First, Cate is known for her affinity for one-shoulder gowns. Our all-time favorite Cate look is the yellow Valentino dress she wore to the Academy Awards in 2005 (pictured), but it's not the only time she sported the single shoulder look. She also wore a one-shoulder dress to the 2007 Academy Awards and (sort of) to an Elizabeth premiere. We think this Alex Evenings One Shoulder Gown for $118 at Nordstrom looks exactly like a dress Blanchett herself would don, if major designers weren't already throwing clothing at her. If your soirees never entail red carpets, and thus you prefer something a tad more casual, try the shorter Maggy London One Shoulder Silk Dress for $138, also Nordstrom.
Second, Blanchett always has very fine, elaborate details to her clothing that makes the overall outfit chic and expensive-looking. We adore this amazingly sophisticated shirt she sported with a dramatic, standup collar. You can get a similar look with this Corleonis Long Sleeve Shirt for $30 at YesStyle.com. Or, try adding a detail to one of the aforementioned dresses with a brooch; after all, Cate always has something adorning the shoulder. We love this Winter Wonderland Opulent Snowflake Silver Tone Brooch for $38 at 1928 Jewelry.
Finally, we suspect that much of Cate's famous glow has something to do with her attraction to metallic fabrics. Could her distinctive flush actually be reflecting off her clothing? Perhaps genetics has a lot to do with that, but metallics can help compliment your complexion. Try something that keeps the sparkle near you face with either a dress or top. For some serious shimmer, try the Metallic Lace Dress for $26.50 at Wet Seal. The more timid might want something subdued, like this Metallic Twist Front Cami for $28 at Urban Outfitters, or a bit of makeup like this MAC Shadow Pigment ($19.50, Macy's; search "MAC Pigment") to highlight your cheek bones. Finish your face off with some smokey eyes a la Smashbox Eye Shadow Trio in Twilight ($28, Sephora) and a nude lip. Showcase your new glowing self with your hair swept back.
Though Cate Blanchett's style seems unattainably elegant, composed of the utmost glitz and glamour that only classic starlets can pull off (think Audrey, Joan, and Marilyn), there are certain elements that are within arm's reach (for those of us that may never be considered for a star plaque on Hollywood Boulevard). With metallic fabric, an elegant detail, or a missing shoulder (or perhaps a combination of all three) we can inject a bit of Cate into our lives. Just remember not to overdo it, and keep your makeup polished and clean.
-- Lindsay Sakraida