By Huma Rashid
It’s been a while since I did a post inspired by an actual celebrity’s style, so today, I picked Blake Lively, who plays Selena in “Gossip Girl,’ and was one of the girls in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and was in “The Town” with Ben Affleck.
When I try to sum up Blake’s fashion and her style, one word leaps readily to mind: pantsless.
Blake does not like pants, you see. Every outfit is either a super short mini skirt, or a shirt worn as a dress, or teeny booty shorts. I remember seeing pictures of her at this one award show and she was wearing a gown with a slit down the front, and she spent her whole time on the red carpet holding the gown open so we could all see her legs.
We get it, Blake. You have lovely legs. At the same time, pants won’t kill you. I promise.
So imagine my surprise when I saw a picture of Blake showing up for her taping of Regis & Kelly. Her legs were covered! Partly.
See what I mean? Good job, Blake. You’re learning. Kind of. I mean, hey, at least your outfit has a bottom half. It’s the little things.
So I figured I’d turn this outfit into one that’s appropriate for the workplace. Let me show you what I came up with:
You’d look kind of out of place if you showed up to work in a leather skirt. Or maybe you wouldn’t. I don’t know what your office is like! But generally, you’d look a little strange.
So I swapped out Blake’s awesome skirt for this classic navy one from Anne Klein, one of the motherships for professional clothing. I found this chiffon top from Delia’s that has the same multi-colored, patterned look going on as Blake’s top, and since it’s sheer-ish, you’d probably want to throw a little cami on underneath there.
This is kind of a summery look, and to bring it into winter, toss on a slim-fitting cardigan. I probably wouldn’t belt it, since the shirt has one of those banded/elastic bottoms and it might cause it to puff up and look uneven and bumpy under your sweater.
And of course, we have a pair of beige heels to finish off the outfit. Not a bad twist on Blake’s easy-going, Californian, oft-pantsless style, if I do say so myself!