9 Style Secrets to Dressing Like a Celebrity

We set out with a mission: to figure out how stylish celebs seem to always look cool and camera-ready. The results are in, and our findings prove that their tricks are easily emulated with pieces that you probably already own! Keep these timeless, flattering secrets in mind next time you’re getting dressed.

Scroll down to see the secret formulas for yourself and to shop the celebs’ looks!

Secret #1: Rock statement accessories with a simple outfit:


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Moderation is key, so keep it to one or two fun accessories and let them shine.

Secret #2: Zip up or button your jacket in lieu of a top:



This cool-girl trick works for everything from a denim jacket to a sleek moto. We especially love it paired with more-feminine pieces to create contrast with the structured top.

IRO Zayone Leather Jacket ($1,335) in Black
Also available in Red.

Secret #3: Wear a longer top layer over a dress:


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There’s something very elegant and cool about a duster-length coat or jacket over a pretty dress. Amal Clooney and countless other celebrities get it.

Secret #4: Monochromatic outfits are flattering and polished, no matter the occasion:


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It doesn’t get much more flattering than a single-hued look. Take it from numerous constantly photographed celebrities.

Secret #5: A statement coat instantly turns any simple outfit from drab to amazing:



Jeans and a T-shirt are as simple as it gets. Add a statement coat, and voilà! Heads will turn.

Isabel Marant Étoile Laura Perfect Tee ($150) in Light Grey

Secret #6: You can and should pair sneakers with literally anything:


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Sneaker lover Gigi Hadid is proof positive (see her post–Met Gala look) that ultra-casual to cocktail hour outfits alike get major style points when paired with these comfy kicks.

Secret #7: Adding a pop of color is the easiest way to stand out:


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Standing out is a necessity for celebrities, especially on a crowded red carpet. Whether via anything from a pair of statement shoes to a bright moto jacket, a touch of color imparts a playful, effortless vibe.

Secret #8: Play with proportions:


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A crop top, high-waisted pants, duster coat, and heels, à la Vanessa Hudgens, are chic and interesting as opposed to sloppy.

Secret #9: Layered separates add edge:


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Not only is this secret practical, but it also lets you show off your outfit instead of just covering it up with one cozy piece. You can easily utilize this trick during warmer months by lightening up the layers.

Dior So Real 48mm Sunglasses ($505) in Shiny Black

Do you have any style secrets of your own? Tell us in the comments below!

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