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Three Trends In One Look: Emma Stone, Best Dress Of The Week

All hail Queen Emma! Not, not Thompson or Watson who’ve been across headlines lately, but Emma Stone, for she has stolen column space back this week in this beautiful leather dress.

It encompasses a number of trends. Firstly, of course, the leather. Remember when leather used to be all tough and hard and we’d have to go to Greece or Italy to buy the best, softest leathers? Not anymore. New technology and treatments have made leather soft and light, to be used like any other fabric. It’s showcased brilliantly here with structured pieces around the bustline, but beautifully gathered about the waist with a belt, falling to mid-calf.

Which brings us to our next trend, the midi-length. On the hanger, it seems unwearable, especially for those who are petite or larger, or both. But it is. Try it on – with heels, never flats – and be pleasantly surprised. It can slim the leg because it finishes at a narrow point on the leg, just before the calf muscle bellows out, so can be flattering on most women.

I would never recommend an ankle strap however, like Emma Stone has dared do. It does bring us to our third trend: busy-ness on the foot, but is to be worn with caution. Emma gets away with it ‘cos she is the size of a small bird and probably eats like one too, but the rest of us should try a few options on before instantly running with this look. Yes, a thick ankle strap is lovely, but with a midi length can make your legs look stumpy. You have been warned.

Finishing touch? Luminous skin. Emma looks like she’s had a good scrub down (or microdermabrasion on her entire body!) with moisturiser literally poured over the top. Lovely.

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Written by Nedahl Stelio

Nedahl Stelio is the Fashion & Lifestyle Editor at The Carousel.com, and regularly contributes to SMH.com.au and TheAge.com.au. She also has a weekly fashion column in The Sun Herald’s S section. Nedahl has been a women’s lifestyle journalist for over 17 years, rising through the ranks as a Beauty Editor, Health & Lifestyle editor and Features Editor, with three years as Deputy Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, and five years as Editor of Cleo magazine. She’s had her own fashion webazine and e-tailing site, Cocolee.com.au, which was first to market in Australia to combine daily fashion and lifestyle content with e-commerce, which she successfully sold to an international buyer, and has spent the last few years honing her fashion and lifestyle journalism skills with regular contributions to Sunday Life, Sunday Syle, Shop Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan, Madison. She’s been a guest judge on Australia’s Next Top Model, has had a celebrity gossip segment on the Kyle & Jackie O show and is a regular fashion commentator on TV shows such as Sunrise, A Current Affair and Today Tonight. Her first book, Mojo Mama Secrets is out now.

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