Inspired by one of my favorite T.V. shows, "The Look for Less" (with Yoanna House), I decided to take some of my favorite designer looks and transform them into outfits you might even be able to pull off in public (whether that's for school, a party, or picking up your little sister from Girl Scouts'). However, when I went to ShopBop and saw all of the gorgeous cocktail dresses they had (check it out: SHOPBOPCOCKTAILDRESSES), I had to improvise.
I absolutely adore the brand DSquared2, it definitely reminds me of Betsey Johnson (with boy fashion designers). The designs are practical, adorable, fun, and colorful. This year, tho, DSquared2 toned their look down (just a tad)...but I ended up loving it even more!
Two beyond fabulous DSquared2 looks:
This one just screams out "I AM NAUTICAL CHIC!" to me. This look reminds me of why I take such care into putting together outfits (well, sometimes...), I really think that this is the epitomy of happy-go-lucky/modern girl chic.
This look is so flirty, fresh, and fun!
To get the second DSquared2 look for a fraction of the price, buy these items:
The white shorts are very essential to getting this look - they have the cut of a bermuda (straight), but are much shorter. J. Crew is an amazing place to look for bascics - it has EVERYTHING in EVERY color, and all the clothes have excellent quality. Also, check out their sales online!
And a classic white button-up from J. Crew as well - that will be used for layering in the DSquared2 look.
Next comes the blue jacket to edge the look up - instead of going with a tailored jacket I went with a slouchy blue C and C California.
Next comes that adorable skinny belt, which just really makes this outfit pop. Although I couldn't find a structured BRIGHT BLUE skinny belt, this belt works because it shadows the slouchy sweatshirt and is the perfect color.
Next off is the jangly chunky bangles. Usually I hate Claire's, but I found the perfect bracelets (they look so chic) and they're only $6.50! However, here are real gold bangles from ShopBop that, although at $185 are pretty cheap for gold.
The gorgeous Claire's bracelets:
and the ShopBop ones:
Finally, the funky scarf to add more blue color to our white canvas. The sequins give our outfit a must needed boho-edge.
And lastly, the bright red chunky wedges. A perfect way to end an outfit!
I always look enviously at Chanel cocktail dresses - they're always timeless and simple with gorgeous cuts and perfect shades of black. So, I went out on a hunt to try to find a Chanel outfit for less - and ended up doing pretty well!
Here's the beautiful Chanel dress:
And here's a Development dress that matches it perfectly - the upper half cut, the bow, the flowiness...I have to say I almost like the cheaper dress more!
And some adorable Marc Jacobs peep toe flats (like the Chanel runway) to match!:
I think that Alberta Ferreti's spring collection was taken right out of a fairy tale - dewy, lush colors. Weightless, chiffon-y fabrics, bejeweled accesories... It made me want to curl up with one of her dresses as I read Cinderella! Here are two dresses that are light-weight and showcase the new hot color for Spring - a light, luminous blue.
and here's the second one:
Now, the Look for Less! I really adore this dress - the empire waist cut, the bias drawn silk blue trimming. And, better yet, it exemplifies the Alberta Ferrerti dream - with the lightweight "tissue paper fabrics" and the sea blues!
(the dress is Development)
Stay Cheap and Chic!,
Chic in the City <3