Why It Works: Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie Has Lunch at Nobu
Nicole Richie has lunch at Nobu before returning to her Midtown hotel. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »Let’s start with the obvious: she’s mini. And as everyone knows, everything is cuter on mini people. Knit caps? Better Extra-Small. Ballet flats? Petite please! Stilettos? No height is too high! Palazzo Pants? Well okay, not everything. But as Lionel Richie’s socialite-cum-designer daughter demonstrates with her color-blocked lunching-at-Nobu ensemble, she knows just when to say when.

The Shades: An oversized cateye, Richie’s sunglasses add a touch of sass and personality while underlining her diminutive features. The effect is this close to Olsen twin, without veering into caricature.

Why It Works: Nicole Richie A closer look at Nicole's accessories. (Bauer Griffin)
The Necklace: A drop necklace style from Richie’s House of Harlow line, the arrowroot-shaped pendants have just the right amount of rawness. It’s tribal meets boho, and the prismatic shade is luminous against her skin.

The T-shirt: The kind of threadbare only lots of money can buy, naturally. Worn with a nothing-to-hide black bra, but of course. It’s Sex and the City 101, and no it never gets old.

The Pants: An updated harem, sans the unflattering diaper effect and tapered leg. The embellished, Indian-inspired waistline complements Richie’s exotic jewelry without feeling too matchy, and the tangerine pop of color gives props to Pantone’s hue of the year.

The Coat: The lovechild of a tuxedo and biker jacket. In short, amazing.

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