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Best Dressed: Sarah Hyland, Emma Watson, Willow Smith and more

Posted on September 19, 2012 by

Sarah Hyland

What she’s wearing: The Modern Family actress showed up to the 6th Annual Power of Youth Event in Los Angeles, California in a floral Zimmermann dress.

Why we love it: The draping on the bottom half takes this floral dress to the next level since it adds a contrasting texture to the look. The draping technique continues to the back of the dress making for a pleasant surprise when Hyland turns around — it goes from sweet floral dress to a total knockout stunner! She paired it with Brian Atwood shoes in a cobalt colour and a matching Kotur clutch that both bring out the blues in the dress.

Takeaway: Pick a floral dress with interesting design elements instead of just basing your choice on the print itself. If you took away the print from this dress and remade it into a solid fabric, the dress would still be hot.

Kate Middleton

What she’s wearing: The Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the Solomon Islands in a bright geometric Jonathan Saunders dress during her royal tour of Southeast Asia.

Why we love it: If only everybody looked like this while getting off a plane! Then again, there’s usually not a red carpet waiting for you on the tarmac when you get off. We’re suckers for bold geometric prints and this dress has that in spades! Plus it’s in a unique colour combination of aqua, forest-green, and white, which makes it stand out and makes it fun. She accents the look with cream accessories: the heels, the clutch and hat (the Brits sure do love a good hat!).

Takeaway: When wearing bold prints, accessorize with neutral items to minimize the in-your-face quality of the bold print. The neutral accessories will really let the print stand out.

Emma Watson

What she’s wearing: The stunning Brit stepped out in white Brood dress to the New York premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Why we love it: Watson is proving to be a major fashion risk taker, and as fashion fans what else can you ask for? The sleeveless halterneck blouse turns asymmetrical with an added sleeve detail on one shoulder. Then the button-down skirt also includes a peplum overlay, adding more lines for your eyes to visually follow.

Takeaway: Just like Little Black Dresses, Little White Dresses can really stand out when there are added design details to take the dress into the next level. So while it might be easier to go for “simple,” finding clothes with a lot of subtle details can take you really far.

Kelly Osbourne

What she’s wearing: Osbourne wore an eye-catching Chris Benz Resort colour-block dress paired with steampunk glasses to the Chris Benz show at New York Fashion Week.

Why we love it: We’ve been major fans of colour blocking for a while now and this look proves the trend isn’t going anywhere. The dress uses the hottest spring colour combination  (pink and orange) to its full advantage! Mixing pink and orange might seem counterintuitive since they might clash, but mixing bold colours and bold prints is taking over the runway. Add her steampunk glasses (an era of fashion making a major comeback) and her cooky Dr. Seuss-esque twisted bun and Osbourne has a really quirky and cool look.

Takeaway: Colour blocking is a tool to highlight your best features and hide your worst. By cutting up your body into different parts you can emphasize or minimize areas like your arms, your chest, or your legs.

Jaden Smith and Willow Smith

What they’re wearing: The stylish siblings were spotted at the Toronto International Film Festival with their super-famous parents Will and Jada Pinkett Smith (spot Jada in the background, she’s one hot mamma!). Jaden wore a MSFTS graphic T-shirt, blazer, and leather pants. Lil’ sis Willow wore a cheetah Versace mini dress, cropped blazer, and Chloé studded biker boots.

Why we love it: While each look is hot on its own, together they coordinate perfectly without looking too matchy-matchy. Let’s be honest, who likes coordinating their outfits with their siblings? (The last time I did that with my sister was when we were in high school and wore a school uniform.) The siblings use a similar leather theme but balance out that hard biker edge with sophisticated blazers and yellow accents.

Takeaway: When coordinating looks with someone, try not to be too literal. Pick a common theme and colour palette, and choose some similar fabrics. By having common elements you’ll be able to coordinate your look while maintaining your individual style.

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