Today’s celebrity look for less is inspired by the always fashionable Olivia Palermo from when she attended a Valentino haute couture show. Some of you may remember her from
The Hills The City and now she can be found all over the fashion scene on covers of magazines, front row at fashion week and running her personal website, www.oliviapalermo.com.
While I personally love Olivia’s style, at times it can be very fashion forward and difficult to recreate for the average girl next door. I love this look because it is classic while still being high fashion. Julia Roberts wore a similar look at The Golden Globes this year with a floor length gown. This look can also be done in a casual way that is more suitable for say, going out to dinner. Remember Emma Stone’s Lanvin black strapless dress moment? I absolutely loved that she wore a simple white jersey tee underneath such an expensive black dress. It was so effortless and so COOL.
I was inspired to recreate Olivia’s look after recently purchasing this LBD at H&M in their clearance rack. I think I actually gasped out loud when I saw the price tag. I have made many great purchases (remember LOFT?) but this one is definitely going down in the books. This ruffled cocktail dress retails for $59.95 (which is really not a bad price at all for cocktail attire). How much did I pay? $3.50! That is 94% off! The tag was marked down to $7.00 and everything in clearance was an additional 50% off! Unbelievable, right?! Don’t be afraid to dig through clearance racks. On the surface there may not be much but if you take the time to look, you never know what you will find!
I put a white blouse I already owned ($14.99) on underneath the dress and wore my BCBG Booties and Express clutch (less than $10!) to complete the look. Without the shoes, this look is under $30! You can easily switch out the shoes for a pair of red or blue pumps for a pop of color or strappy heels for a sexier look. I chose not to accessorize that day but a statement necklace would go great over the white button-down shirt or a pair of statement earrings with your hair pulled back.
Would you wear this look? What celebrity do you look at for outfit inspiration? I’d love to hear your feedback!