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Throwback Thursday: Rachel Bilson's Blue Suede Biker Jacket and Bootcut Jeans

Rachel Bilson Look for Less
Fresh off of her run as Summer Roberts in The O.C. and a lead role in the film Jumper, Rachel Bilson was making a name for herself as a style icon in the late aughts. This look from 2008 — which feels like it was just yesterday — is so effortless and the pieces are as versatile as they are timeless. Rachel paired a chic blue suede moto jacket with bootcut jeans, a basic black tee, cognac boots, dark brown leather handbag and a pair of retro wayfarer sunglasses. Suede definitely made a huge comeback recently with fringe booties, jackets and accessories, but the bold blue shade adds a playful twist to the trend. Read on to shop the featured pieces including Missguided's Faux Suede Biker Jacket and more fall essentials starting at $9!

Rachel Bilson Look for Less

Rachel Bilson Photo Credit: Louise Barnsley, Pacific Coast News

Off the Rack: Fall Finds From $12.99 at Marshalls

Fall fashions at Marshalls are affordable and on-trend.
Yesterday I had one of those rare "I'm a great mom! I can do this!" days, and it included a little trip to Marshalls with two amazingly well-behaved boys. I wanted to scope out the fall fashion for you guys, and I was really pleased to find a ton of on-trend pieces mostly under $30 for clothes and under $60 for boots and bags. I only made it through the contemporary/juniors department on this trip, and that's where I found lots of cozy sweaters like geo print cardigans and loose weave pullovers in shades of olive, burgundy, navy and tan.

The Look for Less: Chloe Espadrille Wedge Sandal

Get the look of Chloe's espadrille wedge sandals for less.
This post began as a reader request to find a more affordable version of the Marc Fisher 'Adalyn' espadrille wedge (hmm that would be a cute name for a baby girl...'Adalyn,' not 'espadrille wedge' unless you REALLY love shoes) but in my hunt I discovered that the Marc Fisher shoe is actually a budget dupe for these Chloe espadrille wedges. Sadly I couldn't find anything cheaper than the Marc Fisher pair, but when compared to the $625 pricetag of the Chloes, the Marc Fishers are a steal at $159.95 at! Summer's not over yet and these beauties would look stunning with your end-of-season tan and a white dress.

Splurge: Chloe Espadrille Wedge, $625 at (also available at MyTheresa, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue & Forward by Elyse Walker)
Steal: Marc Fisher 'Adalyn' Espadrille Wedge, $159.95 at (also available at Zappos, Bloomingdale's & 6pm)

Classic Prep: Reese Witherspoon's Blue Striped Blouse and White Shorts Look for Less

Reese Witherspoon Look for Less
Once again I am in awe of Reese Witherspoon's southern sweetheart style. Her crisp white shorts and clean striped button-up look great paired with nude sunglasses, sandals and, the perfect summer accessory, a straw tote. Reese's classic prep style is so simple to recreate and in this curated batch of must-haves, I've even included a little DIY project. On Reese, the blue and white striped blouse has touches of embroidered flowers scattered on the front, and since it was my favorite detail of the look I knew that our fellow Budget Babes had to have it too! Read on to see the $5 iron-on appliqués I found at JoAnn Fabrics that easily take this look to the next level...

Reese Witherspoon Look for Less

Reese Witherspoon Photo Credit: STPR /

Wild Child: Ashley Madekwe's Black Bardot Top and Leopard Platform Look for Less

Ashley Madekwe Look for Less
Not sure what to wear on your next girls night out? Take a style cue from Ashley Madekwe by spicing up a monochromatic look with touches of gold and an animal print. Ashley paired an off-the-shoulder top with matching ankle jeans, leopard platforms and a chain-strap leather handbag. To top off the look she added bangles, an edgy leather wrap choker and a quick swipe of a mauvey pink lipstick. Ashley's ensemble is comprised of multiple trends, but looks completely effortless and so chic. Read on to score our curated finds, including a fab pair of spotted platforms from GoJane for just $19!

Ashley Madekwe Look for Less

Ashley Madekwe Photo Credit: MHD, Pacific Coast News