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Frugal Fashion: Hilary Rhoda in animal print at 'Young Adult' screening

November 30, 2011 |  7:00 am


If you've flipped through a fashion magazine in the last five years, you're sure to recognize  Hilary Rhoda's face. She's the all-American beauty with the signature killer eyebrows. At 18, the Maryland native captivated the fashion world when Nicolas Ghesquière handpicked her to walk in the Balenciaga spring show in 2005.

Since then, Rhoda has appeared in campaigns for Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Givenchy. She has walked the runways for the world's top designer labels, including John Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld and Oscar de La Renta, to name a few.

Off the runway, Rhoda has mastered the art of understated elegance. She manages to look nothing less than perfect whether she's wearing a gala gown or jeans and a T-shirt.

She recently made an appearance at the Cinema Society and Dior Beauty screening of "Young Adult" at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room in New York. She was contemporary casual chic in a pair of stiletto camel leopard-print jeans by power design duo Current Elliott, a silk button-down blouse, blazer and classic pointy black heels. She accessorized with a thick black belt and cozy camel beige cowl neck scarf. 


Animal prints are everywhere this fall, with snakeskin, cheetah, zebra and leopard prints showing up on clothing, accessories and even iPad cases. These prints continue to be hot items for the holiday season. For Rhoda's jungle look, get her Current Elliott stiletto camel leopard print jeans at Nordstrom for $198. For some budget-friendly options, try the Andrew Charles animal printed skinny twill jeans in a snakeskin print from for $59.99, snow leopard printed jean from for $39.50 or the Tripp NYC leopard jean for $66 from 


Rhoda kept the rest of her outfit subtle, letting the leopard print remain the protagonist. For a similar tame blouse get the Sparkle & Fade boxy chiffon blouse for $59 from And for a classic black heel, try the  Flax Ninewest pump on for $69.


Accessorize like Rhoda with the Frenchi waffle knit infinity scarf for $22 from and a classic  Leather belt from for $16.50 or the Pieces Flamini belt for $18.18 from

Each piece is a versatile closet staple you’ll be able to recycle throughout the seasons. Animal print for spring … why not?

For more tips, resident stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay gives us the scoop on how to wear the season's hottest animal prints.

Happy shopping!

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


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-- Jenn Harris

Top photo: Model Hilary Rhoda attends the Cinema Society & Dior Beauty screening of "Young Adult" at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on Nov. 18 in New York City. Credit: Andrew H. Walker /Getty Images

Jean photos, from left: Andrew Charles animal printed skinny twill jeans ($59.99); snow leopard printed jean ($39.50); Tripp NYC leopard jean ($66)

Blouse and shoe photos: Sparkle & Fade boxy chiffon blouse ($59); Flax Ninewest pump ($69)

Accessories photos: Frenchi waffle knit infinity scarf ($22); leather belt ($16.50); Pieces Flamini belt ($18.18)