The best dressed women at every age
20s - Emma Stone
“Emma Stone has proven that anyone in their 20's can be a style icon by being fun and sexy, while still maintaining an understated sophistication. Emma's fashion-sense proves that one should have fun with fashion, by exploring and experimenting with different designs, colors, textures, and lengths - enabling one to find out what works best for their body type.” - Lindsi Lane, Fashion and lifestyle expert from www.LindsiInTheFastLane.com.
“Blake Lively is someone who we've watched grow up – from her star turns in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies and throughout her half-decade-long residency on hit television show Gossip Girl. And we've seen her style evolve and change over the years as well—from the carefree, easygoing California-girl looks she sported when she was in her late teens to the couture-wearing, fashion-week front-row celebrity she's become. Throughout her career—and in spite of how easy it would have been for her to embrace tabloid fame (her torrid love life has always been a front-cover favorite)—she's always dressed tastefully, appropriately, and elegantly. She never looks too old or too young, too stiff or too sloppy—but there's an ease and a grace about how she wears clothes that makes her a modern icon for the mid-20s set.
One of the things that Blake Lively seems to inherently understand is that fit is everything. Whether it's a button-down shirt or a cute pair of short-shorts, a cocktail dress or an elaborate red carpet gown, Blake Lively always makes sure to show off her best features in a body-skimming (not clinging!) outfit that fits her frame to a tee.” – Danica Lo, Executive editor at StyleBistro.com.
30s - Kerry Washington
“Fashionably fierce, Kerry Washington keeps up with the latest styles and executes contemporary chic with ease. Her bold and successful style risks have made her closet one of the most coveted for women in their 30s. Kerry mixes trendy pieces with the classics and is
sure to dress appropriately for the occasion while keeping true to her own style.” – Anya Sarre, named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider.
“Fresh, modern, and always put together from head to toe, Kate Middleton is the ultimate style goddess for all young women around the world. Take a cue from Kate and pair sleek, classic silhouettes with textures and color to channel your own inner duchess.” – Anya Sarre, TV personality and accessories designer (www.anyasarre.com).
“Charlize Theron always dresses in a classic blazer with jeans or pants for a casual look. She wears minimal jewelry while casual. Her evening look is a bit more edgy. She may wear a daring, sexy dress with one cool piece of jewelry! Her statement is clean and sleek. I think we can learn from Charlize Theron that looking sexy and beautiful does not require showing a lot of skin or wearing über trendy fashions. She does show off her figure for dressier events, but keeps it simple by accessorizing with just one piece of jewelry or a clutch.” – Sissy Harris, Stylist and co-founder, Peter Kate (www.peterkate.com).
“Reese Witherspoon is a natural beauty—she has gorgeous long blonde hair she isn't afraid to wear loose and wild and a clear, glowing complexion—but what really makes this 36-year-old mom of three a style icon is that she understands that clothes are for living, not showing off. On an average day you'll spot Reese out and about in Los Angeles in an adorable furry-hooded parka, a smart-casual tailored dress, or pretty pull-on-and-go separates—all of which are totally cute, photo-ready outfits (she gets paparazzi-ed a lot!), but also 100 percent practical for a working mom on the go.
Reese Witherspoon has a real knack for building easy, pull-on outfits around single statement-making items or cool accessories that help tie her whole look together in a super-stylish way. Case in point: the woman has an amazing collection of sunglasses—but they're not fashion-victim super-designer frames, they're classic angular shapes (like Wayfarers and horned-rim square frames)—which make any head-to-toe black outfit look instantly cool. She's also partial to neatly-pressed button-downs, which she layers under sweaters and jackets—a sharp collared shirt can make any errand-running outfit look instantly fashion-forward!” – Danica Lo, Executive editor at StyleBistro.com.
40s - Michelle Obama
“From the moment Michelle Obama stepped onto the world's stage, she became the embodiment of the ‘teachable moment’ on great style. Her ‘classic with a twist’ style, and her wardrobe of bankable pieces from American designers and retailers that most every woman can wear have served to make her a style icon. Everyday women are learning the importance of defining a dress code that works for you from this savvy First Lady and, that once you do so, you can shop at all price points. Moreover, Mrs. Obama is the first presidential wife to successfully work her distinctive pieces in the public eye again and again. On the night Obama won his re-election campaign, Mrs. Obama came out to congratulate him wearing the same Michael Kors dress that she wore in 2010. This shows the importance of possessing a wardrobe of great pieces that you can count on and in so doing, exercising great wisdom and restraint. She teaches us that looking modern, chic and effortless doesn't rely on a closet full of clothes, which is a real sign of ‘fashion insecurity!’” – Mikki Taylor, Style/beauty expert and author of Commander in Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (Atria Books, 2011).
“With her sleek, elegant, and ‘less is more’ style, Halle Berry, continues to look flawless at the age of 40. Halle keeps her style effortless, favoring form-fitting looks and cut-out silhouettes, while blending it with her natural beauty. As a style icon in her 40s, Halle demonstrates that she's no slave to trends by always sticking to fashion staples such as solid colors, simple cuts and elegant fabrics.” - Lindsi Lane, fashion and lifestyle expert from www.LindsiInTheFastLane.com.
“Catherine Zeta-Jones plays up her classic beauty and sexy figure with real old Hollywood glamour. She knows what flatters her body best and she doesn’t veer from that to dabble in trends.” – Jill Martin, fashion expert and author of The Weekend Makeover (available March 2013, Rodale Press, Inc.).
50s - Sharon Stone
“Sharon Stone is a much admired style icon for her fearless fashion sensibility and clear sense of self. Her biggest takeaways for everyday women: 1) Be your authentic self and have fun! 2) Don't take trends too seriously -- be comfortable throwing a curve to otherwise classic looks-- something Stone does so well, and push the boundaries. Stone doesn't just pull out all the stops for the red carpet -- she delivers the unexpected at every turn!” – Mikki Taylor, Style/beauty expert and author of Commander in Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (Atria Books, 2011).