There's a reason Gwen Stefani is at the head of the stylish-celeb-mom pack, and we can place full accountability on looks like these. See, we never lose sight of the fact that Gwen is a bonafide rock star (she is wearing red leather pants after all), but she's able to deftly temper her onstage image with something more polished, mature, and, well, copy-worthy. It's a four-part ensemble, equipped with enough punch to please the edgier styler, and enough sophistication for someone who craves classic references. We're breaking it down to make the process of re-creating it that much easier — just keep reading.
- You need exactly one edgier piece for this kind of chic-meets-cool-girl outfit. Gwen chose a red leather pant, but if you aren't ready to take that leap, a black leather iteration (even coated/waxed would work) will suffice. If you forgo this step, then you basically have an entirely different look. The thing is — the slicked-up tough vibe of the pants is what allows the rest of the components to shine.
- This is your one-two punch right here: classic staples times two. Pair the pants with a soft, textured black turtleneck and a plaid coat. There's nothing quite like the when-opposites-attract effect, and we've got to say, the juxtaposition of leather against timeless prepster pieces is a match made in style heaven. Side note: you don't have to emulate the coat-draped-over-shoulders look. We know the verdict's out on this particular styling cue, but do make sure your outerwear is ultratailored and cut closer to the body.
- Finish the look with your favorite pair of heeled booties. Instead of opting for a low-key ankle boot, give this look its polished due with something a little more formalized. You can still keep the edge (hey, booties are no black-tie affair), without sacrificing the sophisticated layers on top.