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5 celebrity-inspired style rules

By Ally Dean

20 January 2017
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We round up the five sartorial habits from Hollywood’s most stylish to guarantee you’ll have your best-dressed year.


Plan Ahead

Street-style star Olivia Palermo knows the key to putting together a winning outfit is to plan ahead. "I like to lay out my outfit the night before, especially if I know I have an event or an important meeting the next day," Olivia tells HELLO! of her sartorial strategy.

"I've always enjoyed the process of getting dressed but now I travel so much that I need to be organised. It's a habit that transferred to my daily routine."

 In addition to selecting your outfit ahead of time, ensure your clothes are steamed or pressed, your shoes are shined and your handbag is packed to streamline your morning routine and give you time to enjoy your flat white.


Dial Up

Menswear has dominated our daily uniform season after season, but this year, stash your suit and embrace a more ladylike aesthetic. Designers like Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana, Zimmermann and Chloé have ushered in a new, overtly feminine approach to dressing, complete with soft and sensual silhouettes made of ethereal fabrics designed to float, sashay and twirl. Shop for classic pieces adorned with bows, ruffles, lace and flounce to elevate everyday basics, and adopt a palette of muted pastels for a fresh and ladylike air.


Beyond Basic Black

Head-to-toe black is easy, elegant and an effortless choice for mornings when you’ve hit the snooze button too many times. Instead of waking to the safety of fashion's favourite shade, opt for bright colours, fetching prints and an array of look-at-me hues that inject personality into your everyday outfits.

 For added impact, select colour-blocked separates or take a page from Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham by pairing contrasting hues. The result? Bold winter dressing that’s commanding, not costumey.


Embrace the Bare Necessities

"With a high-quality foundation, you can get away with wearing a LBD from H&M as if it were Prada," actress Emily Hampshire tells HELLO! of her style secret - luxury undergarments.

Not only does a luxurious set improve the look and feel of your clothes, they can also improve how you carry yourself. "Every woman should have a wardrobe of undergarments to suit different outfits," says Kim Levan, country manager for Simone Pérèle Canada. "A simple T-shirt requires a different bra than an evening dress or a silk blouse. Picking out the right foundation is essential to making an outfit work."


Choose Function

Gone are the days of shivering in a thin wool coat or standing with soaked feet on a dreary day. This year, not only is checking the weather app a must-do, but so is embracing all-terrain gear.

"There is no bad weather, only bad clothes!" jokes Meghan Markle about dressing for winter. From Gigi Hadid's puffer jacket to Kate Hudson's waterproof Sorel boots, fashion intersects with function this year so you’re comfortable, chic and ready to face the elements.