Answers!

Answers!
Thursday, April, 30, 2009 While it is always our pleasure to procure the answers to your most pressing wardrobe inquiries, this week we were particularly happy to see that you, dear readers, seemed to gravitate towards some decidedly eye-catching patterns. Whether it was Leighton Meester's colorful ikat chemise or Kristen Bell's geometric trapeze top, the pieces that piqued your interest seem perfectly suited to the spring season that is currently upon us. Needless to say, we were beyond thrilled to track down the answers to your clothing quandaries and present the solutions in today's installment of What Was She Wearing: Answers.Chanel Iman
The fresh-faced Chanel Iman is a veteran when it comes to looking flawless-no matter if she's on the job or off duty. Spotted at the New York premiere of Obsessed, Iman wore a vintage frock with a D&G leather biker jacket and Ermanno Scervino knee-high boots. Her dress may be one-of-a-kind, but we like 6 Degree's Folk Floral Dress ($30), which reflects her selection's floral-and-graphic print, sheer fabric, and dropped-waist shape. Pair it with a fitted bomber, like Silence and Noise's Quilted Bomber ($128), or style it with sandals for a warm-weather-appropriate ensemble. Iman also artfully accessorized her look with a vintage cuff-we suggest bebe's Exotic Bangle Set ($44) and Axcess' Beaded Flex Bracelet ($11)-proving that she is a master of the high-low mix!

Leighton Meester
Risky though it may seem, a colorful pattern can look smashing with brightly hued separates: if styled correctly, of course. Leighton Meester recently validated this rule, when she was spotted en route to the Jimmy Fallon Show wearing a fluorescent-print Matthew Williamson blouse tucked into the designer's turquoise tulip skirt. The effect is playful, jubilant, and completely spot-on for a spring day in the city. To finish off the look Meester opted for Proenza Schouler's PS1 Bag ($1595), which helped the Gossip Girl get a perfectly polished result. Sadly, neither her top nor skirt are available, but we like Matthew Williamson's Ambroise Print Silk Topicon ($1100) or Diane Von Furstenberg's Garden Print Top ($198) just as much. Try either of these picks with Topshop's Ruch Waist Mini Skirt ($36) to replicate Meester's look, or pair the top with tattered jeans or shorts during the spring and summer months to get maximum mileage out of these investment pieces. You can also swap the Proenza Schouler satchel for a Dark Matter by Knox's Messenger Bag ($168) for a structural, yet more budget-friendly alternative.

Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani consistently proves that there isn't a style that she can't pull off! Fancy shorts have the potential to go very wrong, but Stefani demonstrated how to wear the look correctly at an early birthday party for Kate Hudson. Stefani mixed a plaid pair of Vivienne Westwood shorts with YSL peep toe shoes and a Maison Martin Margiela tuxedo jacket, resulting in a fashion-forward, festive outfit. For those of us who aren't inclined to shell out for those marquee names, we suggest opting for ASOS' Linen Blazer ($58) and 3.1 Phillip Lim's Rolled-Cuff Harem Shorts ($295) to get an equally edgy look. Of course, no Stefani evening-ensemble would be complete without a dazzling design from the rocker's own line, like the L.A.M.B. Andhra Bala Clutch ($195).

Kristen Bell
As the temperature rises, we have been noticing variations on this winter's rolled-up boyfriend jean trend. Per Kristen Bell, it appears that traditional khakis are the next bottoms to get the pegged-and-cuffed treatment! Seen here at the launch of Armani Exchange's watch collection, Bell wore a preppy pair of Golden Goose's Boyfriend Trousers ($398) with 3.1 Phillip Lim's Ruffle Hem Tank ($350) and an of-the-moment peep-toed bootie, like Opening Ceremony's Lace Up Open Toe Ankle Booties ($390). Try Style Portfolio's Harem Pants ($98) or J. Crew's Broken-In Boyfriend Chinosicon ($70) with Splendid's Ocelot Print Tank ($61). Don't forget to add a statement necklace, like Rosena Sammi's Goa Nights Necklace ($189), and you'll have a gold-standard ensemble in the spirit of Bell's selection!

Photo of Leighton Meester, from Splash News; Photo of Kristen Bell from Getty Images; Photo of Gwen Stefani from x17.
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