Dress Like a Celeb for Less

From Halle Berry to Kate Middleton, we've recreated style-setting looks with a few key inexpensive pieces.

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? We've rounded up the best looks from three style-setters, and have tailored them to fit your budget.


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Halle Berry

Halle Berry has her off-duty uniform down to a science: mix a pair of light wash jeans with an easy tank, dilute with a slouchy tote, and tie it all together with a patterned sweater wrap. The result? Insta-cool style.

The Sweater Wrap

Classic black and white gets a modern spin with a slouchy, cozy fit.


Dex wrap cardigan, $92; piperlime.com

Courtesy of Piperlime

The Moto Jeans

Skinny jeans take a bad-gal turn with stitching detail at the knees and a weathered grey wash.


Vintage One jeans, $112; bluefly.com

Courtesy of Bluefly

The Tote

A deep brown purse is unexpected and looks luxe. Plus, the warm neutral shade adds depth to the ensemble.


The Sak hobo bag, $99; dillards.com

Courtesy of Dillards

Kate Middleton

Though Princess Kate looks like royalty in a bright, flirty dress and with a delicate clutch, a sensible black blazer gives the ensemble a welcome menswear element. A feathered hat is optional.

The Blue Frock

A simple silhouette lets the color pack a punch, while feminine pleats are key to maintaining the princess vibe.


ASOS dress, $48; asos.com

Courtesy of Asos

The Blazer

A blazer keeps a sweet dress from looking too frou-frou, and the menswear factor ups your style quotient.


New York & Company blazer, $35; nyandcompany.com

Courtesy of NY & Company

The Little Black Clutch

A simply-structured black clutch (and an absence of sparkling embellishment) lets it work beyond its formalwear potential, making it the perfect accent for a pretty day dress.


Banana Republic clutch, $98; bananarepublic.com

Courtesy of Banana Republic

Kate Holmes

Katie Holmes has been in the thick of the boyfriend jeans craze since the day it started. She balances the style with ladylike staples so that the overall look is more "Yeah, I rocked Tom Cruise's jeans" than "Today is laundry day."

The Cardigan

A cardigan is a true classic that's both timeless and feminine. The grey gives it a little edge to take it beyond ladies-who-lunch territory.


Mango cardigan, $30; shop.mango.com

Courtesy of Mango

The Boyfriend Jeans

No need to raid your significant other's closet. A pair like this gives the worn, casual effect of boyfriend jeans while flattering your shape—just roll up the hem and you're set.


American Eagle jeans, $40; ae.com

Courtesy of American Eagle

The Patent Pumps

The key to pairing pumps with boyfriend jeans: say no to stilettos. A more substantial heel grounds the look and keeps it looking balanced.


J.Crew pumps, $218; jcrew.com

Courtesy of J.Crew

The Cross-Body Bag

A structured bag with gleaming hardware gives polish to the look. The doctor-bag shape has a retro feel that's a little bit feminine without being saccharine.


Aldo purse, $25; aldoshoes.com

Courtesy of Aldo

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker doesn't shy from a lot of things—why wouldn't she pair bright pants with a purple tee? Then, she tops it off with a colorful tie-dye bag, making for a playful and eclectic look that brings us back to Carrie Bradshaw in her pre-Mr. Big heyday.

Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

The Colored Jeans

Colored jeans are on-trend and surprisingly easy to pull off. A slim silhouette keeps it looking neat and tailored—an important detail when you're wearing cherry-red jeans.


The Limited jeans, $75; thelimited.com

Courtesy of The Limited

The V-Neck Tee

Eschew bells and whistles (like embellishment or interesting silhouettes) in favor of a simple tee in a saturated (but not loud) hue. Lavender is perfect for the occasion, neither clashing with the red jeans nor hiding from them.


Old Navy tee, $10; oldnavy.com

Courtesy of Old Navy

The Bright Bag

Sometimes, more is more. (Though we might be biased). Pile on the color with a festive carry-all; the navajo print is everywhere this season, and the shades complement the clothing without matching too perfectly.


Ecote tote, $39; urbanoutfitters.com


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First Published November 28, 2011

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