With the release of summer blockbuster Total Recall and an engagement to Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel has been thrust into the spotlight—and she’s dressing the part. Her sleek bangs aren’t the only thing new about this star’s look; the actress’ signature style has evolved into a run of glamorous, old Hollywood-inspired looks with fresh modern touches. From full skirts and neon to oxfords and cat eye sunglasses, check out our tips for getting Biel’s updated retro look.
Tip #1: Mix lace and metallics for a glam antique look.
At the Total Recall photocall in Beverly Hills, Biel sparkled in a gunmetal gray Oscar de la Renta dress. The piece gives antique lace a glam update with a metallic-finished top, which is echoed in the actress’ minimal but elegant choice of only a gold bangle as an accessory. Matching gray ankle-strap pumps and a bright poppy lip complete the romantic look.
1. Ballin Platform Shoe – $244; 2. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Throb / Blood Red – $14; 3. AV Max Gold 5pc Hammered Bangles – $60; 4. French Connection Fast Twinkle Metallic Lace Dress – $218; 5. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 9 Rouge Laque – $32
Tip #2: Oxfords add a preppy touch to warm-weather knits.
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While running errands in West Hollywood, Biel tucked a sheer tangerine knit top into a pair of black ankle-length skinnies. Her gold nameplate necklace bearing boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s name might be the accessory that all the gossip glossies are talking about, but it’s her pair of two-tone crochet oxfords that caught tFS’s eye. The actress’ tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses add the perfect touch to her old-school preppy look.
1. Paige Skyline Ankle Peg Skinny Stretch Jeans – $158; 2. Splendid Slub-Jersey T-Shirt – $68; 3. Jennifer Zeuner Cursive Nameplate Necklace – $169; 4. Dorothy Perkins Natural Material Mix Brogues – $44; 5. Jigsaw Overdyed Florrie Snuglasses – $93
Tip #3: Update a retro silhouette with an injection of neon.
Biel showed off her long legs in a bright white frock by Christian Dior which featured a retro full skirt with textural stripes. With her glam 50s ponytail and winged eye makeup, the look would’ve been a total throw-back were it not for the injection of neon from the contrasting lemon yellow heel on her pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood. A subtle swipe of coral nail polish was the only addition this look needed.
1. Nicole Miller V-Neck Pleated Dress – $495; 2. Nine West Sneakers PS Luca – $69.99; 3. Daisy Swing Dress – $296; 4. Calvin Klein Blaine Pump – $108.95; 5. Nails Inc. Neon Nail Polish in Portobello – $9.50