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Frugal Fashion: Jessica Alba at the Clinton Foundation Gala

October 19, 2011 |  7:00 am

Jessica AlbaUsher may have stolen the show with his wardrobe malfunction at the recent Clinton Foundation Gala, but Jessica Alba made a sartorial impression as well.

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 for $70 or the grosgrain waist pleated skirt from for $14.99. For a style that's a tad shorter, get the panel skirt from 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, Lumiani madeline blouse for $59 from and embroidered mesh crop top from for $88.


Alba's frayed clutch adds a striking textural contrast to her soft ensemble. For something similar try the feather clutch bag from for $43.65 or the opa faux fur bag from for $69 or the faux fur clutch bag from 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 for $49.50 or the Mix No. 6 Octavia wedge pump for $39.95 from


Happy shopping!

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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 /; grosgrain waist pleated skirt, $14.99 /; panel skirt, $49.95 /

Blouses, from left: Aqua three-quarter sleeve pintuck top, $78 /; Lumiani madeline blouse, $59 /; embroidered mesh crop top, $88 /

Bags, from left: Feather clutch bag, $43.65 /; opa faux fur bag, $69 /; faux fur clutch bag, $70 /

Shoes, from left: Michael Antonio Adeline shoe, $49.50 /; Mix No. 6 Octavia wedge pump, $39.95 /