fashion icons they are today.
We may have loved Nicole since her Simple Life days, but much else can be said about her fashion choices in the early 2000s. A mix of club wear, beach wear, and too many bad trends to count, Nicole has expressed that she doesn’t regret her past style. She’s quoted as saying, “As much as I would never wear this outfit now, fashion and how you express yourself is just in the moment.” While I can definitely agree with Nicole on that point, I think that we can all say that her current evolved style, ranging from hippie chic to sophisticated and sleek, will stand the test of time.
Blake Lively began her career as a trend follower—but now, she’s setting the trends with her street style and red carpet appearances. Blake has evolved from the girl next door to the girl of your dreams. Classic with a hint of sexy, Blake manages to stun with every appearance with looks that are polished, yet still attainable.
From “Tween Queen” to pop star to bohemian chic, Vanessa Hudgens has been able to evolve her style through each phase of her career seamlessly. Currently, Vanessa seems to be trending towards “cool girl chic,” adding more polished pieces to her wardrobe. You’ll want to add every new picture of her that goes to your daily outfit inspo collection!
What’s your favorite celebrity style transformation?
The ladies of Sex and the City taught us about the dos and the do-nots of love, friendship, and, of course, fashion and personal style. It all comes down to confidence and being true to yourself. Carrie Bradshaw didn’t always get it right—in fact, far from it. This is why we love her so much. We can relate to her and her ramblings, scattered brain, mistakes in love and friendship, and her love of everything fashion. My favorite thing about the show is how Carrie was able to take style and fashion and relate it back to what was going on in her life.
In honor of Sex and the City’s eighteenth birthday this past Monday, I’m sharing my favorite lessons, in style and in life, from the one and only Carrie Bradshaw.
1. Don’t be Afraid
…of color, of texture, of bold prints, and of being and expressing who you are. Carrie and the girls rocked every outfit they wore with confidence. If you love it, flaunt it. We would never learn without making some mistakes along the way.
“Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course, we would never fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And, if you are lucky enough, a plane ride away.”
– Carrie Bradshaw
2. You Can Never Be Too Overdressed (or Underdressed)
Feel like throwing on your fanciest gown for a night out at a fast food joint? Like wearing sweats with your heels? Who’s to say what you are wearing is inappropriate? You do you, the way Carrie always did Carrie.
“The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you that you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”
– Carrie Bradshaw
3. Shoes Make the Outfit
A good pair of shoes will bring life to any outfit, and, according to Carrie, possibly even mend a broken heart. Nothing is ever impossible to get through—you may just need a little help from your friends, or from a new pair of shoes.
“When one door closes – another shoebox opens!”
“No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends.”
– Carrie Bradshaw.
4. Never Apologize for Being You
Never apologize for wearing what you love the way you love it. And definitely never apologize for loving fashion as much as you do. Everyone has a vice, and, in my opinion, fashion just happens to be the most fun vice you can have!
“You shouldn’t have to sacrifice who you are just because somebody else has a problem with it.”
– Carrie Bradshaw.
“Maybe you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be.”
– Carrie Bradshaw.
With summer comes longer days, and longer days give us more time to revisit those classic summer movies. With summer quickly approaching and the fashion industry’s current obsession with past decades’ trends (specifically the ’70s and ’90s), I’ve created a list of my favorite throwback movies that also have the most enviable wardrobes to inspire your own summer style. Check out my favorite look below from each movie!
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Body suits and the athleisure trend are big in Dirty Dancing. Learn a few things about the decade they originated from, and pick up some style cues along the way. Frances (“Baby”)’s classic denim shorts and bodysuit look will get you through the hottest summer days in style.
Now & Then (1995)
The girls of Now & Then will make you nostalgic for childhood and carefree summer days. As adults with daily responsibilities, it’s harder to recreate those feelings, but you can definitely reinvent your youthful style with cues from this classic film. Pair vintage crop tops or a shrunken tee with high waist denim shorts to keep cool and chic during warm weather.
Clueless is one of the most iconic style movies of the ‘90s. The wardrobe in this movie was on point with the decade’s trends, many of which we are still able to pull off today. And can we all agree that Cher’s electronic closet = goals? So fab!
Pretty in Pink (1986)
A classic tale of teenage love and woes, and an even better tale of a teen’s individual style and ability to express herself through color and print. Andie teaches us that its best to be proud of who we are. I love her use of colors, layering and print. Summer is all about fun, so don’t be shy!
Almost Famous (2000)
The wardrobe in Almost Famous is almost too good. Penny Lane’s wardrobe is the epitome of ’70s bohemian funk, and you will only thank yourself for taking cues from her collection of crop tops, suede skirts, bell bottoms, and flowy mini dresses this season.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
The adolescent, dreamy look of the Lisbon sisters in The Virgin Suicides looks deliberately thrifted, not overly in your face costume retro. The sisters wear soft, nostalgic and true pieces from the ’70s that, if you’re lucky, you may still find deep in your mom’s closet.
The Notebook (2004)
The romantic wardrobe of The Notebook is perfect for those summer date nights with your beau or your girls! The characters’ playfully innocent style helps create the movie’s retro ’40s vibe and incorporates shapes and sizes that anyone can pull off fantastically.
The normcore trend—or anti-trend, if you will—gained traction in the fashion world a couple of years ago. Was it an inside joke between trendsetters to see how powerful they were and how fast they could make a trend spread? Or were people tired of trying so hard to stand out that they were beginning to blend in?
Perhaps it was a bit of both, but fast-forward to the present day and normcore “non-style” is now a full-blown street style trend. Normcore is dressing exactly how it sounds: normal. Basics, somewhat bland pieces—think middle-aged dads (sorry dads!), tourists in a big city, nondescript labels, sneakers and tees. In a nutshell: clothing to blend into the crows, rather than stand out.
With the way fashion and beauty are sensationalized in the media and how impressionable young viewers are, normcore is important to showcase in the media because it helps balance out the pressure that women feel to look perfect, dress in labels, and spend money they don’t have. Some of the most popular television shows of our time have set the normcore bar high! They showcase real people with real wardrobes, which greatly contrasts current shows that supposedly tell the stories of “real” characters with normal jobs, yet dress in expensive labels and never even repeat a tee. I’m hoping that moving forward, more television shows will embrace the normcore look.
Take a look at my top 3 television shows that celebrate normcore fashion, intentionally or not!
The epitome of normcore in more ways than fashion, Seinfeld is a show about nothing, with its styling following suit. The men dressed relatably, save for Kramer’s eccentric and loud style, and the women approachably.
Friends has remained a favorite for so long because the characters and story lines are relatable among multiple generations. One factor that adds to this is the style. The characters dressed within their means and their way of life, like real-life girls and guys next door.
Gilmore Girls takes place in a small, humble town, so it only makes sense that the styling followed suit. We saw the girls regularly wear nondescript denim, basic sweaters and cardigans, and simple shoes.
The most exclusive party of the year went down this Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit in New York City. The gala was centered around the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which explored the relationship between clothes created by hand and clothes created by machine. As always, it was a great night for fashion.
Here are the stars that made my best-dressed list on the Met Gala red carpet!
What were your favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala?