Tuesday, February 3, 2009

3 Ladies: The Look for Less

I was just perusing some images from the premiere of He's Just Not that Into You held last night in Hollywood, and I think there's some good lessons to be learned from the leading ladies. It's quite a cast, and each woman chose a dramatically different look for the red carpet. One thing they all mastered, though, is restraint. Let's take a closer look:

Jennifer Aniston dressed in signature black, this time choosing a figure-hugging pantsuit by Burberry. This look is classic Aniston--she's rarely flashy, and she picks simple silhouettes and then adds jewelry for extra sparkle. For this premiere, she wore yellow gold necklaces of varying lengths, from a thin choker to long chain links.

The key here is to mix-and-match your necklace styles but keep them all in the same color gold. Here are some great options that would look fantastic together:
--SeidenGang 74 Grams 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Hammered Oval Link Necklace
--Boucheron 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Padlock Pendant Necklace
--18k Yellow Gold Diamond Slice Chain Necklace

Scarlett Johansson was about a million miles from Aniston in an ├╝ber-romantic strapless, full-length floral gown. (She also went for pin-straight dark locks, a far cry from her normal Hollywood bombshell routine.) She chose minimal jewelry, a smart move with such a bold pattern, and her main accessory was a Zorab rubelite tourmaline flower ring set in rose gold with diamonds.

A bold cocktail ring can be the perfect finishing touch for a dress that is too overwhelming for a necklace or bracelets. I personally like a chunky faceted stone for evening events because it sparkles more than a cabochon will. Try these on for size:
--JewelMak 14k Yellow Gold 21.49 ctw Smoky Quartz Diamond Cocktail Ring sz 6.5
--David Yurman Sterling Silver Large Blue Topaz Diamond Cocktail Ring sz 6

Drew Barrymore channeled retro glamour in her sweet cocktail-length dress with a satin bow bodice. Again, she kept it simple with just pave diamond knot earrings and an oversized clutch with rhinestone buckle.

To keep it old school, I suggest going with some vintage-looking button earrings with a bit of shine. Like these:
--Chanel Gold Plated Metallic Gold Stone Camellia Clip-On Earrings
--Henry Dunay Brushed 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Drop Clip-On Earrings
And for the bag?
--Gucci Black Sparkle Gold Buckle Large Clutch


Images via Just Jared