Our All-Time Favourite Ethereal Looks From Elle Fanning | Clozette

Elle Fanning was cast as Aurora in the 2014 live-action version of Sleeping Beauty alongside Angelina Jolie. Now she’s back to reprise her role of Princess Aurora, and the young actress has been serving dreamy and fairy-tale worthy looks that show how perfect the casting choice was. See her most ethereal looks on the red carpet this year, from the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil red carpet premiere to the Cannes Film Festival.

Sleeping Beauty in the Flesh

Elle Fanning wore a custom Gucci gown to the premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in Los Angeles last 30 September. The flowy green chiffon gown had drop sleeves, thin silver straps, and a slim silver belt cinched at her waist. It had a medium-length flowing train, decorated with long purple ribbons and silk flowers in varying shades of lavender were also used as headpieces. Her makeup was fresh and minimal, done with a subtle pink blush and stained lips. The detail that caught everyone’s eye? Red beaded blood drops that start from her glove and go down her dress, a fitting tribute to Princess Aurora. With a gown fit for a princess, Elle looked like she just walked out of the Enchanted Forest!

The Fairy in Mint and Pearls

For the London premiere of Maleficent 2, she donned a mint green couture ball gown made by Armani Prive. The glamourous sleeveless ensemble featured delicate pearl and mesh detailing with fluted sleeves. Her slicked-back bun drew attention to her eye-catching Sutra drop earrings. Again, her subtle makeup accentuated her doll-like features with a rosy pink blush, black eyeliner, and silver eyeshadow. Her shoes also had the same detailing to match her gown.

Modern Day Princess

For the November cover of Instyle Magazine, Elle wore this billowing ballgown with floral details and tiered skirt. The big pink silk ribbon emphasised her slim waist. Though this gown looks a bit heavy, she certainly makes it look effortless and graceful to pose on a stopped escalator.

Blushing Bride

Finally, we’re taking it back all the way to the Cannes Film Festival in May with her Reem Acra Bridal gown at The Specials premiere. The gown was part of the designer’s Fall 2019 bridal collection, and featured intricate beading, a sweeping tulle cape, closed off with Chopard jewellery. This was the year that Elle was named the youngest jury member in the history of the Cannes Film Festival. She certainly dressed for the part!

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Don’t underestimate the power of a good belt. This accessory can actually make or break any kind of outfit. More than something to keep your bottoms from falling, a belt is actually great for accentuating your best style assets. It can draw people’s attention to a slim waist or draw it lower to shapely hips. So it goes without saying that you don't go for just any type of belt. Here are our best tips on how to choose the perfect one according to your needs.

Choose a length that works for you

Belt styling ideas

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Ideally, the right belt is one that fits you up to the middle hole. A belt where only the first hole fits could make you look oddly bloated while a long belt wrapped around your waist many times can ruin a perfectly good silhouette. 

Style it the right way

Belted denim dress

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If you’re planning to wear a large, statement necklace for your outfit then it might be good to tone down on the belt and choose a thinner piece. Wearing a wide, buckled belt might clash with your neckpiece and make your outfit look costumey. 

If you want to wear a belt with a statement buckle, on the other hand, make sure that the rest of your clothes are not over-the-top. For this, you can choose to wear simple denim jeans and a plain shirt or tank top. You should also keep accessories to a bare minimum. 

When worn with skirts

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If you decide to wear a belt with a skirt, make sure that you choose a classic silhouette such as a high waist pencil cut. Adding a belt will accentuate your waist so make sure that it stays in place. 

The belt and shoe formula

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Matching your belt with your shoes is a classic belt tip but it’s actually okay not to follow this one. Make sure, however, that the two still complement each other.  For example, a thick red belt would look great when wearing strappy gold heels. 

Belting a dress

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Using belts for a dress would seem like a good idea since it can accentuate your waist and make a girly attire look even more feminine. However, it is still best to choose which ones to use a belt with — a tailored tunic might bunch unflatteringly around your waist area if you decide to use a wide belt. We say don't stray from the classics!

Knot the end of your belt

This is one style that absolutely looks so chic when done properly or can be a complete disaster when done wrong. Knotting the end of a long belt is best for casual outfits. Just make sure that you have enough belt length to loop the ends and make it look effortless.

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If you’re a bit of a hair accessories fiend, you know that the season’s pick is made with velvet. From hairbands to hair bows, day to night, ladies everywhere are channelling their inner Blair Waldorf by hopping on the velvet hair accessories train. Ahead are some of the best examples of how to style a velvety item into your outfit of the day.

Velvet Headbands

These velvet headbands are the perfect ode to the ‘90s with a modern twist. The shiny velvet adds a nice textured sheen to your look, reminiscent of Cher from Clueless. This versatile accessory can be used to jazz up straight hair or keep your curls away from your face. Take it a step further and go for a monochrome look, with a velvet hairband as your crowning glory.

Embellished Velvet Headbands

Stepping up from the plain velvet headbands are these pearl-encrusted ones from Jennifer Behr. They create a perfect halo around your head, while still keeping it classy and timeless. They also come in jewels, braids, and beads, so you’ll never be short of options. Pair the Mathilda headband with a dainty dress for one sweet outfit day.

Velvet Scrunchies

This is an everyday accessory that won’t leave any marks once you take it off. Made popular again by Lara Jean of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and any VSCO girl on social media, this comes in every colour of the spectrum, so it’s only a matter of finding your favourite.

Velvet Bows

This hair accessory is an homage to Audrey Hepburn, who also sported velvet bows in her movie Funny Face. It's also a favourite for Kate Middleton, who often uses her J.Crew velvet bow to hold her low ponytail in place. Use one to finish off a curled half-pony ‘do or a high ponytail for a schoolgirl chic look.

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