9 Genius Style Lessons Learned From Jessica Alba

When it comes to style, Jessica Alba is a rare gem. She hits sartorial home runs, whether she’s on the red carpet or running errands, and at the same time manages to have completely relatable style. So to commemorate the actress’ birthday, we thought we’d honor her fashion sensibility with a study of her best wardrobe tips. Read on for your style education on everything Alba.

Lesson 1: Every girl deserves to dress up like a princess once in a while.

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On Alba: Ralph Lauren Collection sweater, skirt, shoes, necklace; Jamie Wolf earrings; EF Collection ring.

Get The Look:

Vika Gazinskaya Flared Pintucked Silk and Cotton-Blend Skirt ($1705, more affordable option here)
 

Lesson 2: Contrast a sweet dress with a vampy lip and edgy accessories.

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On Alba: Ralph Lauren dress; M2Malletier bag; Jimmy Choo Tarika Snake & Napa Cage Sandals ($950); EF Collection Diamond V Ring ($920); Rona Pfeiffer Arrow Ring ($1,600); Rona Pfeiffer Opposite Arrow Studs ($485).

Get The Look:

Nina Ricci Cotton Lace Dress ($1974, more affordable option here)

Lesson 3: Sometimes, a statement coat is all you need.

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On Alba: Chloe coat and Baylee Medium Perforated Bag ($2,900) in Gray.

Get The Look:

Boss by Hugo Boss Canina Stretch Cotton Blend Coat ($745)

Lesson 4: A little leopard never hurt anyone

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On Alba: Cartonnier Limpopo Blazer ($80); Current/Elliott High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans ($208) in Crosby; Casadei pumps;TomTom Bonded Rope Necklace ($178) in Gold; Jennifer Meyer Personalized Nameplate Necklace ($1,285) in Yellow Gold.

Get The Look:

Cartonnier Limpopo Blazer ($80)

Lesson 5: Show skin in unexpected places.

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On Alba: Cushnie Et Ochs dress; Casadei Closed Toe Heels ($690); Melisa Kaye Dianna earrings; Melissa Kaye Audrey rings; W. Britt Hinge Ring ($265); Dana Rebecca Jessica Sara Ring ($7040).

Get The Look:

Bec & Bridge Helena Cutout Dress ($252, more sizes here)

Lesson 6: When in doubt, borrow from the boys.

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On Alba: Rachel Zoe Kane Boots ($455) in Black Stamp Emboss; Christian Louboutin bag; House of Harlow 1960 Emily Sunglasses ($126) in Flat Black.

Get The Look:

Topshop Mensey Throw On Jacket ($120)

Lesson 7: Traveling is no excuse to not look stylish.

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On Alba: Talbots shirt; Jenni Kayne D’Orsay Flats ($450) in Black; Saint Laurent Classic Sac De Jour Leather Tote Bag ($2,950) in Red.

Get The Look:

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel ($298)

Lesson 8: A hat helps everything.

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On Alba: Black Orchid Denim Black Jewel Mid Rise Jeggings ($132) Isabel Marant Caleen Boots ($890) available in White; Zadig & Voltaire bag; Janessa Leone Sara Hat ($187) in Smoke Blue.

Get The Look:

Janessa Leone Sara Hat ($170)

Lesson 9: Channel your inner editrix with a faux bob.

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On Alba: Nina Ricci coat, sweater, skirt and Marche Medium Monochrome Leather & Suede Satchel ($1,950).