I’ve grown up immersed in celebrity culture, regardless of what it is that they have done – dance, act, sing, lead the country or appear on a reality television show, these are the people who influence our modern culture. I always thought that actresses were especially glamorous, appearing on red carpet events in their beautiful gowns with their hair and make up just so, the handsome actors not far behind looking fabulously debonair and James Bond like in their tuxedos.
While I am still enamoured by the romance of grand old Hollywood style, watching every awards ceremony to see what designer gowns the actresses are wearing (and sometimes which designer gowns are wearing them!), recently I’ve developed more of an interest in their ‘off-duty’ style – in the hope that as I can’t afford to emulate the Hollywood grandeur of the red carpet, perhaps I can take some inspiration from young Hollywood’s casual wear.
Everyone Has an Influence
As this piece from the Independent shows, I’m not the only one who is looking to copy elements of style from celebrities – although I can’t see too many influences from David Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust showing in my wardrobe anytime soon. I’m looking for that laid back, effortless casual chic that so many young stars seem to pull off so brilliantly. I’m after that secret recipe for off duty fashion that they have, the thing that can take an outfit from zero to hero – the simple act of adding a chic blazer to a T-shirt and pair of jeans, or a chunky piece of statement jewellery to a little black dress. Taking standard, classic everyday fashion and making it completely your own.
Obviously, Hollywood is not immune from being affected by changing trends and I have started to notice a shift in the approach to styling for appearances leaning more towards something that has been changing across society for some time now – a move away from formality. So we see a more casually stylish approach to dressing for appearances, and this is where I take my biggest inspiration. This is a great article showcasing this approach to style from some of the hottest young actors and actresses in Hollywood at the moment.
Taking the Influence and Making it Your Own
I do a lot of research, I read a LOT of magazines – mainly fashion magazines and I’d like to think that I’m getting there with achieving that effortless casual chic and putting my own twist on it. One of my favourite outfits at the moment is one that I can wear to so many different places – that’s what I love about this style, it’s so versatile – I’ve got my skinny jeans, long sleeved striped boating style t-shirt, ballet flats and mac coat. It is casual enough for me to wear to the pub with my mates, but it is also smart enough for meeting my parents for lunch and not getting a lecture on looking scruffy. Hollywood may have a lot to answer for (the film Sharknado for example) but the new casual chic style is definitely something to be celebrated.