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Why It's Time to Rethink Your Next Formal Outfit

May 8 2014 - 7:25am

Every week, we bring you the best shoppable fashion and lifestyle stories from the editors at LifeStyle Mirror. Today we are sharing Taylor Davies's t-shirts and ball skirts picks [1] to re-create some of chicest celebrity looks from the red carpet.

It's such a simple idea: a casual shirt paired with a formal skirt. We've seen countless iterations of this look on celebrities in recent decades, perhaps most iconically on Sharon Stone [2] at the Oscars in 1998 [3]. She wore her husband's shirt unbuttoned down to there with a Vera Wang skirt — creating an unexpectedly sexy combination.

For a more casual twist, Mary-Kate Olsen [4] paired an ultradeep v-neck white t-shirt [5] with a long, knit skirt and milkmaid braids [6] back in 2007. For the Met Gala in 2010, Jenna Lyons [7] — in true J.Crew fashion — paired an oversize cashmere sweater with a grand feathered skirt. The same year, Kate Bosworth [8] wore a Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 dress that looked like a crewneck t-shirt tucked into the most fantastic mint skirt. Both looks were flawless in our eyes but got an added dose of chic with the perfectly chosen lipstick.

We're so enamored with this look, we couldn't resist reimagining each celeb's getup for today, like the silk blouse and cascading sequin skirt [9] that rivals a combo worn by Jessica Alba [10] last year.

Go ahead and throw it back with this little combo for your next dressy occasion — just don't forget the lipstick [11].

Source: Getty [12]

Mary-Kate Olsen on the Red Carpet, 2007

Source: Getty / Lester Cohen [13]

The Shirt

American Apparel Unisex Sheer Jersey Short-Sleeved Deep V-Neck [14] ($24)

The Skirt

M Missoni Women's Maxi Skirt [15] ($472)

Jenna Lyons at Met Gala, 2011

Source: Getty / Stephen Lovekin [16]

The Shirt

Dear Cashmere V-Neck Cashmere Sweater [17] ($380)

The Skirt

Erdem Miley Organza-Appliquéd Tulle Maxi Skirt [18] ($5,760)

Kate Bosworth at Style Awards, 2010

Source: Getty / Gregg DeGuire [19]

The Shirt

J. Crew Perfect-Fit Tee [20] ($25)

The Skirt

Temperley London Long Bluebell Skirt [21] ($1,620)

Jessica Alba at the Alma Awards, 2013

Source: Getty / Gregg DeGuire [22]

The Shirt

Joseph V-Neck Blouse [23] ($469)

The Skirt

Donna Karan Sequined Stretch-Jersey Maxi Skirt [24] ($1,995)

See all the t-shirts and ball skirts here [25], or check out more great fashion stories from LifeStyle Mirror:

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