By Elizabeth Eadie
Dressing like you have your own personal stylist is really manageable at any budget, as long as you’re willing to put in the time. Take a look at this picture of Victoria Beckham. Her boots and jeans create long lean lines that bring the eye up to her seasonal sweater. While the focus might lead to her face, she’s characteristically hiding behind a hat and sunnies. We’re going to recreate her look here in Baltimore with a much more realistic budget of $200.
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We’ll begin with the main elements, the sweater and jeans. While this folksy style of winter sweater comes out nearly every year, the shape will no doubt change as years go by. Stay warm and on-trend by paying attention to the length and the cut of the knit. For this look, we’re going to look for a fitted, almost shrunken look as well as the traditional woven graphic. I found a great and more affordable option: the Long Sleeve Fair Isle Knit Turtleneck by Charter Club at Macy’s for $44.99.
Next up are the pants. I couldn’t decide if these were leather pants or just had a little sheen. Since I’m not really a fan of leather pants since there are so few places you should wear them, I’m going with easy to find slim fitting black knit pants from American Apparel. You could also look for jeans with a slight sheen or even perhaps a (dare I say) jegging. These pants I’ve selected are the most expensive item of the entire outfit at $73.
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Now that we’ve established the basic building blocks of the outfit, we need to start accessorizing. First up, shoes. I was on the fence about these as I found great sales at the Coach store (such as the Kaylie Boot on sale for $279). Ultimately, I chose to go with this much more affordable high black boot from Target (these are $39.99). They have the perfect amount of slouch round the ankle and will be comfortable on calves of all shapes and sizes.
The next accessory is my personal favorite. I love sunglasses, and if I were putting together this look, I’d splurge here (for Oliver People’s if you’re interested). But in the spirit of keeping this look affordable, I’m recommending this very similar version available at Urban Outfitters, which are seriously affordable at $14.
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The conductor hat is a specific style that I think only flatters women with shorter hair. If you’ve got that look going on, definitely go get this hat for whenever you’re in a rush or just want to keep your hair from flying around (O’s game?). This particular hat was $28 from Nordstrom.
With a little bit of time and patience, you can totally knock off any celebrity look you’re after. If I were a gambling girl, I’d be willing to bet if anything on Beckham cost less than $200 it would be the hat. And here in Baltimore, you can get the entire look for that price.
Elizabeth Eadie lives in downtown Baltimore. She is a Baltimore web designer, a maker of watercolor stationery and a design blogger.