I really, really want Rachel Bilson to be my new best friend … and not just so I can raid her drool-worthy wardrobe on a regular basis. Like Zoe Hart, the edgily-outfitted New York City doctor endearing herself to the quirky (and hunky) residents of fictional small town Bluebell, Alabama on Hart of Dixie, the actress herself is just so damn adorable and charming and just as impeccably dressed.
Ever the multitasker (she’s also the celeb partner in online footwear purveyor ShoeMint), Bilson was skipping out on the Hart of Dixie season premiere on Tuesday night to fulfill her guest editor duties at the Piperlime Soho outpost. As a monster line of faithful girl-crushing fans quickly formed outside in the drizzling rain, Bilson gracefully put on a game face inside. Dressed in a black peplum-ed blazer, dark skinny jeans and grey stiletto pumps, she graciously shot B-roll footage (“studs are replacing the sparkle for holiday!”—take notes, ladies) and posed for publicity shots.
Much to my delight, she also took time out to chat with me about style crushing, TV fashion and Team George (Scott Porter) v. Team Wade (Wilson Bethel). (For the record: I’m Team Wade.)
Fashionista: You’re always featured in these fashion publications and blogs for the “Steal Her Look” type features. What looks are we going to be stealing from you this fall?
Rachel Bilson: Oh my god—I’m always flattered when that happens because I really just like to throw things together and be comfortable. I’m a casual dresser. I couldn’t tell you what sort of outfits to look for or anything like that, but I just enjoy mixing and matching and layering and throwing things together. So it’s going to be just a mash up of things.
If you can’t already tell, you’re my girl style crush. Who is yours?
The Olsens dress so cute. Alexa Chung–awesome, always. I think Diane Kruger has really good style. I’m trying to think who else…There are so many girls out there that just kill it. I like girls who have individual style. It’s just like they wear whatever they want and it’s easy and effortless.
I’m excited to rush home to watch the season two premiere of Hart of Dixie. Be honest, what pieces have you taken home from the set? Like Zoe’s wardrobe or maybe Lemon’s southern belle pieces?
Definitely some of Zoe’s stuff. But I haven’t kept that much. We have to keep it in stock. Maybe when the series ends? Then I can really do some serious damage.
What pieces do you have your eye on?
There’s so much cute stuff: shorts, dresses, shoes. She’s got a REALLY good shoe collection.
Any hints on fun wardrobe things we should be looking out for this season on Hart of Dixie?
She wears really cute stuff this year. We kind of stepped it up, I feel. She has COLOR in her wardrobe—a little bit of color, yeah, it’s exciting. Not just black and grey.
Okay, menswear question: Preppy George or shirtless Wade?
Come on…how can a girl answer that? Let’s just say: Wade in a hoodie. I like more casual guys than preppy guys, so…I don’t need a shirtless guy…all the time.