There is nothing novel about using celebrities for style inspiration. In fact, I am constantly tearing up my magazines when I find cute outfits, trends, and looks that I am looking to make my own. However, since summer inspires so many trends, one can easily lose themselves trying to figure out which trend to take on and which to leave behind. Here are the top 10 celebrity trends that are universally flattering and will keep your closet feeling summer-friendly when the heat begins to swelter. So go ahead and get inspired.
Jessica Biel's Monochrome Look
Wear one color head to toe for a monochrome styled look. For inspiration, check out Jessica Biel's orange toned getup which includes a comfy knit and tailored pants. To break up your hue, look to Jessica and contrast different fabrics and materials. Also make sure to add a pop of a different color, whether it be on your shoes, necklace, or bag to keep the look from feeling too 70s-inspired.
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Jamie Chung's Belted Floral Frock
Give your florals a modern cinch by adding a flattering bold belt. Jamie Chung used a patent leather white belt to offset the more muted floral print pattern on her dress. When looking for a belt to cinch your dress, be sure the color speaks for itself and does not get lost in the print. The best way to avoid this mishap is by looking for bold solid colors that contrast with your frock. To give the look a polished finish, opt for matching shoes like Jamie.
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Taylor Swift's Playful Cutout
While cutouts tend to be sexy and alluring, opt for a less revealing, sweeter version. Take for example, Taylor Swift's LWD, which features a semi-circular cutout around the neckline. Showing just enough skin without venturing into sexy territory, this dress focuses on the shape of the cutout as opposed to how much it reveals. Look for cute tops and dresses like this one with cutout necklines, arm holes, and back panels for a summer-friendly look.
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Solange Knowles' Shredded T
Show off your edgier side by wearing a shredded t-shirt like the one on trendsetter Solange Knowles. Slashed shirts feel much more fresh and modern when done on unexpected places like sleeves. Look for a solid color tee so that you can easily pair it with multiple pieces. Additionally, a crazy print can turn a slashed tee into a Motley Crew ensemble rather than a edgy-chic staple. If you don't feel like investing in a shredded tee but love the trend, make your own by taking a plain white tee and cutting vertical holes throughout the sleeves.
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Nina Dobrev's Carefree Maxi
Nothing says summer quite like an effortless printed maxi dress that you can dress down or polish up simply by adding or removing accessories. Look for a simple print like the one seen on Nina Dobrev, as it will be easier to pair and to throw on no matter where you are headed. Keep the vibe simple by wearing braided sandals and a neutral belt around the waist. Also, when on the lookout for a maxi, scour affordable lines like Zara and H&M as these simple silhouettes don't need expensive tailoring to look good.
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Victoria Justice's Colorful Shorts Suit
Give your skirt suit a much needed rest and embrace its counterpart, the shorts suit for summer. When looking for a playful shorts suit, stick to bright solid colors like the coral hued suit seen on Victoria Justice. While the color may feel hip and playful, its tailored shape makes it work in an office environment when paired with sleek pumps and a demure blouse.
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Rachel Bilson's Satin Pumps
While I, for one, prefer flip-flops, sandals, and comfortable wedges during the summer, there will be moments that require us to take out the pump. For such occasions, keep it summery by opting for a satin fabric like the ones seen on Rachel Bilson. Look for neutral colors that will match everything and anything in your wardrobe to avoid fashion mishaps when getting dressed. A great color choice? Rachel's champagne toned pumps which will work in every season, making it a must-purchase and a worthy investment.
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Kate Mara's Fit and Flared Dress
This summer, leave the body-con and shifts behind and embrace a whole different frock. The fit and flared dress has taken Hollywood by storm as it has been spotted on the hottest fashion actresses from Blake Lively to Taylor Swift. Because the bodice is fit and the skirt is flared, you will attain an hourglass shape simply by putting one on. Look for a cheery hue like the one seen on Kate Mara, the perfect staple for summer BBQs, parties, and even work. Because the form of these dresses guarantee a flattering figure, there is no need to scour expensive high-end lines, as they will look just as good if bought from a more affordable label.
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Lucy Hale's Statement Necklace
Summer is all about the extras and this season that extra is the statement necklace. Unlike seasons past, look for a less colorful piece this summer and pick out one with bold gems and chains of the same color. Lucy Hale has this trend down while rocking a black bold stone necklace that feels young and modern, but also manages to look sophisticated. Metallic statement necklaces that keep to one shade are much easier to pair with colorful frocks and printed blouses.
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Dianna Agron's Shrunken Denim Jacket
Aside from the requisite light knit cardigan, a denim jacket is the only topper you will need during these hot months. Try a more flattering type like this shrunken denim jacket seen on budding-fashionista, Dianna Agron. The shrunken shape will show off your figure without adding bulk or cutting off your dress or top. Look for a light wash color as a denim blue is more appropriate for fall. Pick one up and you will find yourself wearing this jacket almost every day.
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