Answers!

Answers!
Thursday, October, 22, 2009 During the dog days of August and September's Indian summer, we often pine for a crisp autumn evening curled up with a mug of mulled cider. However, now that fall is upon us, we find ourselves, and our readers, grappling with clothing-minded conundrums. Whether you're fretting about how best to include this season's must have leopard accents into your wardrobe (check out Miranda Kerr) or simply seeking a lightweight outerwear option that is the perfect layering piece (props to Natalie Portman) we have gathered all of your celebrity-style queries and are pleased to present our fashionable findings in today's edition of What Was She Wearing: Answers!

Kate Moss
Although the tight shorts-avec-tights combo can be a bit tricky to master, Kate Moss shows us how to navigate this dressing situation with her signature insouciance. While running errands in West London earlier this month, the supermodel was spotted in an understated almost-all-noir ensemble. Specifically, she was wearing a pair of Prada shorts that are from many seasons ago (try Premium Denim Shorts ($80) from Topshop instead) and Mulberry's Double Prong Buckle Belt ($195). While much of the remainder of her outfit is comprised of vintage finds from the Portobello Road Market, we have gone ahead and selected some contemporary alternatives that match Moss' pieces in style! Be sure to check out Topshop's Short Extended Shoulder Jacket ($135), which mimics Moss' shrunken boy blazer with a modern strong-shouldered update. Though her exact boots and bag are one-of-a-kind, we suggest you consider Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent's Dylan Knee High Boot ($350) and either Prada's Pitone Drawstring Tote ($2990) or Melie Bianco's Studded Bag ($89) for her snakeskin carryall and you'll be strolling in style!

Lauren Conrad
Though the cameras may not beam Lauren Conrad's every move into your home on a weekly basis anymore, it's good to know that this Los Angeles lady still brings the chic wherever she goes. Spotted ducking into an appointment in West Hollywood last week, the former star of The Hills wore an adorably bright Geo Wrap Skirt ($48) from Ecote, smartly paired with Linea Pelle's Vintage Hip Belt with Perforation ($125) and a timeless black top, like Banana Republic's Short-Sleeve V-Neck Tee ($20). Conrad finished off the look with luxe accents including a Marc by Marc Jacobs purse and Lanvin ballet flats-both are from a few seasons ago. If you'd like some currently in-stock substitutions for these key accessories, we think Hurley's Vivienne Bag ($64) and Vera Wang Lavender Label's Lillian Flats ($195) also fit the bill!

Miranda Kerr
Whether she's posing as Victoria Secret angel or channeling a futuristic urbanite on the Balenciaga runway, Miranda Kerr certainly has proved that she's got quite a range! Off-duty, however, Kerr opts for the sort of gorgeous, grounded, and au courant brand of chic embodied by Isabel Marant's F/W 09 collection. Seen here taking a walk in New York City wearing editor-favorite (and unfortunately sold out) leopard skirt and heather gray sweatshirt from Marant, and Balenciaga's Black Flat Ankle Boots ($945, 212.206.0872), we can happily report that we've successfully sleuthed out some look-a-like alternatives to her designer pieces. We love the animalistic print of this Charlotte Russe Leopard Knit Skirt ($20), while the cut and color of Rogan's Mackayla Top ($132) mimics her Etoile by Isabel Marant shirt. Round out the rest of the ensemble with Topshop's Anarch Square Toe Cowboy Boot ($160), and Elizabeth and James' IX Blazer ($425), and you'll be Kerr-azy stylish in no time flat!

Natalie Portman
Though she often flies under the paparazzi radar, we are always pleased as punch to spot the ever-adored Natalie Portman out and about. Though she usually dons divine Lanvin frocks for her red carpet appearances, it's good to know that the Love and Other Impossible Pursuits-star is equally well-appointed when dressed down. Seen in between press events during the Toronto International Film Festival late last month, Portman stayed cozy in Salvatore Ferragamo's Double Breasted Capelet ($1990, 800.628.8916), which she layered over Chloe's Silk Medallion Printed Shirt ($1165, 212.717.8220), and MiH's The Marrakesh Flare ($244). While her exact pieces are certainly desirable, if you're looking for more budget-friendly alternatives, be sure to try either Pringle 1815's Swing Jacket ($750) or A.P.C. Madras' Canvas Cape ($200); both the British and French fashion houses have designed lovely cape cover-ups that will look perfect over your favorite fall and winter outfits. All you'll need is a pair of flared denim bottoms, like Gap's Nautical Jeans ($70) and a patterned scarf like this Banana Republic Silk Printed Scarf ($60) to help you achieve that Portman-inspired polish!

Photos of Miranda Kerr and Kate Moss, from Splash; Photo of Lauren Conrad, from PCN; Photo of Natalie Portman, from INF.
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