Before brainstorming about the perfect pieces for Paltrow's taste, first we had to break down the components of her personal style. Our research showed that for afternoon outings and off-duty moments, she favors an all-American combination of jeans (both skinny and boyfriend varieties) and interesting, yet understated, tops and tees. When the red carpet calls, Paltrow typically responds by wearing polished eveningwear with an edge, like the metallic silk Giorgio Armani shorts suit she selected for the Los Angeles premiere of Iron Man 2. The juxtaposition of the blazer's classic lines with the abbreviated shorts and black Gianvito Rossi Organza and Satin Booties ($655) give the overall look a modern twist. With these moves in mind, we gathered a number of items that share Paltrow's sensibilities and capture her casually sophisticated taste. Read on for all the details, including tips and tricks on how to execute Paltrow's signature style!
1. Ray-Ban Oversized Aviator Sunglasses ($135)
Our go-to brand for classic eyewear recently supersized their widely popular aviators, giving them an of-the-moment, rounded shape. This exaggerated style is the ideal update for Paltrow's accessory collection, especially since she usually sports Ray-Ban's more traditional gold-frame Aviator Sunglasses ($139). But frankly, we think the super stylish tortoise iteration is a must-buy for everyone, as it offers a fresh take on an iconic frame, making it a perfect summer purchase.
2. Alice + Olivia Sonia Crochet Chain Tank ($330)
Basics don't have to be boring, as this Alice + Olivia racer back tank proves with its interesting crochet and chain detailing. It has a subtle punk attitude meshed with a hint of sweetness, making it a versatile piece that would be equally appropriate for a school run or at a creative meeting. For a Paltrow-approved look, layer it over a pair of jeans and add a crisp, fitted blazer.
3. Mark Just Pinched Instant Tint Blush ($7) in Cheeky
Paltrow's gorgeous glowing skin is one of her most enviable features, so we knew that any beauty product we picked needed to play up this asset in a natural way. Mark's Just Pinched Instant Tint Blush is the ideal way to get her radiant cheeks and it's incredibly easy to use! Go for this soft pink hue if you have a fair complexion Ã la Paltrow, but be sure to check out the entire range of hues, including Spicy and Peachy, to find your perfect product.
4. French Connection Garfield Jeans ($98)
As we mentioned earlier, Paltrow prefers a casual approach to her afternoon attire, which is why we felt it was absolutely necessary to include these French Connection jeans in today's story. The low-rise, skinny style is a practical fit for her tall and slender shape, while the light wash reminds us of our favorite vintage Levi's. We can see the actress pairing these with a comfortable tee and high-rise heels for an easygoing, stylish stroll in the city.
5. Rag & Bone Lace-up Wedge Booties ($395)
Paltrow has never been one to shy away from adding height on the red carpet via a sexy heel, and while we are huge fans of her show-stopping shoe selections, we chose a more demure alternative for her low-key days. Rag & Bone's oxford wedges would give our girl a modest elevation, but are equally captivating with a flirtatious peep-toe.
6. Designers Remix Electradot Jacket ($576)
While tirelessly searching for the ultimate Paltrow-inspired pieces, we stumbled upon this super chic Designers Remix blazer. The sharp shoulder and wet sheen effect created by metallic yarn make this an exceptional evening jacket, plus it possesses two qualities Paltrow is sure to approve of: sleek lines and a tailored fit! Alternatively, check out Plastic Island's Gala Blazer ($160), which has a similarly structured shape and a slight sheen, Killah's Big Shoulder Crop Jacket ($126) for a dressier tuxedo-inspired option, or Wren's Aya Cropped Blazer ($385) for a marvelous bronze version.
7. Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini Bag ($550)
We can appreciate Paltrow's fondness for accessorizing with clean lines and structured shapes, so when we came across Rebecca Minkoff's mini shoulder bag we knew it would be perfect for our subject! The cream and black fossil print is a subtle detail, but will add interest to a neutral outfit. Additionally, the hands-free strap is a great touch for those on-the-go, motherly moments.
8. Simona Kaunaite Diamond Shape Earrings ($82)
Paltrow prefers to let her outfits do all the talking, and while we usually like to accessorize with standout pieces, we can certainly appreciate her minimalist approach. These Simona Kaunaite earrings definitely fit the bill with their small shape and stylish design. Made from glazed clay, they add a simple touch of glam to any look without overwhelming the entire outfit.
9. Katy Rodriguez Molino Dress ($950)
Having an understandable appreciation for her long, gorgeous legs, Paltrow often prefers shorter hemlines for the bottom half of her ensembles. When we spotted this darling all-white mini dress by Katy Rodriguez, we knew it would be up to par with our subject's impeccable standards. Paltrow may steer clear of fussy ruffles, but the girlish embellishments in this piece are understated by the monochromatic tone. For our economically savvy shoppers, Forever 21's Taffeta Ballerina Dress ($33) is an equally impressive showstopper. Â--Jessica Baker
Photo of Gwyneth Paltrow at Iron Man 2 premiere, courtesy of Splash.