March 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM ET
How do you make a statement this spring? By taking a cue from Kerry, Blake and more stars trying out the most daring fashion trends the season has to offer. From bright leather to mixed prints, InStyle.com shows you how to take your wardrobe to the next level.
Blake Lively knows leather can work for any season or climate: She chose Isabel Marant's bright shade, which takes the edge off of leather's more traditional black form.
A bold peplum
Aussie actress Cate Blanchett pared down Peter Pilotto's mixed-print look by switching out the patterned pants with a slim pencil skirt, making it office-appropriate.
The shorts suit
Supermodel Miranda Kerr found the perfect balance of structure on top and drape below in Helmut Lang's spring-ready suit. Tip: Keep your blouse and hair sleek and minimal to work as a backdrop for the bold print.
While red-carpet regular Gwyneth Paltrow did shorten Michael Kor's originally floor-length gown, the key to pulling off her look was keeping it below the knee. If going for peek-a-boo cut-outs, maintain a ladylike silhouette overall.
The high slit
DJ Solange Knowles gave a peek of thigh in this Kenzo dress, but she also kept a more conservative cut up top with an embellished neckline and full sleeves.
Elie Saab's dramatic cobalt gown proves that lace has stepped out of the lingerie category this spring. Jessica Chastain's take on the dress — in a wearable cocktail version — works because of the below-the-knee pencil skirt.
Just as Simone Rocha showed on her runway, actress Chloe Moretz went for pared-back, classic accessories for this look-at-me trend. Bonus: It's an excellent excuse to skip the jewelry!
Alessandra Rich's dramatic, sheer lace dress suddenly became a little more cocktail friendly (but makes just as much of an impact) when Olivia Palermo paired it with a classic black blazer.
Not just for nighttime? Nina Ricci's fresh take on sparkle works for Anne Hathaway because the formerly evening-only embellishment lays on a day-friendly blush crepe.
The master of prints, Peter Pilotto, fearlessly mixed patterns, ruffles and cut-outs this season — and actress Kerry Washington knew to let those elements take the spotlight, adding nothing else but classic pumps.
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