Every year at Comic-Con, the annual pop culture and comic book convention in San Diego, you can find diehard fans dressed as Wookies, Klingons, anime characters, ghostbusteres and more in futuristic capes and lots of spandex. Typical sightings also include Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Batman and fairies roaming around the grounds. But high fashion? That's definitely something new.
This year, as our Melissa Magsaysay pointed out, celebrity attendees dressed to impress, hitting some high style notes throughout the fest. Among the stylish attendees was actress Jessica Biel, promoting her new film "Total Recall," director Len Wiseman's remake of the 1990 cult classic which is due for release in August 2012.
Biel has come quite a long way from her days playing Mary Camden on the hit WB show "7th Heaven." The 29-year-old, who once donned spaghetti straps, flannel shirts and baggy jeans -- yes, we all went through that phase in the '90s -- is now a chic, trend-setting figure on the fashion scene.
While speaking at the "At the Drive-In" panel at Comic-Con, Biel wore a pair of high-waisted textured shorts, a midriff-bearing crop top tank and a pair of strappy high heel sandals. Crop tops are very '80s and can typically go one of two ways: exercise video queen or trendy vixen. Biel, achieving the latter look, has been wearing crop tops for years. With a toned tummy like hers who wouldn't want to show it off? And with the high-waisted shorts, shine and texture, the ensemble is definitely dressy enough for a festival appearance.
For a similar look, get a pair of high-waisted shorts with a fun pattern or texture like the Jade animal print shorts from Topshop.com for $70 or the scalloped hem lace short from Freepeople.com for $78. For a more conservative design but a pop of color, get the Odelia Linen short Rugby by Ralph Lauren for $44.99 at Rugby.com or the pink pleat front silk shorts from Topshop.com for $66.
To get Biel’s cropped look, go for a top with some shine, such as the nude embellished sleeveless lace crop top from Topshop.com for $70. For a simpler style with a pattern, get the Printed crop top from Delias.com for $34.50 or the conservative button-front crop top from Freepeople.com for $58 to pair with patterned shorts. And if you're looking to make a statement with something different, snag the hot pink lace 3/4 sleeve scallop crop top from Topshop.com for $60.
Any pair of high heel strappy sandals or espadrilles would work with this look but here are a couple of similar styles: Bucco peep-toe platform high heel for $44.99 from Kohl's.com, M. Melissa jeans high-heeled sandal from Yoox.com for $35 or the Dyle sandal from Aldo.com for $49.98.
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Photos, from top: Actress Jessica Biel speaks at the "At The Drive-In" panel during Comic-Con 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center. Credit: John Shearer /Getty Images.
Shorts, from left: Jade animal print shorts, credit: Topshop.com. Scalloped hem lace short, credit: Freepeople.com. Odelia Linen short, credit: Ralphlauren.com. Pink pleat front shorts, credit: Topshop.com.
Tops: Nude embellished sleeveless lace crop top, credit: Topshop.com. Printed crop top, credit: Delias.com. Button-front crop top, credit: Freepeople.com. Hot pink lace 3/4 sleeve scallop crop top, credit: Topshop.com.
Shoes: Bucco peep-toe platform high heel, credit: Kohls.com. M. Melissa jeans high-heeled sandal, credit: Yoox.com. Dyle sandal, credit: Aldo.com.