The Simply Luxurious Life®: Rules of Style – Katie Holmes  

October 16, 2010

Rules of Style – Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes really has reinvented herself since she was a star on Dawson’s Creek. Now, Katie can be found consistently displaying a classic, yet unique style that is a bit reminiscent of style icon Jackie Onassis.  Coincidentally, Holmes will be playing the role of Jackie Kennedy in an upcoming eight part mini-series that will appear on The History Channel in 2011. Greg Kinnear is tapped to play John F. Kennedy.

But back to the style that Katie has become known for. There is truly something about her natural beauty, but her ability to pull together such beautiful ensembles that carry her from day to night is something I have enjoyed watching over the years. Let’s have a look at a few of the rules she can teach us all.


Classic, Yet Unique

Whether stepping out on the town or simply running errands, pull together a classic look with a few prints or stripes to add a touch of your own style. A classic sheath dress in a eye-catching, but beautiful print; a classic blazer, skinny jeans and boots with a nautical top, or in the last look, cropped jeans, a white blouse and peep-toe pumps.  Whatever you are choosing to wear, you can’t go wrong with classic colors or shapes, but it is in the including your own style within the look that makes it unique.

Polka Dots

Who would have thought, but polka dots are an easy way to perk up an outfit without being too outlandish. Whether it comes in the form of a scarf or a blouse, why not try to include it into your wardrobe for a bit of whimsy.



Scarves, as I’ve said before, can take you through each of the seasons with comfort, style and a bit of character.  Whenever you’re not sure what accessory to add, by default, grab a scarf.


A Go-To Uniform

Every woman should have a uniform of sorts when it comes to weekend attire, running errands or stepping out of the house.  Nothing steps up confidence more readily than when a woman knows she looks pulled together and at her best. What is referred to as a uniform is simply what Katie models best above, a classic trench or camel coat, sunglasses and a quality bag.  Your uniform may be a bit different, but ultimately it should be something that makes you feel good and look great at the same time. As mentioned in Rachel Zoe’s book – this idea of an essential wardrobe that allows anyone to mindlessly pull together a fantastic look is something that will bring more peace of mind to an already busy life.

Add A Pop Of Color

Katie tends to wear very neutral colors, but her accessories are what bring the bit of intrigue which ultimately raises the level of wow in her outfits.  Adding a pop of color, whether it be your tote, your shoes, a scarf or belt, even a red, yellow or green trench, is a way for you to remain a bit conservative, but still have a little fun.



Cardigans can truly take you from morning to dusk.  Whether you are pairing them with jeans or a dress, they can serve so many purposes. Try having a few in a handful of classic colors – black, taupe, gray, ivory and navy, and you will be set for either time at the coast, a stroll to your regular latte house or your child’s conferences.

Show Your Shoulders

Donna Karan repeatedly states that woman never gain weight on their shoulders. In other words, all of us should be flaunting them when we find an opportunity or a gorgeous outfit.  Whether you choose strapless or halter, they truly flatter a woman’s figure and bring the eyes of all the on-lookers up. 

Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are a comfortable way to appear cool and relaxed, yet still in style.  Just be sure that your top is more form fitting and your shoes are somewhat petite (such as flats or heels) in order to appear purposely comfortable, yet pulled together.


There aren’t many ways to pull off a seamless silhouette more confidently than sticking with one color. Whether it be black, navy, off-white, you name it, it streamlines your body and helps to make it appear even slimmer.

Well, that wraps up this weekend’s Rules of Style. Stop by next week as we’ll share yet another iconic woman’s style.  Happy shopping and enjoy your weekend!


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At October 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

She is such a classic beauty. I love her effortless-chic style. The picture of her in the sparkly number with Tom is gorgeous! Her hair is killing me.

Hope you're having a great weekend, darling lady!!


At October 16, 2010 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Carrie said...

I too love Katie's style, great selection of pictures. Thank you for sharing :)

At October 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM , Blogger minnja said...

Thanks for sharing! I love it!


At October 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM , Blogger Piper (DailyDivaDish) said...

It's amazing to see how much Katie's style has evolved through the years. You found some great photos! Thanks so much for sharing.
XO Piper

At October 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM , Blogger Fiona said...

What I love most about your Rules of Style series is that the women you have featured so far, I never realised how much I liked what they wear. And the images you have chosen have shown really wearable outfits that I can often recreate with items I already have. I never seem to see this in magazine photos. Merci!

At October 16, 2010 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Kay said...

love her bob! you know, if it weren't for you, I would have no clue....?? sigh

At October 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM , Blogger chateaudelille said...

Im a cardy girl and I want to do this pop of colour more. I used to make everything match and now I realize how awful that looked. Fiona

At October 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM , Anonymous christina @ My Sparrow and greige said...

Love this and I am thinking I need to cut my hair now. She looks gorgeous!

At October 17, 2010 at 1:42 AM , Blogger Simone - honeyandfizz said...

Love all of these, I didn't realise Katie was so stylish. Love that the clothes are chic but comfy :)

At October 17, 2010 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Paris in Pink said...

She is such a class act.... love, love, love her style! :) Paris in Pink

At October 18, 2010 at 8:46 AM , Anonymous TheHealthyApron said...

I am definitely not someone who has a unique, trendy sense of style! I need blogs like this to help with that! I'm thinking about revamping my wardrobe and I was wondering if you could suggest 5-10 essential pieces that can double for work and play? Or if you alreaday have a post like that? Let me know thanks! Love Katie! I go to the same dentist that worked on her when she was younger!

At October 18, 2010 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

I love, love Katie's ever evolving style - and her fab haircuts. A true modern fashion icon xx


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