Celebrities are known for setting the standard in style. While we all want to look like a million bucks, there are plenty of cheap and easy ways to be stylish without breaking the bank. Katrina Szish, style director at Us Weekly, shares tips for looking like your favorite celeb, and top hairstylist Louis Licari offers pointers on how to style your hair like a star.
J-LoWho doesn't want to look like this hot siren? She's still fascinating, even though she's a little out of the spotlight lately. A fashion designer and a great fashion interpreter, J-Lo has it all — great style, a dazzling wardrobe — and the knowledge that she's a fashion icon. She reinterprets her red carpet style to fit the needs of her fan base with her J-LO by Jennifer Lopez and Sweetface lines.
J-Lo made a glorious entrance at the New York Puerto Rican Day parade as emcee with husband Marc Anthony. We loved her sparkly Robert Cavalli kimono dress, a printed dress silk with Swarovski crystals that retails for $4,555. Ours has a similar print and style and is a drop dead gorgeous curve enhancer. Add some jewels and high Latina heels, and you're set. Marc Anthony not included! Dress: WD-NY, $143; earrings: H&M, $3; belt: Amici, $20; shoes: Nina, $70
Hair tip: The J-Lo look is confident, sexy and secure. Give your long hair movement (which is always sexy) by cutting long layers in your hair. The tip to creating movement is to rub a little non-greasy molding creme in your hands and rough up the ends of your hair a bit. Hair should not lay flat, it should be flirty, just like J-Lo's.
Reese WitherspoonReese is the cutest soccer mom on the planet. She tends to two children, has an Academy Award-winning career and a sense of inspiring style that's off the hook. We love her love of everything from vintage Dior to Chanel haute couture to the relatively inexpensive empire bust dress made by Velvet for under $200! The Velvet dress is inspired by Marni, which turns out to be one of Reese's fashion favorites. Everything is age appropriate. Reese is never overly trendy. Minimal to no jewelry is key here, as are cute flat thongy sandals to get moving. Dress: Velvet, $178; cardigan: H&M, $29.90; sunglasses: H&M, $5.90; bag: Gap, $48; shoes: Nine West, $29
Hair tip: Reese is the American natural beauty. Try a clean, simple cut that always look pretty but not fussed over. It should look clean and touchable. Spray a little root lift on roots, flip head over and blow dry, flip head back, arrange hair and you'll have your Reese do.
There are women out there who care less about emulating hot, young Hollywood and actually adore icons like Sofia Loren (Pirelli tire's new calendar girl) and Diane Keaton — and women like Miranda Priestly, the chic editrix Meryl Streep portrays in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Her suit in the movie would retail for $1,600, or so, but sometimes the Devil wears discount. Look for something that's timeless, classic and elegant. Make sure the suit fits the body, no gaps, no pulling. Splurge on a tailor and make sure the sleeves hit at the right place on your wrists. Go bigger on pants or jackets, and don't forget that everything is sold now as separates, so you can mix and match sizes. No one will care or know the difference. Trench coat: Nine West, $85; suit: United Colors of Benetton, $278; blouse: United Colors of Benetton, $39; sunglasses: H&M, $6.90; shoes: Nine West, $69; necklace: GirlProp, $5; belt: Amici, $22
Hair tip: In “The Devil Wears Prada,” Meryl wears the epitome of the high-style power bob. To achieve a more wearable version of this cut, keep more length around the face to create softness. To keep hair in place without looking frozen, spray hairspray in your hands — not directly on your head — and apply. Arrange and finish styling your “power” hair.
Gwen StefaniThis has been a spectacular year for the Hollaback Mom. Girls absolutely love this girl so much for her music, her designer mentality — mixing everything she loves into designs that are uniquely hers — and her Bohemian proclivities. Who doesn't want to channel this rock goddess? You can splurge on the rasta, drop-waist silk creation from shopbop.com for $500, or you can grab a knockoff from Forever 21. Belt it high, or low at the hip, add a few chains and a platform sandal if you're too small for the length of the dress or a flat if you're tall. The point is to actually make the dress crash right to the floor for her signature style. Tip: You can pick up your dress as you walk, so you don't pull a Britney Spears and trip on too long a hem. You don't want to use the dress as a broom. Dress: Forever 21, $35; necklace: H&M, $7; belt: Club Monaco, $49; bracelet: H&M, $5; shoes: Urban Outfitters, $34
Hair tip: Gwen is a style icon for many young girls. She is the rock 'n' roll chick everyone admires and wants to be. She always looks different, but remember these three things: blonde hair, red lips, and cat eyes! To create Gwen's look, try a faux mohawk look. Check out your local drug store for fake hair under $20. If the color doesn't match, don't worry. Just have fun, it isn't permanent!