Chloë has said herself she begins with a "base of preppy conservatism", which she sexes up and accessorizes. Her gams are always on display with high-waisted skirts and shorts as the signature of her aesthetic. She wears vintage regularly, notably Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin, but more importantly, the girl always looks luxurious – never rummage sale. Chloë recently debuted an edgy, 80s-inspired clothing line full of slim pants, dresses, and tights for the NY boutique, Opening Ceremony (see a sneak preview of the collection and interview with Chloë here The street-chic clothes evoke Chloë herself, but since the line won't be available until January, we've pinpointed a few looks you can achieve on a modest budget now.
First, her most iconic of looks: The floor-length, halter YSL dress she wore to the Academy Awards sums up her contemporary Hollywood glamour. This YAYA Aflalo Black Silk-Cotton Kona Dress for $139 at Amazon.com is a near-perfect match -- and it's thousands of dollars cheaper. Pair it with jewelry that produces a touch of vamp, like this Gold Gaia Cuff for $38 at Anthropologie and this Silvertone & Crystal Cross Pendant Necklace for $16.99 from Target. Swipe on some Sephora Cream Lipstick in Classic Red for $10 and practice your smoldering pout.
We can't exude glamour and drama at all times, however, so we've also chosen this day look that typifies Chloë's balancing act of Hollywood starlet and downtown chic. Start with a detailed, couture-looking button down like this Ribbonne Ruched Blouse for $34 at YesStyle.com and add a flash of leg with this Red by Marc Ecko High-Waisted Pencil Skirt for $24.50 at Macy's. Finally, slip on these Liza d'Orsay Pumps for $15.99 at Payless and let your legs stretch for miles. The result is sophisticated, yet astonishingly sexy.
While Chloë may push the boundaries with her style, she almost always reins it back in with a dash of that "preppy conservatism." This makes her style more attainable than the average woman may realize. Just remember to go for rich detail; let a risky element shine; and don't shy away from going vamp.
-- Lindsay Sakraida