One celebrity who seems to be emerging as a modern style icon is the adorable girl-next-door, generic Emma Stone. Fashion magazines and bloggers have been cooing over her effortless sartorial choices since Stone first captured our attention with her breakthrough role in Easy A (2010). On the red carpet, Stone makes daring choices while still maintaining elegance and sophistication. Off-duty, her casual looks exude her own brand of cool. And the best part is that her looks are so easily achieved on the high street – no Brown Thomas loyalty card required. The looks which are analysed in this article are deceptively simple; Stone chooses one stand-out piece and builds an interesting look around it with other wardrobe staples. It’s a winning formula for anyone, not just a Hollywood actress.

At the 2012 premiere of The Amazing Spiderman, Stone stepped outside the box with this strikingly androgynous yet glamorous look. She struck the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated; this is night-time dressing at its best. The combination of this sleek black River Island body (45e) paired with New Look’s on-trend black and gold jacquard trousers (29.99e) is a 2013 take on classic black. Stone accessorised this look simply; a gold plated belt such as this Asos number (6.73e) and simple black court shoes, like these classic Miss Selfridge beauties (£39) will give this night-time look a polished finish – something that Stone has in spades with this look.

This casual winter look shows that even off-duty, Stone still has her finger on the fashion pulse. Often photographed out and about with boyfriend Andrew Garfield, Stone consistently exudes coolness effortlessly. Masculine tweed coats are a huge trend for autumn-winter 2013, so this look is highly attainable on the high street. Miss Selfridge’s grey boucle jacket (£49) is a cosy nod to this trend, while Stone’s staple navy skinny jeans can easily be replicated with the help of Topshop (£38). She softens the masculinity of this look with a pretty monochrome blouse, and New Look provides a feminine affordable version (22.99). Lastly, a simple pair of neutral pumps from Office (£16) rounds off this casual, relaxed look.

The reason for choosing Emma Stone as a style icon is simple; her look is simple but effective. She chooses one key item; be it a daring jumpsuit or a stylish jacket, and builds an outfit around it with basic yet fitting ancillary pieces. Stone understands the balance between red carpet and off-duty looks and she is confident in her own personal sense of style. Learning how to dress like a celebrity isn’t difficult when you aspire to someone whose look you can break down into several key wardrobe pieces that are readily available on the high street. Each season, catwalk trends are filtered down to the high street so swiftly and affordably that achieving your favourite celebrity’s style is easy. Although Penneys isn’t featured in this article, for every item mentioned, it is nearly guaranteed that a Penneys alternative will surface at some point!

by Emily O’Brien