The Fashionista is in – Recreating celeb looks

Yeah, we’re all poor. But we can still copy designer looks.

PHOTO COURTESY ZIMBIO.COM

PHOTO COURTESY ZIMBIO.COM

Kara Nesvig

When I saw Leighton Meester at the recent Louis Vuitton S/S 2010 show, I thought one thing and one thing only: I absolutely must duplicate that outfit. A click of my mouse sent it into my inspiration folder, which at the moment is about 75 percent Ashley Olsen images. But there was one tiny issue: LeightonâÄôs ensemble cost about a semesterâÄôs tuition. How could I duplicate such inspirational ensembles for a fraction of the cost? Here is my best go at making three pricey looks affordable: Leighton Meester in Louis Vuitton Outfit total: $7,511 before shoes and bag My version: Forever 21 is always my one-stop shop for pretty, cheap floral dresses. I mimicked the colors and shape of LeightonâÄôs Louis frock with their Belted Peacock Dress, only $19.80. (IâÄôd remove the tacky attached belt.) Then I e-grabbed their Oversized Chevron Vest ($24.80) to cinch over the dress. Add some simple black socks and open-toe heels and ta-da! A Leighton-esque ensemble for only $44.60. Alexa Chung in Burberry Outfit total: Trenches start at $900 My version: Burberry trenches are always touted as wardrobe essentials, but theyâÄôre unattainable at the moment. I love how AlexaâÄôs looks so casually thrown over her black silk dress. Luckily, the girls at Fashionista.com alerted me to Old NavyâÄôs $49.50 version. Throw it over this grey ASOS +chiffon dress âÄî very Alexa for $61 âÄî and add a chunky bootie like this $88 Nash Bootie from Urban Outfitters to top it all off. Find a long necklace at a vintage shop like Blacklist Vintage and Voilà. Rachel Bilson on the street Outfit total: $1,000+ My version: HereâÄôs something a little more appropriate for day-to-day class-going wear. Start with aviator sunglasses ($10 for a cheap pair or $130 for classic Ray-Bans) and a luxe wrap scarf. Throw a Forever 21 faux-leather bomber ($37.50) over a basic white tee (I like American ApparelâÄôs deep-Vs or American Vintage) and a pair of black skinny jeans or jean leggings. Nordstrom has $44 skinnies that are almost as nice as their $200 contemporaries in the Savvy department. RachelâÄôs scarf is mustard yellow, which is kind of a passé, hipster hue, so I chose a bright orange wrap from Love Quotes. TheyâÄôre a bit spendy at $85, but trust me âÄî a quality scarf improves any outfit. Cuff your jeans just a tiny bit to show off your shoes; for a more class-friendly look than RachelâÄôs heels, IâÄôd do a flat oxford. Urban Outfitters line Deena & Ozzy has a good one for $66. Start your own inspiration board My roommate and I recently made our very first inspiration board, and itâÄôs something I highly recommend doing. When you canâÄôt decide what to wear, looking at images that appeal to you can really lend a creative boost. We bought a bulletin board at Target for about $8 and filled it up with runway images.