From the beach to the red carpet, stars turned up the heat this summer. Hollywood’s summer style staples included skin bearing ensembles, scorching leather looks, and ocean-ready wear. The name of the game was the cropped top, and stars donned them everywhere from formal events to casual daytime activities. Here is a look at some of summer 2014’s style standouts.
Candice Swanepoel in Sachin & Babi at Maxim’s Hot 100 Party
With style this hot, it is no wonder Victoria’s Secret angel Candice Swanepoel snagged the number one spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 list. To celebrate the honor, Candice donned head-to-toe leather. The model rocked the crop top trend flawlessly and gave new meaning to the word scorching.
Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano at the 2014 Emmy Awards
Celebrities even used red carpet events as opportunities to rock summer style trends. Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland looked fun and relaxed in a two-piece Christian Siriano design. The actress, who stunned in coral, was an intriguing juxtaposition of effortless and dolled up. She won more than an Emmy that evening, earning a place on our best-dressed list.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Chanel in Vogue Germany June 2014
If anyone can make beachwear look amazing, it would be a supermodel. However, British beauty Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed that summer style does not have to be flashy, in order to make a splash. The cover girl sported a laid-back, feminine look in the June issue of Vogue Germany. Accessorizing her white Chanel bikini with an easy cover up, Rosie topped off the wearable look with a black hair bow.
Julianne Hough at the US Open
Leave it to a dancer to use casual athletic events as an excuse to flaunt a toned tummy. Julianne Hough did just that at this year’s US Open in an all-white ensemble by Monique Lhuillier. She complimented the lace look with a pair of soft, floral pumps. The star displayed the versatility of the season’s two-piece trend, proving you don’t have to be on a red carpet to sport picture perfect style.
Megan Fox in Dolce and Gabbana in Cosmopolitan August 2014
This brunette beauty is known for her sexy ensembles and this summer, she did not disappoint. Gracing the cover of Cosmopolitan’s smoking August issue, Megan donned a pale bustier top with a punchy, printed mini skirt. The big-screen stunner gave new meaning to the phrase less is more in a series of skimpy looks. Megan has worn countless attention-grabbing numbers during her career in Hollywood, but this may just be our favorite look yet.
Jessica Alba in Zimmerman at Comic-Con
Fashion devotee Jessica Alba was on trend at this year’s Comic-Con event in San Diego. The actress rocked tasseled shoes along with her statement Zimmerman skirt. Jessica offset the playful pieces with a simple, black bra-top. Likewise, she kept her hair straight and easy. Jessica complemented her midnight colored top with a smoky eye and edgy nails. The look made our list of the best-dressed stars of the summer.