True style doesn’t require a sky-high budget. Some of the chicest looks on the runways and in the streets right now require just a little creativity, and less than $5. Read on for five inexpensive ideas guaranteed to elevate your look.
1 THE STIRRUP PANTS
One of Carine’s favorite trends of the moment is stirrup pants, which have recently gained popularity with labels including Gucci, Attico, Balenciaga—and street style stars everywhere. But instead of shelling out for a new pair, CR revealed that the pinstripe ones she wore last week to the office were vintage Yves Saint Laurent, which she simply had her tailor attach elastic to the hems. Voila! What’s old is new again.
2 THE OFF-THE-SHOULDER COAT
When Demna Gvasalia debuted his first collection for Balenciaga a year ago, which featured oversize puffer coats with portrait necklines, he sparked a major styling craze that’s incredibly easy to copy. All you need to do is take your favorite piece of outerwear and slouch it off your shoulders for a tasetful touch of collarbone. Not the most practical thing for nasty weather, but that didn’t stop fashion folks from rocking the look en masse at the Fall ’17 shows. Basically, it’s the new equivalent of draping your jacket over your shoulders, which feels so 2011 now.
3 THE STOCKING HEEL
Here’s another quick-and-dirty DIY trick we have Demna Gvasalia (and his stylist Lotta Volkova) to thank for. Take a pair of pointy pumps and find opaque tights in the closest shade possible. Then stretch the stockings over the stilettos and snip holes for the heels to poke through. The result is insanely leg-lengthening, and the perfect finish for a monochromatic look.
4 THE SHOESTRING BELT
Want to give your jeans an instant update a la Off-White? Tie a shoelace or drawstring around the waist in lieu of a belt. CR Casting Director Evelien Joos was sporting this sporty, laid back look long before designer Virgil Abloh sent it down both his women’s and menswear runways. It’s a $1 alternative to buying a new pair of Off-White jeans for upwards of $500.
5 THE CLASHING SHOES
Mismatched shoes? Why not? Phoebe Philo sent a peppermint-hued pair of booties (one white, one red) down Celine’s Spring ’17 runway, and now the off-kilter footwear movement is picking up steam. Try it yourself with two similar-style shoes in different colors, and wait for the compliments to roll in.