Before Heidi Montag went all Mattel on us, there was The Hills. Before The Hills, there was Laguna Beach: The Real OC. Before Laguna Beach, there was Rachel Bilson, starring in the hit teen drama and pop culture phenomenon, The OC (which will always be the real one to me). As Summer Roberts, Rachel Bilson was a stylishly adorable and spunky teenage girl who didn’t take no for an answer (unless the question was “does this make me look like a beluga?”). Since then, her image has grown up and so has her style. Talk about impeccable! The girl could strut down a runway and steal the show or stride into your conference room and tell you what’s what with those third-quarter projections. In any case, she doesn’t mess around when it comes to her apparel presentation. Take a look:
Rachel’s dress (shown above) at the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2010 show in Milan is the height of class: conservative, yet stylish. And paired with those adorable bootie heels? Incredible. With an outfit like this, you’ll radiate confidence and power (and maybe get a promotion!).
Rachel, Rachel, Rachel – you can’t keep her out of the front row! I love this piece (shown above). You might want to keep the top buttoned, slip a blouse on underneath it, or find something with a lower hemline, but it’s still fashionable and still potentially conservative. Ms. Bilson is cute as a button and can get away with just about anything. As your friendly neighborhood style guy, I’m going to advise you to lean a little more granny. (But Rachel still looks fabulous.)
It’s springtime! What says that more than flowers? Yes, it’s way too schmexy for your cubicle (unless your cube has a disco ball and blackout curtains), but pull inspiration from this! If it had a lower hemline and sleeves, it could totally work for a casual Friday. As it is, it puts me in the mood for some Saturday brunch or a lazy afternoon in the park.
I cannot wait for summer; who’s with me?!