Take Her Look [For Less]

With every film festival comes tremendous red carpet style, and this certainly held true for the 72nd Annual Venice Film Festival. The festival is days away from its September 12 conclusion, but there is one look that make us wish it would never end.

This covetable look comes courtesy of Diane Kruger, who attended the festival in a red jumpsuit with a V-neckline intersected by a band at the bust that InStyle reports is by Cushnie et Ochs. She completed her look with black sandals and a gold clutch designed by Lee Savage.

Kruger’s spicy jumpsuit, the Stretch Cady Jumpsuit by Cushnie et Ochs, delivers a structured silhouette in a bright scarlet red, but if you love this jumpsuit, you’ll have to shell out a whopping $1,695. Her luxurious look doesn’t stop there, incorporating the Gold Plane Space Clutch by Lee Savange that costs $2,595. Her film festival ensemble might cost upwards of $4,290, but we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for less than $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a jumpsuit to rival Kruger’s Cushnie et Ochs style was no easy task, but we thought that the ASOS Jumpsuit in Sculpt Me Bodyfit came pretty close. Done in an equally eye-catching red, this jumpsuit also delivers a cutout at the neckline reminiscent of Kruger’s look. While this jumpsuit is fairly similar to Kruger’s, it’s certainly not similar in its price, coming in at only $71.66.

The ASOS Jumpsuit In Sculpt Me Bodyfit, found on Asos.com.

The ASOS Jumpsuit In Sculpt Me Bodyfit, found on Asos.com.

Our look-alike red jumpsuit could use a little bit of shine, and that’s where the SASHA Metallic Embossed Box Clutch from Lord and Taylor comes in. This clutch offers a similar gold tone in a box silhouette, which calls to mind the architectural style of Kruger’s Lee Savage clutch. This handbag is sure to add some shine to your look for only $48.

The SASHA Metallic Embossed Box Clutch, found on LordandTaylor.com.

The SASHA Metallic Embossed Box Clutch, found on LordandTaylor.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a simple black sandal, and the Qupid Single Sole Ankle Strap Heels from Charlotte Russe will do just that. Available for only $32.99, these heels will take your look to the next level without breaking the bank.

The Qupid Single Sole Ankle Strap Heels, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

The Qupid Single Sole Ankle Strap Heels, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

While Diane Kruger’s Venice Film Festival look cost at least $4,290, our reimagined outfit will deliver an equally sassy look for only $152.65. Now if only you had a film festival to jet off to…

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Taraji P. Henson is pretty fierce as Empire’s Cookie Lyon, but at the Fox Summer Television Critics Association week-long press event, Henson didn’t need to be in costume to look just as fierce as her character.

Yahoo Style reported that the actress attended the TCAs in an over-the-top sexy little black dress by Cushnie et Ochs, featuring a wide-open plunging neckline. She styled her sassy look with silver sandals and a black and white striped clutch, while letting her hair fall into loose, sultry waves.

Henson’s bare-it-all LBD, the Cushnie et Ochs Flap Edge Dress, is certainly a stunning look. But what’s quite possibly more stunning is its $1,595 price tag! All hope is not lost, however, if you wish to take Henson’s look for yourself — we believe that you don’t have to spend like a star to look like one, so we went out in search of all the pieces necessary to recreate her sexy style from head to toe for under $200. Read on to see the results!

First up on our shopping list was a black dress with a deep, plunging neckline to rival Henson’s Cushnie et Ochs number. Lulu’s came through for us with their Finders Keepers Next in Line to Take a Bow Black Dress, which features an equally deep v-neckline. And if that’s not enough sexy for you, it also has an open back! This dress also has a very similar construction to Henson’s designer dress, both made with a thick band at the waist and angled flaps at the hip. The only significant difference between this dress and the Cushnie et Ochs frock is the price — the Finders Keepers dress is only $141, a price difference of $1,454!

The Finders Keepers Next In Line to Take a Bow Black Dress, found on Lulus.com.

The Finders Keepers Next In Line to Take a Bow Black Dress, found on Lulus.com.

Lulu’s also checked off another item on our shopping list — silver strappy heels. These metallic sandals could easily pass for Henson’s heels, but the Glam Squad Silver Ankle Strap Heels will only set you back $22.

The Glam Squad Silver Ankle Strap Heels, found on Lulus.com.

The Glam Squad Silver Ankle Strap Heels, found on Lulus.com.

A black and white striped clutch completes our look for less, and T.J. Maxx had the perfect style to round out our look-alike ensemble. The Striped Hardcase Clutch by La Regale is a dead ringer for Henson’s clutch with its shiny, faux-shell embossed exterior. But this clutch probably doesn’t match the price of Henson’s clutch, coming in at only $29.99.

The La Regale Striped Hardcase Clutch, found on TJMaxx.tjx.com.

The La Regale Striped Hardcase Clutch, found on TJMaxx.tjx.com.

If you loved Taraji P. Henson’s $1,595 Cushnie et Ochs ensemble, you’ll be able to take her look for exactly $1,402.01 less, because our look-alike outfit costs only $192.99!

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: NYC ‘Southpaw’ Premiere Edition

Movie premieres always bring out incredible fashion, and the ladies at the New York City premiere of Southpaw on July 20 certainly did not disappoint. The premiere, which took place at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, seemed to have its own implicit dress code — black and white. And while that sounds like it could be dull, off-the-shoulder dresses, interesting necklines and cutouts made it anything but boring.

Rachel McAdams walked the premiere’s red carpet in what InStyle reported was a bare-shouldered tea length black dress by Self-Portrait, featuring a triangle cutout at the waist. She kept her hair and makeup dewy and fresh, while also keeping her accessories simple with Tiffany and Co. jewelry and Stuart Weitzman sandals.

Naomie Harris’ white-hot red carpet dress provided a little bit of contrast to McAdams’ all-black ensemble. Harris strut her stuff down the carpet in a beautiful one-shoulder Cushnie et Ochs dress, complete with a side slit and deep sweetheart neckline. InStyle reports that the actress polished off her look with a silver clutch by Rauwolf and black-capped pumps.

Dascha Polanco brought the party to the black-and-white-attired affair in a sexy black top with cutouts outlining the neckline and a bare back paired with high-waisted trousers, The Daily Mail reports. The Orange is the New Black star paired her sultry look with an oversized envelope clutch and strappy black heels.

Although these gorgeous ladies were decked out to rock the red carpet, there are certain things we can take away from their style and apply in the way we dress everyday:

  1. Pick a focal point – Rachel McAdams’ dress focuses mostly on her collarbone and shoulders via the off-the-shoulder neckline, while also focusing on her waist through the dress’s triangular cutout. Notice, however, that the length of the gown compensates for all of the skin shown on the top half of her body. By having a longer hemline on the dress, she is allowing for the top half of her body to be the focal point of her outfit. If the hemline of the dress were shorter and showed more leg, there would be too much skin showing, causing us to not know what exactly to zero in on. When you are planning an outfit, keep in mind what you want the focal point of that outfit to be; if you choose a top or dress with a plunging neckline, make sure that the hemline of the dress hits at least at the knee (if not a little lower) to ensure that your neckline is the sole point of attention. If you wish to make your legs the star of the show, pick a top or a dress with a higher neckline so any bare skin at your shoulders and chest won’t compete with your exposed legs.
  2. Sweethearts are universally flattering – The beautiful sweetheart neckline of Naomie Harris’ dress not only adds visual interest to her dress, it also opens up her neckline and emphasizes her bust. Sweetheart necklines, and their many iterations, are universally flattering for the sole fact that they open up your neckline. To emphasize your bustline, try a sweetheart style similar to Harris’ deeper, more architectural-style neckline; this neckline shows a little more skin, but it also has built-in structure, making it very easy to wear. If the idea of a deeper sweetheart is a little bit scary, look for deeper sweethearts that either have a one-shoulder detail like Harris’ dress or have a mesh overlay; this way, you still have the comfort of material or straps at your shoulders while also keeping the integrity of the neckline.
  3. Separates can be cohesive – We could have sworn that Dascha Polanco’s black top and pants combo was a jumpsuit, but her outfit was a great way of showing us that separates can really create a cohesive look. Keeping the separates in a dark neutrals (like black or navy) helps create a unified look while also creating a seamless transition between pieces. This could also be done in all white, allowing for a crisp, clean look that is simultaneously classic and edgy.

She Leads, You Follow

Celebrities often take a leap right off the fashion ledge; they push boundaries in their fashion choices and make it look quite effortless, leaving all of us style novices to look on in awe and admiration of their flawless style.  The “She Leads, You Follow” series will examine how our favorite ladies put together their looks so we, too, can look as fashionably flawless as they do.

Our first “fashion leader” is none other than Mrs. Carter herself, Beyoncé. The Queen of the Beyhive was spotted in May wearing an orange Cushnie et Ochs top and pink DSquared2 leather shorts, which she paired with bright magenta heels and a turquoise satchel purse.

Although it seems like a fashion misstep to incorporate four distinct colors into one outfit, Beyoncé shows that it is more than possible to make such bold colors work together to create a cohesive ensemble. Here’s why this outfit works:

  1. The brightness and saturation of her shirt and shorts are equal – Both her shirt and her shorts are of the same intensity and richness, allowing them to complement each other instead of compete with each other.
  2. Her shoes are far enough away from the pink of her shorts to not compete with it – Beyoncé’s magenta shoes may be brighter than her pink shorts, but because they are equally rich in color and far enough away from her shorts, they do not compete with her shorts and make it look like she got dressed in the dark and accidentally mismatched two different shades of pink.
  3. Her turquoise bag is also of equal saturation and brightness to the other colors in her outfit – Although the turquoise seems like a random color to add to this ensemble, it breaks up the pink and orange pairing, giving it a sort of color-blocking effect. By adding an earring in a similar color, Beyoncé is able to tie in the turquoise bag to create a unified outfit.

Sounds easy enough, right? Just remember: the color you pair do not have to match, they have to go, and they should only match each other in brightness and saturation. And most of all, remember to wear it with confidence — all fashion risks look better when worn with confidence!