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How to steal a 'Shopaholic' style

Forget Carrie, ladies. Fashion has a new on-screen icon.

She's Rebecca Bloomwood, the heroine played charmingly by Isla Fisher in Confessions of a Shopaholic, the new movie based on Sophie Kinsella's bestselling book.

The writing has been on the wall for years, but for those who've been turning a blind eye to fashion's latest dictates, there's no denying it any longer: Matching is out and eclectic style is in.

Bloomwood's signature style is akin to an abstract painting; bold colors pairings, unexpected fabrics and accessories galore may leave the uninitiated scratching their heads. Not surprising, given that the "artiste" is none other than designer Patricia Field of Sex and the City fame. And while some looks are shockingly over the top (check out Bloomwood's bridesmaid getup), others are fresh, fun and — dare I say — wearable.

This week, I've gleaned inspiration from the extreme fashions of Ms. Bloomwood, including tips for those who aim to take a page from Confessions of a Shopaholic and banish their own fashion blues.

Eclectic style

A good friend and talented interior designer once told me the key to having a stunning home is purchasing only pieces one truly loves and making them work, no matter the color scheme. This buy-what-you-love-and-the-matching-will-follow mantra is embodied in the flick by Field's costume choices.

What that means, dolls, is style should speak to you. And when it does, you can answer the call for eclectic style by pairing your most loved items in surprising combinations, like Bloomwood. That means a favorite kelly green bag can suddenly be worn with most anything in your closet. Except, of course, a matching green dress and shoes.

Crazy for color

Cheer up! Thanks to our heroine; things are looking bright ... as in fuchsia, orange and turquoise.

Field credits shopping in the Far East with adding a shot of color to Bloomwood's wardrobe. "I did a lot of shopping for her in Tokyo because the colors here are very conservative. A shopaholic would have a coat in every color and lots of accessories," she told the L.A. Times, explaining the character's propensity for mixing any hue at hand, color wheel be damned.

In real life, it's difficult to develop a knack for combining more than a few colors, so stay on the safe side of style by limiting your look to three hot hues at a time. After all, even Field acknowledges that the looks sported by Bloomwood are extreme, even if their colorful sentiment rings true.

First face of fashion

Don't have the nerve to color your closet? Being a true beauty aficionado, I also adore Too Faced Cosmetic's Beauty Addicts palette inspired by Confessions of a Shopaholic.

The set offers all you'll need for your close-up, including three eye shadows, two brow powders, two eyeliner cakes, three lip glosses, two concealers, a face illuminator, a bronzer and a blush. Get it online for $29.50 at toofaced.com.

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at carolyn@prettycity.com.

How to steal a 'Shopaholic' style 02/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:57pm]
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