Sometimes it’s the little touches that take your outfit from average to enviable. Celebrities have stylists to calculate all the complicated nuances of putting together a look, but we aren’t all so fortunate. Luckily, tFS has put together some celeb-inspired styling tips and tricks to help you put together a look that’s got that extra oomph! This week, Olivia Palermo, Florence Welch, and Busy Phillips show you how to put together a look inspired by late 1970s fashions like bell-bottom trousers, menswear, and shirt dresses.
Tip #1: Brown on brown is anything but dull with a fur stole like Olivia Palermo’s.
Olivia Palermo certainly has an eye for putting together a look from head-to-toe—even her candid street style poses like this one complement her outfit (does she hire her own paparazzi?) Here she channeled the glamorous side of the late 70s, wearing perfectly tailored mouse-brown trousers with a wide flared leg and tucking in a copper-colored blouse. Her accessories make this outfit inspired; the wrap-around fur stole emphasizes her shoulders, creating a silhouette that balances the volume of the pants, and her understated quilted shoulder bag adds a luxe touch without stealing the show. Even Palermo’s gorgeous Farah Fawcett-inspired center-parted waves were on-theme.
1. Happy Cat Long-Sleeve Shirt – $68; 2. Biyibi Twist-Lock Quilted Cross Bag – $75; 3. KUT from the Kloth Flare Leg Corduroy Pants – $80; 4. Friis & Company Shake Waist Leather Belt – $68; 5. H&M Trousers – $20; 6. Dorothy Perkins Blonde Fur Stole – $20;
Tip #2: Coordinate a trench and bag in a 70s shade like Florence Welch
Florench Welch is an expert at making retro style influences seem fresh, and the 70s look she wore for a David Bailey exhibition was spot-on. Here she crafted a menswear-inspired look that echoed Diane Keaton’s seminal 70s fashion in Annie Hall. She chose a burgundy trench and Mulberry Polly Push Lock bag in saturdated hues that coordinate the outfit effortlessly without being too matchy-matchy, adding a punch of color while sticking to the 70s palette with mustard skinnies, and pulling the whole thing together with a paisley blouse that pulls in both colors. 70s wide-brimmed hats are trending among celebs for fall, and hers gave the look an extra masculine touch. Love her two-toned flats? They’re from Topshop!
1. Billabong Sunset Ryder Hat – $38; 2. Pepe Womens Devon Printed Blouse – $88; 3. J. Crew High-Waisted Skinny Cord – $79.50; 4. Topshop Klover Gold Trim Suede Slippers – $81; 5. ASOS Leather Metal Buckle Satchel – $127.26; 6. Modcloth Burgundy Wine Coat – $109;
Tip #3: Style a 70s silky shirt dress with knee-high boots like Busy Phillips.
The late 70s were all about the shirt dress, a piece of clothing that, in its marriage of the masculine men’s shirt up top and feminine full skirt below, reflected women’s changing role. The look is buttoned-up, yet still shows off your figure in a sexy way, similar to the wrap dress, another icon of the 70s. Actress Busy Phillips wore a silky emerald green shirt dress to the People’s Choice Awards nominations press conference, pairing it with contrasting brown leather knee-high boots for a 70s Western flair, and accessorizing with a black belt and long gold necklace.
1. Peacocks Ladies Chiffon Shirt Dress – $27; 2. Miss KG Farah Stacked Heel Knee High Boot – $254; 3. Aldo Steil Knee-High boots – $130; 4. Warehouse Crepe Shirt Dress – $80; 5. Madewell Perfect Leather Belt – $48; 6. Edor for Urban Renewal Vintage Stargazer Locket Necklace – $24;