Get the Look: VMA Fashion Worth Copying

Now that the outrage over Miley Cyrus’ R-rated performance has finally died down, we’re taking a look at some of the VMAs fashion you might actually want to copy. Here are our three favorite ensembles of the night. Whether you’re hitting the red carpet or going out on the town with your BFFs, you can easily translate these trends to work for you.

1. Taylor Swift’s chic bandage dress


We’re loving the fact that country crooner Taylor Swift has been taking a lot more risks on the red carpet as of late. For the VMAs, she totally blew us away in a stunning midnight blue bandage dress with a plunging neckline by Herve Leger. While sexy, we think it struck just the right note between va-va-voom and sophisticated. To channel the look yourself, try a basic black bandage skirt, like this one from BCBG, paired with an embellished tucked-in navy tank and statement pumps.

2. Ariana Grande’s bold floral print frock

Fall may be creeping right around the corner, but as rising star Ariana Grande proved at the VMAs some floral prints are perfect year around. We love how feminine, flirty and not-just-for-spring her bold Kenley Collins frock is. Steal the look with this fab, floral print True Decadence Skater Dress from ASOS. Styled with black tights and matching ankle booties for autumn, it’s too cute. 

3. Shailene Woodley’s cool crop top ensemble

While Cyrus twerked it out in her bedazzled midriff-baring ensemble, actress Shainlene Woodley kept things classy in an enviable Emilio Pucci black crop top and colorful beaded skirt combo. We really dig this getup for a dressed-up night of dancing. Recreate the look at home by pairing Sabine’s chic Carolina Geo Sequin Mini Skirt with a simple black cropped tank, like this one from Nasty Gal.

Summer Street Style: Looks of the Week

How do fashion bloggers pull together their looks in real life? With lots of originality, some daring combinations and a mix of vintage, high fashion and bargain finds. Here’s a look at the street style of five top fashionistas and, in this own words, how they made it work.

The Look: Denim and Silk Chiffon

The Blogger:  Maria Von Losch, Savvynista

“Pairing a fun printed denim short like this one from Paige Denim with lace-up ankle-strap heels and a super-femme blouse is the epitome of Cali Girl style. I’m big on color and prints in the summer, and this look incorporates both with enough versatility to take you anywhere.” -- Maria

The Look: Black on Black

The Blogger: Tanya Thamkruphat, Chic That

“My best summer street style has been my all-black outfit since black is "in" this summer. In this photo, I wear black, perforated leggings, a long sheer black tunic and leopard pointy flats with gold studs. I love my freshly curled hair that I parted sideways. It was a very sleek yet light complement to my outfit.” -- Tanya

The Look: Prints Mash-Up

The Blogger: Ali Levine, ALD #Fashion Passion

Photo credit: Cory Osborne

“This summer’s street style is all about mixing and matching prints. Here, in a photo I styled for the magazine Glamaholic, actress Joey King rocks the mix-and-match look. The pockets of the shirt go beautifully with her graphic shorts. Her hair is also a great example of street style because it’s simple and everyday unfussy.”  -- Ali 

The Look:  Boho with an Edge

The Blogger:  Elizabeth Mitchell, The Neon Blonde

“This is one of my favorite summer outfits! I love how the lavender color of my pleated shorts looks paired with my bright-blue belt and Alexander Wang purse. Then the hat just tops it off perfectly. As far as my hair goes, I decided to try out pink hair chalk for the first time, so I'm really digging how the color works with my vintage waves.” -- Elizabeth

How to Build a Year-round Wardrobe

You don’t have to stuff your closets and drawers with separate wardrobes for every season to look great all year round. With a little advance planning, you can build a wardrobe that’s in style spring, summer, fall and even winter. The advantage: You get to wear the pieces you love 12 months a year, you save money, and you invest your fashion budget in versatile, luxurious fabrics.

Wardrobe Tip No. 1: Think layers.

Head to the store with the three t’s in mind: tanks, T-shirts and tights. “The trick to any great wardrobe is layering,” says Shane Cisneros, a fashion stylist who has dressed stars, including Zoe Saldana and Vanessa Minnillo. And keep in mind that you can layer under as well as over. For example, slip a long-sleeved black cashmere or jersey T-shirt under that brightly colored summer dress to give it a cold-weather feel. Complete the look with leggings, chunky boots and a green army jacket, leather motorcycle jacket or structured tweedy blazer.

Wardrobe Tip No. 2: Choose a consistent palette.
Every season, Jacqueline Krafka, designer of the casual chic line T-Los Angeles, builds her collection with a core group of basic colors (black, white, nude and heather gray) and adds a pop of color (orange, purple or turquoise) in items like tanks and pocket T’s. Follow Krafka’s example with cardigans, skirts and jackets in interchangeable neutral colors, reserving more vivid hues for accent pieces like scarves, handbags or lower-priced T-shirts.

Wardrobe Tip No. 3: Aim for natural fibers.

Few fabrics are truly seasonless, but such natural fibers as silk and wool come close. New weaving and knitting techniques allow manufacturers to create light but strong fabrics with a luxurious feel and a built-in resistance to wrinkling. Krafka adds that luxury versions of natural fabrics, such as fine-gauge cashmere and silk georgette, can offer polish along with the comfort of a T-shirt. Even better, these multiple-personality pieces are easy to dress up or down.

Wardrobe Tip No. 4: Invest in classic fashions.

Some items are more or less disposable: white tanks, T-shirts in the hue of the season, trendy pieces from low-priced retailers. Core wardrobe staples, however, will last season after season, always looking polished and feeling great against your skin if you choose superbly tailored pieces in beautiful fabrics. “Every woman should have a little black dress,” says celebrity fashion stylist Nicole Chavez, who has dressed Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones. “It should be special, so invest in one with a really great neckline, sleeve or embellishment.”

Wardrobe Tip No. 5: Accessorize.

Women’s accessories are the cornerstone of a fashionable, adaptable wardrobe. Whether she’s shopping for her red carpet clients or for her own weekend wardrobe, Chavez selects a few statement accents that she can pair with any fabric, season or style. “The best thing to have in your closet is a leopard scarf or a leopard shoe,” says Chavez. “Leopard is almost a classic color, and it goes with every color,” she says. Krafka also keeps a supply of belts handy that can turn a long summer tunic into a neatly cinched blouse-and-tank combo.

Wardrobe Tip No. 6: Train your clothes to play well with others.

With today’s ultralight knits, tanks with gaping armholes and show-every-curve leggings, it’s trickier than ever to build outfits that don’t require 15 other pieces. “Make sure each piece can stand alone as well as works as a layer,” says Krafka, who suggests looking for high-quality fabrics and modest-enough cuts that provide sufficient coverage.

Photo: @iStockphoto.com/Alija

5 Summer Fashion Risks You’ve Never Dared to Take

1. Experiment with unexpected textures.

Elizabeth Mitchell

“Most women feel obligated to rock only certain fabrics during the summer, like cottons, chiffons or silks. But why not mix things up and incorporate a winter favorite into your summer wardrobe?

Try a faux fur vest in a lighter hue (like white) thrown over a black mini-dress for night. Or toss on a cool beanie or wool hat with cutoff shorts and a crop top for a rad daytime look. Here, I chose a super-soft white faux fur vest paired with matching high-waisted American Apparel leggings and a blue crop top.”
-- Elizabeth Mitchell, The Neon Blonde

2.  Pair ankle boots with short bottoms—whether it’s a dress, shorts or a skirt.

Hannah Marr

“Everyone is so quick to throw on flip flops or a pair of sandals in the summer months, and while I, too, love to have my toes free, putting on a different kind of shoe every once in a while can add something unique and unexpected to a summer look. I recently matched a new pair of booties with a skater skirt in this ensemble, which is especially good for the end of the summer as we reach the cooler temperatures.”
-- Hannah Marr, Be More Thrifty

3. Show skin in unusual places.

“Whether it's a cut-out dress, a backless dress or cropped top, an unexpected sliver of skin will turn heads and help keep your cool in sweltering temperatures. Here’s Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet for the premiere of her movie We’re the Millers showing just a peek-a-boo triangle of skin in her strapless plum dress.”
-- Shelley Levitt, The Style Glossy

4. Step Away from Solid Black.

Reese Cromwell

“Wearing bold patterns or colors is a change that often scares women, myself included! My comfort zone is solid black. This summer I have slowly broken out of this zone and started experimenting with bold prints and bright accessories. Remember, style is a reflection of your personality. Make a statement. Be memorable. Don't play it safe!”

-- Sherise Cromwell, jewelry designer, Reese

5.  Top off your Look.

Kathleen Lisson

“Add a Panama hat to your wardrobe. Most women don’t feel comfortable in hats, but a well-made Panama hat looks great with so many of this summer’s hottest trends, from a nautical or ikat printed top and a pair of jeans to a brightly patterned maxi dress. Here, I pair a J.Crew Panama hat with a simple, comfortable dress.”

-- Kathleen Lisson, That's a Pretty Hat

7 Summer Style Essentials

Don’t stress over what to wear this summer! It’s the season for taking things easy, and that includes getting dressed. If you’ve got the basics down -- good jeans, T-shirts and tanks -- all you need are a few fresh pieces to liven up your wardrobe. We asked style pros for their top picks and pared down their choices to eight no-sweat summer essentials. 

1. A sheer blouse
Super-versatile! Pair it over a lace bralet and denim shorts for an easy, eye-catching summer outfit. Or throw one over your swimsuit for a chic cover-up. Sheer blouses can be found everywhere from H&M and Free People to high-end designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim. I love them all! -- Ali Levine, celebrity stylist, Los Angeles

2. LWD
Instead of the little black dress, the little white dress is an absolute must for summer. The misconception is that white makes you appear larger, but that simply isn't true. White always looks fresh and modern and projects confidence. Pair a LWD with a nice faux glow and strappy sandals, and you'll ooze sex appeal. -- Hilary Kennedy, Dallas, Texas, TV host and fashion blogger

3. Nude or neutral espadrille wedge sandals
These shoes can be worn with everything from dresses and skirts to jeans or shorts. Not only does the color work with any other color or pattern, but it nearly disappears on your foot, adding visual length to your legs. Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren are just two of many designers offering fresh takes on the nude espadrille. -- Joanna Avantpersonal stylist and fashion blogger in Richmond, Va.

4. The jumper
In jersey cotton or linen, the jumpsuit is a sexy, stylish and comfortable look for summer. Both Trina Turk and BCBG have terrific versions that will take you from work to a night out. -- Laura Frecon, assistant costume designer, Mad Men, True Blood

5. Neon sunglasses
This is the emerging trend in eyewear this summer. You don’t need to go all the way to bright neon pink or yellow if that feels too young or trendy. A brighter-than-usual mint green or rich purple can work too. You can find budget-friendly pairs at T.J.Maxx or Target. -- Hilary Kennedy, Dallas, Texas, TV host and fashion blogger

6. A crisp white shirt
Tied up at the waist over a dress or high-waisted bottoms, belted over sheer skirts or shorts, or worn with classic tailored pieces, a polished white shirt is timeless. You can find options that won’t bust your budget at Banana Republic, J.Crew, Club Monaco and Kohl’s. -- Jonathan Joseph Peters, Project Runway designer, season 7

7. A colorful tote
A tote-style bag is practical and convenient for almost all outings – an early morning trip to the gym, work, errand running, even for drinks and dinner. You can find terrific totes in petal-pink leather from Rebecca Minkoff, bright-green pebbled leather from Cole Haan and vividly patterned straw from Mossimo at Target. -- Joanna Avant, personal stylist and fashion blogger in Richmond, Va.