Celebrity Style Slam: Who Wore It Better? Elisha Cuthbert or Danielle Panabaker

Danielle Panabaker and Elisha Cuthbert wore the same alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Samantha Sequin Stripe Tee.
Elisha Cuthbert wore the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Samantha Sequin Stripe Tee for her appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show in January.
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Danielle Panabaker wore the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Samantha Sequin Stripe Tee while attending the screening and after party for “The Crazies” in Los Angeles.
Nancy Lichtenstein joins LA-Story for a commentary on who wore it better — otherwise known as Celebrity Style Slam. These are specific “style commentaries” of celebrities wearing the same piece of clothing– so it makes the styling more precise and savvy.
From Nancy Lichteinstein:
First of all I have to disclose that I’m a big fan of this line…there is an alice + olivia store right across the street from the tents at Bryant Park and I have to admit I’ve gotten waylaid by their window displays on the way to a fashion show many times. When I saw this striped sequin tee I just thought it was perfect– the style is a classic basic that’s been updated (by the elbow length sleeves and the expanse of white at the neckline). Adding the sequins made it even more versatile; you can use it to dress up a day look or dress down a night look.
SW: I too love this line. I always can find something that I like in the collection — and it’s usually more than just one thing and the price tags add up. It’s always hard to choose because the line is so darn smart.
This sequin nautical inspired tee is perfection. I love the idea of the sequins just as Nancy does, but I see it with some slouchy or skinny jeans in a very dark wash, very clean style. Also I like that it could be worn with a pencil skirt in satin or even brushed cotton for a sophisticated take on this great tee.
As to how it was worn by Danielle Panabaker and Elisha Cuthbert, one of them has a clear advantage, which is interesting because the styling of both isn’t all that different. The power is in the seemingly small details:

Danielle Panabaker
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Black and white is a trendy combo this spring but it can be too harsh for some complexions. Danielle Panabaker warmed it up with the rich color of her hair (have to find out who her colorist is, this is AMAZING) and added dark rinse jeans to break it up. I love pairing dark blue with black, because most people don’t know how to pull it off. When it’s done right, and it is here, it’s the epitome of effortless style as Stevie explains it–looks flawless without the slightest hint of trying too hard.
SW: I must say I agree with what Nancy said! I commented already on how to wear this tee without even looking at the details of the fashions in the photos. To me it was a slam dunk for Danielle Panabaker. Her hair is great, and the warm tones allow the black and white to be very wearable while the jeans are spot-on perfect. She’s definitely nailed this look down.
As for fit and lines, every bit of this outfit is perfect, which ups the star factor. Note especially the proportions of the jacket. A small jacket won’t work with an oversized tee shirt like this, while one that’s too big would just look messy (ahem…Ms. Cuthbert, take note please?). Long but lean was absolutely the right way to go with this.

SW: Nancy,, I should just say ditto here. The fit and styling of the jacket on any outfit can make — or break– the look. Too small or cropped, it sets you off -balance. Overly large (boyfriend), it’s sloppy. You have to choose carefully based on what’s “under” the jacket. (or choose the jacket first and then work the outfit around that. )
The makeup is also good–someone understands here that truly fair skin needs some color or it will wash out in the limelight. The shoes are the finishing touch–the straps on them echo the lines on the tee without being matchy matchy, and they toe the line (pun intended) between daytime and dressy just like the tee. The only complaint I have is that it seems like Stacey Bendet (the designer for alice + olivia) designed this shirt especially to showcase necklaces…I’d really like to see one here.

SW: Loved the shoes. I would have loved oxford shoe-ties too. That would have been really cute. I find that celebrities lately forget about jewelry. sometimes they wear bracelets and earrings but forget that the drama of the outfit can be played up by wearing a necklace. I have said it before– too much landscape without any pop of color and it gets boring. Where’s the handbag?
Rating: 4 ½ stars–this look is so close to knocking it out of the park.
SW: totally agree with Nancy’s rating. YES!! She’s just about got it right.

Elisha Cuthbert
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Nancy Lichtenstein:
Here’s a complexion that black and white is too harsh for and nothing has been done to break it up at all. Elisha Cuthbert has great skin but here, the pale skin plus pale hair plus pale top accented in black just ends up ghostly.

SW: Elisha is very pale skinned and she has such light hair. Off-set the stark color contrast of black and white (not friendly to pale blondes) with a pop of color. A smartly fitted, colorful blazer/jacket would have been ideal here to break up the look and give Elisha a glowing color.
The fit of the shirt does not really work either–maybe she got tired of being sexy all the time, which I certainly understand, but THIS oversized and it looks like she grabbed something out of her mother’s closet. I’m also not loving the big blazer with giant shoulder pads that looks remarkably like something I would have worn to a Duran Duran concert circa 1985. While it’s always cool to reference previous decades in your style, it’s not a good thing to imitate them religiously.

SW: The shirt looks big on her — and it’s not her style. I see her as more hourglass type but I could be wrong. This tee seems to just hang on her body (like a hanger) and doesn’t flatter her assets. The over-size 80’s inspired blazer doesn’t work. Don’t roll up the sleeves that far… it cuts off her arms and cuts her at the boxiest spot of the shirt. Not a flattering look at all This is not the right jacket for this outfit– particularly since the top is boxy, the jacket shouldn’t be when worn with leggings.
Hair and makeup? I never heard the word “blonderexia” until I heard Kim Vo say it on Shear Genius, but now I recognize it when I see it. Over processed, fried…her hair is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder! The makeup is failing to do anything for the ghostly look too–if her eyes weren’t shut in this picture I’d be hard pressed to even notice she was wearing makeup apart from the blush.

SW: I saw her on 24 and thought she had gone all Marilyn Monroe on the hair. it’s too light and all one color. Where’s the dimension. The style isn’t all that great but would look better with some lowlights.
As for accessories, you can’t see them in this photo but the information provided by alice + olivia indicates she’s wearing knee high boots with leggings. I don’t even have to see them to know that’s wrong proportionally–knee high boots would look great with this tee shirt and jacket if paired with a short, slim skirt (provided the other fit issues were worked out), but with a long jacket and leggings it’s just chopping up the leg visually in too many places.

SW: Since we can’t see the boots and leggings, I can’t comment other than to hope that she’s wearing flatter, neat, boot and not slouchy boots that would make the entire look seem baggy.
Altogether this look is saying to me “mom who stayed out too late and is throwing on last night’s clothes to drive her kids to school in the morning.”

SW: I don’t know about a mom who’s stayed out too late– I think she needs help from a stylist. You don’t go on a show without a stylist at least taking a peek at what you are wearing. This outfit doesn’t do Cuthbert any favors.
Rating: two stars, mostly because the tee shirt itself rocks.
SW: Agree with Nancy, though 1.5 stars wouldn’t be too far off either.
Winner: Danielle Panabaker
Thanks to Nancy Lichtenstein for her “take” and smart style commentary of these two women wearing the same top from one of our favorite brands: alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet!
Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com

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