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Across the Pond: Pixie Lott's Black Bodysuit and Boyfriend Jean Look for Less

Pixie Lott Look for Less
One of my favorite jean styles for the upcoming fall season is the boyfriend style. With its variations of the "mom jean" or girlfriend style, the loose fit is extremely comfortable and it adds just a touch of androgyny and a relaxed look to any outfit. Here Pixie Lott wears the trend paired with a deep plunging bodysuit — à la Khloe Kardashian — patent leather pumps and a bold mustard yellow boxy satchel. I love the simplicity of this look and the bright pop of color, but I was weary of the neckline. I wanted this look to be wearable at any hour of the day. So while the daring bodysuit is great for nightwear, I've also included a high-neck bodysuit to be able to take this look into the daytime hours — you could even pair with a long sleeve for fall! Read on to score my favorite bodysuit from Boohoo and discover amazing basics, each for under $50...

Pixie Lott Look for Less


Pixie Lott Photo Credit: Landmark, PRPhotos.com


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 nordstrom.com! 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 net-a-porter.com (also available at MyTheresa, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue & Forward by Elyse Walker)
Steal: Marc Fisher 'Adalyn' Espadrille Wedge, $159.95 at nordstrom.com (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 / PRPhotos.com