Alice + Olivia Velvet Leggings

Alice + Olivia Velvet Leggings ($128, www.shopbop.com)

Alice + Olivia Velvet Leggings ($128, www.shopbop.com)

One of my most favorite Seinfeld moments is when George declared, “I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable.” Well, looks like the fashion world is beginning to embrace George’s style philosophy.

Leggings made of delicious, decadent velvet are one of the fall must-haves this year. Leggings are so comfy and versatile, but I sometimes find myself tired of the same stretchy cotton. There are times when I’m in the mood for something that is just as hassle-free but makes more of an impact.

I would wear them exactly as they are on the model–with some fabulous platform heels. These Alice + Olivia leggings are also available in black. I, personally, would go for the blue, though. I’d pair it with something white or beige on top and accessorize with some serious bling or gold.

You’re probably thinking to yourself right now that $128 is a little steep for leggings. That was my initial reaction as well. However, after giving it some thought I realized that you’ve got to spend the money if you really want to look good in velvet. If it quickly begins developing faded, worn spots, you’ll look vintage in a bad way. So, better to invest.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

Floral Frocks Taking Over Hollywood

Leighton Meester All of a sudden, floral print mini dresses are everywhere I look. Every time I open a magazine, I see another celeb sporting one of these cute lil’ flowery creations. Mmmm, all I can think of is summer delights such as ice cream in the park and frolicking in the sun.

Leighton Meester’s halter dress is from Alice + Olivia, priced at $440. Lindsay Lohan’s is from the more affordable UK chain TopShop; my number-crunching showed that this dress costs approximately $66. Lindsay Lohan However, if these prices are out of your budget, head over to Forever21, where you can find similar items for $25 or under.

I use F21 clothes and accessories in many of my posts because there really is no better place to find celebrity and designer-inspired duds on the cheap. At the moment, the beloved retailer appears to be flooded with ultra-feminine mini dresses. There were so many to choose from on the website that I picked out just a couple of examples.

For the gal who doesn’t think she can quite handle the undeniable girliness of these oh-so-lovely frocks, there is no need to worry. Just wear ’em with with edgy accessories such as studded belts, clutches and shoes and voila! You may also consider opting for a more dramatic, “grown-up” color palette that has less yellows and more purples and reds.

Waffle Grid Floral Dress ($19.80, Forever21)

Waffle Grid Floral Dress ($19.80, Forever21)

Paisley Knit Dress ($12.50, Forever21)

Paisley Knit Dress ($12.50, Forever21)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5