Welcome to the tenth installment of Style Thief, where I steal the clothes off queer style icons’ backs. Metaphorically, that is. I’ll try figure out just exactly what makes queer style icons tick by breaking down their look into itty bitty bite size pieces. I get a lot of questions about how to look like different celebrities/characters, so I’m finally tackling the question “How the hell do I dress like that?”
Header by Rory Midhani
I freaking love Valentine’s Day. This is at least partially due to how much I love wearing red, but maybe because it’s also another great excuse to go shopping. In this extra super special edition of Style Thief, I’ll be setting aside my usual “one icon, one article” policy to take a look at my favorite celebrity looks for Valentine’s Day. I’ve got a handful of my favorite queer style icons whose looks scream “Choose Me Forever” and “Choose Me For Tonight.” We’ll figure out exactly how to strip down their looks just in time for February 14th.
Wearing a red dress is, of course, one of the most classic femme looks for Valentine’s Day. I love Amber Heard’s red sheath dress because she takes a simple look and makes it pop. She chooses a bold red-orange color, as oppose to a more vampiric dark red, which keeps her look a bit more casual and a bit spunkier. Additionally, she pairs it with fun red cheetah print pumps, which can be a nice change from your same old black evening shoes. This also breaks up her look a bit more than matching red shoes do.
Evan Rachel Wood Bisexual
As far as I’m concerned this is the ultimate look for someone on the femmier side of androgeny. Evan Rachel Wood Bisexual’s styled up short hair leaves her perfect shoulders bare to show off that amazing charcoal wool vest. While her suspenders would probably look a bit silly over the vest, they look perfect casual slung down. The skinny matching pants keep her look modern and flattering. For a more center of center look, this could be paired with straight leg instead of skinny pants and black oxfords.
On Valentine’s Day we tend to go for red and hearts. While I love all that good stuff, it’s important to keep in mind that you can also go for a look that’s romantic and sexy in other ways. I love KStew’s deep brown leather body-con dress. It’s sexy, simple and, oh yeah, also the color of chocolate. Plus the leather is soft and inviting without being overly girly. This is particularly good if you want to go for a look that screams “Oh, is it Valentine’s Day? I had no idea! I just look this good for every date.” Just don’t forget to flesh out a deep brown dress with some dark red lipstick.
Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be stressful for all you hot gentlequeer if you want to look nice but not too nice. I mean, do you wear a suit? A blazer? Blaine’s dapper combo of a red bow tie and pants paired with a black polo shirt is a nice balance of casual and fancy. The bow tie is more fancy, but the cotton polo shirt keeps things more casual. The red pants, well, they’re just fun.
I can’t help but include my personal style icon, Zooey Deschanel. I mean, just look at those bangs. I love how Zooey Deschanel’s deep reddish-purple tights take her dress from typical to spectacular. Particularly in that she pairs it with a matching ribbon belt. I recognize that not everyone has the time or money to run out and buy a whole new outfit head-to-toe just for Valentine’s Day. It is, of course, just one day. But tights, belts, hats and other accessories are cheap and easy ways to pump up your gooey stickey love look.
Maybe you’re not all jacked up on Valentine’s Day juice. Maybe you just sort of want to wear something moderately applicable to the holiday so your co-workers won’t give you a hard time. Queen Latifah’s look is great if you need something you can wear to work and then out at night. Her outfit is particularly great because it has huge re-wear value after V-Day is over.
So this is a day about love, but let’s be honest, this is also a day about sexy times. Is there anyone in the world better equipped to show us hot femme lingerie than Naya Rivera? I think not.
Of course, there’s a world of great Valentine’s Day underwear out there and, regardless of the style, it all looks super hot. So so hot.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and even if you’re not super psyched about it you can still use this opportunity to steal an awesome look. Who knows, maybe on Valentine’s Day there will be cute girl across the coffee shop (or across the bar) who just can’t wait to tell you that she loves your sense style!
If there’s a queer style icon you’d like to see stripped down in Style Thief, send me an ASS message, ask on my formspring, or tweet me @Ohheyitslizz
Is there a Zooey Deschanel style thief? Will there be one? I hope so. (Even though she’s straight(?)… she’s still stylin’)
Aaaand I’m pretty sure I’d be all over a Zooey paper doll. Just saying.
KStew’s outfit is what the inside of my heart looks like!
Where is that picture of Kate from? *picks jaw up off floor*
Why is “Bisexual” tacked on to Evan Rachel Wood’s name?
it’s part of a two-year campaign to make autostraddle up as a top search result when somebody googles “evan rachel wood bisexual.” we have yet to succeed. we cannot seem to crack it.
the commenters started this whole parade in the comments on this post:
“a top search result”?
You’re on the first page of my google search (the last result though)
However, I am using Chrome and it sort of remembers things and it’s not like I visit autostraddle every day or anything…
if you’re logged into your google account while browsing the web (gmail, gcal, whatever) it will remember everything you ever search and will start to cater your searches to the content you already look at. so autostraddle comes up a lot higher for me than it might for a person who has never visited the site. it’s sort of annoying because it’s made it more difficult to figure out what the “real” google search results are (for me at least — probably there are expert seo humans out there who totally get it, alas, i am not one of them.)
Naya Rivera oh my gosh. that’s the best thing I’ve seen all day since the news about the Pope retiring!
It was all so hot already and then Naya Rivera *brain melts out ears*
I take it all back. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday.
JESUS CHRIST LIZZ. you can’t just put those photos of naya and kate back to back and then expect me to go about my business. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO US?!?!
Ok it’s like 8am I have to go to classes and I’m just sitting here…..too much amazingness! Naya & Blaine. I can’t even…..
Oh and Kate..
This post is all kinds of perfect!
And I need a red dress…
Zooey, Evan, Kristen… Oh my!
um, hello, where has THAT photo of Kate M been my whole life(/every single exhaustive google image search I’ve already performed)?
I needed some sort of warning for Naya in lingerie. I spit out my drink.