Sunday, March 22, 2009

~How to Dress Like ...Penelope Cruz
eHow Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor
Penelope Cruz is well known as a thickly accented Spanish vixen, so it's no wonder that anyone would want to learn how to dress like her. Though you'll have to have quite a large bankroll to manage some of her legendary red carpet looks, you can likely achieve her off screen look with things you already have in your closet. With just a few tips and a saucy attitude, you'll be well on your way to looking like this legendary Spanish icon.


Difficulty: Easy
Dare to wear something just a little different. Though most of Penelope's looks are based on classic styling, she is often complimented on her ability to pull off looks that would be a bit over the top on anyone else. For example, she is known to stroll the red carpet in vintage Chanel Haute Couture as well as feathery numbers from Marchesa and Versace.
Hit the nail on the head for Penelope's style by choosing your wardrobe from her very own clothing line that she started with her younger sister, Monica. Penelope and Monica Cruz for MNG is the official name for the line, and it is produced by Mango, a popular Spanish retailer. Not only did Penelope and Monica design the line, they also model the clothes for most of the glossy ads. The best news is that the prices are well within non-celebrity price ranges.
Dress down. Way down. Though Penelope is known for her grace and poise on screen, and has been a regular on the Best Dressed lists year after year, she can dress like a bum with the best. When out shopping casually with her little sister, she's been known to wear baggy white shirts and grubby sneakers just like you've probably worn many times yourself.
Choose your denim carefully. Citizens of Humanity jeans are Penelope's favorite (see Resources below). Look specifically for the Pacific Blue in the Kelly line. She's been known to wear Diesel jeans as well.
Keep warm in a classic black wool coat. The only thing particularly flashy about Penelope Cruz is her smile, so keep the colors, particularly for your outwear to classic, universal colors.
Hide your identity with some Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses--the big, dark kind that make you look like some kind of alien insect, albeit a very wealthy one.