Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use celebrities (like Sarah Silverman or Emma Watson) 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!
I’m sure a lot of you have been waiting for this. If you don’t already know who Nicole Richie is, excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. OK, now let’s move on. A few years back, there was a show starring two insanely spoiled socialites that had to “live simply” under one roof with some folks from rural America. Yeah, I never watched it in fear of losing some serious brain cells (Editor’s Note: But I did and that ish was high-larious!), but one of those two spoiled heiresses was Nicole Richie. Looking back now, it’s pretty difficult to imagine that Hollywood’s wild-child in the overalls and long stringy hair is the same person as the trend-setting fashionista she is today.
To be fair, Nicole’s always been somewhat interested in fashion, even dabbling in a little runway modeling (and then flashing her tots) at one time. But now the hot mama has taken her love to a whole new level with an accessories line for Kitson called House of Harlow 1960, and clothing line called Winter Kate. The pieces in each line look like they’d be something you’d find in Nicole’s own closet, which is exactly what her fashion groupies have been waiting for.
But if you wanna recreate the style of this wild-child-turned-fashion-maven, there are a few key aspects to keep in mind:
1. Oversized sunglasses have probably been popular since before girls were throwing their underwear at The Beatles, but Nicole redefined the look and brought them back with a vengeance. If Nicole is known for one thing regarding her style, it’s the giant sunglasses (that sometimes borderline on having peeps confuse her with a bug).
2. You gotta embrace a little hippie. OK, maybe not actually find a little one to embrace, but at least welcome a little hippie-chic into your wardrobe. Nicole’s bohemian-hippie-meets-couture combination is what makes it so unique and what inspires all of her little fashion minions (like me!).
Now let’s get you dressed.
It’s summer, so I chose an adorably casual summer day look from Nic. Love ’em or hate ’em, rompers are simple and easy. Just slip one on and you are instantly looking good and ready to go. And with two kids, I’m sure this is exactly what Nicole needs. Of course she doesn’t stop there, though. Nope, just throwing on a romper would would be generic and boring, and Nicole is anything but.
If you’re trying to incorporate some Nicole Richie in your wardrobe, you need the right accessories to mix things up. Like heels. Yes, we know Nicole’s got much love for humungo sunglasses, but another key element in her wardrobe is the sky high pump. Here, the basic black pair adds a little sexy/formality to a typically casual outfit. Paired with an oversized bangle and braided bracelet, she’s got her signature mixture of trendy (romper), bohemian (accessories) and chic couture (pumps).
If this isn’t a look you think you can pull off, though, take Nicole’s style rules and make them work for you. Perhaps you’d prefer a pair of gladiator flats for the bohemian aspect and a shiny belt for some couture. Or maybe you want to add some flash with a stack of gorgeous bangles and find a flirty scarf to wear as a headband. It doesn’t matter. As long as you’re mixing a little bohemian chic with some more classic pieces, you’ve got a look that even Foxy Cleopatra, Nicole’s pup, would approve of.