If you are currently experiencing the issue of having a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear, trust us when we say: you're not alone. Even the most faithful fashion fanatics encounter this problem from time to time, and it can be one of the most frustrating and seemingly insurmountable feelings--especially when in you're in a rush. In trying times such as these, we tend to turn to our favorite stylish celebs for inspiring ways to make our tried-and-true options feel fresh and of the moment. Cue today's edition of What Was She Wearing: Answers!. Whether you choose to channel Alexa Chung's unexpected layering technique or Claudia Schiffer's effortless, street-ready styling, we have the skinny on exactly what they're wearing, along with ideas on how to recreate the look. Read on for all the details, and take another peek inside your closet--you'll be surprised to find you have plenty to wear!
1. Solange Knowles
After featuring Solange Knowles in our May Girl of the Month story, our inboxes were flooded with questions about the singer/DJ's many inspirational ensembles. The obvious reader favorite was the color-block outfit she wore to DJ at the Merah Club in London last week. Knowles--who is the new face of Rimmel London--looked stunning in a Lanvin bright orange one-shoulder top, taupe trousers from Zara, and Fendi's Grosgrain Mix Sandals ($625). For an equally standout ensemble, start with a bold top--ASOS' Drape Twisted One Shoulder Top ($24) and Bebe's One-Shoulder Soutash Top ($79) are two of our favorites--and wear it with the Addison Story's Rub Cuff Silk Pants ($86). For those of you who fancy her multi-colored Fendi footwear, be sure to check out Nine West's Stylin Sandals ($47) and Zara's Three-Tone Medium-Heel Sandals ($50) today. Finally, to achieve Knowles' vivid pink lips, pick up Rimmel London's Moisture Renew Lipstick ($6) in Latino, which will surely give you a Knowles-inspired knockout finish!
2. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie was spotted out and about in Los Angeles late last month wearing a seriously enviable outfit, comprised of a breezy floral and lace dress by Topshop and a studded Levi's denim vest. To complete her warm-weather ensemble, Richie accessorized with a Givenchy bag, as well as House of Harlow 1960's Veronica Wedges ($233) and Carmen Sunglasses ($138). Fortunately for you, dear readers, achieving a similar look is rather simple! All you have to do is snag a lightweight frock, like Kimichi Blue's Lace-Trimmed Crinkle Dress ($69) or 4 Love and Liberty's Thais Printed Dress ($298), and layer on a Genetic Denim The Beau Denim Vest ($100). If you want to give your look some height a la Richie, True Religion's Sue Strappy Wedges ($165) and MIA's Paparazzi Strappy Wedges ($68) both fit the bill perfectly!
3. Claudia Schiffer
While we can't bear the thought of wearing a sweater dress and scarf in the middle of summer, we do think this combo makes for an excellent transitional outfit. Accordingly, we were quite pleased to see that so many of you were inspired by Claudia Schiffer's latest between-seasons look. The German supermodel caught your attention when she was spotted making a school run in London last week wearing a Sweater Dress ($382) from her eponymous knitwear collection with J Brand's Major High-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans with Zippers ($187) in Navy Luxe Twill and a Zadig & Voltaire multi-colored scarf. Neutral accents, including Reiss' Sandy Honey Flat Sandals ($175), Chloe's Temple Sunglasses ($355) in Brown Horn, and an Anya Hindmarch satchel, give her on-the-go ensemble a polished finish. To recreate this featured outfit, start by picking up American Apparel's Knit Sweater Crew Neck Dress ($65) and a pair of slim jeans, like Forever 21's Ankle Zip Skinnies ($18) or Rich & Skinny's Zip Leggings ($80) in Navy. Next, grab Pieces' Dolly Graphic Scarf ($28), and then round out your look with J. Crew's Liora Sandals ($130).
4. Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung always seems to know how to dress for the occasion, and summer music festival attire is clearly her forte! The stylish Brit impressed onlookers at the Wireless Music Festival in London earlier this month wearing a black shirt and denim romper from her collection for Madewell, over which she layered a Balenciaga quilted leather jacket. While sporting a pair of stilettos at this kind of event is definitely not practical, Chung's footwear choice--a pair of Maje wedges, which are no longer available--is an excellent alternative, especially if you're going to be spending a majority of the time on grass! For a few in-stock alternatives, we suggest picking up Forever 21's Stretch Denim Romper ($25) or Moto's Indigo Pinafore Playsuit ($80); either option would look smart worn with a leather topper, and we think Leifsdottir's Savoy Quilted Leather Jacket ($498) and Topshop's Faux Leather Bomber Jacket ($106) are both spot-on picks. Finally, if you found yourself lusting after her Maje wedges, you definitely don't want to miss Jeffrey Campbell's Maddox Wedges ($175), which are equally covetable in our opinion.
5. Fearne Cotton
Though we've noted a bevy of memorable ensembles coming from Fearne Cotton over the last few weeks, there was one particular outfit that inspired a handful of reader inquiries. You saw the stylish Brit leaving the BBC 1 studios in London last week, and were quite intrigued by her vintage green button-down dress, especially the way she grounded it with a Topshop black denim jacket and Mulberry ankle booties. While you won't be able to pick up her exact vintage find, you can always try Diane von Furstenberg's Tunisa Print Jersey Shirtdress ($345), which has a similar print, or go for a likeminded silhouette with MinkPink's Trim & Terrific Maxi Dress ($118). And while it's hard not obsess over her Mulberry boots, we think Chinese Laundry's Wicked Platform Booties ($96) are a worthy alternative indeed!--Jessica Baker, with Calin van Paris
Photos of Solange Knoles, Fearne Cotton, Alexa Chung, and Claudia Schiffer, courtesy of Splash; Photo of Nicole Richie, courtesy of X17