Jennifer Lopez's career resurgence might be one of the most delightfully unexpected pop culture sensations of the past several years. After her work took a backseat to the care of her children and her ailing marriage with then-husband Marc Anthony, the singer came back with a bang in 2012, appearing as a L'Oreal spokeswoman, and as a lauded judge on American Idol, not to mention the release of a new album which regained the attention of her fans.
Along with J. Lo's career revival came the introduction of a new couture icon. While the performer appeared in daring and glamorous fashions during her illustrious career in the '90s and early 2000s, Lopez's current intricately and elegantly curated wardrobe is better than ever, thanks to casual pieces by J Brand and more formal, innovative creations by the likes of Armani and Marchesa. Even the actress's quotidian styles have gained a significant boost in recent years; gone are the glamorized track suits (for the most part) and the bedazzled wardrobe she once favored, replaced by more urbane, sophisticated silhouettes which maintain the singer's signature sparkle. So if you're looking for your next semi-formal ensemble that is less than a ball gown but more than your favorite ripped jeans or yoga pants, read on to capture Lopez's well-curated wardrobe essentials.
1. GREY TEE-SHIRT
Everyone should have a favorite neutral tee-shirt, whether it comes emblazoned with a band name or is simply a distressed cotton version with a laid-back fit. Try Brian Lichtenberg's Grey Homies Tee for a witty style similar to Lopez's.
2. COLORFUL PENCIL SKIRT
Tweed pencil skirts aren't simply for ladies who lunch; they also add a little something extra to an ensemble which would otherwise consist of boring basics. Classiques Entier's Carmen Tweed Skirt provides a similar look and fit to J.Lo's textured pencil skirt.
3. GOLDEN BANGLES
Though an armful of contrasting bangles may be a thing of years past, loading up your wrist with two or three well-coordinated pieces is just as chic as ever. Try Monica Vinader's Siren Cuff to add some Lopez-esque sparkle to your everyday look.
4. NUDE ANKLE-STRAP PUMPS
Lopex favors nude ankle strap heels for her red carpet ensembles, likely because the singer realizes exactly how flattering they are on every figure. The nude shade disappears into legs and makes them appear longer, while the ankle strap adds a hint of seductive allure to an ensemble. BP's Mallory Ankle Strap Pumps provide a similar look with a more manageable heel height.
Images: Brian Lichtenberg Grey Homies Tee, $61, revolveclothing.com; Classiques Entier Carmen Tweed Skirt, $83.98, shop.nordstrom.com; Monica Vinader Siren Cuff, $173.25, theoutnet.com; BP Mallory Ankle Strap Pump, $69.95, shop.nordstrom.com