In case you hadn't noticed, August is upon us, which means our minds are busy brainstorming about all of fall's new looks and determining which seasonal accoutrements must be ours. That said, while this summer month is close to the official start of autumn, it's definitely not a transitional time in terms of temperature. So while daydreaming about the upcoming trends is perfectly fine, it's also important to consider the here-and-now and create wonderful weather-appropriate outfits. Obviously this can be a tricky task, so it's no wonder that this installment of What Was She Wearing: Answers! features a quartet of darling dressers who manage to work next season's key trends into their ensembles while still staying cool in the summer heat! Read on for the details about the girls you asked about and don't forget to send us your most pressing celebrity-style questions!
Gossip Girl-star Taylor Momsen rocked her signature pretty-in-punk style while attending the Grand Sephora Times Square opening in New York City late last month. Her Torn by Ronny Kobo Brooke Draped Plaid Top ($88), worn over micro-shorts, is a great way to get a breezy look on a hot summer night while simultaneously alluding to fall. Add interest the ensemble with a great pair of peep-toe embellished boots, like Momsen's Tania Spinelli Open Toe Zipper Booties ($830, 212.391.0050) or BCBGirl's Chester Boots ($129), and your favorite metallic accessories. Finish off the look with some dramatic eye-makeup and a devil-may-care attitude, and you'll have Momsen's insouciance down pat!
Recently spotted attending an Express event in Los Angeles, Rachel Bilson was just as put-together and polished as ever. InStyle's newest contributor wore a Jean Paul Gaultier dress from the French designer's Resort 09 collection, Express' Long Boyfriend Jacket ($80), and Christian Louboutin's Patent Simple Pumps ($735) in tan. To get the New York, I Love You-actress' lovely look, try Jean Paul Gaultier's Bell-Sleeve Dress ($255), which bears a striking resemblance to Bilson's designer printed-pick, or the Open-Back Dress ($88) by Reformed (a collaboration between Urban Outfitters and one of our favorite LA boutiques, The Reformation!). Complete your Bilson-inspired ensemble by adding your favorite oversized boyfriend blazer, a great pair of nude heels¬--like Aldo's Moos Pumps ($90)¬--and unfussy hair and makeup for a relaxed and red-carpet ready look!
Downtown darling Chloe Sevigny showed off her independent sartorial spirit while attending the BlackBerry Tour launch party at the Thompson Hotel in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Our readers (and our editors!) are crazy about the Big Love-star's Jacob Long Sleeve Dress ($575, 323.655.2142) by up-and-coming LA-designer Kimberly Ovitz, as it is wonderful proof that a long sleeve mini, especially a nude one, can provide coverage and supreme sex appeal! However, the most asked-after element of this ensemble is easily the shoes; specifically her Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Buckle Boots ($625). These heavily embellished boots might be the perfect shoes for fall, as they would look amazing with anything from a pair of cuffed jeans to a sexy shift. This particular style is already almost sold out, so in the event that you can't get your hands on a coveted pair, we recommend trying the Elastic Wedge Booties ($525), also from Sevigny's Opening Ceremony line, or, for those of you who are a bit more budget-conscious, Jeffrey Campbell's Potion Wedges ($180). Just mix them with a nude mini like Topshop Boutique's Ribbed Dress ($110) and a long-strap petite purse, like Urban Renewal's Leather Chain Strap Bag ($38), for a lovely look-a-like result!
Diane Kruger was all smiles while doing some shopping in her native Germany last week. While window-shopping in Berlin may be the source of Kruger's delight, her bold and colorful outfit was enough to keep our readers content! The Inglorious Basterds-actress combined Stella McCartney's V-Neck T-shirt ($375, 212.206.3928) and Graded Striped Cobalt Skirt ($945, 310.273.7051), both from the designer's Resort 2010 collection. Of course, for those of you who want a more wallet-friendly rendition of Kruger's look¬--or simply one that's available now¬--we found some wonderful alternatives! For example, Silence & Noise's Sheer Texture Boucle Skirt ($58) is a brilliant base for any ensemble and would look just as chic with a bright loose-fit top, like American Apparel's Sheer Rib Scoop Tee ($30). Though the fashion-industry favorite wore a quilted Chanel handbag, we like Topshop's Quilted Piped Cross Body Bag ($50) just as much! Just add on a few razzle-dazzle accents like Urban Outfitter's Dagger Necklace ($38) and N.Y.L.A.'s Scanty Woven Flats ($70) in multi metallic, and you'll be golden!