Designer Looks for Less!
While we’re on the topic of animal inspired jewelry, Cartier had a collection of stunning panther/lion rings. It was a while back, but bring back those gorgeous pieces with this bold, crystal encrusted ring (also from lulus.com) at an unbelievable price of $14 versus that of a couple, say, thousand! If you decide to wear such bold cocktail rings, try to limit the number of rings you wear to just that piece; too much will be overwhelming and may look a little tack. Opt for simple jewelry; a thin, simple bangle or chain on the wrists and a small pendant around the neck is fine; but remember, balance is key!
Stella McCartney is one of my favorite designers of all time; everything she creates is wearable, feminine, beautifully constructed, and so elegant! The downside? The price tag (that seems to be the issue with most cases…). One of my favorite pieces for her Spring Collection was this ruffle trim blouse in the daintiest corally pink; a little less ruffles would have made it even better, but, nonetheless, I loved it. Lulu’s has a great mini dress much like Stella’s in a gorgeous taupe with less ruffles and an affordable price! Due to its satin-like sheen, this dress is perfect for cocktail hour or for a more formal evening occasion. Pair it with pumps, grap a clutch, pull your hair into a chignon and you are ready to go!
Victoria Beckham’s closet is very much enviable; her style is much sought after, and her endless collections of designer labels are highly coveted (such as the two million dollar Hermes Birkin collection!) The majority of us, however, don’t have the luxury to spend so ravishly (though we all dream of it) – which is why a look for less is makes us all happy: we’re still stylish, and our wallets still full. I love the simplicity and girliness of this dress Victoria wears; it’s chic and perfect to just throw on and run out! I found a similar dress in beige on lulus.com; it’s a bit pricey for some, but in comparison to the hundreds or thousands Mrs. Beckham spent, $62 seems like nothing! I’m not too fond of the oxfords paired with the dress, as shown in the picture from the site – it just doesn’t work for me. I would suggest pairing it with pointy-toed pumps; the sharp lines from the shoe will contrast the smoother lines and silouhette of the sleeve.
Here are a couple of other picks that I adore!
I love the sweetness of this dress; it’s girly, with a mini hemline and flutter sleeves and in a delicious raspberry color. Yet when you turn around, it’s a little surprise – a keyhole gives a peek of skin for that demure sexiness. The silouhette is fabulous as well; the boxy fit hides the tummy whilst excentuating the chest (yes!). Modestly sexy…it’s the way to go!
I’m not exactly sure why I’m in love with these Jeffrey Campbell heels; I know they’re a bit odd to most, but something about the gladiator-like straps look so stunning! The more I look at it, the more I want it. The vintage-wash gold gives a nice metallic sheen without being obnoxiously reflective. How to wear it? I’m picturing it with medium wash skinny jeans, a v-neck American Apparel tee in white, and camel colored leather bag (think loose hobos/satchels) to match the wooden heel, and piles of chains (as seen on the runway, just not as bulky). Perhaps top it off with a black fedora?These shoes are also found at Urban Outfitters, but UO has them at $125 – it’s cheaper at lulus! I’m also quite in love with the leopard print wallet…just because I love leopard print (though it can be quite tacky in some cases) and because my vintage Gucci wallet feels like it is just about to burst.