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Frugal Fashion: How to re-create Alexa Chung's relaxed military look from London Fashion Week

September 28, 2010 |  2:29 pm

-1London Fashion Week may have ended, but people are still buzzing about British model Alexa Chung's military state of mind when she arrived at the Burberry Prorsum show. She did anything but camouflauge in a fitted, army green shirt dress with epaulet-esque shoulder ornaments and matching belt.

It seems as though the Madewell colaborator has perfected the indie-type, purposefully "not quite polished look" with her loosely pulled-back hair and the threads dangling from the bottom of her slightly wrinkled dress.

She softens the military look and artfully punctuates her outfit with small exclamation points of detail like her petite, studded, bronze over the shoulder bag and brown booties.

It's no secret that starlets are showing in fashion shows and lunch dates in military-inspired dresses, shirts, jackets and cargo pants. With our picks for frugal alternatives, you'll be armed and ready for an army look of your own. 

Charlotteruse This Charlotte Russe military shirt dress for $32 amps up the battlefield-ready feel with pyramid studs, a chain sleeve detail, an adjustable belt and some added functionality with two front pockets.

Bagh For a small accent of flare of your own, snag this cross-body chain strapped black and silver bag by Xhilaration for Target at $14.99. This bag will add some fun to any outfit with a woven chain strap, tassle and studs. 

Shoe A good pair of booties, in brown or black, is something worth spending some money on, but you'll only have to part with $49.95 for these Madden Girl Ranitaa Bootie Ankle Boots from DSW. These booties are ideal for dressing up a bulky sweater dress for fall or to pair with some super skinny jeans. 

The grand total, before taxes, is $96.94. It really does feel great to achieve a look worthy of Alexa Chung on a budget. Happy shopping.

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

-- Jenn Harris

Photo, from top: British model Alexa Chung arrives at the Burberry Prorsum Spring-Summer 2011 show at London Fashion Week Sept. 21 (Credit: Paul Hackett / Reuters); military shirt dress from Charlotte Russe (Courtesy of Charlotte Russe); Cross body bag from Target (Courtesy of Target); brown booties by Madden Girl. (Courtesy of DSW).