Lily Aldridge's 11 Styling Tips For Every Occasion

Model/style icon, Lily Aldridge, has the kind of life most girls dream of. She's married to a rock star (Kings of Leon frontman, Caleb Followill), enjoys Angel status in the Victoria's Secret tribe, currently graces the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2014 swimsuit issue, and — as is if all that weren't enough—is also a talented designer. Most recently, she produced a capsule collection for Velvet by Graham & Spencer consisting of cool, versatile pieces inspired by festival season (fun fact: she met Followill at Coachella).  We caught up with the willowy brunette to chat about her tips for navigating street style, red carpet fashion, and everything in between. Read on. 


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On how she pulls off being a lady that lunches:
“I was going to a luncheon for Michael Kors and this was so ladylike but still youthful, which is a tough note to hit."



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On how to pull off the treacherous red-eye:
“This is my favorite sweater of all time, it’s from The Row.  I was coming back from the airport here."


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On her decision to go Greek:
“I made a last minute decision to go to my agent’s party, so I threw on this draped Lanvin dress and Isabel Marant boots.”



On how to navigate a quick jaunt to the Caribbean:
“I was returning from Turks & Caicos, we had just wrapped a Victoria’s Secret shoot.  I practically live in those Helmut Lang leather leggings."


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On how to invest in gold:
“This was at a CFDA event.  I was the ‘date’ of design duo Veronica Beard, so I was wearing their dress.  I got to keep it!”


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On letting her bra strap show:
“This was a last minute outfit change as I was heading to a W Magazine party.  I didn’t like what I was wearing so I switched into this Saint Laurent bra top and Gucci skirt."


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On how a black fishnet dress can be angelic:
“Dolce & Gabbana let me dip into their archives for this dress.  Since it was the Victoria’s Secret post-show party, I really went for it!”


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On soaking up 365 days of sunshine: 

"Here I am again, in those Helmut Lang leather leggings, paired with an Alexander Wang top and Miu Miu sunglasses.  It was back-to-back junkets for Victoria's Secret that day."


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"Velvet has been my longest and first client, I’ve been modeling for the company for ten years.  When they asked me to do a collaboration, it was a no-brainer."

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Jesse Voile Shirtdress ($189)

"Nothing is sexier than a girl with a simple shirt, leather leggings, and heels."

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Rita Plaid Button-Up Shirt ($114)

"Wear this dress with a small skinny belt and leather sandals."

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Anna Stripe Dress ($108)

"I’m such a leopard girl.  Whether you see it or not, I’m wearing it it!"

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Aziya Army Jacket ($158)

"Everything is made for everyday.  You can just throw on heels to dress it up or keep it casual.  My suggestion for styling your look around this sweater is to add a tank top from The Row, Levi’s jeans, and ankle boots."

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Josie Silk Linen Knit Sweater ($139)

"This top is named after my friend, Behati.  It reminds me of her, she’s always wearing crop tops with jeans or cutoffs."

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Behati Crop Tank Top ($59)

Pretty in pink?  This ladylike hue is the color of the moment and perfect for dressed-up, daytime events. 

DSquared2 Slash Neck Dress ($572)

A mesh dress is actually quite versatile and can skew either sporty or punk, depending on the accessories. 

Alexander Wang Fitted Crochet T-shirt dress ($795)

A floppy brim fedora will add a touch of personal style in just seconds. 

Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora ($175)

What started as a trend has turned into a modern classic.  These studded booties are a chic alternative to black pumps. 

Chloe Suzanna Studded Leather Ankle Boots ($1345)

If you haven't already, invest in a pair of leather leggings.

Helmut Lang Stretch Leather Legging ($920)

This leopard trim carryall puts a chic spin on even the most casual of outfits. 

Givenchy Medium Animal Print Antigona ($3,440)

Stumped on what to wear with those leather leggings we just convinced you to buy? A chunky, oversize knit is a great start.  

Zara Braided Square Cut Sweater ($60)

Sandals like these look better as they age.  Start breaking them in on the weekends in April and by July you'll be beach-outfit ready. 

K Jacques Cyrus Flat Sandals ($245)

Take it from us, there is always room in your closet for one more amazing LBD!

Rochas Knee-Length Dress ($592)

A bright yellow blouse is a surefire way to make your outfit pop. 

See By Chloe Blouse with Tie Waist ($525)

It's possible that over-the-knee boots are the new bootie.  This luxe suede version pairs nicely with leather miniskirts and skinny denim jeans.  

Stuart Weitzman Highland Boot ($750)

Don't fight the rush of denim that is approaching for Spring.  Start with a rolled-cuff chambray pullover to layer under your favorite cardigan. 

Bella Dahl Roll-Tab Chambray Pullover ($145)

Black stilettos are a shoe that you should already own.  If not, here's how to get started.  

Christian Louboutin Decollette Pointed-Toe Red Sole Pump ($625)

Style this leather triangle bra under a sheer organza t-shirt or a gauzy boatneck sweater.

Elliot Label Triangle Bra ($179)