When you're looking for a celebrity to offer you quirky, experimental, yet effortlessly cute outfit inspiration, Amal Clooney's style might not automatically be your first port of call. Juggling a career as a hugely accomplished human rights lawyer with a marriage to Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney, Amal Clooney's profile boasts a lifestyle so sorted and successful that it makes us mere mortals debate getting out of bed in the morning. Surely she can't also be packing serious style icon status to boot?
Not only does Clooney have a slick, fiercely tailored business look and an effortlessly gorgeous affinity for red carpet glamour, but she also has too-cool-for-school off duty chic down to a T. When it came to celebratory posh nosh as the Clooney's celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Sept. 27, Amal Clooney discarded the streamlined silk ball gowns and corporate cool shirt and pencil skirt combos for eclectic print and fabric combinations that screamed casual chic. Plus, they showcased her eye for detail too.
From a floaty, asymmetric-hemmed Tome dress to color-pop palazzo pants to trusty leather jacket and ripped jean combos, Clooney is bold enough to experiment, confident enough to retain her signature style, and relaxed enough to wear colorful, comfy clothes that suggest she doesn't take herself too seriously. I'm hoping that by emulating her style, I might catch some of her cool, too. Hey, a girl can dream, right? Here's how to recreate her off-duty looks.
1. The Comfortable Yet Stylish Handkerchief Hem Dress
Blue Handkerchief Hem Dress, $48.30, avenue.com
The handkerchief-hemmed dress is floatily fairy-like, with a relaxed, comfortable fit that can be rocked by anyone. It's no wonder Clooney choose that gorgeous thing of beauty to make an entrance at Japanese sushi restaurant Asanebo in Los Angeles as she celebrated her first wedding anniversary with husband George.
However, you don't have to simply stick to styling up your dress for silver-dish fish. Why not don your whimsical handkerchief-hemmed dress for an early fall barbecue, brunch with friends, or as the perfect day-to-night sartorial companion for holiday sun, sightseeing, and sangria?
BCBG Printed Dress, $88, mikewebdesignhero.com
2. The Striped Crochet Effect Dress
Stripe Crochet Cut White Dress, $25.39, jollychic.com
Clooney chose this striped crochet Missoni dress to commemorate touching down in Tokyo with George Clooney in May 2015, pairing the turquoise and periwinkle beauty with tan leather wedges, effortlessly cool oversized shades, and a bag you could fit the kitchen sink in.
It's a perfect example of a outfit which can be dressed up or down in the blink of an eye. Simply add flip flops and a wide-brimmed floppy hat for picnics, pottering around town, and lunchtime revelries, or add block-heel boots or wedges and a statement clutch for an elegant evening look.
Ellen Tracy Fit and Flare Belted Zig-Zag Dress, $81.19-124.43 amazon.com
3. A Sleeveless Duster Coat With Ripped Jeans
White Checked Sleeveless Coat, $18.23, newlook.com
Clooney chose this edgy sleeveless tartan duster coat and ripped jeans ensemble for running errands around Notting Hill in London, pairing them with a black crop top and open-toed ankle boots. The striking sleeveless duster adds a sharply-tailored edge to any outfit, and is the perfect styling option for layering up or down during the unpredictable fall months.
But why stop at pairing it with ripped jeans? Add some tailoring to a bohemian look by pairing yours with a belted maxi dress, or add an androgynous edge to your evening look by pairing with a romper.
ASOS Curve Sleeveless Duster Jacket, $83.53, asos.com
4. Pastel Leather-look Jacket
Noisy May Pastel Faux Leather Jacket, $50.14, asos.com
Now, I'm as emotionally attached to the transformative powers of my black leather jacket as I'm betting 75 percent of the population is, but there's a new kid on the block who I've been wanting to incorporate into my wardrobe for quite some time: Pastel leather. It just so happens that sartorially savvy Clooney may have gotten there before me.
Choosing a pale blush-toned leather jacket paired with black jumpsuit and a spectacularly chunky necklace as she exited restaurant Claudette's in New York, Clooney emulated that effortlessly thrown-together style that's the last word in cool. So go on: Give your trusty black leather a well-deserved break and throw some pastel fun into your style equation.
Torrid Textured Scuba Moto Jacket, $64.50, torrid.com
5. Printed Palazzo Pants
ASOS Spiritual Hippy Palazzo Pants in Boho Print, $53.15, asos.com
Why let your top half have all the fun when you can purchase trousers like Clooney's colorful palazzo pants? Chosen especially for monkeying around at dinner at New York's Monkey Bar, Clooney chose to pair her embellished black and yellow palazzo pants with a black crop top and platforms, for a striking '70s-esque disco vibe.
Not only does her outfit make a brave change from the bog-standard LBDs and bodycon skirts frequently flaunted as evening wear, but these palazzo pants could just as comfortably be paired with a relaxed-fit white shirt for on-trend office wear. Or with a slouchy vest top for scuttling round the city on a much-needed day off.
Tyra Scarf Print Palazzo Trousers, $30.39, pinkclove.co.uk
Clooney, you truly are the coolest chameleon of off-duty style.
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