The model-turned-actress success story is one we've all heard before, but the tale of model-turned-actress-turned-style-star is one we'll never tire of! In fact, it's that exact seamless transition that landed Brooklyn Decker in this month's Style Spotlight story! The Ohio native--whom you may recognize from the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover or from a slew of ELLE fitness instruction videos--is making memorable red carpet moments left and right on her current press tour for Battleship and What To Expect When You're Expecting. Plus, she's been killing it with her off-duty ensembles too! Steadily rotating between sexy-chic frocks, sophisticated separates, and outfits with downtown insouciance, Decker's signature style is a direct hit-and we're completely on board!
On The Red Carpet
From glamorous gowns to flirtatious mini dresses, Decker is known for experimenting with a myriad of looks on the red carpet, however, one thing remains constant throughout: each ensemble is equipped with an indisputable wow factor. Consider the Stella McCartney dress she wore to the Tokyo premiere of Battleship last month, for example. While the dress' dramatic, figure-flattering column silhouette and color-block design are enough to turn heads, the addition of a thick gold metal belt and side cutouts inject the overall look with just the right amount of edge and loads of sex appeal. Speaking of sex appeal, Decker really amped it up at the London Battleship photocall back in March, wearing another body-conscious Stella McCartney creation--this time the designer's provocative Ink Stretch Large Diamond Walsh Dress ($4725)--and Christian Louboutin's Crosspiga Pumps ($795, 212.255.1910). With an athletic-inspired shape and sultry mesh cutouts, the dress emphasizes all the right places without appearing too risqué. Also noteworthy: the Tory Burch slate blue knife-pleated silk tulle and crepe gown with hand-beaded floral appliques she wore to the 2012 Met Gala last week, especially the way she elevated the dress with House of Lavande's statement-making Swarovski Crystal and Resin Earrings ($395). The resulting look was stunning, to say the least.
At Press Events
When Decker isn't gussied up for red carpet events, she's comfortably outfitted in relaxed silhouettes and edgy wardrobe staples. For her appearance at WonderCon in Los Angeles two months ago, the actress turned up in an enviable mix consisting of a white Stella McCartney blazer, Sandro tee, Tory Burch leather Ally Pants ($995, 310.248.2612) in Normandy Blue, and Michael Kors heels. We admire Decker's effortless uptown-meets-downtown pairing, and applaud her decision to upgrade the outfit by simply adding Dannijo's lavish Bea Necklace ($945). Even more casual, yet equally desirable, was the ensemble Decker wore heading to a boat cruise in Australia last month. Decker was snapped in Calvin Klein Collection's Vermilion Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt Dress ($1450, 212.292.9000) paired with Chloe's Studded Leather Ankle Boots ($1290) and aviator sunglasses, which made for a very cool boating ensemble if you ask us!
Get Her Look
Though your calendar may not be filled with glamorous red carpet premieres and exclusive fashion events, incorporating Decker's easygoing fashion sense into your everyday wardrobe is simple to do with the right pieces! To mimic our subject's off-duty style, we suggest picking up pieces with laid-back silhouettes. Start with a shirtdress in a bright hue, like Equipment's Silk Shirtdress ($248) and Calvin Klein's budget-friendly Shirtdress ($80), or try a casual graphic-print tee, like Wildfox's Never Ending Fun Tee ($64). If you go for the former, follow Decker's lead and give the dress a cool-girl spin with low-heeled ankle booties; C Society's Studded Booties ($199) and Jeffrey Campbell's Buckle Back Ankle Boots ($248) are two of our current favorites on the market. Those opting for Decker's noteworthy t-shirt look should balance the top's casual fit with a polished blazer-consider Theory's Stretch Cotton Blazer ($365) or Banana Republic's Sateen One-Button Blazer ($158)-and Urban Outfitters' Emily D Vegan Leather Leggings ($68). To finish, add CC Skye's Neon Multi Chain Necklace ($240), and you'll have an effortlessly enviable look.
Mimicking Decker's dressier selections is easy to do too! Maxi dresses are a must for summer, so take a page from Decker's stylebook and pick one with a figure-flattering, column shape. Mango's Straight Cut Maxi Dress ($80) will certainly do the trick. While the solid color lends itself to loads of interesting accessory options, we like the idea of adding a thick gold belt, like Mettle's The Bold & The Beautiful Belt ($198), a la Decker to give the floor-grazing frock even more interest. If you were smitten with the actress' elegant Met Gala gown, try Reiss' more wearable Kana Embroidered Top Dress ($425). Paired with statement-making shoulder-grazers, like Tom Binns' Faux Real Medium Crystal Earrings ($242), this frock is a lovely pick for a summer wedding or a fancy after-hours fete. Readers looking to emulate Decker's more sultry choice will certainly enjoy T by Alexander Wang's Mesh Combo Tank Dress ($285) and Motel's Cut Out Racer Back Dress ($43); both are reminiscent of her Stella McCartney number, thanks to their athletic-inspired, body-con silhouettes. We also approve of Timo Weiland's Elysia Sweetheart Party Dress ($567), which like Decker, strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy accents. Whatever pieces you end up choosing, be sure to keep the rest of your look clean and fuss-free-that goes for your beauty look too!-to fully achieve Decker's signature style.--Jessica Baker
Photos of Brooklyn Decker, courtesy of Getty Images.