Take Her Look [For Less]

Looking your best every day requires time and effort to put together a string of stylish looks ready for all occasions — but when you’re Jennifer Lopez, it all seems effortless.

On Jan. 13, the Shades of Blue star attended the 2016 NBCUniversal Press Day at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California wearing a sleek royal blue one-shoulder dress. InStyle says Lopez paired the asymmetrical Victoria Beckham creation with nude Casadei pumps while polishing off her look with assorted rings and bracelets.

Lopez’s royal blue Victoria Beckham dress may be just the piece your wardrobe needs, but don’t get the credit card ready just yet. Her one-shoulder fitted dress is available at Barney’s New York for a steep price of $2,600 — yes, you read that correctly. Although the price of her designer frock may keep you from buying that exact dress, we’ve recreated her entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a frock to match the color and asymmetrical shape of Lopez’s Victoria Beckham number proved to be a difficult task, but we finally landed on a worthy replacement. The Adrianna Papell Draped One-Shoulder Dress from Lord & Taylor in electric blue provides a rich color to rival the Victoria Beckham number while also delivering a one-shoulder design reminiscent of Lopez’s look. As if this dress needed another positive attribute, its price gives us one more thing to smile about: this formerly $98 style is now available for only $36.74.

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The Adrianna Papell Draped One-Shoulder Dress, found on LordandTaylor.com.

Completing our look-alike ensemble are a pair of suede nude pumps, and the Varcityy pumps by Steve Madden are the perfect pair for the job. Done in a light nude suede in a pointed-toe silhouette, these four-and-a-half inch heels will take your look to the next level for a sale price of $62.98.

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The Steve Madden Varcityy pump, found on SteveMadden.com.

While Lopez’s press look may cost upwards of $2,600, our recreated look will only set you back $99.72, a full $100.28 below our $200 budget. To complete your look, stack some silver bracelets on your wrists and add handfuls of rings, and you’ll have Lopez’s look in no time.

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: InStyle Awards Edition

Magazines often send reporters out to cover the latest movie premiere or awards ceremony, but rarely do they have a chance to host their own red carpet event. But on Oct. 26, all this changed as InStyle hosted their inaugural “InStyle Awards 2015” at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. And no surprise here: all of their guests showed up in very “in-style” looks.

One of our favorite looks came from Gwyneth Paltrow, who graced the event in a a black velvet Schiaparelli gown with a plunging v-neckline and cap-sleeves. Finishing off her look were Casadei heels and David Webb jewelry, says InStyle

Contrasting Paltrow’s all-black ensemble was Miranda Kerr, who worked the red carpet in a white tea-length trumpet dress by Ulyana Sergeenko, says InStyle. While her dress seemed fairly simple from the front, it features mesh-covered cutouts on the side that lead to an sheer back.

Although Paltrow and Kerr are dressed for a red-carpet event for one of the most well-known fashion magazines of today, there are several things about their looks that we can apply to the way we dress everyday;

  1. Revamp a classic – Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress is made of velvet, which to some can read as an antiquated fabric. However, what changes this timeless fabric is the cut, silhouette and overall style of the gown. Her dress features a plunging neckline, which automatically gives the dress a younger, sexier feel. The cap sleeves at a bit of drama by giving her a stronger shoulder, while the strip of rhinestones framing her collarbone draws attention to her face. If you find yourself doubting more classic fabrics or styles, take Paltrow’s lead and look for the ways in which they have been updated to give it a more modern or younger feel.
  2. Have some fun – This should be a consistent rule, whether you are dressing to go grocery shopping or dressing up for a black-tie affair. Miranda Kerr’s dress is fun and flirty not only for its trumpet-style hemline, but also for its mesh covered cutouts and sheer back. Looking for details like this, among others, in your outfits can create a fun, visually interesting look. To start small, look for more subtle ways to have fun in your clothes; this could be achieved by a small pop of color in your shoes or handbag, or even with a print that you really love. What it all boils down to, essentially, is to wear what makes you happy and what you love — if you feel good in what you’re wearing, then you will wear your outfit with confidence.

Take Her Look [For Less]

A pop of color on an all-neutral outfit seems to be the way to go these days.

At the 2015 Forbes Women’s Summit, Jessica Alba was photographed wearing a demure grey midi dress designed by Narciso Rodriguez. She paired the dress with light pink pointy-toe pumps by Casadei. Similar pumps by Casadei are on sale for $487, but originally retail for $695.

If your bank account won’t allow you to purchase these gorgeous pumps, there are always other, more affordable options available. Take this similar style from GoJane.com: the ‘Point U in the Right Direction’ heels truly are pointing us in the right direction to follow Alba’s style, appearing in virtually the same color as Alba’s more expensive heels. These pumps are originally priced at $24.70, but if that’s not good enough, they are on sale right now for $19.77. At that price, you should order two!

Screenshot of the Point U in the Right Direction heels from GoJane.com

Screenshot of the Point U in the Right Direction heels from GoJane.com

If you love the color of Alba’s pumps but would rather wear them in an open-toed sandal style for summer, Lulu’s offers a heeled sandal in a similar shade of pink. The ‘Reservation for Two Fuchsia Nubuck Single Strap Heels’ give a nice pop of color in a simpler style while staying very on-trend. These heels are available at Lulu’s for only $30.

Screenshot of the Reservation for Two Fuchsia Nubuck Single Strap Heel from Lulus.com

Screenshot of the Reservation for Two Fuchsia Nubuck Single Strap Heel from Lulus.com

Now that you have two great options to imitate Jessica Alba’s bubblegum pink heels, what are you waiting for? Go grab one of these heels (or both, why not treat yourself?!) before they’re gone!