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Get Some Best Actress Style This Spring!

On Oscar night, all eyes were on the gowns the stars were wearing.  But as a college student, of course, ball gowns are a bit impractical.  So in order to get some star style of your own, take your cues from the characters of the nominees for best actress!
 
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher
            Granted, Margaret Thatcher’s style may be a bit mature for college-aged women, but there is much to be drawn from her character’s accessories.  She often dons color-coordinated silk scarves, tied at the neck in a bow.  Try pairing one with a sweater or crew neck tee.  In the film, Streep is also always decked out in bold but classic jewelry.  The pearl necklace is, of course, a must-have item.  She also wears many different pairs of earrings, mostly large but simple with just a bit of glitz.  Look for similar clip-on styles at Wilson Ross and wear your hair up so it won’t hide them!
 
Glenn Close as Albert Knobbs
            Menswear on women is a trend that has been going strong for several seasons.  There is something undeniably sexy about stealing from the boys and making a suit feminine.  Make your own “suit” with a pair of black jeans, a fitted black blazer, and a statement jewelry piece for a feminine touch.  Another fashion item to draw from this film is the brogue – these formerly masculine shoes are having a serious fashion moment for women.  Try these ones from Zappos.  The bright yellow adds a whimsical touch that is perfect for spring.  http://www.zappos.com/product/7907917/color/331675
 
Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark
            Though Davis is mostly costumed in a lackluster uniform in the film, her crisp looks can easily be translated into stylish options for your spring wardrobe.  A button-down shirtdress is effortlessly chic and clean.  Anthropologie has a great variety of shirtdresses that are youthful – not dowdy.  Check this one out: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dresses/24038184.jsp
Davis and others in the film also frequently don hats.  The cloche hat is a deliciously classy and vintage option to incorporate this style element.  Try one like this in a fun, springy green: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/halogen-wide-band-straw-cloche/3216711?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=halogen(r)_wide_band_straw_cloche:387916&cm_pla=headwear:women:hat&cm_ven=Google_Product_Ads&mr:adType=pla&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=8DD1DF47-D651-E111-9E12-001517B1882A&origin=pla
 
Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander
            Think Lisbeth’s style is too hard-core for you?  Think again!  Leather and tough-girl boots are do-able for anyone.  Trish Somerville (the costume designer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) designed a collection for H&M that flew off the shelves.  But if you didn’t get your hands on any of these coveted pieces, you can still get the look.  Pair a cropped leather jacket with a flowy sundress for a chic juxtaposition of hard and soft.  Feeling even bolder?  Try a dress with leather accents for going out, like this one: http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/pieced-love-dress/
Tough leather boots with lots of buckles and hardware can be paired with skinny jeans and a feminine top for another great spring look.
 
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
            Already iconic, the style of Marilyn Monroe is emulated by many celebs.  Variations on her classic white halter dress are abundant and are a great look to consider for Chrysalis or formals.  Williams wears many simple, classic styles in the film, like fitted shift dresses and pencil skirts.  Try a shift dress in a bold pattern, like this one, to make the style more playful: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dresses/24381253.jsp
Her ever-present black sunglasses are almost a must for when the sun finally comes out!

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