True Life: Vanessa Hudgens is My Newest Style Icon

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True Life: I have recently become obsessed with all things Vanessa Hudgens. I know. I really don’t know how this happened! The first time I saw High School Musical, I’m pretty sure I was in college and V was still going by Vanessa Anne, so I’m just as surprised by this development as you may be. While I’ve always thought she was beautiful, the name Vanessa Hudgens didn’t instantly connote “style” or “trendsetter” to me as much as it did “Disney” or “leaked naked pictures for Zac Effron”, you know? After seeing one of her outfit photos on Instagram’s popular page, however, I was intrigued…

Beach hair and a bejeweled headpiece? Definitely not the Vanessa Hudgens I thought I knew! Image via Instagram.

Beach hair and a bejeweled headpiece? I’m in. Definitely not the Vanessa Hudgens I thought I knew! Image via Instagram.

From there, Ms. Hudgens quickly became my newest source for sartorial inspiration. And because I’m basically insatiable in all facets of life, I wanted more. Thankfully, Vanessa operates not only the aforementioned Instagram account, but also a Pinterest page and her own Tumblr, so there’s never a shortage of style genius. If it’s been a few years since you’ve seen Hudgens, or if you aren’t yet acquainted with her personal style, check her out! Her overall aesthetic embodies the best-of-the-best in festival style and marries classic California laxity with the latest trends…and a ton of lust-worthy accessories. The resulting look is a little Nicole Richie, a little Olsen twin, and absolutely no  Disney. It’s hard to believe, I know! Here are some of my favorite of Vanessa’s outfits–consider them your proof pics–as well as tips for achieving her signature style!

Style Crush: Vanessa Hudgens

Fringe, patterned pants, and a plethora of accessories! Image Credit

Fringe, patterned pants, and a plethora of accessories! Image Credit

Get Her Look (GHL) Tip #1: Pile on the accessories. Vanessa’s motto may as well be “more is more,” because homegirl is almost always going hard on the accessories. From multiple chain necklaces to arm parties to hands full of rings, Hudgens isn’t afraid of jewelry! Her accessory game doesn’t stop there, though! The starlet is also fond of scarves, hats, and sunglasses galore. Just check her out above! Only V could be wearing a hat, belt, bracelets, necklaces, and rings while still manging to look totally carefree.

Who looks this cute on a casual day?! Oh, just Vanessa Hudgens. Image Credit

Who looks this cute on a casual day?! Oh, just Vanessa Hudgens. Image Credit

GHL Tip #2: Go for carefree hair and makeup. One of my favorite things about Vanessa’s look is that she never appears too done up…And she still looks great! She’s pretty, relaxed, and above all, effortless. There are a few ways you can emulate this! For hair, ditch your flat iron and embrace the natural texture of your tresses! Extra messy pieces can be braided and tucked back or you can sweep everything up into a top-knot like V does above. Summer is the perfect time to opt for a more natural beauty routine–instead of a full-on face with tons of eyeliner and fake lashes, go for a little color on your cheeks, a hint of gloss, and a coat of mascara for the epitome of fresh-faced beauty.

Love the mix of colors, patterns, and texture in this outfit!

Love the mix of colors, patterns, and texture in this outfit! Image Credit

GHL Tip #3: Show your shape (but keep it classy!)  Vanessa looks great and she knows it! With the majority of her outfits featuring visible legs, stomach, or a combination of the two, the 23-year-old clearly isn’t afraid of showing skin. Case in point: In the image above, she’s wearing a dual-slit skirt and a crop top. Unlike some other body-baring celebs, however, Vanessa doesn’t ever really look skanky. How? PFB! That’s proportions, fit, and balance. First, Vanessa’s more revealing clothing is generally paired with with relaxed/baggy pieces or worn with layers, creating not only a cohesive outfit, but a visually pleasing shape. Second, she generally chooses to expose, and thus highlight, a single area of her body at a time, creating a balanced look. Finally, Hudgen’s clothes aren’t too tight, too revealing, or too over the top. That’s overall perfection.

Have you followed Vanessa Hudgens’ career? What do you think of  her style? Do you have any unexpected style crushes to share? Leave a note and let me know!

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

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