Start with Inspiration
While I don't advocate for copying your entire wardrobe based off a celebrity, television character, or influencer, it can be a fun way to step out of your fashion comfort zone. If you've come across an outfit you'd love to try, save that pic and let's get started. For this post, we'll use the example below--a street wear photo of Jessica Alba at NYFW in Spring of 2017.
Jessica Alba, Attending NYFW. Photo Credit: E! News Online
Shop Searchable Sites
From the above photo, we can see she's wearing a pink trench coat, white crew neck top, navy flares, and a small metallic bag. She is also wearing gold earrings. While we can't see the entire shoe, other photos indicate she is wearing some type of brown platform. I've linked both a sandal and boot option below.
To recreate any look, I recommend online research first--even if you plan to visit the stores in person. Do a little retail investigation to ensure the stores you visit have similar items in stock. Sites like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales have great search engines so typing in "pink trench" gets you immediate results.
For this example, I've found similar pieces from Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Shopbop. You can find them at the bottom of this post. Of course, you can use this inspiration and research method at any retailer. Target, Marshalls, and Zara are great options for shopping on a budget.
Stay Realistic and Open
Wearing Jessica Alba's jacket won't suddenly turn you into another Hollywood Actress-turned-CEO. Keep in mind the quality of the garments, your body type, and retail availability mean there will naturally be a variance to the look you create and the one spotted on your favorite blogger or actress. This can be a good thing too--it allows you to customize the look for your body and lifestyle.
For instance, if a client with a large chest wanted to recreate this look, I would put her in a scoop neck tee instead of the crew neck pictured. If styling myself, I would opt for a shorter version of the trench to better suit my petite frame. There are ways to adjust your inspiration for any body type. After all, fashion is supposed to be fun!
Get the Look
Finders Trench, On Sale for $124.95
C by Bloomingdales Cashmere Sweater, On Sale for $82.80
Veronica Beard Flare Pants, $375
Linea Paolo T-Strap Platform Sandal, On Sale for $83.90
Jessica Simpson Platform Bootie, On Sale for $83.37
Tory Burch McGraw Crossbody Bag, $298
Cloverpost Earrings, $75
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I take the stress out of getting dressed. As a personal fashion stylist in San Diego, I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.