The Veuve Clicquot Classic is the first event of the summer when fashion A-listers come out to show off their finery—and there’s a little polo, too. The look is California prep—think summer whites, generous hats, and sunglasses in every style dominating the red carpet. You don’t have to be a member of a country club to pull off the Clicquot style—let Alek Wek, Olivia Palermo, and Zoe Saldana show you how to put together the best pretty and preppy looks under the sun.
Tip #1: A floppy sunhat and white dress pair perfectly.
Model Alek Wek looked the epitome of chic in her delicate cream dress. She was ready for the weather with her floppy straw hat and simple sandals. Look for a frock with romantic details like lace and pleats in a fit-and-flare silhouette, which is as timeless as it is of-the-moment. Wear this vintage-inspired outfit to a wedding or outdoor lunch.
1. American Eagle Carved Bangle Set – $17.50; 2. Dorothy Perkins Ivory Lace Prom Dress – $75; 3. Max and Cleo Charmed, I’m Shore Dress – $137.99; 4. Aldo Cardiel Sandals – $90; 5. J. Crew Two-Tone Straw Hat – $38
Tip #2: Combine laid-back layers in preppy pastels.
Olivia Palermo’s look was preppy without being too buttoned-up. She looked comfortable and a touch bohemian in her breezy layers, which would be perfect for a picnic. Accordion pleats are huge this season—take the trend a step further with crinkled pleats like Palermo’s. Her layering works so well because she chose crisp summer fabrics in a palette of pastels including petal pink, lemon yellow, cornflower, and charcoal. Don’t forget the ultimate preppy summer accessory—tortoise shell wayfarer sunglasses.
1. Annina Accordion Pleat Crinkled Skirt – $35; 2. Red Herring Tortoise Shell Wayfarer Sunglasses – $15; 3. House of Harlow 1960 Gold Medallion Locket Pendant – $79; 4. Miss Panda Pocket-Front Loose-Fit Jacket – $58; 5. Nine West Fascinate Flat – $59; 6. American Apparel The Lawn Tee – $28
Tip #3: Rock a pair of leather shorts.
Zoe Saldana was the wild child of the event, going against the grain in an all-black look that has just the right amount of edge for summer. She kept her black leather shorts sophisticated with a black silk top and strappy, leg-elongating tan sandals. Saldana added a touch of rock and roll with her aviator sunglasses and wooden beaded bracelets.
1. Oasis Plain Woven Front Pocket T-Shirt – $36; 2. The Wardrobe Sammua Leather Shorts – $155; 3. Jessica Bennett Resa Wedge Sandal – $108; 4. Vince Camuto Aviator Glasses – $75; 5. Topshop Faux Leather Hotpants – $60; 6. Lola James Sandalwood Beaded Bracelet Set – $185