Jessica Biel not only made the Total Recall rounds in NYC yesterday, she did so with a dichotomous styling approach. First, the brunette beauty stopped by The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in an animal-print Giambattista Valli cocktail dress (we're obsessed with the sweet tulip skirt silhouette) with a Fendi 2jours shopper and black Casadei pumps. By letting the longer skirt hem and quarter-length sleeves offset the exotic pattern and accentuating inseams, her look offered up a more sophisticated take on sexier ensembles. Then, Jessica switched gears, wearing an ethereal sleeveless white lace creation from Elie Saab's Spring 2012 Couture collection to the film's screening. In a nod to modest-meets-romantic dressing, she also added a delicate lace shawl to match. Her gold Elie Saab clutch and textured Jimmy Choo pumps injected a glamorous feel, but in no way interrupted the ultrafeminine vibe. One evening, two distinct dresses, and three key styling strategies to get you there, the Jessica Biel way — read below for quick tips on transforming your evening vibe from sexy to sweet, and vice versa.
- It's all in the texture. Notice how Jessica really nails each vibe via dress texture. In her first appearance, she opted for a sultry animal print — instantly giving off a more vixenish appeal. In her second appearance, she's every bit the sweet style setter in white lace. Sure, lace can be sexy, too, but not when it's worn modestly and in the most ethereal shade of crisp, clean white. The bottom line: you can set the tone of each look just by utilizing texture correctly. It's not always about going the overt styling route.
- Go for classic accents. When switching modes, you want to be able to work with what you've got. Not all of us have a pair of stilettos and clutch in every shade in our closets, but the main thing is to keep a good rotation of classics in your going-out arsenal. A nude pump will always work well with a more feminine silhouette. A black pump will work well with basically everything, but for our purposes, it will certainly put a slick spin on sultrier dresses.
- The ultimate twofer. You want to make it even simpler? Invest in a tailored LWD. For girlier nights out, pair the look with a neutral-toned heel and a scallop-edged clutch. Then, give it a sexy upgrade with your black pumps, a little black eyeliner, and a bold red lip. You can have it both ways.