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SHE WORKS IT
“She likes to show off her shoulders,” says Waknin. “One day I said, ‘You should show more leg!’ Now she does both!” clearly took her stylist’s advice in this peachy-keen Zac Posen dress cinched with a Linea Pelle belt and finished with Camilla Skovgaard heels and a Nancy Gonzalez clutch at the 17 Again premiere in April.
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SHE'S NEVER SLOPPY
“She’s so meticulous, even when she’s just out and about living her life. She’ll pull her look together with a great bomber or a loose cardi,” says Waknin. Vanessa’s topper of choice? A Mike & Chris leather jacket that she pairs with everything from jeans to dresses.
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SHE DOESN'T OVERDO IT
“She knows how to simplify but also how to accessorize too. She pulls off that hippie-chic look so well,” Waknin says of Vanessa, who brought her effortless style to the MTV Movie Awards in May in an orange Max Azria dress, complete with a layered DVF for H.Stern medallion necklace, tribal beaded Jimmy Choo sandals and a Nancy Gonzalez clutch.
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SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE LIKES
And she sticks to it! “Her go-to look is a cool top, skinny jeans, slouchy boots and a great bag,” says Waknin, who has been working with Vanessa for the past four years. “She hasn’t veered away from her style. That’s who she really is: a little ethereal, very cool. She’s got an ‘It’ factor.”
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SHE'S A BLUE JEANS GIRL
Every California girl needs a pair, but Vanessa has 10! Her favorites? The much-loved J Brand denim collection, including this pair of 912 pencil leg jeans in dark vintage.
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With worldwide press tours and countless red carpet invitations, a girl’s got to be prepared. “She always plans two dresses for every event. This was originally her backup, but it was what she was feeling that day,” Waknin says of the dramatic BCBG Max Azria dress she wore for the High School Musical 3 premiere in Mexico City.
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With cameras catching her every move, Vanessa has learned to balance style and comfort – like pairing a loose Plenty by Tracy Reese dress with a sharp blazer and Jimmy Choo heels. Waknin says, “She has such an easy style. Everything fits perfectly, but nothing’s forced.”
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SHE'S A PRO IN HEELS
Thanks to her days as a dancer, Vanessa can wear super-high heels with ease – like these Jimmy Choo sandals she wore on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last year.
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SHE LOVES TO SHOP!
What girl doesn t love to hit the stores once in a while? Vanessa favors shops like Urban Outfitters, the Levi’s store and Planet Blue in L.A. And even with her superstar budget, “she never goes overboard when she shops,” says Waknin. “Though her weaknesses are shoes, bags and jewelry.”