All the Style Lessons Kate Bosworth Has Taught Us
Some celebs switch up their style in major ways from one season to the next. We appreciate that adventurous spirit, of course, but often, one of the signs of a curated wardrobe is consistency. And when your outfits are as routinely chic as Kate Bosworth's, well, it garners some attention. Okay, a lot of attention.
Bosworth never strays too far from her sleek aesthetic. She favors unique silhouettes over elaborate embellishments, and she usually keeps her accessories a bit more pared back to let her statement pieces shine. The results are balanced and modern, and they never make it feel like she's trying too hard. Perhaps that's why we find ourselves wondering how to re-create these ensembles for ourselves time and again.
Ahead we've broken down some of the tips culled from her most impressive recent looks.
1. Get Ahead of the Spring Florals Game
On Kate Bosworth: Kate Spade Flora Tulip Sleeve Dress ($348) and bag
Style Notes: We're all waiting for real spring weather to show up—but that doesn't mean you have to stash your favorite floral pieces until then. Try a sweet prairie dress with black tights and booties. It's a contrast that works, and it'll tide you over until long-awaited 70 degree temps arrive.
2. Dazzle in Crimson
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On Kate Bosworth: Mansur Gavriel coat; Victoria Beckham dress; Jennifer Fisher jewelry; Gabriela Hearst bag
Style Notes: There’s nothing like a red dress to turn heads at an event. For any upcoming soirées (holiday or otherwise), try an ensemble in the striking color for an elegant effect.
3. Travel With Layers
On Kate Bosworth: NakedCashmere Campbell Sweater ($200); Ulla Johnson skirt; Von Holzhausen The Shopper Bag ($450)
Style Notes: Planes and trains can be unpredictable temperature-wise. Thus it's important to always be prepared with layers. Kate's look is a perfect example of a cozy-chill look—a lightweight knit on top with a fuzzy coat at the ready to stay warm in-flight.
4. Add a Pop of Color
On Kate Bosworth: Oscar de la Renta blazer and pants; Prada shoes; Edie Parker clutch; Anita Ko jewelry
Style Notes: Instead of classic neutral trousers, add interest to your look with a vivid pop of color. Here, yellow perfectly complements a muted rose blazer and metallic accessories.
5. Layer Up in Leather
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On Kate Bosworth: Alexander McQueen sunglasses; Anine Bing Vintage Leather Jacket ($999); Etro Colour-Block Panelled Sweater ($860); Fausto Puglisi boots
Style Notes: Packing on the leather doesn't have to feel overtly "biker." Try a classic jacket paired with a miniskirt, then add on a graphic sweater for a quirky touch. Pointed-toe ankle boots further cement the look's laid-back vibe.
6. Try a Fresh New Hue
On Kate Bosworth: Coach 1941 suit and top
Style Notes: Mint green was all over the S/S 18 runways, and Bosworth just proved that it's the perfect color to pair with Millennial Pink.
7. Try the Color of the Moment
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On Kate Bosworth: Miu Miu dress and shoes
Style Notes: While she has an uncanny ability to make neutrals stand out, Kate isn't afraid to try bold, trend-driven colors. At the Venice Film Festival, she chose a Miu Miu dress in a sunny yellow hue—one that happens to be having a major moment in the spotlight.
8. Go for a Midi Dress on Vacation
On Kate Bosworth: Miu Miu bag and shoes
Style Notes: Kate Bosworth just mastered tourist style with her perfect outfit in Venice, Italy. She opted for a feminine midi dress with a pretty pastel floral print, which she grounded with a black bag and shoes, both by Miu Miu. Could she look any chicer? We're taking notes for our next vacation.
9. Skip the Heels
On Kate Bosworth: Rachel Zoe Donna Top ($245) and Theo Wide Leg Trouser ($495); Roger Vivier Viv Leather Slides ($1250); MCM bag; Jacques Marie Mage sunglasses
Style Notes: Not every pulled-together outfit needs to be accented with a pair of heels. These jeweled slides make for a cool alternative, especially against this classic, all-neutral ensemble.
10. Balance Your Volume
On Kate Bosworth: Ellery Lady Chatterly Bubble Sleeve Top ($1895); Roger Vivier Satin Mules ($1750) and clutch
Styles Notes: When the pièce de résistance is as impressive as this top, just keep the rest of the look clean and simple.
11. Fall Back on a Trusty Uniform
On Kate Bosworth: Calvin Klein T-shirt.
Style Notes: Will jeans and a tee—especially a Calvin Klein one—ever be a bad idea? No. The answer is always no.
12. Go Super Sweet in a Non-Saccharine Way
On Kate Bosworth: Brock Collection Darby Cap Sleeve Dress ($2900); Edie Parker Lily Basket Tote ($995); Tabitha Simmons Black Velvet Hermione Flats ($695)
Style Notes: A cap-sleeve dress and a basket bag are certainly sweet, but the pointed black flats ground this look more than, say, coordinating pink heels.
13. Pair Oversize With Oversize
On Kate Bosworth: Totême shirt; Citizens of Humanity Hailey Pleater Trouser Jeans ($208); By Far Romy Pump ($286); Rochas bag; Jacques Marie Mage sunglasses
Style Notes: A little strategic tucking will help your oversize-meets-oversize look from swallowing your frame whole.
Toughen Up Dresses
On Kate Bosworth: Ulla Johnson Jane Wrap Dress ($325); Tod's Leather Ankle Boots ($1155); Rochas bag; Céline sunglasses
Style Notes: It's a fact: Sturdy boots and day dresses are an excellent combination.
15. Go Geometric
On Kate Bosworth: Brock Collection Demi Midi Dress ($2890); Rebecca de Ravenel M'O Classic Twilight Earrings ($695)
Style Notes: Sparkly jewelry is never a bad choice for evening wear, but a bold geometric style does feel a bit more modern and unexpected.
Up next: Take style notes from the other great Kate: Kate Moss.
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