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
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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
Cognac Boots are amazing. I love them in every variation--short, tall, open toe, over the knee--you get the idea. They are so versatile--easily paired with black, navy, or white, or brown. I love the warmth and chicness they lend to an outfit. This season, cognac has been a very popular colorway for shoes. Below you'll find my picks for the best cognac boots.
Donald J Pliner Glenda Boots, $256.80
For my bohemian, retro and fun loving ladies, I present the Glenda Boot from Donald J Pliner. The grommets and geometric pattern elevate this pair of boots to something extra special. They run true to size and work better on petite women due to the shorter knee-high shaft. If you're under 5'5 and have felt silly in other boots, these are the ones that will have you feeling like a winter fashion plate.
Jack Rogers Bailee Bootie, $79.90
Now for the bootie lovers, I highly recommend this pair from Jack Rogers. Supremely comfortable, they offer a 1.5" heel. These are a perennial favorite. I have a client who has owned the same pair for over two years and they still look great. Since they are currently on sale for under $100, it's the perfect time to pick up a pair as a gift for yourself.
Sam Edelman 'Penny' Boot, $149.90
For my ladies above the 5'5 mark, these Sam Edelman Boots are all yours. They run true to size. However, I must caution you that they are a bit tight in the calf for some. Additionally, due to the higher knee shaft they do not work well for petite women. That said, the leather feels amazing. Honestly, they could retail for twice the price.
Blondo Villa Waterproof Boot, $149.95
Comfort shoe brands have really stepped up their game in the last couple years, Blondo is clearly in it to win it with these chic little booties. They are waterproof and true to size. With their 1 3/4" heel, they are comfortable and durable enough for everyday wear. The mushroom grey version is also fabulous.
Sam Edelman Knee High Boot, $140
For those bored of the block heel trend, Same Edelman offers a classic shape in the form of the Olencia Knee High Boot. With a 3.5" heel, these are quite wearable. While they are true to size, the calf can be narrow on some. Be sure to treat these with suede protector before wearing out. Due to the light color, these can easily scuff.
Ecco Shape 75 Bootie, $180
My love of Ecco is no secret. It's well documented on this very site. Another comfort brand that offers surprisingly on-trend options, they've done it again with the Shape 75 Bootie. If you're comfortable in a 3" heel, these are fashionable and walkable, effortlessly dressed up or down. They run true to size.
Happy Boot Shopping! If you have any favorites to share, let me know in the comments.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.