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Fresh Fashion Icon: Kat Graham


Fresh Fashion Icon Kat Graham

For our next Fresh Fashion Icon, I wanted to feature a girl with a fearless approach to fashion: Kat Graham.

If you didn’t already know, Kat stars in the CW series, The Vampire Diaries and has had roles in films like 17 Again and The Roommate. Aside from acting, she is also pursuing a singing career — her first single “Sassy” was released last year.

Kat has an avant-garde sense of fashion and always makes a statement with everything from her clothes to her jewelry and makeup. Despite her eccentric tastes, Kat always manages to look put together while still staying true to her personal style.

Interested in seeing more? Read on to discover the three key elements of Kat’s style as well as a few ways to channel her look for yourself.

Bold Patterns

Kat Graham's Bold Looks

Whether it’s animal print or sequins, Kat isn’t afraid to wear bold and outlandish patterns to red carpet events. These one-of-a-kind prints get her noticed — in a good way! Next time you feel adventurous, be like Kat and choose a “look-at-me” printed dress, like the one below.

Outfit Inspired by Kat Graham's Bold Look
Dress, Ring, Earrings, Tights, Shoes

Take a walk on the wild side with this dress that mixes animal print with polka-dots. Add some opaque tights for warmth and to showcase these electric blue wedges. Finally, add some sleek and chic earrings and a bold cocktail ring for glitz.

Structure & Volume

Kat Graham's Voluminous Dresses

Other than bold prints, another key to Kat’s style is the fabulous combination of structure and volume. She wears dresses with full skirts, exaggerated shoulders and organic shapes. Kat always makes sure to keep the attention on the structure of the gown by wearing neutral colors.

Outfit Inspired by Kat Graham's Structure and Volume
Jacket, Dress, Shoes, Ring

For this look, I chose a basic white dress with lots of great structure in the hip area. Layer on a cropped jacket with voluminous shoulders to truly channel Kat’s style. Add some edgy heeled shoes for interest, and give the outfit a pop of color with a sleek red clutch and matching ring.

Statement-Making Jewelry

Kat Graham's Statement Making Jewelry

If you hadn’t already noticed from the pictures, Ms. Graham loves big, bold, statement-making jewelry. No dainty necklaces and tiny stud earrings for this girl! Instead, her necklaces, bracelets and rings have a definite “wow” factor and always cause a buzz on the red carpet or at events.

Jewelry Inspired by Kat Graham
Top: 1, 2, 3 Middle: 4, 5, 6, 7 Bottom: 8, 9, 10

I wanted to showcase some pieces inspired by Kat’s bold jewelry choices. Above, I’ve found plenty of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, so whatever your jewelry preference, you can find a piece that matches your style. These pieces would look good with everything from a fancy dress to jeans and a t-shirt. However, make sure you stick with one piece of statement-making jewelry at a time to make a strong impact.

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What do you think of Kat’s look? Do you like her bold style or is it too wild for your taste? Do you wear statement-making jewelry? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know you think!

Posted on on February 27, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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11 Responses to “Fresh Fashion Icon: Kat Graham”

  1. 1
    February 27th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Kat Graham is fabulous!

  2. 2
    February 27th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I know this website is mostly about fashion and it’s not incumbent on the race of the trendsetter.. but this is the first time i’ve seen a black girl featured and i’m really happy to see that.

  3. 3
    February 27th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    This girl has really unique style – the only look I don’t like is that tiger striped dress! I think the shape isn’t very flattering in on her at all, but maybe it’s just the picture. I like the outfits you put together, you capture her style into wearable looks for college girls. :)

  4. 4
    February 27th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    luv the way uv incorporated it into more of a wearable , everyday look…..n i luv all the quirky jewellery , like the housefly earrings and d bjewelled octopus ring ;)

  5. 5
    February 27th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    ohhh I love the octopus ring!

  6. 6
    February 27th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I don’t watch The Vampire Diaries, but I like that this girl wears whatever she wants. I particularly like the laid-back yet glam jeweled dress and knee-high boots. The shoulders on some of her outfits (i.e. second picture) are really gross, though, and some of those “voluminous” dresses are just nasty.

  7. 7
    February 27th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Love her bold style! She’s one to keep an eye on.

  8. 8
    February 28th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    In love with the jewelry you picked out for her! (:

  9. 9
    February 28th, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I really like her style. Even though she wears some things I personally wouldn’t wear, her fearlessness is so inspiring.
    And on a side note, my boyfriend bought me that octopus ring for Valentine’s Day!! It’s even prettier in person. :)

  10. 10
    February 28th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Kat is great but aren’t you going to continue vampire diaries series?:(

  11. 11
    February 28th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I recently bought those sueded royal blue wedges at DSW for about $20.00 in the sale section ;)

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