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Best Dressed: Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart and more

Posted on October 3, 2012 by

Blake Lively

What she’s wearing: The new Mrs. Ryan Reynolds was spotted on the set of Gossip Girl wearing a brown military W118 by Walter Baker trench coat and a burgundy and teal leopard print Theodora and Callum infinite scarf. (Not pictured are her sweatpants and Uggs.)

Why we love it: The best thing about fall are the jackets and this is one killer jacket! Military-inspired coats and tops are on-trend but this trench catches our eye for its cool crocodile skin embossing — a cool added detail to set it apart from other trench  coats. Lively adds a pop of colour and print with her infinite scarf, a must-have accessory for the fall season.

Takeaway: There will be days when you’re schlepping around in your sweats but need to leave the house for quick minute and will need a quick fashion fix. Trench coats or other long jackets are perfect quick fixes to cover up outfits you would otherwise be embarrassed to be seen in out in public, like your PJs. Here Lively is most likely shooting a scene from the waist up, so you wouldn’t have seen her rocking sweats and Uggs since they’ll be out of the camera frame.

Taylor Swift

What she’s wearing: T-Swift was red hot on the red carpet with a red lace French Connection dress at the 2012 IHeartRadio Music Festival.

Why we love it: Lace details have been on trend for a while but the fire engine red colour takes this lace from sweet to sexy. While sheer at the sleeves and the yoke, this dress keeps it covered up and slightly conservative with the black lining. Recently Swift has been donning some retro-inspired looks and this look is pretty ’60s — not a surprise since she’s dating a Kennedy.

Takeaway: Wearing lace in a bright and bold colour modernizes the usually soft and sweet textile, and this bold red colour does just that. Notice how Swift wasn’t afraid to match her dress with a bold red lip either. Usually matching your lipstick to your dress is a no-no, but the red lip is not only classic but also makes a bold statement.

Kristen Stewart

What she’s wearing: No doubt the Twilight star wore head-to-toe Balenciaga to the Balenciaga 2013 Spring Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week. The yellow biker jacket, the floral pants, and the leather boots are all Balenciaga! Considering she’s the face of their fragrance ‘Florabotanica,’ it’s no surprise.

Why we love it: This look is cool and edgy while being fashion forward. Stewart pops in the bright yellow biker jacket, which has a cool quilted detail on the sleeves (expect the quilted detail to be a major trend), which makes this jacket look like no other. She balances out the bright yellow with a black tee, but contrasts the colour blocking off the top with a black and white floral printed skinny pant. And then she completes the chic biker look with leather boots. Also she’s getting good mileage out of her black top and necklace, a good sign for any item in one’s wardrobe.

Takeaway: This look is a lesson in balance and contrast. The look manages to successfully balance a bold colour with neutral colours, and a print with a solid. If you attempt this look, stick within three colours: two neutral colours plus a bold colour, since black and white looks can sometimes seem blah, add a pop of colour to spice it up.

Kanye West

What he wore: West arrived in a camo Supreme Green Tree pullover jacket, black skinny jeans, and retro Air Jordan sneakers to the Céline 2012 Spring/Summer Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week.

Why we love it: While this look might be too casual for a fashion show during Paris Fashion Week, we all know that West has the swagger and confidence to pull it off. (Plus there are many other instances of the rapper in more dapper outfits from the week but this one stood out.) Camouflage is back and this print gives a unique spin on the trend. While not overtly camo I’m sure if West wanted to he could go hunting in this jacket. West balances out the bagginess of the jacket with black skinny jeans, and the retro Air Jordans are just a bonus.

Takeaway: The best way to work camo in a look is to avoid pairing with other outdoorsy or military-looking items, otherwise it might veer into costume territory. You’re not actually trying to look like you’re going hunting or enlisting in the army, it’s a by-product of the current military-inspired trend.

Kiernan Shipka

What she’s wearing: The Mad Men actress was photographed in a blue with green appliqués Opening Ceremony dress to the 10th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party.

Why we love it: The green appliqués on the bodice and collar are not only a sweet design detail but they give the dress a cool pattern. Added to this are the pleated skirt and awesome blue colour, which makes this look fun and hip. Shipka also contrasts her dress with a bright yellow clutch and aqua pumps.

Takeaway: Embellished collars are a major trend right now, whether they are Peter Pan collars or even rounded collars. If you can’t get your hands on an embellished collar, wearing a collar in a contrasting colour from your outfit will help make the collar stand out as well.

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