Why it Works: Paz de la Huerta


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Only Paz de la Huerta could turn a lunchtime burrito run into a high art seduction scene. And why? Because she is the sort of actress who develops a Spanish accent on the basis of vacationing in Seville. She is the tempestuous one with the cobra tattoo who gets too drunk to make it to the Golden Globes after-party. The full-time muse, whose admirers include Zac Posen and Jim Jarmusch. If you look up eccentric, you will find the Boardwalk Empire actress's pouting, searing gaze staring back at you. And unsurprisingly, she manages to dress the part.

The Dress: De la Huerta's clingy halter dress is basically an extension of her body—as if the actress accidentally walked into a black jersey web, and couldn't be bothered to brush it off. It is the sort of dress we would try on, dismiss as unflattering (and impossible to wear with a bra) and move on. On De la Huerta, however, the normal rules of dress do not apply.

A modern take on something blue. (Photo by PacificCoastNews)
The Bra: The MVP of the ensemble, her bra is a see-and-be-seen sort. Navy with florette-studded straps, it would be a crime to cover up, and De La Huerta is emphatically not guilty.

The Hair: The sort of bedhead one can only achieve by staying up all night, every night, for like a week. We'd like to nominate if for its very own blog. Oh, the stories it could tell.

The Bag: This low-slung tan purse screams easy breezy. A high maintenance sort could never squeeze the day's necessities into such a modestly-sized, close-to-the-ground carryall. It acts as confirmation to the outside world that its owner is a free spirit! She is not tethered to material things. Our best guess at the bag's contents? Loose change for that burrito, a napkin with last night's bartender's number scrawled on it, and red lipstick in case there's not time to go home before the evening begins.

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Melissa Goldstein is a Lonny and StyleBistro contributing writer whose work has also appeared in ELLE, Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Observer, Spin, and Lucky Magazine.
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