Celebrity Style Smackdown. Who Wore It Best?

May 21, 2010 • Celebrity Style

This installment of Celebrity Style Smackdown is dedicated to accessories and the difference in how celebs choose to accent their looks when they're dressed exactly the same. Carefully chosen accessories can truly make or break a look and I've found choice examples of when less is more, when over-accessorizing actually works, and when its best to just leave them off altogether!

Ginnifer Goodwin vs. Tinsley Mortimer in Dior

The Winner: Ginnifer Goodwin. Anyone who's lucky enough to be strutting around in a gorgeous minidress by Dior is not allowed to tackify it up with matchy-matchy accessories like Tinsley is doing here. She drives me crazy with repeatedly feeling the need to match her cute little bag to her cute little shoes and her cute nail polish. Break it up a little! Ginnifer's classy peep toes are a homerun with the dress, as is her tiny little clutch in a (gasp!) different print and her silver tear drop earrings. Bravo!

Emmy Rossum vs. Jessica Alba in Madewell

The Winner: Emmy Rossum. Although both starlets rock the city chic vibe, I love the effortless polish that Rossum throws into her ensemble. The contrasting print scarf, the slouchy hardware bag, and even the booties all complement the crisp, cool colors of the dress and make her look relaxed, yet still pulled together. Alba's dark jacket, tights and boots are almost too severe for the floral frock, and I have to admit, I just don't like the hoodie.

Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Paula Zahn in L'Wren Scott

The Winner: Paula Zahn. As much as we love SJP's typical fashion risks, she's gone too over the top for my taste here. Even if she had just dropped the feathery boa and kept the gloves and strappy heels, it would have been an elegant look. But as it stands, Zahn pulls off sophisticated glamor with her kisslock clutch and peep toe heels. Very Jackie O. indeed.

Miley Cyrus vs. Jessica Stroup in Topshop

The Winner: Miley Cyrus. Here's a primo example of when over accessorizing actually works. Cyrus has this slouchy, urban cowgirl vibe that, though kinda messy and disheveled, is also as current and totally on point with today's trends. Her long bag, piles of bracelets, and undone shoes add a tough but cool touch to her floral mini. Stroup is almost a little too flashback to the 80s with her choice of accessories. The cuff and necklace aren't really working and those bright white boots are just an all around bad choice.

Victoria Beckham vs. Olivia Palermo in Julian J Smith

The Winner: Victoria Beckham. Again, this may just be a matter of taste but I think sometimes is necessary, no essential, to just let a printed piece stand on its own once and awhile. The key to Beckham's look is in the simplicity of it. Her hair is loose and flirty, her shoes funky in the same color family. But she stops there and lets the graphic print stand on its own to make a statement. Yes contrasting prints are a big trend this season but Olivia Palermo may be trying to get too much mileage out of her pieces. If she had chosen one, either the necklace or the jacket, to compete against the dress then that may have been acceptable. But like this, all she is is an assault on the eyes. Its all too much!

Photo Source: People.com
-Alia Rajput

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