Everyone is freaking out about the $50 dress Amy Adams wore to an Italian film festival
Even celebrities like to dress for less.
Don’t assume that your favorite A-lister is draped in overpriced frocks every time they set foot on the red carpet. Celebs like Amy Adams, Miranda Kerr and Ivanka Trump have all rocked dresses that cost less than $100—and no, we didn’t leave a digit off that number.
Last week, Academy Awards nominee Amy Adams flaunted a $50 floral print, fit-and-flare dress to Southern Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival. The ombré Vince Camuto knee-length dress quickly sold out during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale where it was marked down from its original $148 price tag.
Celebrity stylist Tara Swennen who dresses Kristen Stewart, Julie Bowen and Ashley Benson, tells Moneyish, “You don’t always have to go for the label—that’s one of the biggest misconceptions when dressing oneself. Be true to your body. Finding brands that fit your body well is one of the most important things.”
From models to movie stars—incorporating less expensive pieces into a wardrobe is definitely in vogue.
In April, supermodel Miranda Kerr wore a $75 red lace H&M dress to a red carpet event in Seoul, Korea. Actress Zendaya attended the 2017 Kids Choice Awards in a $38 machine-washable silk polyester slip dress from her new collection, Daya by Zendaya.
Model Chanel Iman sported a $68 mesh dress from Kohl’s k/lab label while out and about in New York City last winter.
Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell donned a dusty pink crochet lace dress from the line Pretty Little Thing (which is still available online for $61.25) to the lingerie company’s debut of its Bombshell fragrance and Victoria Justice sparkled on the red carpet for Harper’s Bazaar May Issue party wearing a $43.25 silver sequin dress from the same company.
Heidi Liebman, personal stylist and founder of Los Angeles-based Sweetzer Style tells Moneyish, “If styled correctly, most people can’t tell if an item is $50 or $500. You don’t need to wear expensive clothing to look good, especially when something is often worn only once or twice. I recommend spending more on pieces that will be worn over and over such as shoes, bags and outerwear.”
This spring, actress Gabrielle Union attended the Atlanta premiere of The Fate of the Furious wearing a $69.95 one-shoulder New York & Company jumpsuit and Vanessa Lachey sported a $32.94 floral Old Navy frock to an event in NYC.
First daughter Ivanka Trump made waves last month when she walked out of her Washington D.C. home in a sleek $35 black Victoria Beckham for Target dress emblazoned with a calla lily.
And, Kate Middleton, the über fashionable Duchess of Cambridge took the style world by storm when she wore a $51 floral Zara number en route to her sister Pippa’s wedding in May.
“One of the great joys we have as stylists is incorporating highs and lows. I applaud women who are willing to mix high end with vintage or vintage with affordable pieces. Talented actresses become more accessible when they wear affordable clothes, especially when they have major brands available to them and they choose to wear a brand like H&M,” says Swennen.
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