Frugal Fashion: Jessica Alba at the Clinton Foundation Gala
The actress, who gave birth to her second child a little more than two months ago, attended the event at the Hollywood Palladium on the arm of her husband Cash Warren (and can be heard next in the animated film "Escape from Planet Earth," which is scheduled for release in 2012). She looked trim and dainty in a pleated blue suede skirt, sheer blouse and black tights. She accessorized with a fuzzy black clutch and deep purple heels. The blue and purple created a soft, warm color palette and the blouse gave the outfit a sense of whimsy.
Alba's skirt is a great length for any number of occasions such as a cocktail party -- or even a regular workday. For a similar style, get the curved hem pleated skirt from Topshop.com for $70 or the grosgrain waist pleated skirt from Thelimited.com for $14.99. For a style that's a tad shorter, get the panel skirt from Zara.com for $49.95.
A sheer blouse like Alba's can be a go-to item for something as simple as a flea market shopping trip or a fancier dinner party, just remember appropriate under-garments. To get Alba's look try the aqua three-quarter sleeve pintuck top for $78 from Bloomingdales.com, Lumiani madeline blouse for $59 from Zappos.com and embroidered mesh crop top from Freepeople.com for $88.
Alba's frayed clutch adds a striking textural contrast to her soft ensemble. For something similar try the feather clutch bag from Asos.com for $43.65 or the opa faux fur bag from Chicos.com for $69 or the faux fur clutch bag from Topshop.com for $70.
Any pair of blue or black pumps would have worked with Alba's outfit but her purple heels were a slightly offbeat, playful choice. For a similar pair, try the Michael Antonio Adeline shoe with a loafer design from Zappos.com for $49.50 or the Mix No. 6 Octavia wedge pump for $39.95 from DSW.com.
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-- Jenn Harris
Photos, from top: Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the Clinton Foundation Gala in Honor of "A Decade of Difference" at the Hollywood Palladium. Credit: Kristian Dowling / Associated Press.
Skirts, from left: Curved hem pleated skirt, $70 / Topshop.com; grosgrain waist pleated skirt, $14.99 / Thelimited.com; panel skirt, $49.95 / Zara.com.
Blouses, from left: Aqua three-quarter sleeve pintuck top, $78 / Bloomingdales.com; Lumiani madeline blouse, $59 / Zappos.com; embroidered mesh crop top, $88 / Freepeople.com.
Bags, from left: Feather clutch bag, $43.65 / Asos.com; opa faux fur bag, $69 / Chicos.com; faux fur clutch bag, $70 / Topshop.com.
Shoes, from left: Michael Antonio Adeline shoe, $49.50 / Zappos.com; Mix No. 6 Octavia wedge pump, $39.95 / DSW.com.