Spring runway looks for less
For spring 2013, designers churned out perfect prints, lovely lace and suits with a shock factor for women. The runway looks are a dream for most, with price tags that resemble a mortgage payment. But don't fret, we have you covered with some great alternatives for how to navigate the trends without breaking the bank. We even have some offerings for style savvy men. Save now and thank us later. -- Matthew T. Murray
Bathing suits in prints and ruffles are perfect for the summer sun. This Marc by Marc Jacobs one-piece will cost you upwards of $177.
This ASOS two-piece is just as playful as the Marc by Marc Jacobs option. The bottom, $15.79, and top, $11.64, brings the total look to $27.43; at ASOS.com.
Rachel Zoe churned out a spring collection channeling the free-spirited vibe of the '70s, and her floppy hats and fresh take on women's wear were a hit.
Zoe's hats will cost you $125 a pop, but to rock this runway look for less, try Zara’s brimmed hat, $29.90 at zara.com.
The white pants from Zoe's collection will cost upwards of $295, but these Zara sarong trousers are $79.90 at zara.com.
Nicholas K, above, and a plethora of other designers whipped up statement-making necklaces as the finishing touch to chic outfits. This one is an elaborate, color-blocked piece that commands attention.
Bauble Bar offers a precious pink statement necklace in a spring-ready pastel shade for $36, at baublebar.com.
Checkered suits were the rage for men on the spring runways, and Marc by Marc Jacob’s grungy rendition was a standout. The jacket will set you back $498 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Zara’s checked blazer, $189 at zara.com, will look great with a pair of jeans and T-shirt for daytime or a crisp button-down for the evening.
Printed shirts are virtually everywhere this spring. The button-down versions from Sophie Theallet’s runway will cost you about $700.
J. Crew’s foulard printed shirt, $88 at jcrew.com, is a more affordable and equally chic option.
Lace dresses are timeless staples. This Victoria Beckham lace dress is sheer perfection, but at $1,150, the price tag isn’t.
Instead of drooling over Victoria Beckham's pricey confection, snap up Topshop’s lacy number for $140 at topshop.com. Not only is it $1,000 less, but it has the same seamless blend of a mint shade with delicate white lace.
Long gone are the days where women’s suiting was a stuffy clone of men's wear. Now, new silhouettes and bold colors are the go-to option for a day at the office. Rachel Roy’s popping pink ensemble rings in at $636 but, thankfully, daring suits are in vogue and we were able to find you a more affordable option.
The alternative to Rachel Roy's look is this shocking pink number from Zara. The blazer is $99.90 and the pants are $59.90, bringing the total price to $159.80, at zara.com. Warning: You will be at risk of co-worker envy.
For the summer, light-as-a-feather dresses are a must and none are more stunning than those that come in a wonderful Ikat print, like the one on the Tadashi Shoji runway, retailing for $378.
Our alternative to Tadashi Shoji's dress is Chico’s. Their Ikat print dress will easily become a wardrobe staple, and it's $129 at chicos.com.
Digitized prints create a hyper-realistic effect on this Victoria Beckham number. The dress, adorned with off-kilter dark florals, has a hefty $1,050 price tag.
Nasty Gal’s dark bloom dress, $220 at nastygal.com, is a beautiful way to achieve the digitized print look of Victoria Beckham.
Bomber jackets are on the rise for men and Tim Coppens’ version was both functional and sporty. Now, bomber jackets are coming in a wide range of colors and prints and are considered the new varsity jacket for men. Coppens' version is a staggering $2,527.
ASOS offers this acid wash pink bomber jacket for fashion-forward men, $33.25 at asos.com.