This week’s “What to Wear” is all about casual comfort that highlights your best assets and looks like you spent lots of time on your outfit. Only you have to know the truth!
Don’t spend one more second in front of your closet than you have to this weekend. Instead, let us do the heavy lifting to ensure you send September out in style. And since in many climates, our opportunities for bare-legged weekends are rapidly coming to a close, we picked three looks that let you take full advantage of this ephemeral moment in time.
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“The challenging part of this process was knowing that I had women, especially my sisters, counting on me to make them look good,” Mendes tells the Huffington Post. “I take this very seriously … I can’t wait to get feedback from women about what works for them and what doesn’t. I hope I don’t disappoint them!”
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Seen Eva Mendes out and about lately? You may have noticed that she’s got a new summer wardrobe formula.
It appears to be one part headscarf (her secret for bad hair days), one part statement sunglasses and a liberal helping of head-turning prints.
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Who: Eva Mendes
Where: Visiting N.Y.C.’s Museum of Modern Art
Diagnosis: Major accessories OD. When done right, a jumpsuit can be fun and sexy. When bogged down with a wide belt, shiny booties and a quilted clutch — all in clashing shades — the look is D.O.A. If someone as gorgeous as Eva Mendes can’t resuscitate this ensemble, it’s clear that it desperately needs a style surgeon.
Prognosis: Keep the jumpsuit but excise all the accessories. Because the jumpsuit is busy enough on its own, pull hair into a ponytail to eliminate visual clutter. Add barely-there strappy sandals (like this $99 Guess pair), a slim but interesting belt (we love this studded Gorjana style) and streamline that clutch (maybe a simple gold number, like this $100 Kate Spade New York?) for a look that’s turning heads for the right reasons.
Tell us: How would you “cure” Mendes’s outfit?
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Eva Mendes is one of the most reliably stylish stars on the red carpet these days, but she admits even she would like to burn certain outfits from her past.
“I really am the first one to laugh at myself and point out what a horrible fashion choice I made or point out an unflattering photo,” she says in an interview, noting in particular the 2007 Ghostrider premiere.
“I had my dress on but I had to finish my hair and makeup in the back of an SUV,” she continues. “It was a beautiful dress, but the way I put everything together, it was a Princess Jasmine gone wrong. The strapless, purple dress with necklaces and a hair in a really high braid. It’s not a good look.”
Nowadays, she rarely gets it wrong — which is why she’s the face of New York & Company (for which she’s also designing) and Vogue Eyewear. But that still doesn’t mean she feels pressure to look all done up every time she leaves the house.
“That’s a pressure I would never put on myself because I wouldn’t want other women to feel that pressure,” she says. “We all have our good days and our bad days … Usually when you see my hair up in [a] scarf it’s really not going for a look, it’s going for function because I didn’t have time to wash my hair.”
Tell us: Do you think Eva Mendes’s red carpet look is so bad?
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