We take a closer look at three of our favourite style icons and how to recreate their looks…
What is it about certain people who can seemingly do no wrong when it comes to personal style? Some people simply seem to have a natural aptitude for putting items together and creating effortlessly chic and stylish looks.
As for me the hardest part of my day seems to be figuring out what hell I should wear for the rest of the day. It doesn’t really help that my budget is, to put it mildly, slightly underwhelming; it doesn’t exactly allow for me to afford the clothes that I lust after on a regular basis.
Where the likes of Alexa Chung and the gamut of Bambi-legged off-duty models are concerned it’s a slightly less arduous task when they have brilliant clothes practically thrown at them on the reg. I have to make do with the odd flatmate hand-me-down or something that I’ve picked up from Zara or maybe even Cos if I’m feeling flush (which is rarely).
There are some particular ladies whose aptitude for dressing themselves is a veritable skill, it probably wouldn’t be a hugely useful skill to us mere mortals in the real world but they’ve managed to make a career out of being human coat hangers. They truly are living the dream!
We’ve taken a look at three of our favourite style icons (Mary Kate and Ashley count as one alright?) and have taken a bash at recreating their looks without having to spend £5,000 on a pair of shorts.
MK and A have had one of the most impressive style evolutions around. Unlike Britney, Miley and any other child stars, the Olsen twins not only know how to not look like they’ve left the house and forgotten half of their outfits but they’ve actually made a name for themselves in fashion circles the world over.
Regulars on the front row, the sister’s style is minimalist, directional and mainly monochrome. Re-creating this style is all about playing with oversized items and a slightly androgynous aesthetic; think flats, long coats and collarless shirts also don’t forget the sunnies!
- Dries Van Noten Coat – thecorner.com – £775
- Guess studded Wide Brimmed Hat – Guess.com – £30
- Collarless linen shirt – Jigsaw-online.com – £37
- Frame Denim Jeans – Donnaida.com – £215
- Sunglasses – shopzerouv.com – £6.81
- Zara Pointed Furry leather Moccasins – zara.com – £62
German actress Diane Kruger has been chosen for rolls such as Helen of Troy due to her incredible good looks but she has also earned herself a name as a real style maven. As polished as a Golden Globe; Kruger is every inch what you would expect from a glamorous Hollywood A-lister with a liking for vintage inspired cuts and feminine hues of nudes and pastels when on the red carpet.
Diane is the queen of chic, cool and understated has become a firm favourite of designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli and Marchesa – if we could only get their attention too we might have half the wardrobe of Diane!
Put together a Kruger-inspired look by teaming one of this season’s biggest trends; the full skirt with a cropped shirt to give an otherwise retro look a fresh modern twist. Team a bold colour with nudes to keep your look understated and feminine at the same time.
- Madewell soft embroidered shirt – Madewell.com – £47
- Oasis tailored longline coat – Oasis-stores.com – £70
- Diane Von Furstenburg Kimmie Knit pencil skirt – Flannels.com – £60
- ASOS Heartbeat heels – asos.com – £50
- DKNY Leather shoulder bag – Theoutnet.com – £120
Kate Bosworth is the ultimate pin-up girl for that understated boho look that so many try to emulate whilst simultaneously trying not to lose their wellies to the mud at Glastonbury. Known for her penchants for denim cut-offs and loose fitting T-shirts she also scrubs up well too.
Bosworth has been the face of Calvin Klein and fronted Topshop’s first ever Christmas campaign last year, this year she has turned her hand to design for a collaboration with Topshop. The collection includes luxe marl knits and fantastic boyfriend style overcoats. She has basically picked up where Kate Moss left off and that’s certainly not a bad thing in our eyes!
The art to re-creating this look is all about relaxed layering; opt for a cool animal print tee under a loose knit marl jumper and team with ankle boots and a slick of red MAC lipstick to finish the look.
- Thery Zambra Chunky knit jumper – net-a-porter.com – £140
- Joseph women’s Marvin animal crepe T-shirt – Coggles.com – £225
- Denim Cutt-off shorts – Etsy.com – £19
- Ash Woodash grey suede boots – my-wardrobe.com – £125
- M.A.C Lipstick in Divine Night – Bloomingdales – £10
- Ray Ban Rb 4175 – Nelly.com – £180
So there are some hints for putting together looks that are guaranteed to turn some heads, some of the items might be slightly less budget friendly than others but with a bit of internet sleuthing you’ll be guaranteed to find cheaper alternatives.
Who is your favourite style icon?
This guest post was written by the team at Farfetch.com