Over the course of her remarkable film career, Canadian actress Rachel McAdams has given us many memorable on-screen fashion moments. After all, we can't easily forget perpetually-in-pink queen bee Regina George from Mean Girls or The Notebook's Allie Hamilton, who wore the impeccably tailored dresses and playsuits of the '40s (while smooching Ryan Gosling's character, sigh). But in real life, the talented star possesses just as much style panache as her on-screen personas, and as her career evolves (she most recently starred in Midnight in Paris and The Vow), so does her personal aesthetic. In fact, while McAdams was promoting her latest projects, she treated us to a series of stunning looks that reflect her sartorial smarts, and naturally, we're sharing them with you in today's Style Spotlight!
Though McAdams exudes a distinctly feminine sense of style, she clearly likes to inject her ensembles with a generous dollop of edge too. For example, at the Los Angeles premiere of The Vow in early February, McAdams turned up in a custom-made couture Vivienne Westwood frock at once both ladylike and slightly provocative (bottom row, center). While the dress' soft pastel shade radiates a sweet and pretty vibe, every inch of it accentuates her curves and gives McAdams a flattering hourglass shape. Chain link jewelryPomellato's 18k Rose Gold and White Diamond Pave Necklaces ($166,000 & $118,000, 800.254.6020) and 18k Rose Gold and White Diamond Pave Bracelet ($75,000, 800.254.6020)lends a tough element to the overall look, and Christian Louboutin's nude pumps only serve to elongate McAdams' silhouette. At the Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows premiere in Los Angeles last December, the actress again displayed her affinity for body-conscious gowns in Marchesa's Silver Embroidered Long Sleeve Cowl Back Gown ($9900, 212.463.8135) from the Resort 12 collection (bottom row, right). The dress features elegant details, like a sweeping train and long sleeves, but its curve-hugging contours and splashy metallic sequins keep it from appearing overly conservative. We also love McAdams' Collette Dinnigan Mirabella Dress ($1480, 404.377.9923) from the S/S 12 collection, which she wore to a photocall for The Vow in Germany (top row, right). Its intricate black lace pattern against nude mesh is decidedly romantic and risqué at the same time!
On occasions when McAdams opts for more casual attire, the results are no less chic. As she was leaving BBC Radio One in London in January, the stylephile managed to make an all-black ensembleLover's Winona Skating Dress ($528, available here in ruby/black) and The Row's Busselton Coat ($7290) from the F/W 11 collectionlook anything but basic (top row, center). The key lies in choosing pieces with interesting details, like her little black dress' leather Peter Pan collar and her outerwear's gold buckle closures. McAdams sported another effortless outfit at the premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in early February; her blue t-shirt tucked into a high-waisted maxi skirt, both from Peter Som's S/S 12 collection, offers a chic yet relaxed alternative to standard eveningwear (far left). McAdams also aimed for simplicity in the way of accessories, accenting the top-and-skirt combo with a small blue clutch, Jimmy Choo's Anouk Pumps from the CHOO 24:7 collection, and H.Stern's Stars Ring ($4700, 800.747.8376) in 18k Noble Gold and Diamonds.
While you may never plant your lips on Gosling or break Channing Tatum's heart, at least you can snag McAdams' sophisticated style with our carefully curated picks! If you're a fan of her dressier looks, we rounded up a number of options that mimic her romantic sensibilities. Though her pastel Vivienne Westwood frock was a custom creation, try Surface to Air's Vienna Dress ($445) for the same curve-conscious silhouette, or Badgley Mischka's Strapless Ruched Crepe Gown ($268), a longer and more formal rendition. While McAdams' Marchesa gown is certainly one of a kind, we found two inspiring versions ideal for replicating the look: Roberto Cavalli's Snake and Animal Printed Evening Gown ($1275) features a similar silhouette in a fashion-forward motif, while Lauren by Ralph Lauren's Boat Neck Lace Dress ($210) serves as a shimmery, but shorter, iteration. However, if you're fond of McAdams' lacy number, shimmy into Tadashi Shoji's Lace Dress ($310) or One Shoulder Lace Dress ($298). Both feminine frocks feature black lace detail against a nude-colored background, a totally alluring combination!
Thankfully, it's even simpler to copy McAdams' casual getups. Sport DKNY's Black Dress With Round Collar ($270) or Porter Grey's Halter Dress with Leather Collar ($298) under a black coat, and you've got an on-point alternative to McAdams' all-black ensemble. To achieve her stunning blue-on-blue look at the Journey 2 premiere, all you need is a solid top and printed maxi. We think ASOS' Forever T-Shirt ($27) in Blue or Kimberly Ovitz's Tovi T-Shirt ($85) would pair perfectly with Reiss' Naveen Printed Maxi Skirt ($245), Just Cavalli's Printed Silk-Satin Maxi Skirt ($670), or ALC's Eden Printed Silk Maxi Skirt ($893). Whether you choose to channel McAdams' dressier looks or her more laidback threads, just make sure to accompany it with the actress' number one accessory: a million-dollar smile!Tiffany Tse
Photos of Rachel McAdams, courtesy of Bauer Griffin, Getty Images, and Wenn.