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Billboard Music Awards 2017: The Best Dressed Celebs

The Billboard Music Awards is as big a deal as The Grammys. Billboards are the US charts, which our Harry Styles is currently topping, and their awards honour the chart-topping artists that are the top of their game. This means all of our favourite singers attend the awards and after-party held in Las Vegas!

The good thing about the awards being held in May is it gives us amazing inspiration about what to wear for big summer nights out. The Grammys in February just can’t compete for that!

With glamorous celebs like Rita Ora,  Vanessa Hudgens and Bebe Rexha in attendance, there’s plenty to look at and admire. Some of these outfits are pretty easy for us to copy so we can make a VIP entrance on our nights out this summer. Let’s see how the stars made an impression:

Rita Ora

You can rely on Rita to walk the red carpet like she owns it and she walked it with attitude in a white blazer with an embellished black maxi skirt. The mesh detail of the skirt causes everyone to look twice, but she does follow the golden rule of keeping her top covered if she’s showing off her legs and derriere. It’s a bold look, but she knows she looks good. Wearing something like this is all about confidence!

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa kept things classy in a beige maxi dress, looking sweet, feminine and girly. This would be a great dress if you were a wedding guest this summer or had a formal ball to attend. The colour is ideal for this time of year, showing off your tan and adding a sunkissed glow, while making sure everyone sees you arrive.

Bebe Rexha

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a black dress, especially one that hugs every inch of your curves like Bebe Rexha’s did. This is a really simple look to copy and wear and one black dress like this will see you through hundreds of different social occasions as you can change your accessories and hair and make-up each time.

Lea Michele

The Glee actress also opted for a black maxi dress, but the mesh detail on her dress makes it stand out. If you like black but are worried you could look boring then detail like this will ensure your dress is a talking point. Lea hasn’t been in the spotlight recently, but a dress like this will help her make a comeback as she looks hot!

Hailee Steinfeld

The American singer gave everyone outfit envy in her stunning black and light blue midi dress. Now this is not an easy look to copy as the print of this dress is so unique. However, it does show that a classic bodycon dress in a unique colour will make everyone stop and stare. It’s a simple formula: bodycon + colour = a top look.

Nicole Scherzinger 

Nicole always dresses to get noticed on the red carpet and she definitely did that in a brown maxi dress. What do you think of this dress?

Kate Beckinsale

The British actress looked classy and elegant in a dark maxi dress embellished with a firework print. The dress flatters her figure without flashing too much flesh and the firework print is the way this dress makes her stand out. If you want to make an impression without showing off too much, this multicolour maxi dress is a chic way to do it.

Whose outfit do you most want to copy?

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BAFTA TV Awards: 10 Best Dressed Celebrities

The BAFTA TV Awards are a big deal as they’re voted for by the industry. The National TV Awards are chosen by the public, which is great for ratings, but being picked as the best by the TV industry bosses is better for long-lasting career success. Everyone’s on the edge of their seats, praying to win!

There are awards for all types of TV shows from soaps to sports to current affairs so we get to see a diverse range of celebs walk the red carpet outside the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank. Their TV shows are all very different but one thing the stars have in common is they’ve dressed to get noticed. After the awards are over, networking takes place and looking good gives the stars the confidence to mingle – just like us!

These 10 celebrities looked especially lovely, giving us some inspiration about what colours and shapes really stand out when everyone’s dressed to impress:

Holly Willoughby

Holly was there to present an award for Best TV Moment but she would have won Best Fashion Moment in her mint green maxi dress. The colour looks beautiful with her blonde hair and bronzed skin and its the ideal time of year to wear pastels. This dress is perfect for summer weddings and proms.

Eleanor Tomlinson

The Poldark actress looked super glam in a silver maxi dress, which sparkled as she walked down the red carpet. A metallic dress will always get us noticed and show that we’re ready to party.

Scarlett Moffatt

It’s inspiring to see how well Scarlett has done since leaving Gogglebox. Now a TV presenter in her own right, she looked sleek and chic in a black lace midi dress. Just look at her smile. She’s hot and she knows it!

Laura Whitmore

Laura looked super summery in her strapless multicolour maxi dress, which was bright and cheerful. Laura’s got a lovely figure and this dress shows off her slender waist without flashing too much flesh, making her look classy.

Tess Daly

The Strictly Come Dancing host has an amazing wardrobe of maxi dresses which we see every single week when the TV series is on, so she went for a gorgeous beige midi dress for the awards do. The colour complements her skin, making her look bronzed and dewy and the pencil shape shows off her curves. Tess always gets it right when it comes to dresses.

Thandie Newton

Similar to Eleanor Tomlinson, Thandie shows that metallics never fail to make an impact. The Line Of Duty star is now used to awards ceremonies after being Oscar-nominated this year and she knows what she’s doing when it comes to dressing up by now. What do you think of this simple silver look?

Anna Friel

Anna’s in a new BBC drama called Broken alongside veteran actor Sean Bean and she’s dressing to let us all know she’s back! Her monochrome dress is so feminine that she looks doll-like and elegant. The vintage lace detail adds to the prettiness – she looks stunning.

Charlotte Riley

If a navy blue maxi dress wasn’t glam enough in its own right then the Peaky Blinders actress added sequins to the mix. These sequins caught the photographers’ flashbulbs and would also look brilliant on a dance floor. Sequins aren’t just for Christmas, they make us in the mood to party all year round!

Ella Eyre

It was impossible to miss Ella Eyre as in her bright pink prom dress. If you’re a girly girl and you want to wear pink, do it proudly and with attitude and you’ll impress everyone with your style. In this dress, Ella’s setting trends, not following fashion and you just can’t beat a bit of pink, can you?

Katie Piper

TV presenter Katie Piper had a real vampy edge in her full black strapless dress with purple lipstick. The way the dress flares out is truly eye catching but how you wear hair and make-up in a dress like this transforms it. If she’d done her hair in a slicked back bun this dress would have looked formal but with her messy hair and statement make-up, she gives it a rock chick vibe and looks sensational.

Who do you think stood out the most?

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Celebrity Style Steal: Suki Waterhouse’s Coolest Looks

Actress and model Suki Waterhouse has an exciting year ahead. With a fashion campaign for Italian designer Ferragamo and two movies scheduled for release at the end of this year, things have really fallen into place for her.

We can tell that she’s feeling confident and secure about the future by the way that she’s dressing as she seems to have an effortless edge when it comes to fashion. Although she puts an outfit together beautifully, she chooses practicality just as much as fashion and wears outfits that she could let her hair down and have fun in. She’s great inspiration for those of us who want outfits that we don’t have to worry about. When they’re on, they look stylish and they’ll stay that way night and day.

Suki’s style is actually really easy to copy as it relies on finding great quality items that you can mix and match and wear in different ways all season long. Let’s have a look at one of her best day outfits and one of her most pretty night time looks:

Casual Chic

For brunch at London hotspot Sexy Fish, Suki looked fresh and summery in a white vest top with this season’s on-trend trouser – the culotte. This is how to do fashion at 11am in the morning and if she wanted to go out to a bar later, she could stay in something like this.

To copy this look, start with the culottes that are like the Adidas Originals wide leg pants. Then for a white vest top, the V by Very crochet insert vest has a lovely detail around the neck that makes it that little bit more stylish than a plain vest. Finish with a cute shoulder bag like the V by Very quilted shoulder strap bag and some strappy sandals like the V  by Very strap sandals for some extra glamour.

Party Fashion

For a night out in London at a jewellery party, Suki showed that a jumpsuit can be just as striking as a dress. A blue jumpsuit is even more of a statement than a black jumpsuit and with its v-neck detail, Suki shows she’s ready to party. Her jumpsuit is like the Miss Selfridge utility jumpsuit.

With the v-neck detail, its good to make the most of the space to add some extra sparkle with a necklace. The Links of London sterling silver essential beaded necklace is ideal. Platform shoes will give you an extra bit of confidence and help you walk taller and with more attitude. Try the Glamorous cross strap sandals.

What do you think of Suki’s style?

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King Arthur Film Premiere: Red Carpet Style

Guy Ritchie’s epic film King Arthur has pushed back its release date several times, but it’s been worth the wait if last night’s premiere was anything to go by. Starring a selection of his celebrity friends including David Beckham and Cara Delevingne’s sister Poppy as well as his wife Jacqui Ritchie, there’s an all-star cast and no expense has been spared on the special effects either.

Some of the knights of the round table came out to celebrate the premiere, posing next to guests on the red carpet. We especially liked the one posing next to Charlie Hunnam which you can see at the end of this blog post as we couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a bit of eye candy and Charlie looks so handsome in his suit!

The actresses and female guests all went for maxi dresses for a glamorous evening look. Let’s have a closer look:

Poppy Delevingne

It’s her first big-budget film in years and Poppy made sure all eyes were on her on the red carpet in a slinky black maxi dress. Not only is the dress super flattering, but it means her pretty wavy hair and diamond choker get noticed, which add to the luxe effect of this look. If you have a clever way to accessorise, then black is a great colour to wear.

Annabelle Wallis

She’s usually in the press for being Coldplay’s Chris Martin’s girlfriend or for her role in British TV drama Peaky Blinders, but now British actress Annabelle Wallis has made it to Hollywood! She plays Maid Marian, the lady who sees King Arthur pull Excalibur from the lake and the role has given her a taste for more as she dressed to get noticed on the red carpet!

Her multi-coloured maxi dress has so many patterns, you just don’t know where to look. As she’s starring in a film with so many hot male actors, she needed as bold dress like this to make sure she got some attention.

Christina Milian

The American singer looked simply gorgeous in her green maxi dress that perfectly showed off her stunning figure. The best thing about green is that it’s not a common choice of dress, even though it flatters both brunettes and blondes. You’ll always make an entrance in a dress like this as people will notice you walk into a room and now summer’s here, we should all go brighter and have more fun with colour.

Guy and Jacqui Ritchie

Jacqui has a quintessentially British style and looked super chic at the premiere in an orange maxi dress that would have looked equally good for daytime. This is a dress that you could wear anywhere all summer long and with her hair swept back from her face, Jacqui looks young and pretty. Sometimes, the simpler the dress, the younger we look.

Gianna Simone

She’s an up and coming actress, best known for her part in Star Trek, but Gianna knows how to work the red carpet already. A loose monochrome maxi dress is ideal for this time of year as the floaty material will keep you cool all night long and the white part of the dress looks bright and uplifting. What do you think of this look?

And here’s a look at the main man – Charlie Hunnam – who’s playing Arthur

Look at that smile! Those teeth! Charlie is very much the macho hero in King Arthur and spends a lot of time with his top off. Although he looks magnificent in a suit, he looks even better in the film.

Whose red carpet style do you admire the most? This shows that there are several ways to do formal fashion – black and green can look equally stunning.

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MTV Movie Awards 2017: Best Dressed Celebs

You can always trust MTV to throw a super cool party! The MTV Movie awards did not disappoint and was a real A’list affair.

Held at The Shrine Auditorium in LA, the red carpet saw a never ending procession of glamorous stars posing for the world’s photographers. The event is broadcast live to countries around the world, which means the stars really have to get their outfits right or it will haunt them forever. The perfect dress could also dramatically improve an actress’s career if it catches the eye of an important casting director.

For those reasons, hours of preparation goes into finding the right red carpet dress. The stars spend the time researching so we don’t have to – we can just copy what works on them. Let’s see who looked the best at the awards:

Cara Delevingne 

Cara has a cool, edgy style and even when she’s wearing a dress she looks powerful and strong. In a classic black mini dress, she ensures that the attention is drawn to the statement pieces – the black over the knee boots and the blood red lipstick. She’s a top ambassador for British style, isn’t she?

Zendaya

The American singer-songwriter looked absolutely beautiful in a green maxi dress. This is elegant and feminine, especially with the lace detail. Lace is a lovely way to make an impact at a party, with no need to accessorise!

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan ensured that there was no danger of wearing a similar outfit to anyone else in pink trousers with a red top. It’s bold but it’s also really summery and uplifting and with her hair big and flowing, she looks naturally pretty. Trousers like this are just as feminine as a skirt or dress.

Jasmine Sanders

The American model, who calls herself Golden Barbie, covered up more than usual in her tiger embellished tunic dress with over the knee boots. However, with a print like that there was no danger of her going unnoticed on the red carpet. At an event like the MTV Awards where models and actresses want to get noticed, wearing print will help them do just that.

Shay Mitchell

Jasmine wasn’t the only one to wear print as The Vampire Diaries star Shay Mitchell also wore it in maxi dress form. Shay looks much more elegant and classically pretty in her dress, with her hair down and sleek and glossy. If you want to give the impression of being a girl that’s sophisticated and classy, a maxi dress is always a great option.

Holland Roden

The Teen Wolf star looked stunning in her tassle dress. Not only did it turn heads as she walked down the red carpet but it’s a lot of fun to wear.  You could have some serious fun on the dancefloor in a dress like this!

Who do you think looked the best?

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Celebrity Style Steal: Selena Gomez Dressed Up And Down

Selena Gomez has come a long way since she was a child star on the Disney Channel. Now a pop princess with a chart-topping boyfriend – The Weeknd – she’s professional and polished. Whether she’s on the red carpet or nipping out to a restaurant for a spot to eat, she looks groomed and gorgeous.

Unlike some other stars in Hollywood, who dress older than they actually are, Selena remains cool, fresh and on trend. She likes to wear white to reflect her sunkissed skin but aside from that her fashion choices are laidback. Her outfits are uncomplicated, which means they’re easy for us to copy.

Let’s take a closer look at some recent looks – one night-time and one daytime:

Met Ball Gala Glamour

While some Met Ball Gala guests went OTT, Selena kept things simple and chic in a cream maxi dress, embellished with gold sparkles. With pretty beige sandals, also embellished with flowers, the look is feminine and elegant. This is a lovely maxi dress for a summer party or ball as it complements skin tone, reflects the light and floats out as you dance keeping you feeling cool as well as looking it. It’s similar to the V by Very sequin tulle maxi dress and would look beautiful with the V by Very Tallulah 3D flower embellished heeled sandals.

Dressed Down Chic

For a trip for a bite to eat with her friends, Selena looked stunning in her jeans and t-shirt. Cropped jeans are not only flattering as they lengthen legs, but they’re great for warmer spring and summer days. The Denim Supply Ralph Lauren cropped skinny jeans are a similar indigo blue colour to Selena’s and work well with a classic white t-shirt like the V by Very perfect scoop neck t-shirt. 

For the full Selena look, finish with white pumps like the V  by Very dotty knotted slider skate shoes and statement round shaped shades like the River Island sunglasses.

What do you think of Selena’s style?

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Harper’s Bazaar 150 Year Anniversary: Best Dressed

Fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar celebrated its 150th birthday in luxurious style with a party at The Ritz in London. Actresses, models and even politicians came together to celebrate the occasion – it was a place for everyone who’s interested in fashion to catch up and mingle.

Interestingly, two major fashion trends emerged on the night as guests either wore black / white or bold florals. Let’s have a closer look at how they styled it for some sophisticated party dress inspiration for occasions when you want to look elegant and classy:

Laura Carmichael

The former Downton Abbey actress mixed the classic colours of gold and black with her slinky sleeveless maxi dress. It’s an eye-catching dress so she keeps her hair and make-up simple so it doesn’t look like she’s tried too hard. Sometimes less really is more.

Jenna Coleman

The star of period drama Victoria looked like she was in the Victorian era in her white maxi dress. White is a hard colour to wear as it could end up looking bridal but Jenna pulls it off with the lace and mesh detail, which looks more rock star than romantic especially when worn with high black platform sandals.

Jessica Raine

The Call the Midwife and Line of Duty actress showed a brilliant way to wear florals with her blue and green maxi dress. Blue and green is so summery and contrasts beautifully with her dark hair.

Sarah Ann Macklin

She’s modelled for several high profile brands and when she’s off duty she looked equally stunning in a red maxi dress. If red wasn’t enough to get attention, she added florals to the mix. What do you think of this dress?

Victoria Pendleton

The ex-Olympic cyclist and Strictly Come Dancing contestant looked chic and pretty in a black maxi dress. With its simple shape and her hair in a simple bob, she looks cute and pretty. Black can be worn to any occasion and this dress would work well for day or night.

Samantha Cameron

As the wife of the ex-Prime Minister, Samantha Cameron looked smart and businesslike in a black blouse and black maxi skirt. A maxi skirt with a chic top can be a great alternative to a dress if you want something that’s just that little bit different.

Who do you think looked the most stylish?

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Met Ball Gala 2017: Top 10 Celeb Outfits

The Met Ball is the biggest night in fashion. It’s more spectacular than the Oscars as it brings together stars from music, acting, politics and fashion for one night only. Plus there’s always a theme so the stars are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and this usually results in some spectacular sights.

This year, the theme was to wear bold, colourful outfits inspired by the architectural style of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. It will cheer you up to look at what some of the stars wore and maybe give you some ideas about what to wear to make a statement.

Let’s have a closer look at the Top 10 most fabulously dressed celebrities:

(1) Rihanna

You can trust Rihanna to make a theme her own. She doesn’t just follow the theme, she re-invents it and she looks utterly fabulous. This isn’t the easiest red dress to wear, but it definitely follows the architectural style of the night.

(2) Kylie Jenner

This is Kylie’s second Met Ball Gala and she killed it in a gold dress. She also showed off a brand new hairstyle on the night, which got people talking. If you want to guarantee that people notice you, do something different with your hair as well as your dress…just in case.

(3) Cara Delevingne

She’s temporarily swapped fashion for acting but Cara Delevingne’s lost none of her inner style. She looked futuristic but elegant in a silver trouser suit with silver heels and her ice blonde hair sprayed silver. She could guarantee nobody else would have had an outfit like her when she put on this!

(4) Chrissy Teigen

Volume was one of the key features of Rei Kawakubo and Chrissy Teigen takes that and reinvents it in a feminine way in her monochrome maxi dress embellished with flowers. With a dress like this all you need to do with your hair is tie it in a simple bun as you want the dress to take center stage.

(5) Gisele Bundchen

Gisele wore one of the least adventurous dresses of the night, but she looked gorgeous in her grey maxi dress so she gets away with it. This is the eighth Met Ball Gala she’s attended with partner Tom Brady so she knows the event and feels she doesn’t have to try as much. This is effortless cool.

(6) Blake Lively

Blake looked sensational in her gold dress with blue feather train. The gold dress in itself would have been fabulous but the blue feathers make it fit the theme more and also make it more fun to wear as you randomly notice a blue trail following you throughout the night. Notice Blake’s ear-rings complement both elements of the dress as they’re blue and gold.

(7) Jennifer Lopez

JLo looked like a princess at the Gala in her blue maxi dress. She’s showed off a lot of her famously curvy figure in dresses in the past but she looks equally good when she’s wearing a formal dress like this. With her hair swept over one shoulder, she oozes old school Hollywood glamour.

(8) Sofia Coppola

The film director looked stunning in a classic gold dress which was simple but stylish. It’s chic, elegant and uncomplicated which is great for those of us who want to wear a dress rather than it wearing us.

(9) Ruth Negga

The Irish actress fitted in perfectly with the American movers and shakers – her white maxi dress with a delicate floral print was really attention grabbing with its splits on both sides. The colour perfectly complements her skin tone and the shape makes us look twice as it’s so unique, which fits the theme perfectly.

(10) Katy Perry

As the host of the ball, Katy had to look a little different and she certainly did that in a statement red maxi dress with matching headpiece. It’s not exactly pretty but she wanted to be fierce rather than feminine that night. What do you think?

Who do you think looked the best overall?

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Celeb Style Steal: Louisa Johnson’s Denim And Leather

Louisa Johnson has come a long way since The X Factor. She was only 17 when she won it in 2015 and now she’s come of age and evolved into a confident, stylish woman. Now that she’s promoting her newest single Best Behaviour and doing lots of radio and TV interviews and public appearances, you can hear the self-assurance in her voice and see how strongly she holds herself. She means business!

One way to feel more fabulous in your skin is to like what you’re wearing. Louisa always looks stylish when she’s doing her interviews in cute but easy to wear clothes that look effortlessly cool when put together. She usually finishes with some heels for that extra bit of confidence. So if you want to go into spring with a positive attitude, let’s take a look at some of Louisa’s most recent looks:

The leather skirt look

A leather skirt is a great way to vamp up an outfit so that you feel extra special in what you’re wearing. It gives the impression of a woman who’s not afraid to take risks and will make you feel brave, even if you don’t feel it. Try the Fashion Union leather mini skirt for one similar to Louisa’s. As it’s so dramatic, it’s best to wear with a plain coloured top like the V by Very ruched sleeve bardot top.

Finish with some ankle boots with a chunky heel that are easy to walk in but lengthen your legs and make them look slimmer because they add a bit of extra height. The V by Very real suede ankle boots are just like the one’s Louisa’s wearing.

The denim shirt look

Double denim is always a way to turn heads as it’s also a little bit different. A pair of super skinny jeans with a jacket that falls to the waist is flattering for both the legs and the waist. Louisa wore this to perform on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which is a big deal and this outfit gave her the energy to conquer her nerves and belt out her tune. We can get this look with the V by Very stretch denim jacket and the Superdry Sophia high waisted super skinny jeans.

Notice her fabulous gold sandals? They make her double denim more party-ready and they’d make her smile every time she looked down. The River Island Wisdom glitter sandals are perfect!

Which of Louisa’s looks do you prefer? It’s easier than you think to find a fabulous outfit that will make you feel super confident – enjoy!

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Coachella Weekend Two: Celebrity Festival Fashion

Coachella is such a hot ticket that it’s now on over two weekends so that more people have an opportunity to experience the sunny festival vibes.  The second weekend is usually the most music-focused weekend as opposed to the first one which is when lots of big name brands host celeb parties. For that reason, we see celebs dressed more relaxed and cool in a laidback way during the second weekend as they are at the festival to dance and enjoy the music, rather than pose by a pool.

The second weekend usually has outfits that we can imagine ourselves wearing at a festival later in the year. They’re practical but still unique and fun – just the look we want! So let’s have a closer look at what the celebs wore to weekend two for some major festival style inspiration:

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga headlined the festival, making history as the first ever solo female headliner. She killed it with her performance and she looked stunning on stage in black shorts, a black vest top and statement black boots. When Gaga puts her mind to it, she’s captivating – it’s impossible to take your eyes off her.

Rihanna

Rihanna really goes for it whether she’s working or not – her silver outfit ensures all eyes are on her wherever she goes! However, if you ignore the silver, you’ll see she’s wearing a classic festival outfit of denim shorts and a casual white vest top. That’s something that would look good on anyone and you could easily layer it up with a jacket if the weather at your festival takes a turn for the worse.

Lorde

Lorde drew a crowd of thousands to watch her on stage and she went all out to keep everyone entertained. Her stage outfit was very cool – with a feminine and sophisticated black bodysuit mixed with bold sequin trousers and finished with classic Adidas Original Stan Smiths. None of these things match and that’s why it works for her.

Vanessa Hudgens

This is such a gorgeous festival look as it’s feminine but very appropriate for a festival. Vanessa actually attended both weekends so by this stage, she knew what she was doing. The gold sequin top is stunning and looks gorgeous with green shorts and brown suede ankle boots. What do you think?

Paris Hilton

Paris made sure that everyone spotted her and her boyfriend with a cute green maxi dress. A maxi dress is ideal for a festival as it’s really flattering and it’s something you can just throw on and feel fabulous in. If you haven’t had much sleep then put on a bright maxi dress and everyone will be so busy admiring the dress, they won’t look at your face too closely.

Shay Mitchell

Denim is a festival essential and The Vampire Diaries actress looked fierce and fabulous in her double denim ensemble. The ripped boyfriend jeans and pale blue denim jacket are both on trend this season and to pair them together makes ga killer look.

Kehlani

The American singer looks incredible in her denim shorts. If you’re proud of your curves then why not show them off? A crop top further highlights her slim waist and gorgeous bum. It’s not a complicated look and it’s simplicity means it looks as if she hasn’t tried too hard, even though she’s definitely worked out what to wear to best show off her figure. If you want to get noticed for all the right reasons, this would be a great look to copy.

Whose festival style inspires you the most?

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Celeb Spotting At Cosmo’s Self Made Summit

Sometimes we all need a bit of motivation and self-belief to get out of a rut and start aiming higher. And when we’re surrounded by inspirational and successful women, it’s a lot easier to believe that anything is possible. At Cosmopolitan Magazine’s first ever careers summit, sponsored by Very and attended by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities who have set up their own businesses, the atmosphere was electric!

The speakers let us into their worlds, firing us up into believing that we could change our lives. The job market is tough right now but the goal of the summit was to show us how well we’re already doing simply by surviving and hoping and to help everyone take big strides towards achieving their dreams.

Fashion Queen Olivia Palermo rarely gives interviews – she’s usually seen and not heard – but she shared some key style tips and talked about her journey. She’s a great example of how dressing smartly can help you get where you want to be and looked super cool on stage in a checked trouser suit with a black waistcoat. She’s always been a big fan of layering and it’s a flattering outfit.

Another lady who always looks appropriate for her job is Caroline Flack. On TV, she has a signature style of shorts, which has become her look. At the Cosmo self-made summit, where she interviewed vlogger Alfie Deyes, she looked fantastic in boyfriend jeans with a black blazer. She’s one of us and she dresses to reflect that.

The event featured a lot of the best bloggers and vloggers, who are all self-made. They’ve created their own careers and explained how they did that. Louise Pentland from Sprinkle of Glitr not only looked fabulous in a pink midi dress in the colour of the Cosmo and Very pink, but she was enthusiastic and motivating and made everyone who wasn’t already vlogging, question why they weren’t.

Between the pink lights was a great spot to take those all important Instagram selfies and Made in Chelsea star turned fashion blogger Rosie Fortescue posed in the same spot to show off her grey trouser suit after her Q&A. She’s an example of someone who started one career in TV but always had a dream to be in fashion and turned her life around.

But one of the most entertaining talks was by comedienne and TV presenter Katherine Ryan. She’s so quick-witted, she had most of the audience howling in their seats as well as making everyone feel uplifted and ready to conquer the world. How cool is the print of her bold, multi-colour dress?

Between the talks and networking opportunities, attendees checked out the latest collections and put together their dream new look.

This was Cosmo’s first ever self-made summit but judging by the packed rooms in London’s County Hall and the happy faces everywhere, there will be more. Stay tuned!

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Celebrity Style Steal: Bella Hadid

Model Bella Hadid is the more adventurous of the Hadid sisters. While Gigi sticks to classic  shapes and wardrobe basics, Bella takes more risks and always looks edgier. She also looks like she’d be great fun on a night out as she dresses creatively and steps out with attitude.

In the past year, Bella’s been named Model of the Year by GQ, Models.com, and the Daily FROW and she retains her style off the catwalk when she’s off-duty as well as when she’s working. She’s the ideal person to look at for inspiration on a night out as she puts pieces together in a fresh way.

You’ll look effortlessly cool if you copy one of Bella’s recent after-dark looks:

(1) The girly mini skirt outfit

For a night out to dinner in London’s uber cool restaurant Sexy Fish, Bella mixed girly with rock chick in her feminine pink top and skirt with a leather biker jacket, vampy tights and flat ankle boots. People will look twice at this outfit as it defies convention and although it’s pretty, it’s also comfortable thanks to the flat boots.

This is actually a really simple look to copy if you take it item by item, starting with a lovely pastel pink top like the V by Very contrast tipped frill and cuff hem jumper and then adding a mini skirt like the Warehouse animal print monochrome skirt. For patterned tights, try the Jonathan Aston Fuse tights and finish with a luxe biker jacket like the V by Very motocross leather jacket and ankle boots like the V by Very Hattie strap ankle boots.

(2) The fierce double denim outfit

Double denim is hardly new these days but Bella gives it the wow factor with scarlet red accessories. Also her high waisted jeans are super flattering, drawing attention to her slender waist. There are some gorgeous new high-waisted jeans new this season including the V by Very Isabelle high waisted slim jeans. The indigo colour of the jeans perfectly matches the V by Very stretch denim jacket.

Now we get to the fun part – the accessories! The V by Very Cora block heeled mules are a gorgeous shape as they show off your toes but they give great support to the rest of the foot, meaning you can wear them all day and all night. The V by Very cut out scallop bag is big enough to fit in all your essentials without ruining the overall shape of your outfit. It’s very elegant and would also work with black or white outfits.

What do you think of Bella’s style?

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