I love pouring through those amazing haute couture spreads in the latest (or even old editions really) issues of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire…basically you name a magazine, I love it. One of the things that’s always a struggle though, is to make the looks they put together actually wearable in real life. I mean, a lot of haute couture is more art that inspires fashion than pieces that are really supposed to be worn to the grocery store or to a holiday party. Let’s get real. Some of those girls on the runways or in the photo shoots…aren’t wearing any underwear. Sorry guys, I love fashion a lot, but I’m not showing my nipples while buying diapers at Target. At least intentionally.
Challenging as it can be, sometimes there are looks that are more easily reproducible in those glossy pages than the ones that consist primarily of mesh and body paint! These are the most fun looks because they are great outfit inspiration when I’m feeling like I don’t know what I want to wear! One tip I’ve learned…vintage is often a GREAT substitute for haute couture pieces. Often times vintage is what inspired those pieces we all see and love, and it’s at a fraction of the price and more accessible to those of us who don’t live near a Versace or Gucci store!
I love this look. The fall feelings…the mixture of the menswear blazer, the feminine pleats, and the gritty rainboots all creates a beautiful piece of art. This is one of those looks that, may be fantastically pricey and couture, is easily replicated out of normal clothing that is either already in your closet, or is somewhere around you at a normal store!
Everything on me is vintage, except for those Hunter boots. And you know what, everyone needs a pair of Hunters! It barely rains here, but when it does, I bust out these amazing things happily! Micro pleats are a huge trend for fall 2016, and micro pleats are SO VINTAGE! Here’s a basic option from H&M for a micro pleated skirt dress. My jacket is an amazing Goodwill find (I watched another girl try it on and waited for her to put it back before snatching it up!) but here’s an incredible velvet blazer that would be SO good with that H&M micro pleat dress!
And there you have it, proof you can dress haute couture without spending the big bucks (unless you wanna, and there is NO judgement from me on that!).