What do you wear to an awards show where the average audience member is under the legal drinking age, the main attraction is the cast of the "Twilight" film series and the awards are rainbow surfboards? The correct answer is whatever you please.
Pint-sized stars flooded the pink carpet at the recent Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in anything and everything from jeans and leather pants to cheeky cocktail dresses and skintight minis. Justin Bieber arrived in casual white pants and a camouflage tee, while girlfriend Selena Gomez sported a Dsquared² Resort 2013 flirty pink pleated mini. On the dressier side were "Choice Action Actress" Zoe Saldana in a matching patterned crop top and skirt by Jonathan Saunders and "Glee" star Lea Michele shining in a metallic Versace mini.
Power couple Ellen DeGeneres (who won the award for "Choice Comedian") and Portia de Rossi stood out as a fun, stylish pair who looked chic but didn't take themselves too seriously. DeGeneres chose a menswear-inspired look in a plain V-neck tee, black blazer, khaki pants and a Repp stripe tie belt. De Rossi appeared laid back but elegant in a black tunic tucked into shorts and strappy heels.
To get DeGeneres' preppy menswear look, try the American Eagle Outfitters Boyfriend blazer in true black for $69.95 from Ae.com, the Bennett chino from JCrew.com for $79.50, the navy-and-red Repp stripe tie belt from Credbrand.com for $24.99, the DV Dolce Vita oxfords in clay from Bloomingdales.com for $79 and a wardrobe must-have staple, the Hanes classic 3-pack V-neck tees for $24 from Kohls.com. These V-neck tees are perfect to have on hand for any occasion.
For De Rossi's more feminine, dressier ensemble try the Michael Kors peasant tunic top from Zappos.com for $70.99, the Lands' End chino shorts for $15.99 from Lands' End Canvas and the Kenneth Cole Reaction rise guy slingback sandal from Endless.com for $68.87.
Try Ellen's look for a backyard BBQ or go glam like Portia for your next party. Both looks are versatile enough to wear all summer long.
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— Jenn Harris
Photo: TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi arrive at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.
Middle photos, from left: American Eagle Outfitters Boyfriend blazer, $69.95 / Ae.com; Bennett chino, $79.50 / Jcrew.com; Navy and red Repp stripe tie belt, $24.99 / Credbrand.com; DV Dolce Vita oxfords, $79 / Bloomingdales.com; Hanes classic 3-pack V-neck tees, $24 / Kohls.com.
Bottom photos, from left: Michael Kors peasant tunic top, $70.99 / Zappos.com; Lands' End chino shorts, $15.99 / Lands' End Canvas; Kenneth Cole Reaction rise guy slingback sandal, $68.87 / Endless.com.