They say everything's been done before, but we'd like to encourage the cynics to take a look at Jessica Alba's unexpectedly chic styling last month. Arriving at her hotel in New York after Ralph Lauren Collection's S/S 13 show, the actress mixed edgy and preppy elements in a head-to-toe look from the label. A tough Black Leather Jacket ($3998) tempers the ladylike elegance of the Yellow Plaid Skirt ($2398), while the Black Silk Lycra Scoop Neck Sweater ($898), Black Patent Belt ($550), Black Patent Jestina Sandals ($650), and Black/Pink Leather Clutch ($1500), allow the skirt's vivid tartan print to pop. A biker jacket and plain t-shirt may not be anything new, but it's Alba's fresh, unpredictable take on these wardrobe essentials that makes her outfit so chic. If you want to know Why It Works, just read on to see how to get her look below!Jacket: Look for a cropped biker jacket that hits right at the hips and balances out the skirt's longer hemline.
Similar Essentials J Brand Ready-to-Wear Aiah Leather Biker Jacket ($1395); BLK DNM Cropped Biker Leather Jacket ($853); Motel Courtney Faux Leather Biker Jacket ($130) in Black.
T-Shirt: Think fitted. You'll want a solid t-shirt that works as a wear-with-anything layering piece.
Similar Essentials T by Alexander Wang Slub Classic Muscle Tee ($89) in Black; Warehouse Military Button Satin Front T-Shirt ($44); ModCloth What's the Scoop Top ($13) in Black.
Belt: Emphasize your waistline with a not-so-narrow belt.
Similar Essentials J.Crew Enameled Belt ($45) in Black; Calvin Klein 2 1/8" Patent Covered Buckle ($42); Lauren Ralph Lauren 3" Patent Stretch Belt ($38).
Skirt: Bright yellow tartan livens up a midi skirt's modest, '50s-inspired silhouette.
Similar Essentials ASOS Check Midi Skirt ($88); Jones New York Signature Skirt, Plaid-Print A-Line Midi ($87); ModCloth Back in Session Skirt ($60).
Heels: T-strap heels complement the skirt's femininity, and the glossy patent leather offers up a little edginess too.
Similar Essentials Miu Miu Glitter Heel T-Strap Sandals ($690); Vince Camuto Tezer Sandals ($110); MICHAEL Michael Kors Felicia Patent and Suede T-Strap Sandal, Black ($105).
Bag: A sleek clutch doesn't compete with the rest of the look.
Similar Essentials Alexander Wang Prisma Flat Pouch ($295); ASOS Croc Embossed Leather Portfolio Clutch ($106); ASOS Metal Frame Clutch Bag ($16).--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Jessica Alba, courtesy of Bauer Griffin.