Denim

Budget Look – Welcoming Spring in Pastel Pink

by Irina on February 28, 2017

Spring is officially around the corner and I can’t wait to ditch all of my winter clothes and finally pull out airy dresses and open-toed sandals from their winter hiatus. But since Spring isn’t in full bloom yet, we can’t probably do without a warm coat or jacket, but we can definitely welcome the new season by lightening up our wardrobe with pastel colors for example which is what I tried to do in this week’s budget look edition. Let me know if you like it!

Budget Look - Welcoming Spring in Pastel Pink

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Image source(s): H&M, Mango, Nordstrom, Amazon, Aldo, Rad., Bloomingdale’s, BagInc

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Budget Look – Californian Winter Wonderland

by Irina on December 23, 2016

Christmas is right around the corner and today I was in such a festive mood that I decided to create a wintery budget look to honor the coldest of seasons. But it wasn’t until I was finished and very proud of my creation that I noticed this black-white-blush winter outfit might not be exactly weatherproof for colder climates (hello, backless loafers and sheer mesh body!). So instead of ditching the whole look and starting all over again, I simply decided to rename the outfit theme from “Winter Wonderland” to “Californian Winter Wonderland”. Pure genius, I know. But anyways: Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you will be able to enjoy a relaxed and joyful Christmas with all your loved ones! And now step away from your computer and treat yourself to a Christmas cookie or two.

Budget Look - Californian Winter Wonderland in black, white and rose pink

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Image source(s): Mango, Topshop, Amazon, Minusey, Humble Chic, BagInc, BaubleBar

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Update: This post has been updated on July 2, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Reinventing denim is not an easy task, but somehow the fashion industry manages to come up with new trends and variations season after season. A few trends from the last couple years have been: distressed/destroyed, ombré, floral print and pastels for example. Star print has been quite popular lately as well (we have written about Current/Elliott‘s star printed denim shorts here). Last year they also released a super chic semi-sheer star-print skinny jean which I loved! The print instantly adds interest to the outfit and takes this jeans from plain ordinary to fashionably chic. But $220? Designer denim sure isn’t for everyone’s wallet.

Current/Elliott The Stiletto Star-Print Skinny Jeans

Current/Elliott The Stiletto Star-Print Skinny Jeansls
($220, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbopls & Current/Elliott.

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Dakota Fanning, Rachel Bilson, Khloe Kardashian, Sophia Bush, Jessica Alba and Rochelle Wiseman wearing Current/Elliott The Stiletto Star-Print Skinny Jeans

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bebe Star Print Skinny Jeans

Update (07/02/2016): Spotted this cute star-print jeans at bebe and it instantly reminded me of the Current/Elliott designer denim version above. Available for only $69!

bebe Star Print Skinny Jeans in medium wash (Current Elliott Stiletto inspired)

bebe Star Print Skinny Jeans
($69, bebe)

Dollhouse Mid Rise Star Print Skinny Crop Jeans

Update (07/02/2016): And here’s a great alternative Dollhouse in black which has ripped knees and costs a steal-worthy $34.99 instead of $220. Yay!

Dollhouse Mid Rise Star Print Skinny Crop Jeans in grey black (Current Elliott Boyfriend inspired)

Dollhouse Mid Rise Star Print Skinny Crop Jeans
($34.99, Target)

Daisy Street Mom Jeans With Applique Stars

Update (07/02/2016): This jeans by Daisy Street isn’t really a Current/Elliott dupe, but the star appliques do give them a similar look, so I decided to add them as a budget-friendly alternative.

Daisy Street Mom Jeans With Applique Stars in light wash (Current Elliott Boyfriend inspired)

Daisy Street Mom Jeans With Applique Stars
($57, ASOS)

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Rolled Cropped Denim in Star Print

Update (07/19/2013): Check out these fab and budget-friendly star-print skinnies by Mossimo which are a great alternative to the sold out Current/Elliott jeans.

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Rolled Cropped Denim in Star Print (Current Elliott Stiletto knockoff)

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Rolled Cropped Denim in Star Print
($22.99, Target)

Rock & Republic Hamburg Star Skinny Ankle Jeans

Update (04/25/2013): Found yet another great and budget-friendly star-printed jeans alternative by Rock & Republic which is currently on sale for $21.60 and which has been sported by both Ashley Tisdale and Kristin Chenoweth.

Rock & Republic Hamburg Star Skinny Ankle Jeans (Current Elliott Stiletto look-a-like)

Rock & Republic Hamburg Star Skinny Ankle Jeansls
($21.60, Kohl’s)

Only Star Print Skinny Jean

Luckily, we have a few brands from more affordable sectors that have also incorporated the star print trend. These skinny jeans by Only are a great alternative if you’re craving the designer look but don’t want to splurge on the original. The print is more opaque on these, but everythings else seems virtually identical.

Only Star Print Skinny Jean (Current/Elliot Stiletto Star look-a-like)

Only Star Print Skinny Jean
($64.49, ASOS)

Forever 21 Star Print Skinny Jeans

If you’re looking for something even more budget-friendly, these skinny jeans by Forever 21 are super affodable at only $24.80! The star print on these is even more opaque, but the look of the Current/Elliot jeans is still very visible.

Forever 21 Star Print Skinny Jeans (Current/Elliott Stiletto Star look-a-like)

Forever 21 Star Print Skinny Jeans
($24.80, Forever 21)

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Update: This post has been updated on July 2, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

InStyle’s July issue features some of the best shorts of the season, but they must not have seen this patriotic pair by Current/Elliott! The classic wash and length makes them incredibly versatile, not to mention how cute the subtle sandblasted star pattern is when paired with a simple t-shirt and flat sandals. But if wearing denim shorts all summer long isn’t the most practical for your lifestyle, perhaps you could invest in a less expensive pair to wear during all your 4th of July festivities. Scroll down to see our best find yet!

Current Elliott The Boyfriend Star-Print Denim Shorts

Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Star-Print Denim Shortsls
($185, Net-A-Porter)

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts

Update (07/02/2016): Three years after the last steal find, I happened to find another great Current/Elliott star-print denim short alternative at bebe for $54.

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts in blue (Current Elliott inspired)

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts
($54, bebe)

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs

Update (06/24/2013): Just in time for your July 4th outfit: a budget-friendly star-print short from Forever 21! Yay!

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs (Current Elliott Star knockoffs)

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs
($9.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

Rock & Republic “Lolita” Star Denim Shorts

Update (04/25/2013): Rock & Republic have also a great star-print denim shorts in a dark hue which look a lot like the Current/Elliott version. Love the price, too!

Rock & Republic "Lolita" Star Denim Shorts (Current Elliott look-a-like)

Rock & Republic “Lolita” Star Denim Shortsls
($17.40, Kohl’s)

Dollhouse Star Print Short

Update (01/04/2013): This denim short by Dollhouse might not be an identical match, but it’s quite clear where they got the inspiration from.

Dollhouse Star Print Denim Short (Current Elliott They Boyfriend knockoff)

Dollhouse Star Print Shortls
($14.99, Alloy)

Lucky Brand “Riley” Star-Print Frayed Shorts

Now that you’ve seen this pair by Lucky Brand, and have stars in your eyes, what will the rest of your outfit look like? You’ve got so many great options! I’d suggest starting with a knit top or blouse in a personally flattering shade of red, dark blue or gray and add accessories in your favorite metallic shade. Maybe it’s an armful of silver bangles or perhaps some thin gold hoops? Either way, it’s best to select more understated pieces to keep the look elegant and not costumey. Lastly, finish the outfit with some nautical-inspired wedges, boat shoes or your favorite causal footwear… and most importantly, relax and have fun!

Lucky Brand "Riley" Star-Print Frayed Shorts (Current Elliott knockoff)

Lucky Brand “Riley” Star-Print Frayed Shortsamazon
($34.08, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos & Nordstromls.

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Who could not love Nikki Reed‘s outfit here? A cool leather jacket, red lips and matching heels, a striped shirt paired with skinny jeans and big black shades – isn’t that a look pretty much every woman would approve (and one that would make almost every woman look good in)? It’s equally cool and casual, but also dressed up thanks to the heels and red lips and a little badass, too. Below is our budget-friendly take on Nikki Reed’s fabulous outfit. Do you like it?

Nikki Reed’s Cool Leather Jacket & Red Suede Heels Look 4 Less

Celebrity Look 4 Less - Nikki Reed's All Saints Leather Jacket & Red Manolos

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Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who? Nikki Reed
Where? Out & About in Los Angeles, California
When? September 10, 2014
What? All Saints Conroy Leather Biker Jacket ($650), Blank Denim Two Tone Skinny Jeanscj ($98), Manolo Blahnik BB Suede 105mm Pumpsls ($595)

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