Lauren Conrad's newest book, Lauren Conrad Style is out today. While we have differing opinions on this site as to whether Conrad's a true style authority, this adorable baby photo from LC proves she had style from her her heart-shaped sunnies down to her toddler ankle that she holds just-so (though the Lauren Conrad of today would never let a snapper get so close to an upskirt shot). Conrad's style evolved from Laguna Beach to The Hills to today, and her evolution into a polished classic California cool girl has inspired and influenced countless teens. And let's face it, if you ever rocked a small braid, some credit is due to Miss Conrad (and her hair stylist). Of course, now we'll be able to get more LC style in her newest MTV show, which will focus on her contemporary line, Paper Crown.
Lauren Conrad Style offers style advice and tips that helped transform the reality show star into the polished young lady she is today. Here, from her new book, her five go-to pieces:
BLACK MINIDRESS: My black, tiered Stella McCartney dress wasn’t as short on the rack; I had my tailor transform it into a mini. I’ve worn it with a strand of classic pearls, paired with tights and a blazer, and under a shrunken leather jacket with gladiator heels. One dress, so many looks.
SKINNY JEANS: Black, indigo, light-washed, distressed . . . I own every variation of skinny jeans (or, as I call them, skinnies). They may not be the jean for everyone, but they’re definitely my go-to cut. I wear them with a tank top and sandals, or tucked into boots with loads of layers. They are the most versatile item in my closet. My favorite pairs are from J. Brand, Urban Outfitters, and Levi’s.
MAXI DRESSES: Maybe it’s the Southern Californian in me, but come summer, I can often be found in a maxi dress. They’re super casual but also dramatic, and if the waist hits just right (empire is the best for me), then I think they’re exceptionally flattering, too.
OVERSIZED SWEATERS: Whether they’re worn to the airport with leggings or layered over a sundress, I love sweaters. Because I live in California, mine are usually lightweight. I spend so many nights in strapless dresses that are so tight they literally take my breath away, all I want to do in my off-moments is slip into something comfortable. And to my mind, a beautiful sweater is equal parts glamorous and pajama-like. Scoop-neck, V-neck, or cardigan, they all play leading roles in my closet.