[Updated] Frugal Fashion: Alicia Keys gets an A-plus at BET Awards, before celebrating 10-year anniversary of 'A Minor'
Sunday's BET awards brought the usual suspects of funky music fashion to the show's green carpet at the Shrine in L.A. At the extreme end of the night's style spectrum was Cee Lo Green with his bedazzled jacket and spiky hair, Nicki Minaj in a fuchsia pink poufy dress with tights and hip-hop artist Don "Magic" Juan in a mustard yellow pimp suit with enough bling to power a small city.
But striking the perfect balance of flair and elegance was singer Alicia Keys, who on Tuesday celebrated the 10th anniversary release of her debut album "Songs in A Minor."
Before her power performance of her song "Typewriter" and a killer duet of "A Woman's Worth" with Bruno Mars, she strutted the green carpet in sporty-luxe black Dolce & Gabbana pants with suspenders, a white boyfriend blazer and über-high black and white zebra print platform pumps.
The structured look was unexpected for summer, but what I appreciate most about the outfit is that it's appropriately funky for the show but realistic enough to rock to a real party. For a similar look try a jumpsuit, not circa 1987 but something chic with some shape like the Calvin Klein cargo pocket jumpsuit for $99, the Cha Cha vente jumpsuit from Macys.com for $68.99, Bar III layered jumpsuit, also from Macys.com, for $59 or the Jegia-J jumpsuit by Diesel for $99.
Keys' black and white color combination is bold and playful. To create a base for your own primary color palette, snag a white boyfriend blazer like the White hot boyfriend blazer from Fredflare.com for $68 or the Linen Bermuda jacket from J.Crew for $69.99.
Keys' zebra print shoes pop and give her outfit a playful funky edge. For some shoes that will add a twist to any look, snag the Zebra print platform pump from TheFashionHolic.com for $45.
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: Alicia Keys, shown at the BET awards in Los Angeles, just announced she'll be producing the Broadway play 'Stick Fly' slated to premiere Dec. 8. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.
Jumpsuit photos, from left: Calvin Klein cargo pocket jumpsuit, credit: Calvinklein.com; Cha Cha jumpsuit, credit: Macys.com; Bar III layered jumpsuit, credit: Maycs.com; Jegia-J jumpsuit by Diesel, credit: Diesel.com.
Blazer photos: White hot boyfriend blazer, credit: Fredflare.com; Linen Bermuda jacket, credit: Jcrew.com.
Shoe photo: Zebra night platform pump, credit: Fashionholic.com.
[Updated: June 30, 2011 10:30 AM. A pair of shoes was removed from this post.]