Okay, so let’s talk black and white stripes… again. This time I have a style blogger look 4 less for you which is inspired by Blair from the ever so gorgeous blog Atlantic-Pacific. Seriously, I’m in love with this girl! Not only does she have an impeccable sense of style, she also seems to have quite the obsession with monochrome stripes which makes her that much more loveable to me. I can relate, Blair, I can relate! – But anyway, how do you like my Blair inspired stripey b&w outfit?

Blair’s Monochrome Striped Dress Look 4 Less

Style Blogger Look 4 Less - Optic @ Atlantic-Pacific

Outfit Picture via Atlantic-Pacific

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Image source(s): Atlantic-Pacific, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Beauty.com, Amazon, ULTA, Last Call, ALDO, Stella & Dot, Forever 21


UPDATE: This post has been updated on February 25, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to shoes, Azzedine Alaïa has yet to disappoint me. I’ve loved every single of his shoes and I think this isn’t going to change soon. Just look at these fabulous strappy high heels sandals with the stingray leather straps. I love the bondage-y vibe they give off, it makes such a sexy look, don’t you agree? But whoah, have you seen the price?

Alaïa Suede & Stingray Strappy Sandals in black

Alaïa Suede & Stingray Strappy Sandalsls
($1.913, NET-A-PORTER)

Jada Pinkett Smith Loves Azzedine Alaïa

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has been spotted wearing Alaïa Suede & Stingray Strappy Sandals.

Jada Pinkett Smith wearing red Alaïa Suede & Stingray Strappy Sandals

Heart Soul “Danna” Gladiator Dress Heels

UPDATE (02/25/2014): Came across these Heart Soul strappy heels today and instantly had to think of the Alaïa heels above. Currently on sale for $69.99!

Heart Soul "Danna" Gladiator Dress Heels in black (Alaïa knockoffs)

Heart Soul “Danna” Gladiator Dress Heelsls
($69.99, Kohl’s)

Diavolina “Jester” Suede Strappy High Heel Sandals

Apart from the luxe stingray leather straps, these strappy heels by Diavolina are pretty much a spot-on dupe of the Alaïa high heel sandals above which retail for a much nicer $139.95 AUD. Also available in black/white lizard.

Diavolina "Jester" Suede Strappy High Heel Sandals in black (Azzedine Alaïa knockoffs)

Diavolina “Jester” Suede Strappy High Heel Sandals
($139.95 AUD, StyleTread)


UPDATE: This post has been updated on February 23, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

I think it has become clear why celebs absolutely adore the essential trench, and after all who can blame them? As a vital wardrobe must, this trench coat by Burberry is the ultimate classical statement with a contemporary twist. The silhouette is very flattering, framing the body and accentuating (and concealing) all the right places. Featuring leather piping, this adds a modern flair and truly brings a swanky feel to this highly coveted item. Though the price tag is quite steep, the steal below speaks for itself!

Burberry London Leather Piped Belted Gabardine Trench in honey

Burberry London Leather Piped Belted Gabardine Trenchls
($1.058, farfetch)

Anne Klein Piped Trench Coat

UPDATE (02/23/2014): Stumbled upon this piped trench at Anne Klein today and it instantly reminded me of the Burberry one above. Price: $149.

Anne Klein Piped Trench Coat in stone (Burberry London knockoff)

Anne Klein Piped Trench Coatcj
($149, Anne Klein)

MANGO Contrast Trimming Trench

UPDATE (11/14/2012): And here’s another great Burberry 4 less option by MANGO.

MANGO Contrast Trimming Trench in beige (Burberry London knockoff)

MANGO Contrast Trimming Trench
($129.99, MANGO)

P.S.: Also available at MANGO UKls (£69.99).

Warehouse Piped Trench

UPDATE (08/02/2012): Check out this fabulous Warehouse trench coat I found on ASOS today. So similar to the Burberry mac, right? Love it!

Warehouse Piped Trench in camel (Burberry knockoff)

Warehouse Piped Trenchls
($140.85, ASOS)

Wallis Tipped Belted Trench

Wallis is currently having a sale on this an amazing Tipped Belt Trench priced for only $88! As trench coat season is soon approaching, this one would definitely serve as a great transition piece plus make a staple in your closet. Also, if you’re against wearing leather, this may be a great alternative to the Burberry trench as it highlights a similar style without the leather piping.

Wallis Tipped Belted Trench in stone (Burberry Gabardine knockoff)

Wallis Tipped Belted Trenchls
($88, Wallis)

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Cheap vs. Cheaper - Steve Madden MARLENEE Ankle Strap Sandals vs. Mossimo Shari Ankle Strap Heels

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Image source(s): Macy’s, Target, Google Images


UPDATE: This post has been updated on February 21, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Stella McCartney has a way of making a simple black dress as eye-catching as any other dress in the room. And this dress is no exception. It’s a classic silhouette, but the way it’s cut in at the sides and belted is very modern and unexpected. Brooklyn and Gwyneth both wear this dress spectacularly, but as a brunette, I’d wear it with a sleek ponytail, smokey eyes, nude lips, and very little jewelry. You only need a beautiful cuff or cocktail ring and perhaps some sleek drop earrings. If you can’t afford this designer gown, but really love the style, consider the pieces we’ve put together below to create a similar look.

Stella McCartney Saskia Belted Colorblock Gown in navy

Stella McCartney Saskia Belted Colorblock Gownls
($5.365, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Brooklyn Decker and Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a Stella McCartney Belted Colorblock Gown

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Choies Sexy Maxi Contrast Color Bodycon Dress

UPDATE (02/21/2014): Found another great affordable alternative to the pricey Stella McCartney dress at Choies. So pretty, right?

Choies Sexy Maxi Contrast Color Bodycon Dress in black and nude (Stella McCartney Saskia knockoff)

Choies Sexy Maxi Contrast Color Bodycon Dress
($45.66, Choies)

P.S.: Also available at Oasap.

GoJane Two-Tone Maxi Dress

UPDATE (02/16/2013): Now if this dress won’t turn you into a femme fatala à la Jessica Rabbit, I don’t know what will! Absolutely amazed by these Stella McCartney inspired maxi dresses by GoJane! And I love that they are a budget-friendly $39.40!

GoJane Two-Tone Maxi Dress in nude and black and red and black (Stella McCartney Saskia knockoff)

GoJane Two-Tone Maxi Dress
($39.40, GoJane)

Aqua Gable Cape Back Belted Maxi Dress

UPDATE (10/22/2012): Came across another Stella McCartney-inspired column gown by Aqua. Currently on sale and also available in red orange.

Aqua Gable Cape Back Belted Maxi Dress in black (Stella McCartney Saskia knockoff)

Aqua Gable Cape Back Belted Maxi Dressls
($226.27, ASOS)

McBerry Optical Illusion Gown & Mettle “The Bold & The Beautiful” Belt

Up close, the look may seem different; but when you wear it in a darkened room, the optical illusion is just fantastic. This dress by McBerry does work better on fairer skin, but it’s just an idea of how you can create the same strong shape with a design that covers more skin (makes you look super toned) and pay a lot less. You can wear it as is, or add this gold belt by Mettle to kick up the glam factor. The belt is also a versatile accessory you can wear with a solid-colored cocktail dress and instantly make it look both luxurious and unique.

McBerry Optical Illusion Gown in black and Mettle "The Bold & The Beautiful" Belt in gold (Stella McCartney knockoff)

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