Sunday, March 18, 2007

Weekly Best Dressed- Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci's career has been mostly defined by dark and morbid films punctuated by a few fun and uplifting flicks in which she played the serious, depressed girl. Does this pattern suggest that poor Christina has been typecast her whole life, or that she's actually as dark as her on-screen persona? The fact that she's rarely seen wearing colors other than black might point to the latter, but after seeing these pictures of her at a recent promotional event for her new movie, I've noticed for the first time since Now and Then (one of my favorite films during my tween years) what a cute girl she is, not to mention a sophisticated dresser.

She's working the mod look that's so huge this season with the trapeze dress and round toe pumps, and the outfit is sexy without showing much skin. As a petite girl, the dress doesn't overwhelm her, and I think it was smart of her to keep the accessories to a minimum, just a bangle bracelet and a pair of diamond earrings. She definitely looks her age, but the outfit suggests a maturity and sense of self that very few actresses in their 20's are able to pull off.

And I love this picture, not only because her makeup, hair and jewelry are flawless, but because she just looks so genuinely happy.

Some of you might be thinking that this is a pretty basic outfit to highlight in my weekly best dressed segment, but what I like about Christina's look is just how easy it is to replicate. Plus, the dress is totally versatile (wear it with a belt, dress it up with accessories, layer it with a cardigan and tights in the winter or wear it alone with strappy sandals in the summer)

Here are three similar dresses, available for reasonable prices.
Alloy Pocket Trapeze Dress, $36.50

Maggy London Twist Front Dress, Nordstrom, $128

Calvin Klein Pleat-Front Dress, Macy's, $148