May 14, 2013 04:50
by Angie Fox
She may be Paltrow by name, but there’s nothing paltry about her sense of style, her wardrobe and indeed her bank balance. Here’s how to rock this season’s looks like Gwyneth, but for a quarter of the price.
Fashion faux pas aside everyone wants to be Gwyneth Paltrow. Besides, you could count her mistakes on one hand alone: there was the Antonio Berardi Fall 2013 teal, peplum, sheer-panelled mess she wore to the Iron Man 3 premier and, of course, she will never live down the sheer-again, bra-less, Goth, Alexander McQueen number she slouched around in at the 2002 Oscars.
But those incidents and the matchy-matchy cropped blonde hairdos she and Brad Pitt favoured in the early 1990s are isolated. Paltrow is a fashion icon in the truest sense of the word. With her recent forays into the world of cookbooks and her blog about all things epicurean, travel, relationships and parenting she’s also a lifestyle guru.
While most of us can easily detox on kale and chia seeds or break up with our toxic friends, at least in theory if not in practice, it’s pretty tough to appear as groomed and stylish as the incandescent Paltrow on a much tighter budget.
In her defence, Paltrow does reach out to the masses via her blog Goop and her annual spring fashion edit is something of a style bible. Still, the budget doesn’t usually cut it. But it can be done even if your wardrobe isn’t stocked with Paltrow’s go-to favourites Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Chloe or Rag and Bone.
Aussie retailers Country Road, Witchery and Seed are experts at reinterpreting the latest ready-to-wear looks at affordable price points. To recreate Paltrow’s “prints and patterns” look on this March’s Goop spring fashion edit, team the Country Road Nep t-shirt with the leaf print skirt and the Mena Ankle boot. Then accessorise with a Seed Heritage Pyramid necklace, or, if the bank balance allows a Wendy Mink Knot Turquoise necklace.
When recreating Paltrow’s ‘silk for slouching’ look in the Goop Spring fashion edit the key is to find the perfect slouchy pant, they don’t even need to be silk. Witchery’s viscose confetti print pant in black, cream and raspberry will pair with any neutrals. Alternately team Seed Heritage’s Leopard print pant with a tee by Alexander Wang crewneck sweatshirt. Finish off your look with this season’s must have shoes, the hidden wedge, high-top trainer. First created by the inimitable French ingénue Isabel Marant this must have item has been reinterpreted, at a fraction of the price, by Ash and Country Road.
Now all you need to do, if you really want to be like Gwyneth, is find two cherubic children and dress them as well as you are. Oh, and don’t forget the rock star husband.