By  on January 13, 2005

Sometimes, fashion can boil down to an easy formula. Flip through the pages of any glossy and you’ll find that the young Hollywood set has stumbled upon a simple, one-two solution: an embellished halter or slinky cami paired with simple jeans.

“It’s a no-brainer in terms of not having to put much thought into refining a certain look,” says Mischa Barton of “The O.C.,” who often wears these simple trappings both on and off the set.

“It’s sexy, it’s comfortable,” says Scoop co-owner Stefani Greenfield of the look. “And you can go from day to evening.”

Or summer to winter. The only variation on this uniform seems to be either a fitted jacket or fur shrug to make up for those wintry blasts. “These young celebrities or actresses, they don’t want to be all covered up,” explains Sari Sloane, head buyer for Intermix.

Tracey Ross, owner of her eponymous Los Angeles store, however, offers a different reason. “That to me, basically, is because [these actresses] don’t know how to get dressed,” she says, only half joking. “And they didn’t have a stylist to help them.”

Still, one can’t deny the look offers just the right balance of relaxed and chic. And while even the most ardent fashion celeb may feature a well-stocked wardrobe of designer pieces, nothing beats the ease of throwing on a pair of jeans and a top.

“A lot of the designer clothes are beautiful,” Sloane says, “but they’re not for everyday. [With this look] you have more of a blank canvas, and can be a bit more creative with the way you accessorize.”

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