3 Ladies: The Look for Less

February 3, 2009

I was just perusing some images from the premiere of He’s Just Not that Into You held last night in Hollywood, and I think there’s some good lessons to be learned from the leading ladies. It’s quite a cast, and each woman chose a dramatically different look for the red carpet. One thing they all mastered, though, is restraint. Let’s take a closer look:

Jennifer Aniston dressed in signature black, this time choosing a figure-hugging pantsuit by Burberry. This look is classic Aniston–she’s rarely flashy, and she picks simple silhouettes and then adds jewelry for extra sparkle. For this premiere, she wore yellow gold necklaces of varying lengths, from a thin choker to long chain links.

The key here is to mix-and-match your necklace styles but keep them all in the same color gold. Here are some great options that would look fantastic together:
SeidenGang 74 Grams 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Hammered Oval Link Necklace
Boucheron 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Padlock Pendant Necklace
18k Yellow Gold Diamond Slice Chain Necklace

Scarlett Johansson was about a million miles from Aniston in an über-romantic strapless, full-length floral gown. (She also went for pin-straight dark locks, a far cry from her normal Hollywood bombshell routine.) She chose minimal jewelry, a smart move with such a bold pattern, and her main accessory was a Zorab rubelite tourmaline flower ring set in rose gold with diamonds.

A bold cocktail ring can be the perfect finishing touch for a dress that is too overwhelming for a necklace or bracelets. I personally like a chunky faceted stone for evening events because it sparkles more than a cabochon will. Try these on for size:
JewelMak 14k Yellow Gold 21.49 ctw Smoky Quartz Diamond Cocktail Ring sz 6.5
David Yurman Sterling Silver Large Blue Topaz Diamond Cocktail Ring sz 6

Drew Barrymore channeled retro glamour in her sweet cocktail-length dress with a satin bow bodice. Again, she kept it simple with just pave diamond knot earrings and an oversized clutch with rhinestone buckle.

To keep it old school, I suggest going with some vintage-looking button earrings with a bit of shine. Like these:
Chanel Gold Plated Metallic Gold Stone Camellia Clip-On Earrings
Henry Dunay Brushed 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Drop Clip-On Earrings
And for the bag?
Gucci Black Sparkle Gold Buckle Large Clutch


Images via Just Jared

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