Hot Summer Night
When it comes to summer dressing-especially for evening events-most people seem to insist on a less-is-more policy that might leave them feeling cool, but not looking particularly stylish. True, the temperature and humidity levels are spiking, but that doesn't mean you should throw on a lame look or overly revealing ensemble and call it a day (er, night). Rather than simply reaching for some boring standby outfit, we urge you to take inspiration from a few of our favorite ladies like Kate Moss, Rihanna, and Rachel Bilson. These lovelies show off some exceptional examples of how to look amazing and weather-appropriate even when it's sweltering outside. So sit back, grab a cool drink, and get ready to spend some time perusing a few festive after-hours outfits in today's edition of What They Wear: Hot Summer Night!*Rihanna
Rihanna is fast becoming just as well known for her daring dressing choices as her chart-topping hits. Seen out and about in Manhattan earlier this summer, the songstress proved that one fail-proof way to stay cool in the city is to mix your favorite dark body-con pieces with oversized separates. To try out a similar look, we suggest pairing a sherbet-hued blouse like ASOS' Silk Envelope Sleeve Top ($60) with either Sass & Bide's On A Night Like This Skirt ($165) or Forever 21's Liquid Mini Skirt ($13). Another warm-weather tip: a generous helping of statement accessories will add interest to an outfit without weighing you down. Though Rihanna opted for Fallon's Mixed Deadly Pearls Necklace ($198) and Maison Martin Margiela's Ankle Boots ($775), we recommend Forever 21's Twisted Beaded Necklace ($7), and Enzo Angiolini's Rachey Booties ($120) to get you where you want to go!
Though layering is often associated with winter dressing, Kate Moss proves that combining a few strategic semi-sheer pieces can be the perfect antidote to a steamy summer night. The industry icon and risk-taker-knee-high boots in July, anyone?-stopped by a local restaurant after taking in a Blur concert in London, looking lacy and racy in Clare Tough's embroidered top. Though her crafty crème blouse is from the up-and-comer's S/S 09 collection and no longer available, we recommend you check out the entire line (with supporters like Moss, and appearances in influential glossies like Jalouse, i-D, UK Elle, it's sure to be one to watch!). To achieve Moss' breezy mix, toss Splendid's Rib Feather Tencel Wrap ($99) over Free People's Flutter Fly Away Top ($78) and slip into a pair of short-shorts for a rocking summer-appropriate selection!
Many fashionable stars came out to celebrate Louis Vuitton's fête commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing in New York City (for you history buffs, Apollo 11 landed in 1969, and for all of you photography lovers, check out Annie Leibovitz's Louis Vuitton ads starring Buzz Aldrin who was on that famous flight). Back on Earth, the out-of-this-world beautiful Victoria Secret model looked stellar in the French luxury label's one-of-a-kind brocade dress and African Queen Bag ($1530, 866.884.8866). Kerr is a shining example of how a light-reflecting fabric can really elevate a cocktail dress into a truly memorable evening ensemble. Try 3.1 Phillip Lim's Ruffle Front Belted Silk Dress ($650) for a like-minded style (ruffles! belting!) in a violet palette or Nanette Lepore's Cafe Sheath Dress ($348) with a festive clutch like Foley + Corinna's Classic City Clutch ($311) to get a semblance of her late-night style.
While out and about with friends in London earlier this month, former GOTM and WhoWhatWear.com reader favorite looked effortlessly chic in a sweet delicate floral patterned Topshop dress, vintage leather jacket, and Christian Louboutin's Tuba 50 Leather Boots ($1370). Though her frock and motorcycle jacket are not available, we found some wonderful alternatives for you to consider. Nom De Plume's YaYa Floral Minidress ($88) mimics Huntington-Whiteley's pick and provides a refreshing contrast to her more rough-and-tough pieces. Simply slip it on with ASOS' Cropped Leather Jacket ($171) and Frye's Dorado Antique Riding Boots ($458) and you're all set for a night on the town!
Singer Cassie, who was also on the Louis Vuitton 40th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing's red carpet, showed us that a sheer fabric can be a fresh and chic choice for a balmy evening event. While the songbird wore Louis Vuitton's Small Ribbon Skirt ($5692, 866.884.8866) and Crew Neck Knit Top ($1273), you can easily achieve her airy ensemble by wearing American Apparel's Nylon Micro-Mesh Body Suit ($26)-over your favorite pretty bandeau bra-with a balloon skirt or Free People's Tiered Ruffle Mini ($58). Though Cassie stepped out in Christian Louboutin's Open-Toe Bootie ($1195), we like these Merrie Pumps ($90) from Steve Madden, which are just as heavenly and available at a more reasonable price point!
The always impeccable Rachel Bilson was spotted sporting this summer's chic cocktail-shorts trend while attending a Vogue-hosted party to celebrate the first anniversary of Los Angeles' 3.1 Phillip Lim store. Though there is clearly a lot going on in this outfit, she pulls it off effortlessly and sets a great example. Seen here in head-to-toe 3.1 Phillip Lim-specifically the label's Rose Gold Liquid Lamé Relaxed Twisted Cuffed Harem Shorts ($350, 310.358.1988), Rose Gold Liquid Lamé Double-Breasted Peaked Lapel Blazer ($750), Silk Henley Ruffle Top ($325), and Black Leather Braided Low Waist Belt ($225) -the overall effect of this ensemble is light, fun, and festive. While we are huge fans of this look, we know that it may be a little hard for us civilians to pull of, as lamé shorts-suits can be unforgiving on less-than perfect frames (plus, how many tasteful lamé suits are there?). Instead take a page from Bilson's notebook: either pick a delightful pair of chic shorts with a beautiful blouse or opt for a little lamé to add a splash of attention-grabbing shimmer! As far as tops are concerned, we are quite taken with Maje's Kaza Lurex Jacket ($525), which would look sassy with a neutral-hued pair of cocktail shorts. Or you can razzle dazzle in Gryphon's The Sequin Shorts ($370) with a toned-down top. All are stellar options, but please, leave wearing multiple metallic-on-metallic pieces together to the professionals, like Bilson!-KM
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