Styling Tips

At, we spend countless hours dissecting celebrity outfits, trying to determine why certain looks are so special, interesting, or just cuter than the rest. While weÂ've yet to hit upon a universal truth thus far, we have realized that sometimes all it takes is the addition of a single unexpected or fashion-forward item. TodayÂ's trendsetting muses are great examples of this theory, as they all wonderfully demonstrate of-the-moment looks.

Byrdie Bell
Though leather (or leather-like) leggings are not a new look per se, socialite Byrdie Bell makes them look fresh again. We appreciate the fact that she picked a cropped pair of leather pants; the shorter length lends a little polish to this distinctive piece. But more importantly, weÂ're quite fond of her uber-distressed top, as it adds a modern touch to the rockÂ'nÂ'roll pants. If you donÂ't already own a similarly skintight pair, we suggest checking out either BlankÂ's Skinny Pleather Pants icon($78) or Paige DenimÂ's Rockingham Super Skinny Leather Pants ($595). If youÂ're hankering for an equally distressed top, definitely check out Alexander WangÂ's spring collection, including his Baggy Sweater ($395) and Baggy Long Sleeve Sweater ($595). We know not everyone wants to spend so much on a single piece, so we found additional options. T-shirt aficionados might like Raquel AllegraÂ's Shredded Tank ($198), while thrifty readers should visit Behind The Seams for DIY instructions on how to create a Wang-inspired thrashed top!

Lou Doillon
As youÂ've surely noticed, we have a great love for the classic tux jacket, particularly when itÂ's worn in a current way. Lou Doillon wore this traditional pieceÂ--mixed with silver and white sequinsÂ--to an Etam party in Paris and looked exceptionally great. Whether you decide to use a sparkly piece you already own, a vintage piece, or pick up something new (like the drool-inducing Midnight Sequin Dress ($352) by Ksubi or the Bolt Sequin Dress ($93) by WPQ), just balance the glitz with a sober jacket. As far as tuxes go, donÂ't miss SomethingÂ's Knit Jersey Tux Jacket ($156): itÂ's a killer piece at an excellent price!

Alexa Chung
Though there are many reasons we like Alexa ChungÂ's style, the tastemakerÂ's eye for detail definitely tops that list. Seen here at the ELLE Style Awards Party in London, Chung selected a simple white Charles Anastase Silk Sundress ($920) and beautifully understated pair of Luella by Georgina Goodman Anne T-Bar Shoes ($1011), both excellent choices. Of course, what really made this outfit is the jewelry, which transforms what would otherwise be a simple look into something interesting and cool. While ChungÂ's jumble of long and short necklaces includes an Augustina Jewellery Race Horse Charm ($220), obviously you can use any necklaces and pendants to get your own version of her style. If youÂ're simply stumped for options, try Arden B.Â's Long Rope Necklace ($18) layered with Jami RodriguezÂ's Ahoy Charm Necklace ($147), and perhaps throw in TopshopÂ's Ditzy Teddy Bear Pendant ($40) for a little fun!

Gwyneth Paltrow
One thing we noticed at New York Fashion Week was the preponderance of leather shorts on the runwaysÂ--they were everywhere! Unsurprisingly, Gwyneth PaltrowÂ's already ahead of the trend, as she wore a pair by Proenza Schouler to a screening at the Sunshine Cinema. (Curious minds: the rest of her outfit is also Proenza Schouler, save for her bag, which is TodÂ's Rounded Bracelet Clutch from their Fall 09 collection.) If youÂ're ready to swap out your beloved cutoffs for a more luxe pair of leather shorts, there are already a few products on the market. Try either Cheap MondayÂ's Samantha Leather Short ($90) or Silence & NoiseÂ's All Black Short ($55) for a relatively inexpensive version of the look.

Nicole Richie
We could point out so many amazing things about the ensemble Nicole Richie wore to the Andy Lecompte Salon Party: the amazing custom-made House of Harlow 1960 headpiece, stunning color of her gorgeous Issa Pleat Poncho ($500), or elegant simplicity of her nude Christian Louboutin heels. Though we adore all of these elements, today we must focus on her perfect vintage purse. The neutral snakeskin clutch is exactly what weÂ're craving right now. ItÂ's an ideal accessory, as it can go with so many different outfits, not to mention the fact that python-print pieces were all over the spring runways. If you donÂ't have this key item in your wardrobe, you might like Hobo InternationalÂ's Tango Clutch ($142) or Sondra Roberts New YorkÂ's Python Leather Flap Clutch in Natural ($210). If want a dress reminiscent of RichieÂ's poncho, try the Issa Silk Jersey Print Dressicon ($410). Finally, if youÂ're jonesing for a similar head adornment, her exact accessory is available as a made-to-order piece at the Andy Lecompte Salon (310.273.4100). If you canÂ't wait for custom, just pick up the very similar House of Harlow 1960 3-Strand Diamond Plate Head Piece ($205), also available at the Andy Lecompte Salon!

Taylor Momsen
Our final styling tip today comes from the fearless Taylor Momsen. The actress continues to play with daring trendsÂ--which is appropriate, given her age, and fun to watchÂ--most recently stepping out in a silky Jen Kao Jumpsuit ($1045, available at Curve NY 212.966.3626). The viscose playsuit has a lovely sheen and we like the way the material drapes too; itÂ's dressy in a completely unexpected way. Most jumpsuits are quite expensive, but TopshopÂ's got a slew of affordable options. We like the Silk All In One Playsuit ($80), which is available in a few colors, as well as the Helena Silk Playsuit ($90). The latter is a short suit, but itÂ's equally cute!

Photos of Lou Doillon, Alexa Chung, and Nicole Richie, Getty Images. Photo of Gwyneth Paltrow, Splash News. Photo of Taylor Momsen, WENN.
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