Diva On a Dime: Celebrity Fashion Fixes for Less

Looking to get big style on a small budget? We have found the hottest celebrity looks of the season and give you tips on how to recreate them for less.
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Actress Gabrielle Union looks fab in this yummy lemon strapless frock with a feminine sweetheart neckline. We love how the yellow hue pops against Gabby’s brown skin.

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Be inspired by Gabrielle’s bold yellow minidress without going broke in the process. This sweet “Hannah” dress from Plenty Frock! by Tracy Reese is a steal at $91.90, nordstrom.com. Consider pairing with subtle gold metallic accessories as Gabrielle did so that this stylish number isn’t overpowered—the attached bow already serves as an accessory.

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Think pink like “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, who dazzles in this button-downed trench coat. Bright hues will reign throughout spring with rainbow color palettes. Spring head in style and stock up on items that remind you of your old Crayola box. Tip: Avoid head-to-toe color and balance bold shades with neutral tones.

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Always in style, the trench coat is both modern and fashionably functional. Keep warm during these winter months looking chic and sleek in this Women’s Belted Twill Trench Coat, $49.50, oldnavy.com. Adding a vibrant splash of color will make you sparkle.

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Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon is classy as ever in this emerald green number. The gold belt adds just the right panache to take this look from basic to bangin’!

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You’ll cause a scene in this green cap-sleeve shift dress from Banana Republic, $130, bananarepublic.com. Cinch it with a belt and throw on your peep-toe pumps like Beauvais-Nilon for a sexy silhouette or alone with ballet flats for a relaxed look.

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Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson was a knockout in this curve-hugging strapless number. Her choice of silver accents are a perfect addition to this little black dress.

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Every woman should own a standby dress that she can pop on if the man of her dreams calls her at the last minute for a date. This strapless brocade dress from Delia’s, $44.50, delias.com, fits the bill. Try pairing this dress with a cardigan, a string of pearls and sensible pumps for more conservative occasions.

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Chart-topper Beyoncé knows how to command the stage. And that is exactly what she did when wearing this sleek motorcycle jacket and PVC leggings. The texture on this jacket coupled with a fitted waist make this look anything but ordinary.

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Why should Beyoncé have all the fun? Be a rebel and add a little spice to your wardrobe with this “Ashley” faux leather jacket, $54.80, forever21.com. For a truly stylish downtown look, try pairing this jacket with an ultra-feminine cocktail dress.

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High-waist pants are so hot right now, as proved by pop star Ciara, seen here rocking this oldie but goodie look on the red carpet. This pant also looks great paired with suspenders. If you’re feeling tummy-conscience, this style will perfectly conceal your problem area.

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Only Hearts offers a wide-leg high waist pant for $63.50, shopbop.com (originally $121), that will make your legs look a mile long.

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R&B diva Mary J. looks marvelous with three key accessories that play up with little black dress, coat, belt and boot. You don’t have to choose matching accessories to look flawless, but it works for the singing sensation.

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Mary J’s suede camel-toned boots are versatile yet practical because they can be dressed up and down. Get fashion forward by choosing a boot with embellishment, which is a hot trend for fall 2009. Get ready for the return of “Western-bohemain” styles like the boot pictured, $9.99, amiclubwear.com (originally $62.99).

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The talented and always stylish Rihanna makes a strong fashion statement wearing this long bold fringe necklace. Take a basic black outfit and spice it up by experimenting with retro accessories.

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Make a statement by choosing an edgy accessory like Rihanna. We love this multicolored chain necklace with leaves accents reminiscent of fall with matching earrings, $22.99, amiclubwear.com.

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