Style 101: Espadrilles

Summer is officially upon us, and with the temperatures rising, you’ll want a shoe that will keep your feet cool while still looking cool.

Cue the espadrille, a typically canvas shoe with a sole made of braided fiber. But while many styles are made with a canvas vamp, some can even be done in a pretty crochet or lace, adding a chic bohemian touch to any outfit. They can even be found in everything from a flat, closed-toe shoe to a tall, open-toe wedge. And if a full braided sole isn’t for you, there are some styles available with a braided trim around the outsole and a full sole made of cork.

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Espadrilles can be paired with a variety of outfits and for many occasions: from a dress for an outdoor wedding to denim shorts and a tank, there is certainly an espadrille for every occasion.

If attending a wedding is on your agenda this summer, check out an espadrille wedge like the Katie Wedge Sandal by GC Shoes. Available in two neutral colors (gold metallic and nude) perfect for dresses of any color, these sandals feature dual laser cutout bands that will look like a dainty eyelet across the top of your foot. The best part — they are available at DSW for only $39.95.

Having a casual flat shoe for the summer is a must, and the Crochet Espadrille Flats from Forever 21 will certainly be your utility piece for the season. Done in cream, blush and black, these dainty crocheted slip-ons can be paired with everything from casual sundresses and skirts to jeans or shorts and a T-shirt. With a price of $14.90 per pair, you can get a couple of colors to rotate through your wardrobe all summer long.

If sneakers are more your speed, there are even espadrille sneakers available from Soludos, a favorite brand among celebrities. The Canvas Platform Tennis Sneakers will give you the best of both worlds: a lace-up sneaker style with the easy, summer look of the plaited outsole. While this style costs $89, you will surely get your money’s worth as you wear these stylish sneakers all summer long.

With these great espadrille styles to choose from — and many more in stores and on the web — you’re feet will be comfortable and fashionable all summer long.

Take Her Look [For Less]

While Paris Fashion Week slowed to a halt on March 9, it seemed as though the celebrities in attendance only amped up their fashion for the final day of shows.

Such was the case with Selena Gomez, who attended the star-studded Louis Vuitton show. The “Hands to Myself” singer gave her own fashion show when she showed up in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, according to ELLE; sporting a crisp white button down under a black overcoat, Gomez paired the top with a dark wash denim skirt. The star of her look, however, was her Louis Vuitton snakeskin booties.

If you are drooling over her snakeskin shoes, you may want to wipe up the saliva from your chin before you find out how much they cost. These Louis Vuitton stunners — the Cosplay Low Boot — which feature a pixelated python print and a metal toe cap, will set you back a lofty $3,800. While that is out of reach for most of our budgets, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate Gomez’s entire look for (way) less than her pricey booties. Read on for the results!

Starting off our look for less is a simple white button down, and the Textured Cotton Shirt from Forever 21 is a cost-effective blouse for the job. This utility piece will be a versatile wardrobe staple for a mere $19.90.

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The Textured Cotton Shirt, found on

A dark wash denim skirt will complete the basics of Gomez’s look, and ASOS offers the perfect option in the form of the Jack Wills Button Front 70s Style Denim Skirt. Done in a similar wash and silhouette, this skirt makes a great alternative to Gomez’s style, and it will only set you back $66.92.


The Jack Wills Button Front 70s Style Denim Skirt, found on

Finding snakeskin booties to rival Gomez’s pricey Louis Vuitton style was no easy task, but the Lucky Brand Bartalino Bootie from Nordstrom certainly gives them a run for their money. While they aren’t quite as fancy as the Louis Vuittons, they are much more versatile, delivering a faux snakeskin in a casual western silhouette that can be worn with everything from this look-alike ensemble to your favorite pair of jeans. These versatile booties will definitely be worth their $99.95 price tag for all the wear you’ll get out of them.

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The Lucky Brand ‘Bartalino’ Bootie, found on

Although nothing can compare to Gomez’s multi-colored Louis Vuitton bag, the Steven Madden Chaplin Crossbody Bag gives a similarly colorful look in a quilted design. This chainlink shoulder strap bag will add some color to your look for only $21.95.

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Steve Madden Chaplin Crossbody Bag, found on

While Gomez’s Louis Vuitton booties may not find their way into your closet any time soon, our look alike ensemble can — and it will only set you back $208.72. Just throw on your favorite black coat and rockstar shades, and you’ll be ready for the next Paris Fashion Week.


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Take Her Look [For Less]

Snow isn’t the only bright white we’ve seen this winter.

On Friday, Feb. 5, Rachel McAdams took to the red carpet of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, continuing the awards season circuit for her role in Spotlight, in which she plays journalist Sacha Pfeiffer.

Attending a screening of her film in what PopSugar says is a Jonathan Simkhai burnout midi dress, McAdams paired her stark white number with Christian Louboutin heels and some flashy diamonds.

McAdams’ film festival ensemble makes for a no-fuss look, but its price, however, is not so simple. The sleeveless burnout midi dress is available at Neiman Marcus for a lofty $1,295, and let’s not forget that she’s also wearing Louboutins, which are always pricey. While her look may cost upwards of $1,200, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

McAdams’ Jonathan Simkhai dress is certainly unique, but we were able to find its perfect replacement in the form of the Tiger Mist One Love Lace Midi Dress from Forever 21. Featuring a similar spaghetti strap construction and a lace skirt to rival her quasi-mermaid look, this dress will deliver a sweet style reminiscent of McAdams’ ensemble for only $89.90.

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The Tiger Mist One Love Lace Midi Dress, found on

Capping off our look for less is a sleek pair of white pointed-toe heels, and our shoe of choice is the Madden Girl Ohnice pump from DSW. These heels will take your look to new heights for only $44.95.

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The Madden Girl Ohnice Pump, found on

While McAdams’ film festival look costs well beyond her Jonathan Simkhai dress’s $1,295 price tag, our look-alike ensemble will only set you back $134.85 — and don’t forget to add a bright red lipstick to polish off your look!

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Take Her Look [For Less]

The cold weather of Park City, Utah couldn’t turn down the heat of Scandal star Kerry Washington’s Sundance Film Festival look.

On Jan. 23, Washington made an appearance at the premiere of HBO’s Confirmation on the third day of the festival, wearing a black leather top by Ji Oh, a white faux-wrap skirt by Tibi and thigh-high Stuart Weitzman boots. She completed her look with a bit of bling, wearing Jennifer Mayer rings, according to the actress’ Instagram account.

Washington’s Sundance ensemble seems pretty easy to replicate, but its price is not as easy as we hoped — her Tibi skirt alone costs $425 from Nordstrom. While her designer-laden outfit is sophisticated and just a tad bit sexy, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to create a look-alike ensemble that is just as stunning for under $200. Read on for the results!

First on our shopping list was a faux leather top, and we found the perfect tank for the job in the form of the Faux Leather Crop Top from Forever21. This faux-leather cropped number will deliver a similar look to Washington’s top for only $17.90.

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The Faux Leather Crop Top, found on

A white wrap skirt will form the second part of our three-pronged look, and the Textured Wrap Front Midi Skirt from Missguided offers the perfect alternative to Washington’s expensive Tibi number. Although this skirt has a closer-fitting silhouette than Washington’s more A-line skirt, this option from Missguided delivers a sexy front slit reminiscent of Washington’s style, and it does so for a mere $17.

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The Textured Wrap Front Mini Skirt, found on

Completing our look for less are gorgeous over-the-knee boots courtesy of DSW. The Unisa Saranaa Over the Knee Boots offer a gorgeous faux-suede over a heeled construction, making these the perfect boots to replicate Washington’s Stuart Weitzman pair. These, however, will only set you back $79.95.

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The Unisa Saranaa Over the Knee Boots, found on

While Washington’s Tibi skirt alone costs a whopping $425, our look for less totals $114.55. With all the money you saved, you deserve to go out and buy some jewelry to add to your new look!

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Take Her Look [For Less]+

Something as a simple as a black dress can look just as stunning as the fanciest couture gown, and Angelina Jolie showed us how it’s done when she walked the red carpet of the Kung Fu Panda premiere in Los Angeles on Jan. 16.

Taking to the red carpet with five of her six children, Jolie turned heads in what InStyle says is a black Saint Laurent shift dress with cap sleeves, which she paired with minimal jewelry and black pointed-toe pumps.

If this is the little black dress that you’re wardrobe has been missing, you may want to hold off on purchasing the frock until you learn its price. Jolie’s Saint Laurent tube dress is available from YSL for a lofty $1,490. But before you think that all hope’s lost in owning your dream LBD, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Black dresses are always in high demand, so finding the perfect shift dress for our recreated look was a cinch. The Have a Good One Black Shift Dress from Lulu’s not only mimics the silhouette of Jolie’s Saint Laurent number, it also comes with an added bonus: slit pockets at the hip! What’s more is that this dress will give you Jolie’s exact look for only $59.


The Have a Good One Black Shift Dress, found on

If you’re looking for the perfect LBD in extended sizes, we’ve found another great alternative in the form of the Strappy Shift Dress from Charlotte Russe. Although this frock has some extra detail at the shoulder, it only makes the look that much more chic. This dress will not only make a great way to take Jolie’s look for less, it will also make a great wardrobe staple for only $23.99.


The Strappy Shift Dress, found on

Capping off our head-to-toe look is the Journee Collection Yoko Pump from DSW. Featuring a similar pointed-toe silhouette and leather upper, this heel will be your wardrobe’s utility player for years to come, and it’s available for only $39.95.

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The Journee Collection Yoko Pump, found on

If Jolie’s Saint Laurent shift dress was calling your name but it’s$1,490 price tag was waving goodbye, we were able to recreate her entire look for $98.95 and $63.94 for extended sizes. Just add some dainty jewelry, and you’ll have Jolie’s look in no time!

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Take Her Look [For Less]

When Jennifer Lopez isn’t sitting as a judge on “American Idol” or acting on her new crime drama “Shades of Blue,” she is amazing us with her sense of style. And that’s exactly what she did on Monday, Jan. 4 when her glimmering outfit captured our attention.

Making her way to Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles on Monday Night, the singer-actress wore what Cosmopolitan says is a gold Michael Kors jumpsuit to the studio. She completed her sparkly ensemble with loads of gold jewelry, a gold belt and gold platform sandals to match.

If Lopez’s jumpsuit looks like something that your wardrobe might be craving, you might want to find out the price before you get your credit card ready. This Michael Kors Collection Sequined Mesh Bell-Bottom Jumpsuit is available at Neiman Marcus for — brace yourself — $9,995. Yes, you read that correctly — $9,995. If a nearly $10,000 jumpsuit isn’t in the budget, fear not: we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate Lopez’s luxurious look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Searching the nooks and crannies of the Internet to find a jumpsuit to live up to Lopez’s Michael Kors number may have been our most difficult search process yet, but we finally found the perfect alternative in the form of the Hot Shot Metallic Jumpsuit from Nasty Gal. Although this jumpsuit has some black undertones, it serves as the perfect background for the gold metallic to stand out. The legs of the jumpsuit are also cut in a flared, bell-bottom silhouette, just like Lopez’s look. The best part of this jumpsuit is its price, costing a sale price of $68.60.

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The Nasty Gal Hot Shot Metallic Jumpsuit, found on

To further define your waist, you’ll need to pair your jumpsuit with a gold belt, and the Metal Stretch Belt from Topshop will do just the trick. With its flat buckle mimicking that of Lopez’s belt, not only will everyone think you stole her jumpsuit, they will also think you took her belt, too. This belt will polish off your look for only $30.

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The Metal Stretch Belt, found on

Completing our look for less are gold sandals, and the Madeline Girl Storm Sandal from DSW will give just enough shine to take your outfit to the next level. Add these heels to your look for only $39.95.

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The Madeline Girl Storm Sandal, found on

If Lopez’s $9,995 jumpsuit isn’t in the budget, our look-alike ensemble will allow you to take her look for your own for only $138.55. Add some gold bracelets and earrings, and you’ll be the talk of the town, just like JLo.

Happy Shopping!



Take Her Look [For Less]

With the arrival of 2016 comes the beginning of awards season, and kicking off the start of the season was the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 3 in Palm Springs, California. While the gala honored the motion picture industry’s best actors, actresses, films and filmmakers, there were some in attendance who not only had eye-catching film performances, but also eye-catching style.

One such actress was Rooney Mara, who attended the gala to accept the Spotlight Award for her work in the film, Carol. According to InStyle, Mara walked the gala’s red carpet in a satin Lanvin cocktail dress with lace detail at the hem and straps. Capping off her look were slingback pointed-toe pumps and a sleek updo.

If you love Mara’s Lanvin frock, you may have to wait a while before you can claim it for yourself — the dress is a part of the French fashion house’s Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection. Even if it were available now, Lanvin dresses currently available at Neiman Marcus sell for at least $910 — and that’s a sale price. But because we believe good style is accessible at any price point, we set out to recreate Mara’s high fashion look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a dress reminiscent of Mara’s high fashion look was no easy task, but we thought that the Gift of Rhyme Black Skater Dress from Lulu’s shared many of the same features that made Mara’s dress so stunning. For instance, its square neckline and split-strap design invokes the bodice of Mara’s dress, while its full skater skirt mimics the voluminous, bubble-like look of Mara’s frock. The best part — this dress is on sale for only $55.

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The Gift of Rhyme Black Skater Dress, found on

Finishing off our look for less is a black slingback pointed-toe pump, and the Sam Edelman Dora Suede Pump from DSW is just the shoe for the job. These look-alike pumps will deliver a similar look to Mara’s heels for only $49.95.

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The Sam Edelman Dora Suede Pump, found on

Mara’s high fashion Lanvin look may be out of reach, but our look-alike ensemble will allow you to take her look for only $104.95. Style your hair in a sleek updo, and you’ll have successfully taken Mara’s film festival gala look for less!

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Take Her Look

Seattle in December may not always be the best weather-wise, but things got a little hotter when singer Ciara stopped by on Dec. 15.

The singer and brand ambassador for Topshop visited the Downtown Nordstrom to celebrate the two retailers’ partnership. Wearing pieces from Topshop, Ciara stunned in a top with a plunging neckline which she paired with a leather midi skirt and black pumps.

Ciara’s chic all-black ensemble may look like it costs an arm and a leg, but it is actually quite affordable. In fact, we’ve found the exact pieces she’s wearing (which are all from Topshop, naturally) so you can take her look, and we’ve even found the perfect black pumps to pair with it. Read on for the results!

After following a lead from Topshop’s Twitter, we were able to find Ciara’s top, which is actually a bodysuit. Its deep neckline will frame your face while also creating a sexy look. Ciara’s Square Plunge Bodysuit will form the basis of your new outfit, and it will only cost $35.


The Square Plunge Bodysuit, found on

Ciara paired her bodysuit with a leather skirt — the Topshop Leather Midi Skirt, to be exact — and you can too, for $180. The zippers placed on an angle at the hip are not only cool, edgy details, they are also shape-enhancers, accentuating your natural curves.


The Topshop Leather Midi Skirt, found on

Completing your sexy and stylish ensemble is a pair of black pumps, and we found the perfect pair in the form of the Aldo Waycien Lizard Pumps from DSW. The subtle lizard print invokes the pattern on Ciara’s pumps, making them the perfect alternative to her heels. These heels will complete your look for only $59.95.


The Aldo Waycien Lizard Pumps, found on

While this may not be a look for less, this outfit is certainly affordable, thanks to the reasonable prices at Topshop. With our look-alike pumps, you can take Ciara’s entire look for only $274.95.

Happy Shopping!


Take Her Look [For Less]

Nothing says it’s the holiday season quite like Christmas sweater — or a Fair Isle sweater, to be exact.

Actress Reese Witherspoon was spotted trolling about Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 13 in the cozy winter style, which she paired a classic pair of straight-leg jeans. She completed her out-and-about look with a red and white striped tote and black slip-on sneakers.

Witherspoon’s festive sweater may just be the perfect piece for all of our holiday needs, but its price isn’t so perfect. Courtesy of her Draper James line, the sweater — the Fontaine Fair Isle Sweater — totals $200, and quite frankly, that’s money that we could be using to buy gifts for our friends and family. So we set out to recreate Witherspoon’s entire look for less than $200 — read on for the results!

Finding a sweater to rival Witherspoon’s Draper James style was fairly simple, and we found the perfect style in the form of the Raglan Pullover Sweater from American Eagle Outfitters. Featuring a similar red and blue pattern draped about the shoulders, this sweater also features a hidden element: a small heart motif throughout the body of the sweater. This sweater will easily pass for Witherspoon’s look, but it will only cost you $41.21.

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The AEO Raglan Pullover Sweater, found on

We found the perfect pair of straight-leg jeans from Old Navy in their Curvy Straight Jeans. Done in a lighter wash with a slight whiskering at the hip, these jeans look like Witherspoon’s jeans, but will only set you back $25.

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The Curvy Straight Jean, found on

Completing our look for less is a pair of slip-on sneakers — the Report Arvon Reptile Slip-On Sneaker from DSW, to be exact. These look-alike slip-ons will add extra detail to your outfit with its reptile-embossed faux leather, but they won’t take any extra from your wallet, costing only $34.95.

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The Report Arvon Reptile Slip-On Sneaker, found on

If you love Witherspoon’s festive casual look, our look for less can be yours for only $101.16, almost $100 less than the cost of her Draper James sweater. Just add some Wayfarer sunglasses and a striped bag, and you’ll be ready for the holidays in no time!

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Take Her Look [For Less]

With the holiday season officially upon us, it is now acceptable to start wearing seasonal colors. And actress Lupita Nyong’o did just that on a recent outing in New York City.

Spotted out and about on a chilly day in the city, Nyong’o sported a bright green cable-knit sweater by Ralph Lauren, says The Daily Mail, which she paired with a black skater skirt, black tights, black pumps and a black wool fedora. Nyong’o polished off her chic look with aviator frames and an eye-catching blue satchel to rival her bright green top.

Although Nyong’o’s sweater has us green with envy, we can’t say the same about its price. This cashmere cable-knit style, courtesy of Ralph Lauren’s Black Label collection, rings up at a lofty $750. While we think cashmere is always a good idea, we also think we can recreate this entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a sweater in a hue just as bright as this Ralph Lauren number was no easy task, but the Liz Claiborne 3/4-Sleeve Geo Stitch Tunic Sweater from JCPenney was a good substitute. Done in an equally eye-catching lime green, this sweater’s stitching mimics the classic cable-knit style but does so with a more modern, geometric pattern. The best part — its original price is only $54.


The Liz Claiborne 3/4-Sleeve Geo Stitch Tunic Sweater, found on

You’ll need a cute skater skirt to tuck your sweater into, and there’s no better skirt for the job than the Evelyn Scuba Skirt from Tobi. Featuring similar box pleats, this skirt will easily pass for Nyong’o’s style, but will only cost you an affordable $30.

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The Evelyn Scuba Skirt, found on

Top off your look with a matching fedora — the Small-Brim Wool Fedora from Forever 21, to be exact. This fedora will replicate Nyong’o’s style for only $22.90.

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The Small-Brim Wool Fedora, found on

As if one pop of color weren’t enough, you’ll have to add this bright blue Merona satchel from Target to your outfit to achieve her total look. Featuring a hue and hardware similar to Nyong’o’s bag, this satchel will add both color and functionality to your outfit for only $39.99.

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The Merona Satchel Handbag with Removable Crossbody Strap, found on

No look is complete without a good high heel, and the Penny Loves Kenny Friend Pump from DSW is just the shoe to cap off our look for less. Done in a pointed-toe silhouette with the toe-box opening cut straight across the foot, this heel has all the features reminiscent of Nyong’o’s heels with an extra detail at the heel. These pumps, however, will only set you back $39.95.

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The Penny Loves Kenny Friend Pump, found on

Lupita Nyong’o’s New York City chic look may cost upwards of $750, but you can steal the star’s style for only $186.84. Wear it with some opaque black tights and your favorite pair of aviators, and you’ll have successfully taken Nyong’o’s look for less.

Happy Shopping!