Outfit Inspiration: Victoria Justice Toughens Up a Sweet Cocktail Dress

Victoria Justice at the Vera Wang Rodeo Drive boutique opening

Victoria Justice at the Vera Wang Rodeo Drive boutique opening

Victoria Justice at the Vera Wang Rodeo Drive boutique opening

Victoria Justice at the Vera Wang Rodeo Drive boutique opening

Vera Wang is known for her sweet bridal confections and her show-stopping red carpet gowns, but the designer’s new Rodeo Drive flagship brings together all of the designer’s offerings under one roof. The store celebrated its grand opening with an event hosted by Vanity Fair, where the designer rubbed elbows with her Hollywood clientele. The guest list included Victoria Justice, the actress-chanteuse-songwriter who starred in Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101. The actress wore a 3D embroidered cocktail dress pulled right from Wang’s Resort 2015 collection, and when she left the party, she added a major touch of badass babe with the addition of a leather biker jacket.

And therein lies the answer of what to bring with you when you’re headed to a summer wedding or any evening event: the leather jacket will keep you looking cool and staying warm when the nighttime temps start to dip. We love the tomboy cool that a leather jacket adds to any outfit, so read on to find out how to snag Victoria Justice’s cool after-hours outfit.

Simply Vera Vera Wang Print Smocked Fit & Flare Dress

Simply Vera Vera Wang Print Smocked Fit & Flare Dress

When designer collaborations were still in their nascent stages, Vera Wang shocked the fashion world when she teamed up with Kohl’s. But that was almost a decade ago (the line hit stores in 2006), and Simply Vera Vera Wang is still going strong. The line is where Wang can distill her main line into more wearable pieces, and we love how the  Simply Vera Vera Wang Print Smocked Fit & Flare Dress ($68) transforms the Resort 2015 dress that Victoria Justice wore into a sweet summer cocktail frock. It might not have the exact same 3D embroidery, but it’s still a great fun and whimsical dress you can wear all summer long.

Available at Kohl’s.

1. When in doubt, add a leather jacket to just about anything to stay cool and stave off the night’s chill. Try the BB Dakota Lux Raw Edge Leather Jacket ($195) for a vegan leather option that blends moto and boho.

2. Celebs won’t ever give up their tiny minaudiere box clutches, but in the real world, even evening occasions call for something a more spacious. The Coach Bleecker Pinnacle Clutch in Matte Croc Embossed Leather ($195) is a luxe leather clutch that’ll hold more than just a lip gloss and your iPhone.

3. If you’re looking for a great wear-it-with-everything belt, try the Tory Burch Woven Leather Belt ($195), which takes basic black and adds a delicate latticework pattern.

4. Satin pumps are strictly for after-dark, but a basic shoe in a not-so-basic color, like the Charles Charles David Pact Pump ($98.95), will take you from day to night.

5. While we love Victoria’s dainty braided headband, we’re going glam with the Henri Bendel Royalton Headband ($40.60), which will keep flyaways tamed and doesn’t require nimble hands or braiding expertise.

Images courtesy Vera Wang, Kohl’s, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.