Have you been enjoying our style series from on some of the most well know 40+ Fashion icons? Fashion Writer/Stylist Morgan Mullin has shared the style recipes of Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, and Jennifer Aniston. Today she takes a look at one of the most creative dressers around, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Sarah Jessica Parker is a front-row fixture at fashion shows the world over. As Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, she started many trends (remember those flower corsages?) and continued to do so any time she is spotted by paparazzi or walks a red carpet.
Her style is hard to pin down- eclectic to the core, but always high fashion and ahead of what everyone else is wearing.
No stranger to the worst dressed list, either, Parker shows that being outside the (fashion) box is not for the faint of heart. But the occasional miss aside, Parker has managed to succeed at what many other actresses merely attempt: she has become not just a purveyor of fashion, but a player herself.
If you want to make the trends, not just participate in them, and if you believe in fashion as a creative art of expression, then you are Parker’s style sister! Here’s what you need to do to emulate her creative look:
Bare Your Arms
Much like Michelle Obama, Parker has incredibly toned arms. This means that her tops are usually sleeveless to show off them off. If there is a part of our body you love, show it off as she does!
Experiment With Avant-Gard Shapes
Since Parker pushes the envelope when it comes to fashion, she always wears clothing in interesting shapes. You’ll never catch her in plain boot cut jeans and a fitted tee. Instead, she plays with proportions, choosing shrunken jackets, oversized sweaters, peplums, bubble hems and more.
As new cuts of clothing come into fashion, you can bet Parker will be rocking them! The key to doing so without looking over the top? Pick one piece with a very fashion-forward or noteworthy cut and pair it with items that are simpler.
For instance, Parker wears oversized, tunic-length sweaters with simple fitted jeans. She pairs pants that have razor-sharp pleats and a sharp leg line with a soft, simple blouse. If she were to wear a pencil skirt, it would be with a blazer with exaggerated shoulders and a cocoon-like shape.
Make sure that at least one item in your outfit is fitted to your body to show that there’s a woman under all that fabric! This is what makes Parker’s style look harmonious, despite the changing shapes.
Keep it in the same (color) Family
Since Parker is often playing with the shape of various items, she keeps color simple. This doesn’t mean you need to dress in only black, however! Mix neutral shades in your outfits: black with brown, navy with beige, and so on. This will give you a carefree look without clashing.
When you do opt for more color, steal Parker’s trick of choosing various shades of the same hue in an outfit. For example, to a recent red carpet event, she wore navy pants with a slightly lighter blue jacket, a powder-blue blouse, and sky blue shoes. This creates harmony and lets the focus rest on the shapes of the garments themselves.
Stick to Statement Shoes
While Parker may not go all-out in the color department, the same cannot be said of footwear. If I could boil her hard-to-pin-down style into one point, it is probably the statement shoe. Shoes that are interesting shapes, crazy colors, loaded with texture and embellishments: she loves them all.
To be her copycat, instead of having jewelry be an outfit’s showstopper, consider making the shoes be the focus of attention. Choose a stunning pair, wear them with some clothing with an interesting cut, and keep colors and other accessories to an absolute minimum.
Play With Prints
Being conservative with color allows Parker to play with patterns in a big way. She’s worn everything from nautical stripes to punky plaid and always pulls it off. How? The simply cut piece in her outfit (that we discussed above) will rock a print- and it will be the only print in the outfit.
For instance, Parker would wear a highly structured blouse in a solid color with a simple skinny pant in an edgy print. Or, a simple blouse paired with a bold pattern could be the perfect mate for solid colored harem pants.
Another way she wears prints would be to choose a bold, statement pattern in an outfit that lacks a piece with a fashion-forward shape. As in, Parker could save a blazer and skinny jean combo from being boring by choosing a blazer in a crazy, floral, neon print. Or a pencil skirt and blouse combo could get a facelift if the pencil skirt had a houndstooth pattern.
Either way, remember to balance pattern with few colors and limited accessories. Also, a piece should either have a fashion-forward shape or a great print. One that is both spells “overkill,” fast!
Try Tons of Texture
Another way Parker adds interest to her looks is through the use of texture. When she chooses to wear many shades of one color, she often sports different fabrics. For instance, two shades of green look lovely together, but get even more glam when one is silk, and the other is linen. To add some texture to your style, try to have at least two noticeably different fabrics in each outfit.
Try a velvet blazer with a silk camisole, or a leather jacket with a chiffon top. To keep your look pulled-together, however, make sure to use either different shades of one hue or two neutrals together! And, when the texture is taking the stage, avoid prints- having both in the same outfit will be really over the top!
Style Maverick Sarah Jessica Parker knows how to bend the rules of style in just the right way. With these tips and a dose of fearlessness, you can too. After all, fashion is meant to be fun! Do you like Sarah Jessica’s creative style? Comment below.