Splurge Vs. Steal: Little Floral Tops

The other day I was flipping through the clothing section of the latest Victoria’s Secret catalog and was admiring these adorable little floral-print tops. Later, I was really excited to see that Forever21 has something similar that preserves the very cute and girly look channeled by Victoria’s Secret. They look awesome with casual shorts and slacks and double as awesome cover-ups to throw over your bikini as you head to the beach or pool. Viva warm weather!

Smocked Strapless Floral Top ($14.90, Forever21)

Skinny-strap Bodysuit ($19.50, Victoria's Secret)

Cropped Bra Top bustier ($49.50, Forever21)

Blooming Floral Top ($18.90, Forever21)

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Steal The Look: Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel When it comes to Jessica Biel, all we seem to hear lately is speculation about whether or not she and Justin Timberlake are over, still together, “complicated,” etc. In the midst of all this obsession with her personal life, I feel like her awesome style doesn’t get enough credit.

In a recent interview, JB said that while glam gowns and makeup are fun for the red carpet, her true, go-to style is casual and laid-back. And hey, more power to her, since she’s always comfortable and still manages to look like a million bucks.

The outfit in this photo is exactly that–comfy and fabulous. Denim shorts, which are quickly reclaiming the title of must-have summer staple, are great with simple basics like solid-colored tanks and sleeveless open cardigans. Together, the look is half structured and half what I call “loosey-goosey”–that’s StealThisDress speak for loose and flowy.

Knee-high suede boots in a muted color instantly take this casual look up a notch. If it’s already too hot for boots even at night time where you live, complete this look with a suede sandal. And to make it appropriate for nighttime, heeled sandals and a clutch are a great choice.

Basic V-Neck Cami ($3.80, Forever21) Open Slub Knit Cardigan ($14.80, Forever21)
Heavy Stitch Frayed Short ($19.50, Wet Seal) Miss Me Women's Pisa-1 Boot ($49.95, DSW)

Basic V-Neck Cami ($3.80, Forever21)

Heavy Stitch Frayed Short ($19.50, Wet Seal)

Open Slub Knit Cardigan ($14.80, Forever21)

Miss Me Women’s Pisa-1 Boot ($49.95, DSW)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

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Givenchy Spring 2010 Ready To Wear Collection: How to Rock the Jumpsuit

Givenchy Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection

Givenchy Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection

Jumpsuits made of light, flowy material are becoming a warm weather staple. If you’re dreading go out this summer in jeans because it’s simply too hot, meet your new best friend. A jumpsuit allows you to pull off the pants look in hot temperatures without having to combust.

A deep v-neck, as Givenchy shows, is just the thing to give a plain black jumpsuit that ‘wow’ factor that makes it an appropriate choice for a cocktail party or a soiree of dancing. If you’re hesitant about trying a jumpsuit because of the ‘puffing’ effect it may have on your midsection, just grab your favorite wide belt and use it to cinch the garment at the waist. Stick to a dark color palette, which is the route Forever21 took with the look-a-like jumpsuit pictured below, or go for a bright color that will pop–the choice is yours.

The final element–some super strappy black platforms to show off your bright summer pedicure.

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Belted Halter Jumpsuit ($23.84, Forever21) Nine West 'Ponti' ($68.95, Zappos)

Belted Halter Jumpsuit ($23.84, Forever21)

Nine West ‘Ponti’ ($68.95, Zappos)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Tyra Banks: Red and Yellow DO Go Together!

Tyra BanksWhen many women think of wearing red and yellow together, they automatically think of either clowns or frumpy, old lady outfits. But red and yellow is not always a fashion faux-pas. Far from it actually, as Tyra Banks recently showed. At the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards she wore a beautiful cap-sleeved coral red dress with a yellow clutch and pointed-toe pumps.

The trick to making your inexpensive version of Tyra’s outfit pop like she does is to pick your yellow accessories in two different shades. Tyra’s pumps are a lighter, more neon yellow than her clutch, which is a richer mustard color. Keeping the colors too similar can kill the sophistication of the look and may make others wonder where your clown nose is. But balance out the intensity of the colors and you’re golden (well, actually you’re yellow–but you know what I mean!)

I really love all the pieces that make up our look-alike outfit. The Guess ‘Carrie’ pumps have that perfect heel that won’t kill your feet but is still tall enough to be sexy. And how gorgeous is that yellow crochet clutch from Bebe? And only $19, which pleasantly surprised me.

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Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe) Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21) Guess 'Carrie' Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21)

Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe)

Guess ‘Carrie’ Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Vanessa Hudgens: Transforming a Shirtdress from Drab to Fab

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Though at first glance they may look shapeless and bland, I love shirt dresses. I just bought one in seersucker pattern at H&M last weekend and wore it today with a wide belt, which is the key to making these sack-like garments flatter your shape. These dresses are so flowy and comfortable, perfect for the scorching temperatures that are heading our way.

Vanessa Hudgens recently wore a light blue shirtdress. I think this look suits her style so well; it’s a more sophisticated interpretation of the laid-back, boho styles that she often rocks.

You can easily make a plain, light-blue shirtdress pop with a brown leather belt and sandals, a black tote and a cream colored sunhat.

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)
Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias) Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)
Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21) Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)

Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias)

Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)

Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21)

Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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“Best Of Inexpensive Style” List

IMG_1069As promised in our 1st year anniversary post, check out my favorite places for scoring the best deals on clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as the particular items to look out for at each:

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Forever 21: designer-inspired clothing, great heels, amazing jewelry for under $10

Item 2Overstock.com: fantastic deals on jewelry and shoes

Item 3Papaya Clothing: great for both casual and dressy clothes that have a ‘youthful,’ sassy feel

Item 4A’gaci: another top destination for designer-inspired items

Item 5H&M: great prices on basics such as t-shirts, tanks, tights and sweaters from .

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Item 6Charlotte Russe: beautiful dresses and other “going out wear”

Item 7Zara: beautiful, quality suits at reasonable prices and an awesome casual section, GORGEOUS shoes!

Item 8DSW: huge selection of shoes at discounted prices, check out also their handbag section

Item 9Zappos: shoes in every style and color you can imagine–not an exaggeration, also some fab deals on designer handbags from previous seasons

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Keep these in mind as you’re shopping or planning where you want to buy a certain outfit–chances are good that you’ll find yourself looking fabulous while spending less.

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Style

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to discuss Sarah Jessica Parker’s style. I have to admit, I often think more of Carrie Bradshaw’s style when I think of SJP. Pink tutus, hundreds of pairs of Manolos, and anything avant garde comes to mind.

I think SJP in real life wears outfits that are slightly more toned down in terms of their ‘creativity’ but still manages to look like a million bucks. Although every once in a while she does break out something outrageous, like a neon pink handbag, as recently featured on People Style Watch.

I’m loving the color combination she chose in this photo. A brilliant blue paired with a dark jacket and perfectly balanced by a pair of gold shoes and a statement necklace. Not too much and too little, which is hard to get right.

Speaking of Sex and the City, each of the four characters has her own unique style. Whose is your favorite? I think mine is a combination of Miranda’s classy look with Samantha’s, which is always sharp and sexy.

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Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21) MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy's)
Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21) Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21)

MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy’s)

Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21)

Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Ashley Tisdale’s Glam Rock Style

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale

I’ve never watched the High School Musical series. What I can tell, though, is that Ashley Tisdale’s Disney days may be coming to a close. She’s released an album, which I have to say I like! I really like “Crank It Up,” which has a sick beat.

Ashley Tisdale’s style is pretty edgy; I often see pictures of her wearing combat boots or something with studs. I really like how, in this look, she takes a really laid-back and casual combination (leather jacket, printed tee, hoodie, and ripped jeans) and gives it a touch of sleek with black peep-toe booties. Awesome!

As we all begin putting our peacoats and bomber jackets back in the closet until next year (yes!), a hoodie under a jacket is perfect for this time of year. It may be beautiful during the day right now but at night time temperatures drop really quickly and you can freeze your bum off in a minute. Hence, layers are key.

P.S. Anybody else love Ashley Tisdale as a brunette?

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Ballerina Sequins Tee ($13.50, Wet Seal) Puffed Heart Necklace ($5.80, Forever21)
HERITAGE 1981 WOMEN Zip-up Athletic Jacket ($18.90, Forever 21) Faux Leather Hood Jacket ($42.50, Wet Seal)
Back Flap Skinny Jean ($29.50, Wet Seal) Ruffled Suede Bootie ($32, Charlotte Russe)

Ballerina Sequins Tee ($13.50, Wet Seal)

Puffed Heart Necklace ($5.80, Forever21)

HERITAGE 1981 WOMEN Zip-up Athletic Jacket ($18.90, Forever 21)

Faux Leather Hood Jacket ($42.50, Wet Seal)

Back Flap Skinny Jean ($29.50, Wet Seal)

Ruffled Suede Bootie ($32, Charlotte Russe)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear: Recreating the Look

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 ready-to-wear show was truly a feast for the eyes. The best way to describe it would be an explosion of rich textures and patterns, including velvet, lace, tweed, florals and animal prints. Your mother probably always told you to never wear these together at the same time; D&G brilliantly defies this style principle.

Layering is a recurring theme in this collection. Never afraid to push the envelope, D&G had models marching down the runway wearing black blazers with nothing but lingere-like leotards underneath. While I’m not suggesting you don one of these combinations for your next outing, there are a number of other looks from this collection that translate perfectly to the everyday setting.

You’re probably thinking right now, “Where am I going to find a gorgeous D&G-esque silk yellow dress with black lace accents?” This is where creativity comes in. Simply throw a black lace or delicate crochet scarf over a super girly yellow dress and you’re good! Complete the look with semi-opaque tights, a black tote and pumps.

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy's) Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)
Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal) Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy’s)

Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)

Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal)

Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Miranda Kerr Style For Less

Miranda Kerr I love it when celebs have their own unique style that they stick to instead of wearing anything and everything that is has been dubbed “on-trend” at the moment. At the top of that list is Miranda Kerr. When she’s not modeling bikinis or unmentionables, she tends to go for simple, versatile basics that create a statement-making look when paired together.

I love the idea of throwing a long black blazer over a simple striped dress and casual flip flops. The final element, a quilted black purse with chain accents, adds just the right touch of sophistication to the look.

One Clothing Dress, Sleeveless Striped Knit Tank ($24.99, Macy's) Shoulder Studette Blazer ($37.80, Forever21)
Women's New Flip-Flops ($3.50, Old Navy) Urban Expressions Quilted Megan Bag ($56.25, Baghaus)

One Clothing Dress, Sleeveless Striped Knit Tank ($24.99, Macy’s)

Shoulder Studette Blazer ($37.80, Forever21)

Women’s New Flip-Flops ($3.50, Old Navy)

Urban Expressions Quilted Megan Bag ($56.25, Baghaus)

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