August 26, 2008

Fashion Moment: Lake Bell Shows Them All How To Do It

By Alice Wyllie

WHAT is it that actresses just don't get about the term "smart/ casual"? Or for that matter, the term "black tie"? Take a look at a few different movie stars attending the same film premiere, and while one will be wearing floor-sweeping couture and diamonds as big as choux buns, another will swan along the red carpet in jeans and her boyfriend's shirt. Yet another (most likely a Disney star not yet out of her teens) will be in a bottom-skimming playsuit, and there's always one wearing a top cunningly fashioned from a couple of belts.

Actress Lake Bell wears her belt exactly where it should be at a special screening of In Search of a Midnight Kiss in Los Angeles last week. She's managed to resist the temptation to display a look- at-me ego, fashion-victim sensibility or indeed her bikini waxer's skills in a pretty/smart/fashionable/take-me-seriously ensemble. We love the mismatched accessories and simple dress, the statement belt and the effortless hair. She keeps the bling confined to her oversized clutch bag and keeps the family jewels tucked away. She's got the waist of a teenager but a knowing look in her eye that says she knows how to dress it. A classy broad all round.

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