Celebrity Style Secrets: Find Your Style Tribe

Emma Read

Fashion Stylist

Celebrities love to have us think they’re ‘just like us’. You know, ‘regular’ people – just your average woman with a macrobiotic chef/personal trainer/glam squad/driver/bodyguard/entourage/manager/chakra alignment expert/pet nanny. Whilst we’ll continue to question whether Gwyneth ever throws on sweats over pyjamas to do a sneaky Ben & Jerry’s run or if Jennifer Lawrence binges on Netflix to the point of the ‘are you seriously still here’ message, thankfully all their hard-earned fashion cred is freely up for grabs. Make like a star with an on-call stylist and read on for our guide to paparazzi-worthy wardrobe.


Your celebrity style squad: Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

If a hint of fringing gets your pulse racing you’re bohemian all the way, baby. Gauzy, floaty white linens? Tick. Exotic prints and micro-florals? Tick. The secret to nailing modern bohemia (without heading into Laurence of Arabia territory) is by basing your statement pieces around classic separates and tailoring, and not diving too overzealously into exaggerated silhouettes and volume. There’s a reason Kate Bosworth is forever pairing jeans with her endless collection of floaty Isabel Marant blouses – the play on proportions combined with the clean freshness of denim makes it now, not 1963.

Stylist’s tip: create a harmonious print clash by combining colours, scale, and patterns. It takes practise, but a general rule of thumb is to either wear two prints that repeat the same colours, or mix a large-scale pattern with a smaller one.


See By Chloe crochet dress, $790, net-a-porter.com.


K Jacques ‘Zenobie’ sandals, $187.70, shopbop.com.


Posse ‘70’s Roundie’ bag, $119, theposse.com.au.


Zimmermann ‘Painted Heart’ scarf, $55, zimmermannwear.com.


Your celebrity style squad: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lara Bingle, Victoria Beckham

If heaven to you is a beautifully cut pair of black trousers, there’s no question: minimalist. You like clean lines, a great white shirt, a neutral coat, a killer LBD – there’s no fussing or frivolity with you, it’s all about subtlety. But it’s a fine line between balanced and basic – how to you bring the magic to minimal? Firstly, accessorise to the hilt and play on mixing subtle prints and textures (say, a classic stripe shirt with a leather pant, or a black jacquard pant with a lightweight knit). Personalising your look is key to steering clear of bland, so dress up your clean palette with a conversation starting handbag or piece of jewellery.

Stylist’s tip: Nothing elevates an outfit more than having pieces expertly altered to suit your shape. Build a relationship with a tailor or dressmaker who knows your body and your taste – trousers, for example, should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch off the floor.



Witchery satin slip skirt, $179.95, and Virginia bell bodice, $149.95, witchery.com.au.


Ancient Greek Sandals ‘Apli’ sandals, $240, matchesfashion.com.


The Daily Edited ‘Nina’ bucket bag, $259.95, thedailyedited.com.


Your celebrity style squad: Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Sofia Vergara, Cate Blanchett

There’s a wide spectrum to what we consider ‘glamour’ – from Cate Blanchett’s elegant old world take to Charlize Theron’s va-va-voom, it’s fairly open to interpretation. However broad, the feeling never gets old – you’re a gal who likes to be styled, groomed and photo-ready at all times. Dressing up gets you revved up. So how to you know when to put your pedal to the OTT metal and when you ease up on the brakes? Firstly, start with your shape. Looking truly sexy involves knowing what to bare and what to keep under wraps. Otherwise, where’s the mystery? Know your shape (read up here if you’re unsure) and buy figure-flattering separates accordingly. It’s all about give and take – if your outfit is statement enough, a single show-stopping accessory is all you need.

Stylist’s tip: hit the dressing room prepared. If you’re shopping for that ultra-important dress, get a true feel for the fit by bringing any required undergarments and shapewear with you. And while you’re at it, bring heels, lipstick, and a hairbrush. These will help you get a better sense of the final result.


Manning Cartell dress, $499, manningcartell.com.au.


Jimmy Choo ‘Lane 100’ metallic sandals, $1,050, net-a-porter.com.


Miu Miu crystal earrings, $320, matchesfashion.com.


Your celebrity style squad: Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Gomes, Chrissy Teigen, Beyonce

Never met a sequin you didn’t like? If you’ve got the swagger to carry off festive like it ain’t no thing, you’re an Urbanite. You know how to work it as well as Queen B herself, but what separates the A-lister from the D-lister here is polish. Mixing feminine and masculine silhouettes works a charm – think a fitted dress with a slouchy jacket, or a loose trouser with a sleek bodysuit or knit up top. Any stylist worth her day rate in Hollywood will vouch for the importance of outerwear, so swap the blazer for a bomber or leather jacket outside the office. And when in doubt, throw on a nude pump – matched to your skin tone they’ll add an extra six inches to your frame like that.

Stylist’s tip: few mortals can pull off head-to-toe baggy, so take a cue from your style squad and team your billowing pieces with something body-conscious.


Country Road velvet bomber jacket, $299, countryroad.com.au



Zimmermann lace cami, $330, zimmermannwear.com.


Manning Cartell ‘Born Free’ skirt, $349, manningcartell.com.au


Tony Bianco ‘Leola’ pumps, $159.95, tonybianco.com.au


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