Frugal Fashion: 'Scream 4's' Lucy Hale goes tribal at a Nylon magazine bash
Lucy Hale's portrayal of the resident high school freak turned chic Aria Montgomery on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" has people outside the tween audience bracket taking notice. Nylon magazine featured the young star as someone to watch in their May "hot young Hollywood" issue and she appears in the new "Scream 4" film, giving her vocal chords a workout.
The 21-year-old Southern belle (Hale is from Memphis) may be queen of teen melodrama hits like "Pretty Little Liars," "Privileged" and the "OC," but she shows here she can rule on the red carpet as well.
At a Nylon Hollywood bash, the red-carpet newcomer appeared to be more of an old pro when she arrived in a weightless super low V-neck white blouse strategically tucked into a skintight BCBG tribal print skirt, a chunky woven black belt and vertiginously high black booties.
Tribal print skirts, swimsuits, dresses and even leggings are all the rage for summer with patterns that are at times raw and a little '80s. Hale's skirt print has pretty pops of neon yellow, giving her black and white print some gusto.
This is technically a frugal column but it doesn't mean we can't splurge once in a while, especially when that splurge is so readily available: Hale's BCBG skirt is for sale at Bloomingdales for $178. For an even bolder color and print -- and at a truly frugal price -- get the red tribal print skirt from Forever 21 for just $17.80. If you like the black and white look, Urban Outfitters carries a black and white print skirt for $39 in a body-hugging longer length.
Hale's lightweight white blouse creates the perfect contrast to her body-con skirt. For a similar look get the Shelly top by Guess for $39, Verlain tank by Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller for $30 from TheOutnet.com, or the Sangu Draped beaded Rachel top by Rachel Roy at Macy's for $79.
Hale's woven belt is a great way to tie the flowy blouse and tight mini together. Any chunky black belt you might already own would look great with this look but if you're in the market to buy a belt, here are some fab finds: 2b woven accent belt from Bebe.com for $9.95, basket weave belt from Forever 21 for $6.80, or the Fashion Focus black woven belt from Bluefly.com for $22.99.
Hale's shoes add a lot of edginess and character to her party outfit and go beyond the average black pair of booties. Her shoes feature a high ankle and an extra high heel. You could pull off this look with some straightforward booties but why not expirement a little? The following shoes will give some height and edge: The Amaze strapy bootie from Ninewest for $59.40, Envy women's throttle peep-toe ankle bootie for $62.40 from Endless.com, Chinese Laundry hide and seek bootie from Famousfootwear.com for $59.99, or the Kelsey Dagger shoes, Innis wedge booties from Macy's for $62.50.
Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: Actress Lucy Hale arrives at Nylon Magazine's May Young Hollywood Issue Celebration at Bardot on May 4, 2011 in Hollywood. Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Images
Skirt photos: (From left) BCBG tribal print skirt. Credit: Bloomingdales.com; Tribal print skirt. Credit: Forever21.com; Black and white print skirt. Credit: Urbanoutfitters.com
Blouse photos: (From left) Shelly top. Credit: Guess; Verlain tank. Credit: TheOutnet.com; Sangu Draped beaded top. Credit: Macys.com
Belt photos: (From left) 2b woven accent belt. Credit: Bebe.com; Basket weave belt. Credit: Forever21.com; Fashion Focus black woven belt. Credit: Bluefly.com
Shoe photos: (From left) Amaze bootie. Credit: Ninewest.com; Envy peep-toe bootie. Credit: Endless.com; Chinese Laundry hide and seek bootie. Credit: Famousfootwear.com; Kelsey Dagger shoe. Credit: Macys.com.