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Monday night’s annual Met Ball at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art saw a whole host of celebrities pulling out all the style stops on the red carpet, with extravagent fish-tails, intricate embellishment and sheer mesh detailing galore. Yep, the biggest date in the fashion calendar certainly had it all.

But Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr steered clear of the glam-gown norm and opted for a shorter Topshop number on the night, proving you don’t need a ten foot trail of tulle to stand out from the fashion crowd.

We love the fact she forewent designer at the fashion Oscars in favour of high street, and her daring black ruffled dress teamed with the chunkiest black platforms was nothing short of statement. Sure enough, her dress is set to hit Topshop stores later this year, but hey, we’re feeling a little impatient.

If you too love Jessica’s rock chick look, complete with an adundance of fringe (new hairdo included), and want to recreate it now, pay attention to our step by step style guide below to get you on your way to wonderful…

Jessica’s dress is all about shape, and this black chiffon bandeau dress by Rare is a subtle play on her striking sweeheart statement. And for £55, its ruched detailing and pleats are priceless.

Rare chiffon bandeau dress, £55, available at Topshop. BUY NOW!


For a slice of Ms Szohr’s amazing footwear, head to Shopbop to pick up Jeffrey Campbell’s Mary Lou suede kiltie booties. These little footwear gems come complete with edgy layered fringe detailing and an open toe design – perfect for those long hot summer days ahead.

Jeffrey Campbell Mary Lou suede kiltie booties, $142, available at shopbop. BUY NOW!


Every A-list outfit needs a bit of bling to top it all off, and Jessica’s noir ensemble is no exception. We’ve found a fab silver faceted rock by Kit Heath at House of Fraser, which is the perfect purse-friendly jewel for decadent cool-girl dressing.

Kit Heath sterling silver black agate ring, £80, available at House of Fraser. BUY NOW!

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