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Spot the Real: Denim Off-the-Shoulder Dress

Can you guess which dress costs more?
We all know that the off-the-shoulder top or dress is spring's must-have silhouette, and Rebecca Minkoff's take on the trend is pretty much perfect. It's feminine but not overly sweet, and unique without being over-the-top. The chambray denim fabric makes it wearable and easy to style in so many ways. See if you can spot the real ($198) from the steal ($59.90) by clicking a link below!


See if you can spot the real True Religion off-shoulder chambray top, plus see how Jamie Chung is styling her bell-sleeve top and denim skirt for spring.

Seeing Double: Emma Roberts' Denim Shirt and Distressed Jeans Look for Less

Emma Roberts in double denim and white sneakers
The key to fashion is to look like you're not trying even when you really are. Emma Roberts does just that in her latest normcore ensemble, pairing a denim shirt with distressed jeans, white sneakers and a brown leather backpack. Personally, I just love when fashion meets practicality, and nothing could be more comfortable than denim and sneakers paired with an arms-free backpack. These are pieces you'll be reaching for over and over again - and we found all the lookalikes under $48...

Emma Roberts denim look for less

Emma Roberts Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant Is Here - See the Lookbook Starring Actress Danielle Brooks

Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant Lookbook starring Danielle Brooks, star of Orange is the New Black
Christian Siriano has created an exclusive evening and ready-to-wear collection for Lane Bryant, now available in stores and online. Regarding the collaboration, Christian Siriano had this to say, “In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size. Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes. I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.”

High-Impact: Karlie Kloss' White Trousers and Sneakers Look for Less

Karlie Kloss black t-shirt, white pants, white sneakers look for less
Karlie Kloss is never one to shy away from a bold pant...remember her wide leg trouser and trench coat look? Here she shows us how a high-waist white pant with a unique belt-detail can add drama to an otherwise minimalist look. She pairs the pant with a simple black tee, white sneakers, reflective sunglasses and a burgundy bag. The pants take center stage but the supporting cast is just as chic. I was recently reading an article on Corporette about sneakers at the office and I think Karlie's look today is one example of when you could totally rock your sporty shoes to work on a casual Friday (or any day in a more creative environment). Read on for my look for less featuring finds from $5 to $70...

Karlie Kloss black t-shirt, white pants, white sneakers look for less

Karlie Kloss Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews

Shop more bold white bottoms under $100...

The Look for Less: Aquazzura Lace Up Espadrilles

Aquazzura lace up espadrille flats look for less
Lace-up shoes again...are you sensing a trend? I'm head-over-heels for my lace-up pointy toe flats (I own this pair in black), and now that I know how cute and wearable this style really is, I'm on the hunt for a pair of lace-up espadrilles. This summer's "It" shoe has a laid-back vibe with just enough detailing to keep them fun and interesting. Pair them with an off-shoulder top and kick-flare jeans for an of-the-moment look (like this). Aquazzura's 'Belgravia' lace-up espadrilles are $495 while ShoeDazzle's near identical pair is only $40 (and it's only $30 if you're a ShoeDazzle VIP!) Who else is in love with this look?

Splurge: Aquazzura 'Belgravia' lace-up espadrilles, $495 at (more colors at Saks, Barneys, and Shopbop)

Save: 'Palmira' lace-up espadrilles (also in black), $40 at ($30 for subscription members)

I've rounded up a couple more lace-up espadrilles after the jump, including two pairs of near-identical Aquazzura lookalikes under $ this amazing pair at LOFT for $ good!