Emmy Rossum is a Classic Style Icon in the Making — Here's How to Get Her Look

You’d probably never guess it based on her down-and-dirty style on Showtime series Shameless , but actress Emmy Rossum has quite the eye for classic, ladylike, and feminine fashion on the red carpet and in real life. In fact, over the many years she’s been in the Hollywood spotlight, The Phantom of the Opera actress has come to be known for her precise and perfect classic fashion sense — a fact she reinforced twice this week when she showed up to a New York City screening of Need for Speed in a lace Vera Wang sheath dress, and then again to an NYC gala wearing a glamorous Carolina Herrera ball gown. If you’re jealous of the brunette beauty’s polished sense of style, we don’t blame you. But instead of envying Rossum’s style from afar, why not take a few fashion tips from the classic style icon herself? Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of Rossum’s best classic looks; all you have to do is click through, take a few notes, and then become the most polished lady in your social circle.

by Mary Avant

At the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

The actress and singer’s classic style was in the spotlight at this year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party when she wore a delicate and beautifully styled Monique Lhuillier gown, proving that a high-low, ankle-length gown can be in fashion no matter the decade. To nail the traditional look, keep it subtle in a neutral shade and make it a little more modern with a deep-burgundy lip.

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At the Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Show

Rossum put a fresh spin on the classic, crisp white pant at the Carolina Herrera show by opting for a looser, more luxe version and pairing it with an embellished halter top, slicked-back strands, and dangling earrings.

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At the 2013 'ELLE' Women in Hollywood Event

Infusing your look with a classic sense of style is as easy as pairing a sexy (but still classy) red-hot dress with a sleek ponytail, flawless red lip, and matching red pumps, the way Rossum did in her Elie Saab dress and Louboutin shoes at the annual ELLE event.

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At an LA Philharmonic Celebration

An hourglass-emphasizing column dress is a staple in any traditional wardrobe, and Rossum showed us all how to pull it off the right way, complementing her green Jenny Packham gown with nothing but a smoky eye, berry lip, and matching statement jewels.

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At a 'Shameless' Screening in Los Angeles

Is there a print that screams “timeless” more than a flirty floral one? We think not. And paired with a classic dress shape like the Oscar de la Renta frock Rossum sported at a Shameless screening in Los Angeles, the ensemble will have you ready for a spot of afternoon tea in no time.

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At the Tory Burch Spring 2014 Show

Whoever said lace had to be over-the-top girly definitely didn’t see Rossum rock her take on the classic fabric at Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week. Get the look yourself by throwing on a lace sweater over a basic button down and adding a sleek twist with leather pants and a killer clutch.

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At an iHeartRadio and Target Event

Every classic fashionista needs a pretty frock in her wardrobe — and not just any pretty frock. Opt for a version similar to Rossum’s Topshop dress, looking for delicate details like embroidering and subtle sheer panels for a modern-meets-classic ensemble.

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At the 'Beautiful Creatures' Premiere in Hollywood

Rossum was the epitome of beautiful creature herself in this timeless, black and white halter gown at a premiere for the film in Hollywood. Keep your own classic combo minimal like hers for a look that reads Old Hollywood glamour.

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At a Jason Wu for Target Event

A basic button down is a major wardrobe essential for nearly any fashion sense, but it’s a definite must-have when it comes to classic style. Pair yours with a sleek pencil skirt — in a lace or tweed fabric for the ultimate feminine look — and nude pumps, just like Rossum.

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At a Museum Gala in Santa Monica, California

The only thing better than a timeless LBD is one that comes complete with a perfectly placed peplum, like this structured Ted Baker number the actress sported to a museum event. Keep it ultra classic with black heels and accessories, along with a polished bun.

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