Published on February 20, 2014—  Leave a comment

Look For Less: 3 Styles from Rachel Bilson

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It’s been more than 10 years since Rachel Bilson rose to stardom on The O.C. (yeah, we can’t believe it either), but the seemingly ageless dark-haired beauty continues to be a fixture in every style mag for her effortless California chic. Whether she’s strolling in ripped jeans or getting girly with a floral frock, she’s dialed-in when it comes to blending tough and feminine pieces. Here’s how to steal three signature Bilson looks, with an affordable assist from thredUP.
Look 1: Boyfriend chic. Boyfriend jeans (like this strategically ripped Abercrombie pair) are a nice alternative to the now-ubiquitous skinny jean, especially given how comfortable they are. The downside: they can also veer quickly into looking sloppy without the right outfit pairing. Rachel is able to look relaxed, yet keep the overall vibe polished by throwing a ladylike cropped blazer (like this one from Greylin) over her comfy white tee, instantly elevating her outfit from just-threw-this-on to clearly-thought-this-through. Add in a cool clog like this Juicy Couture pair and a brightly colored bag, and you’ll be ready to hit the streets. Check out more thredUP pieces to get this look.
Look 2: Casual and classic. Here’s another Bilson take on a white tee and jeans that also nails the line between casual and dressed-up– particularly impressive given that it revolves around cut-off denim shorts. Her secret weapon: a covered-up, demure white blouse (like this tie-neck Agnes B. number) that balances out the legs for days she’s working on bottom, plus sleek nude wedges (this shimmery Adrienne Vittadini pair are very on-trend for fall) and a structured black handbag to lend a little extra class to those Daisy Dukes. Check out more thredUP pieces to get this look.
Look 3: Florals with an edge. One of our favorite easy style hacks is to pair anything feminine and frilly with an edgy leather accessory like a motorcycle jacket or a chunky boot, and Bilson deserves credit for having rocked this look for years. The more pattern and chiffon in the dress (this BCBG Max Azria frock is a great example), the better: it’ll all be countered by the clean lines of the black leather. Don’t want (or can’t afford) a real moto jacket? Any structured black jacket, like the cropped black blazer from Look 1 or this military-style Lafayette 148 jacket, will do the trick. Continue the blend of pretty and edgy on bottom with a wedge that incorporates some black leather, like this pair from Charles by Charles David