Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use celebrities (like Sofia Coppola) or TV characters (like Clarissa Explains It All) as style inspiration, even though, most of the time, they are being dressed from head to toe by the best stylists. Which we don’t have. And sometimes it’s damn near impossible to work their Hollywood looks into our not-so-Hollywood lives. I’ve made it my mission to tap into the mind of a fashion stylist and show you how to take your style inspiration – whatever it may be – and make it more you!
Sometimes I will find myself enjoying things that clash in a good way. Things like dipping tortilla chips in hummus, or writing an article about fashion inspiration while listening to the Red Wings hockey game in the background. But if there’s one clash that I find myself diggin’ this week, it’s that between Willa Holland’s real-life style and her on-set style.
On Gossip Girl, Willa Holland played Agnes Andrews, a frenemie of Jenny Humphrey. On the show, Willa’s character would prefer a more high-fashion, Upper East Side wardrobe. In the real world, though, Willa wouldn’t be caught dead wearing lace leggings, heels or high fashion dresses.
Willa Holland stays pretty under the radar and hasn’t been shown in celebrity Twitter fights of flashing her vajay while climbing out of a car. To be honest, she hasn’t really even been involved with much to do with fashion, but still has the ability to inspire many people with her subtle, down-to-earth edge.
I think that’s pretty friggin’ cool if you ask me. While many young celebrities of our generation send the message that what designers you wear dictate who you are, that ain’t Willa’s thing. She’s got a more chill, alternative, “indie earth-child trying to find herself” approach to her style, which is painfully chic. The best part, her super cool (there’s no other way to describe them) outfits are all made up of things that I could probably find in my own closet, which means anyone can pull off her signature sorta-rocker style.
And here’s one way to do it:
The key to Willa’s style to to mix basics with some harder elements. In this case, it’s some cut-offs and a flowy tank with a fitted leather jacket and some toughened up ankle boots. The result is feminine without being too girly, and edgy without being too intimidating. When you pair it all with the chill wayfarer sunglasses and feather necklace, you’ll have a complete look that is at once fashion forward and totally laid back.
Which is yet another clashing idea that I’m totally into, and which everyone who sees you in this outfit will be into, too.