Dress Like Lea Michele For A Flawless Outfit Tomorrow

Need a little outfit inspo for Friday? Lea Michele’s got you covered. While many of the designer wares that grace the red carpet are inspiring, the occasional ensemble truly stands out due to its creativity and sophistication. Lea Michele has a proven flair for fashion, and for those moments when a regular tee and jeans combination just doesn’t cut it, her mix-and-match outfit has just enough insouciance for date night or drinks with the girls.

Recently, the Glee star paired a lipstick-red leather motorcycle jacket, a lace-embellished white t-shirt with distressed, dark wash skinny jeans, and subtle white pumps for a fun, vibrant look — perfect for promoting her new album and autobiography. The singer accessorized with a simple gold lariat necklace and pave hoop earrings. A sleek ponytail atop her head, nude glossy lips and luminous, sheer makeup completed Lea Michele’s look.

Lea Michele’s outfit probably cost more than a month of rent in Manhattan, but there are a plethora of alternatives available that won’t break the bank. In fact, you may find that your high street leather jacket looks just as chic as a Saint Laurent, and simple white pumps rival the more alluring Louboutin’s. Read on for tips on how to adopt Lea Michele’s Friday-perfect look on a budget.

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1. Colored leather jackets are a must for spring 2014, and Lea Michele’s vivid red motorcycle version adds an extra appeal to her ensemble. Calvin Klein’s Moto Faux Leather Jacket in Zinfandel brings a pop of color to any basic outfit, and the beautiful cobalt shade of Lucky Brand’s Harper Leather Jacket is ideal for a summer getaway.

2. An embellished t-shirt is somehow sweet and insouciant at the same time, making it a perfect addition to any wardrobe. Those who love a good crop top will appreciate Torn by Ronny Kobo’s Paulette Tee, while more bohemian dressers will love Addison’s Sienna Swing Top with its paneled sides and ruffled waist.

3. Distressed jeans in a dark wash happen to be both relaxed and flattering, which seems to be a rare combination in fashion. The Ankle Skinny Jeans by 7 For All Mankind have just enough edge with their slim fit and distressed features, and AG Adriano Goldschmied’s Distressed Skinny Ankle Jeans have the perfect cropped length and deep wash for a slightly rebellious ensemble.

4. Wearing a pair of statement heels with a bright leather jacket could be a visual overload, so stick with nude, pastel, or white heels like Lea Michele’s to polish off your outfit. Try Aldo’s Ediliana Light Blue Pointed Pumps for a more refined look, or River Island’s White Pachy Barely There Heeled Sandals for a charming spin on the look.

5. Lea Michele’s clothing is a statement in itself, so a piece or two of minimalist jewelry is all you need in terms of accessories. A gold drop necklace like Melanie Auld’s Pave Lariat will add just enough subtle polish to finish off your look.

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Fashion: Trad and true

Traditional ball dresses and elegant mid-century shapes might seem twee in an age of sexed-up pop stars and the Kardashians. However, it's one worth considering for the belle of the ball who wants to look age appropriate and comfortable. While some girls look to ball night as an opportunity to dress beyond their years, it's also worth remembering that its a night to enjoy being young and free. Bright block colours provide a sense of occasion as designers highlight vivid hues in floor-skimming gowns for whatever the theme the ball committee has drummed up.

1950s tulle and chiffon dress, $550, from Daisy's Vintage Dresses. Fresh corsage (POA) from Mark Antonia. Photo / Chris Gorman

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Traditional 50s shapes still resonate today in both ready-to-wear and formal collections. One young retailer in particular is making a statement with her authentic collection of vintage prom dresses. Daisy's Vintage Dresses is a passion project for 20-year-old Daisy Heald-Stewart, whose love of vintage has grown into a carefully edited mix of one-off accessories and dresses that she sells from her Auckland showroom, including this pale pink 1950s tulle number from the United States (above). Depending on the theme of the night, it's an opportunity to embrace a polished 50s look from top to toe or even to keep hair and makeup fuss-free and teamed with discreet jewellery for a modern interpretation.

Another detail that nods to the past is the corsage. From classic debutante balls to cotillion balls, the corsage has always represented youth and beauty. This year they make a return in place of jewellery and for florist Antonia De Vere, from Mark Antonia, it's about hitting that mark between traditional and playful on the night as displayed here with her custom-made corsages. "With a corsage, a girl will be unique and special," she explains. "They may be worn on the wrist, woven into a hairstyle or attached to a handbag for an interesting alternative."

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Taylor Swift Calls Lena Dunham Her Style Icon

I need you to close your eyes and picture Taylor Swift running out for a cup of coffee. What is she wearing? A flowy floral dress that she might have stolen from the Mad Men wardrobe department? A pair of tailored (lol, taylor) black pixie pants, a vintage top with a high neckline, red lipstick? Cool. Now I need you to do the same thing with Lena Dunham. How would she dress on a trip to CVS to stock up on Advil and discounted Easter candy? I’m guessing you’re seeing some kind of romper you might’ve worn in your second grade yearbook picture, or maybe something neon and mesh that you can see her nipples through, or maybe a really hot muumuu. I think it’s safe to say that Taylor and Lena– while both talented and fun and good at pissing people off– are nothing alike in the style department. That’s why this new Taylor quote is… weird.

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During an interview about her fashion sense (that she gave while promoting Keds, since she’s their spokesgirl), Swizzle had this interesting response to being asked where she gets her style inspiration:

Lena Dunham has great websites and shops at great stores. She always tells me her newest obsession, whether it’s a new website, a blog or a store. She’s really good with that stuff.

Huh. The only connection I can draw between their personal styles is that Taylor has a lot of Wildfox sweaters and Lena also loves overpriced cotton basics with weird graphics on them. And neither of them believes in rationing the sequins or glitter. And I guess they both hang out with Rachel Antonoff? Other than that, I’m at a loss.

At least this surprising quote has given me the gift of imagining TS and LD switching wardrobes for a week! Imagine Lena Dunham in a high-waisted vintage bathing suit and Taylor Swift in a pair of Hannah Horvath‘s snagged tights. Too good.

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SJP honoured for creative vision

Sarah Jessica Parker's CLIO Award will honour her "storied career".

Sarah Jessica Parker has expressed her "creative vision" throughout her "storied career".

The 49-year-old actress will be the first to receive a Honorary Image CLIO Award at the ceremony in New York this evening, where she will be lauded for her input to the fashion and beauty industries.

Sarah has her own fashion line under namesake label SJP and made an impact on the world with her stunning outfits as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. On top of these she has also modelled for designer names and has launched her own perfumes.

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CLIO executive vice president Nicole Purcell thinks the star is the perfect recipient for the gong.

"Sarah Jessica Parker's creative vision is expressed throughout her storied career, from her fashion brand to her iconic film and television characters to her support for the arts," she told WWD. "It's our honour to toast her achievements at this year's event."

The ceremony will take place at The Pierre hotel this evening and is set to be hosted by Andy Cohen, a close friend of Sarah's. He is also set to present her with the award. They are said to have been close for around 20 years and both posed for inaugural issue of the quarterly lifestyle magazine FourTwoNine cover.

There will be well known names in the audience too, such as actress Alysia Reiner and photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Sarah hasn't commented on her impending award, but often speaks about her fashion influences.

"I am very taken with [Diane von Furstenberg]. The more I know the deeper part of her, the more I like her. She says crazy, wonderfully outrageous things!" she previously gushed.

"Oh, [Giles Deacon] is the sweetest! Giles' designs have such a great sense of humour and irony, but they're also beautiful and look great on a woman."

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Do women who wear make-up appear more trustworthy?

Women who wear make-up are regarded as more competent and professional. It’s because we instinctively associate a blemish-free face with a trustworthy person.

CLOTHES may make the man, but make-up can make or break a woman.

Psychologist Dr Arnaud Aubert says applying ‘war paint’ in the morning can make women more trustworthy.

No wonder that six out of ten women say they wouldn’t go to work without it, according to a survey by Superdrug.

“Make-up is a potent tool in influencing social judgements about the wearer,” says Dr Aubert, an experimental psychologist and associate professor at the department of neurosciences at the Université François-Rabelais in France.

“When you first meet someone, the brain focuses on the central part of the face, which is the main source of non-verbal communication.

“Within milliseconds, the brain processes facial cues, and forms social inferences, such as whether the person is trustworthy or untrustworthy.

“Flaws distract the brain’s attention; the more flaws [a person has], the less attention the observer pays to their facial expressions, decreasing the quality of non-verbal communication.

“So correcting these flaws with make-up doesn’t just improve your general appearance, it can actually enhance a person’s social assessment of you too,” says Dr Aubert.

The inverted triangle shape connecting the eyes and mouth has been dubbed ‘the social triangle’, and Dr Aubert’s theory certainly gives new urgency to powdering one’s nose.

But he’s not the first to find that beauty is in the eye of beholder.

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Nor are today’s beauty junkies the first to try and trick the brain into thinking they’re better-looking — ancient Egyptians believed cosmetics to be so powerful that they used kohl eyeliner to ward off evil spirits.

One 2006 study, by Buckinghamshire New University, in Britain, showed that women who wear make-up are perceived as healthier, more confident and better-employed than those without.

Another 2011 study, by Harvard University, conducted in conjunction with Procter and Gamble, also learned that lip-stick can make you more likeable.

“We found that cosmetics have a significant impact on how attractive a face appears, but also on how likeable, trustworthy and competent they appear,” said Nancy Etcoff, lead author and assistant clinical professor of psychology at the university.

“When flashed quickly, every cosmetic look significantly increased how attractive, competent, likeable and trustworthy the faces appeared to the same faces without make-up.

“When people could look at the faces for as long as they wanted to, all make-up looks increased competence and attractiveness once again.”

Even Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive 2013, actress Scarlett Johansson, doesn’t have the barefaced cheek to go au natural.

“Day to day, I’ll use concealer, blush, eyeliner and mascara, and I carry foundation with me,” she said.

Pop star Katy Perry goes one step further by sleeping in her slap: “I don’t really feel pretty ever without make-up, and so I would have to sleep with make-up on,” she said.

When it comes to putting your best face forward, however, more is not always more, according to Liz Dwyer, of the Beauty Bootcamp, in Dublin.

Scouse brow (painted eyebrows), and tide marks are just two of the beauty blunders that draw attention to your social triangle for all the wrong reasons, she says.

“There’s no doubt that make-up can help make a better first impression.”

“But a lot of girls don’t know what to do with it. Eight out of ten teenagers I come across now, I just want to scrub their faces. Most have gorgeous, youthful skin, yet they feel compelled to hide it beneath a vat of mismatched foundation.

“Foundation is meant to unify the skin, not camouflage all your features.”

Indeed, when Kim Kardashian shared the secret to her flawless complexion — contouring her face with layers of pale concealer — with fans on Twitter recently, her make-up looked like it had been applied with a trowel rather than a brush.

Dr Aubert agrees: “Make-up can be a very potent tool, but it has to be used properly.

“While make-up can help make a better first impression, ‘inappropriate’ make-up — make-up which does not match the social context — can have the opposite effect.

“The amount of make-up is not a problem, per se, but women who wear more make-up send more intense social cues, and risk inducing prejudice if their make-up does not fit the situation.”

Despite being Photoshopped to perfection in Versace’s spring 2014 ad campaign, Lady Gaga still says beauty is only skin deep: “Whether I’m wearing lots of make-up or no make-up, I’m the same person inside.”

For the 40% of women who prefer to go fresh-faced, less can still impress, says leadership and charisma coach, Jonathan Dowling:

“While genetic blemishes are beyond our control, many other things are not,” he says.

“A sincere smile — one of those great, broad smiles where even the eyes crinkle — is one of the most effective ways of creating a powerful first impression on strangers. Good eye contact is another way.

“Looking someone directly in the eye, when they speak to you, and vice versa, projects confidence, but don’t stare at them either.

“A good rule of thumb is to hold eye contact two-thirds of the time, and then follow the person’s gestures, or shift your gaze to their mouth the rest of the time.”

And if you buy just one colour, then make it red.

“Studies show that we perceive people who are wearing red, or even just standing beside a red wall, as more attractive and confident,” says Dowling, of Interpersonal impACT.

“For men, the answer could be to wear a red tie, and for women red-tinted cosmetics.”

“Red lips will always make a more lasting impression than nude,” says celebrity make-up artist, Ken Boylan.

“But it has to be the right shade or it will make your teeth look yellow.

“Always try on more than one,” he says, “and when you find the right one, remember to smile.”

How to make the most of your looks

* “mismatched foundation can be very distracting,” says liz dwyer of beauty bootcamp. “the perfect foundation should disappear into your jawline. if you can see where it starts and finishes, it’s the wrong shade.”

* “hd [high definition] brows are a great way to frame your face,” says top makeup artist ken boylan, “your eyebrows should be as close to your hair colour as possible.”

* “when applying mascara, place the brush at the roots and give it a good wiggle before gliding it through the lashes,” says liz. “this makes lashes appear thicker and more defined.”

* “lip liner is a must to keep statement lipstick in place,” says ken. “add a little lip gloss over your lippie to help make thin lips look fuller.”

Waitresses Who Wear More Makeup Get Better Tips From Guys, But Women Tip Everyone Equally

In today’s supremely disappointing news for feminists, studies show that men leave higher tips for waitresses who wear more makeup. Some gender stereotypes just won’t die, will they?

According to Laura Shin in her two-part “Ultimate Guide to Living on Tips” at Forbes, wearing makeup comes with a serious payoff for female waitstaff.

Ladies, wear makeup. While the feminist in me hates to break this news, a study in France showed that 50% more men left tips if the waitress wore makeup, and the average amount was 26% higher. Another study, also in France, found that red lipstick, when compared to pink and brown shades or au naturale, brought in the bucks.

Shin also cited a 2012 study by Nicolas Guéguen and Céline Jacob of the Université de Bretagne-Sud, who found that red lipstick specifically has an effect on tips from men. The particular shade of red is of no consequence. Plus, it’s just guys with this percentage prejudice — female diners are not influenced to tip better or more frequently based on the makeup their waitresses wear.

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I commend Shin for providing a comprehensive guide to making a living wage from a restaurant job, and while I understand that she is simply presenting the unfortunate truth here, encouraging women to accept this as fact is an issue. Women should not have to live with the fact that they are held to a different physical standard than their male counterparts.

While we may assume that male servers are also tipped higher based on physical attractiveness, this may not be the case. According to “Predictors of Male and Female Severs’ Average Tip Earnings,” a study published in Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that ”physical attractiveness was a much better predictor of waitresses’ average tips than of waiters’ average tips.” In short, being pretty had a much greater impact on female tips.

Female waitstaff are notoriously objectified by men that they serve. In fact, women restaurant workers report sexual harassment at five times the rate of employees in other professions. Encouraging waitresses to wear makeup and lightly touch their customers for higher tips tells them that just being good at your job is not enough. You need to be sexually desirable and flirtatious as well. Equivalent suggestions are not given to men.

Even if good looking guys did receive significantly higher tips than less attractive men, there is still a double standard at play here. A woman, no matter how naturally beautiful, is expected to go above and beyond to enhance that beauty with makeup in order to increase her income. She is being asked to alter her appearance.

As Stylite’s Ashley Hoffman says, “People who live off their looks are accustomed to piling a boatload of makeup on, but the thing is, waitresses aren’t models or actresses. They’re not there for viewing pleasure. They serve food.”

Gender discrimination is a reality that female workers face in any profession, and we’re not saying that being a feminist requires tossing all your bold lippy in the trash. But what’s especially interesting about the correlation between tips and makeup is that, besides being gross, it’s counterintuitive. In fact, a report released earlier this week found, once again, that men much prefer a natural, barefaced look.

So why, if less is more, do men prefer their waitresses all gussied up? My guess would be that it feeds the fantasy. Female waitstaff are often treated like a side of entertainment that comes with your entree. If men expect to view waitresses the same way they view models in a Victoria’s Secret catalog, then of course they’ll place importance on attractiveness and makeup.

Until the day that I can insist to be served by a shirtless Channing Tatum lookalike, I maintain that we should tip all servers based on, you know, actual service and not gender, lipstick, or amount of carefully timed shoulder grazes administered throughout the meal.

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