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[Updated] Frugal Fashion: Emmy Rossum in the buff

January 5, 2011 | 11:00 am

Leipkwnc Actress Emmy Rossum is well on her way to making a name for herself as a Golden Globe nominee (for "The Phantom of the Opera" in 2004) and budding fashion icon. Her most recent career endeavor is her role as Fiona in the new Showtime series "Shameless," where she plays the oldest sibling in the inappropriately shameless Gallagher clan.

Lucky for fashion fans, she's been busy on the media circuit this year, giving us plenty of envy-inducing outfits to fawn over. The 24-year-old starlet managed to claim headlines last week when she rang in the new year with a bang by going buff. No, not in the buff, but in the kind of low-key neutral color that turns heads without an excessive exposure of flesh. Rossum attended the New Year's Eve grand opening of the lavish Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas clad in a neutral nude colored, curve hugging dress by Julien Macdonald, gold Jimmy Choo heels and a cream Misela clutch.

Rossum elevated her neutral color with bands that snaked loosely around the dress. The color may seem delicate but the dress' body-conscious fit and thick straps are tough-chic and anything but subdued.

A neutral clutch and gold heels balanced all elements of the party outfit nicely.

You too can come off your holiday high of sparkling metallics and sequins and settle into 2011 with a more relaxed, neutral-colored dress. The bright colors and neon tones of spring are fast-approaching, so now is the time to take a color breather. Just keep things interesting with an eye-catching design. These delightfully neutral dresses should do the trick, without busting your post-holiday budget:


From left, the MM Couture by Miss Me Drape Mini Dress with sassy black waist detail for $92 on and the sexy knitted nude cut-out Bodycon Dress from TOPSHOP for $50.


For a simple clutch that is versatile enough to accompany you to all your 2011 parties, invest in one of these fun but neutral tones: BCBGeneration Maya Clutch available at Macy's for $48 or the Sparkle Nighttime clutch from Forever21 for just $7.50 -- that has to be less than the sandwich you bought for lunch yesterday.

For your heels, it might be fun to go vertiginously high, but any pair of strappy neutral heels you might already own will complete the look. Mix and match the bags and dresses to fit your budget and get ready to leap into a rainbow palette for spring.

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris

Upper photo: Actress Emmy Rossum arrives at the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve celebration in Las Vegas. Credit: Ethan Miller / WireImage

Middle photo, from left: MM Couture dress by Miss Me. Credit: Knitted nude cut- out dress from TOPSHOP. Credit: TOPSHOP

Lower photo, from left: BCBGeneration clutch from Macy's. Credit: Macy's. Nighttime clutch from Forever 21. Credit: Forever21

[Updated January 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM. An earlier version of the post incorrectly stated that Emmy Rossum is 23-years-old.]