From the time she spent filming Love and Other Drugs, Anne Hathaway is no stranger to Pittsburgh. And soon enough she will return to the big screen in the next film in the Batman Series, The Dark Knight Rises. Hathaway is as beloved for her earnestness as much as she is lauded for her style. She won over plenty of fans with her roles in The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada, and Rachel Getting Married. This year she expanded the breadth of her resume when she hosted the Academy Awards with James Franco. A star this bright will surely draw locals who stake out the Dark Knight film sets, hoping to catch glimpses of her or her co-stars, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, and Joseph Gordan-Levitt.
Recently, she was photographed attending the White Fairy Tale Love Ball in Paris, France. Renowned designer, Valentino Garavani and Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova hosted the event. It was benefitting the Naked Heart Foundation, whose broad mission is to make urban Russia safer for its child residents. For the philanthropic occasion, Hathaway wore a design by Valentino himself.
The dress evoked all things ethereal, diaphanous, and fantastic, appropriately suiting a fairytale theme of the ball. The silhouette conjures Grecian goddesses and effortless beauty. Other than on your wedding day, it might be rare for an occasion to call for such a formal, beautiful gown. But despite this, you can create an inspired outfit that oozes similar femininity while supporting local shops here in Pittsburgh.
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Located in the South Side, Jupe Boutique has been outfitting stylish women of Pittsburgh for years. Like Anne Hathaway, you can opt for the glamorous impact of a white dress with many different options. First up the Crochet Strap Dress retails for $106, which isn’t too expensive if you consider it’s for a more formal night out. Slip on a pair of fun brightly colored heals and a cute clutch and you’re ready to go.
If you are looking for a great dress but don’t want to go the white route you can grab a vibrant, pleated, a-line silk dress by Line and Dot in purple. Retailing for $82.
Want to add a touch of ethereal glamour to your outfit without wearing a dress? Consider a maxi skirt. Jupe Boutique recently featured one with a fabric-braided waist detail. That retails for $58; and you can still dress up your look with a great top and accessories!
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If you want something a bit less plunging than the Crochet Strap Dress from Jupe Boutique but still want something visually interesting, we found an embellished rosette frock in ivory from Hip’tique in Shadyside. The detail around the neckline and the tie waste add to the beauty of the white dress.
Still not comfortable in the white dress but want something flowing and pretty without the anxiety produced by white fabrics? We found a heather grey easy jersey knit dress featuring a figure-flattering drape, also from Hip’tique, retailing for $275 on sale now for just $50!
Pair any of the dresses or the skirt with pieces already in your wardrobe. A simple blazer, embellished flats, and a pretty clutch will help exude a similar vibe. Or head to Lawrenceville to shop the boutiques.
These earrings, $48, from Equita are cute and socially conscious. The prices of all the merchandise in the store support Fair Trade and environmentally friendly designers.
Whether you have a closet brimming with clothes or are in need of a major wardrobe overhaul, you can create a look that will allow you to exude the Grecian goddess vibe of Anne Hathaway. Remember to seek out draping, flowing fabrics that emphasize a feminine figure and you too will look effortlessly chic!
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Jessica Ghilani blogs about (mostly her own) shopping and dressing in Pittsburgh and beyond at Consume or Consumed