Frugal Friday: Fashion

This post goes out to all the ladies!

It’s a special date night on a summer evening and you naturally, have nothing to wear. You want to look effortless, chic, and sexy. So you turn to the internet to find some inspiration from celebrity fashion. This can so easily turn into a rabbit hole of frustration because if you’re anything like me, you don’t have 16 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, are not close, personal friends with Herve Leger and do not own a single piece of Tiffany jewelry. How on earth will you pull together a look that is as fabulous as that of your celebrity style icons’? With frugality, that’s how!

One of the many fashionable actresses I look to for style inspiration is the incomparable Charlize Theron. She can pretty much do no wrong. With talent that just wont quit, and legs that go for days, she looks beautiful in everything. This casual red carpet look is a little bit rock and roll but the LWD (Little White Dress) that is oh-so-in this season softens the edgier vibe. 

Charlize, lookin' fab

Charlize, lookin' fab

Charlize’s look is a Stella McCartney dress ($1,200) Stella McCartney chain clutch bag ($800), with Giuseppe Zanotti cap toe pumps ($465), and Christian Dior Earrings ($700), for a grand total of $3,165!

But wait! Before throwing a fit because you don't have a spare $3,200 for a date night outfit, let's try to put a little something beautiful together that is actually affordable!

You, lookin' fab 

You, lookin' fab 

To recreate this look on a reasonable budget, I found a Zara dress (retail $59.90, on sale now for $29.99), Steve Madden Deceptve pumps ($77.98), an Olivia + Joy Tessa clutch (retail $78, on sale now for $53.99), and ALDO Therong Stone Set Flower Stud earrings ($15.24).  The grand total for our look is $177.20! With a high neckline like this, I recommend wearing hair swept back in a simple up-do (like a messy pony or loose sock bun) to show off the detail of the dress and your beautiful face.

What do you think? Is this a look you’d like to try? Whose celebrity style inspires you?

We'd love to hear from you!

- Susannah Roupe