Anatomy of an Outfit: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


We’ve had a major girl crush on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ever since she stepped onto the fashion scene as a Victoria’s Secret model. Not only does she consistently have the best hair, her style is the definition of #flawless. This look that she wore on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon caught our eye because of the gorgeous colour palette and brilliant mix of texture.

How can you recreate this look for yourself? Here are the key elements:

The Elements: Soft button-up + leather skirt + moto jacket + chic accessories

Soft button-up: A lady-like button-up can be unexpectedly sexy – especially in a silky material. Depending on how high you choose to button it, you can show as little or as much skin as you want. A muted olive green is universally flattering, more interesting than black or white, and softens the edginess of the black leather.

Leather skirt: As far as skirts go, this on-trend A-line cut is the perfect choice for spring. This style sits right at your natural waist, making it easy to tuck your shirt in, and the hemline hits at the slimmest part of your leg to make them look extra long and sculpted.  A longer length would give the look an office-ready feel, instead of the more cocktail-ready feel we want to channel here. Remember that you can always add black tights for a more conservative look.

Moto jacket: We’re pretty sure every it-girl has one of these in her closet. Moto jackets reappear season after season and never get tired or old – making them well worth the investment. This piece will add instant edge to your look, so pair it with more delicate, feminine pieces for those times when you want to tone down the bad-girl vibes. Bonus points if you wear it thrown over your shoulders like Rosie.

Chic accessories: Rosie is the queen of piling on accessories without looking overdone. It might feel like a lot to wear earrings, sunglasses, a necklace, AND a massive purse – but this is proof that it can be done. All of Rosie’s accessories are either silver or black, so they don’t compete with each other for attention. That strategy even extends to her nude snakeskin heels.

Why it works: This glamorous look is the perfect mix of sophisticated and sexy. Pull off Rosie’s late-night swagger by focusing on contrasts – textured leather against soft silk, ladylike button-up vs edgy leather, and muted green under stark black – and showing off just the right amount of skin. You probably don’t have a Tonight Show appearance lined up anytime soon, but wear this on your next date night to look like a total knockout.

Spot something you must have? Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the look (check stores for availability):

Green button-up: American Eagle, $44.95
Faux leather skirt: Reitmans, $39.99
Faux snakeskin jacket: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $344.00
Grey snakeskin pumps: Hudson's Bay (Calvin Klein), $119.00
Braided necklace: Reitmans, $14.00
Silver earrings: W.K. Chan, $169.00
Black briefcase: Spareparts (Matt & Nat), $180.00
Sunglasses: Spareparts (Michael Kors), $215.00

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