Rooney Mara One-Ups the Little Black Dress

On Mara, black is anything but basic.
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On Mara, black is anything but basic.
Rooney Mara in Balenciaga. Photo: Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images

Rooney Mara in Balenciaga. Photo: Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images

We're already starting to think about holiday dressing at Fashionista -- specifically, what to wear to holiday parties beyond the usual dress -- and we've just gotten our first dose of inspiration, courtesy of Rooney Mara.

In lieu of a simple black sheath, the actress wore an all-black two-piece ensemble from Balenciaga's spring 2015 runway to the red carpet premiere of "Trash" at the Rome Film Festival this weekend. The cropped satin top and semi-sheer midi skirt manage to be both elegant and regal, but still fashion forward. (Mara's posture goes a long way towards manufacturing that regal vibe, too.)

Mara finished the look with black sling-back pumps, slicked-back hair and (from what we can see) a single ring. Holiday dressers, take note: You can create a very attractive party look just by rethinking proportions, and leaving the color and glitter at home.