While change can be uncomfortable and awkward, the true test is not simply navigating the turbulence: it's how you conduct yourself through the transition. Ideally, you'll be able to demonstrate your ability to improvise and go with the flow (a valuable and attractive quality in all areas of life), a concept that can and should be applied to your wardrobe too. After all, fashion is all about metamorphosis; the second you start to get comfortable with the current season's essentials, it's time to move on to the next. Fortunately, the switch from high summer to full-blown winter doesn't happen overnight and, even better, there are always signs that the change is about to start. For example, lately we've seen a small, but steady, increase in the number of autumnal necessities¬--including cardigans, cropped jeans, and to-die-for ensembles on the set of Gossip Girl¬--popping up all around us. Coincidentally, all three of these trends also happen to be represented by the four lovely ladies you selected for this edition of What Was She Wearing: Answers!. Pay close attention, dear readers, because today we're giving you all the facts on how to transition into fall in style!
We were beyond delighted to hear Clemence Poesy joined the cast of Gossip Girl for its much anticipated fourth season (the premiere is in just three weeks!). We hear the French actress is Chuck Bass' new love interest (oh-la-la), but enough with all the gossip, let's talk clothes! Spotted on the NYC set a few weeks ago, Poesy was dressed to perfection in a Joie Luciana Gingham Print Crinkle Georgette Blouse ($198) tucked into Free People's Ditsy Double Print Skirt ($68). You, dear readers, were most intrigued by her black and white leather sandals, which are actually a two-year-old style¬--the Ikat Gladiator Flat¬--by Sigerson Morrison. After a little research, we found out that these popular shoes are still available upon special request (323.655.6133): an exciting little fact in our opinion! To reiterate Poesy's on-set style, pick up her exact skirt and pair it with a breezy blouse like Staring at Stars' Pintuck Ruffle Blouse ($38). If you want the look of her sandals, without the hassle of placing a special order, Miss Me's Anya-11 T-Strap Wedges ($27) are an equally desirable, ready-to-go pair.
Fearne Cotton has been spotted in some pretty delightful outfits recently, so it pleases us even more to see that you enjoy her on-trend looks too. Demonstrating her mastery of between-seasons wear, Cotton arrived at BBC 1 Radio in a three-quarter sleeve green Chloe top and J Brand 811 Mid- Rise Skinny Leg Jeans ($158) in Dark Vintage. Cropped pants are in perfect keeping with the upcoming season's trends, so it is imperative you get yourself a pair a.s.a.p.! We are partial to Gap's Cropped Always Skinny Jeans ($25), as they're the perfect price and cute to boot. Cotton incorporated another splash of color into the mix with her Jane Carr Carre Scarf ($218) in Tiger Lily and rounded out her ensemble with chocolate brown ASOS boots . If you want to get your hands on a similar top, Old Navy has some great finds¬--the Keyhole Gauze Top ($27) and the Embroidered Crinkle-Gauze Top ($18) are our top picks¬--while Staring at Stars' Tropical Weave Oblong Scarf ($28) and Free People's Rebel Chelsea Boots ($278) will take you straight into the autumnal months without skipping a beat.
Diane Kruger is definitely one of your go-to style icons these days. Recently, our inboxes filled up with your inquiries about the adorable outfit Kruger wore to the FOX Network Upfront event in New York earlier this summer. Her fuchsia sweater and mint green skirt combo (both purchases from J. Crew) is unusual and intriguing, plus each piece can be worn well into fall. Mixed with Kruger's fashionable accents¬--Lanvin's Leather Heels with Chain & Leather Ankle Strap ($1185, available at select Neiman Marcus stores) and a Borsalino fedora¬--the result is absolutely one worth recreating. A lightweight cardigan is a superb transitional piece, so pick up Old Navy's Slub-Knit Cardigan ($17) for when the days start to cool down. To emulate Kruger's smart pairing, try teaming your sweater with a high-waisted skirt like See by Chloe's Tweed Skirt ($280). To imitate her sexy footwear and summery hat at a fraction of the cost, look no further than ASOS' Primavera Leather Platform Court Shoes ($110) and Pins and Needles' Open Weave Fedora with Bow ($34): they will surely do the trick!
We knew it wouldn't be long before one of Rachel Bilson's ensembles made it back onto your ever-expanding list of need-to-know outfits. She is a What Was She Wearing veteran, and it's no surprise why! Bilson has impeccable taste in fashion and you love how she looks flawless even in her most casual attire, like the jeans-and-t-shirt combo she was snapped wearing at the Los Angeles DMV earlier this month. Bilson's easy outfit is centered on a relaxed pair of Anlo jeans¬--the Carlin style ($195)¬--mixed with a tight gray tank and Juicy Couture's Chiffon Cardigan ($258). Of course Bilson made these basics even cuter with her well-chosen accessories including a See by Chloe belt, Repetto's BB Flats ($285) in Maroc, and Chanel's Shopping Tote from the S/S 2010 collection. When trying out your own take on Bilson's easy-breezy look, remember that there are plenty of in-stock boyfriend jeans that are similar to her sold-out pair. We suggest Heritage 1981's Shabby Boot-Cut Denim ($25), but just make sure to roll them up at the ankle to further achieve Bilson's casual style. Add a navy sweater like Halogen's Dolmain Sleeve Cardigan ($48), a comfy pair of ballet flats like J. Crew's Leather Classic Ballet Flats ($98), and a woven handbag like Capelli's 436 Crochet Toyo Hobo ($45), and the result will be a complete, Bilson-approved look.¬--Jessica Baker
Photos of Clemence Poesy and Fearne Cotton, courtesy of Splash; Photo of Diane Kruger, courtesy of PCN; Photo of Rachel Bilson, courtesy of X17