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Frugal Fashion: Joy Bryant at the Essence Black Women in Music event

February 16, 2011 | 10:00 am

JoyJoy Bryant is part of that rare breed of fashion model-turned-actress who actually becomes a successful film star. The beautiful 34-year-old has starred alongside Denzel Washington in "Antwone Fisher," Kate Hudson in "The Skeleton Key" and Jessica Alba in "Honey."

As a model, Bryant has appeared in ad campaigns for Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and Cover Girl, modeled in the Victoria's Secret catalog and snagged a Teen Vogue magazine cover.

Although Bryant may have made it as an actress, currently starring as Jasmine Trussell on NBC's "Parenthood," it's clear that when she dresses for events she hasn't forgotten her roots in fashion.

During an appearance at the Essence Black Women in Music event in February, Bryant looked fun and flirty in a floral print dress and black leggings. She toughened up the girly dress with a military-style jacket and dark grayish-brown ankle boots that were just a tad rugged and her cross-body brown bag with fringe gave her a little hippy-chic vibe.

With spring fast approaching, a floral print dress is the perfect way to escape the dark, muted colors of winter. There are many varieties available in terms of colors and print size, but Bryant's choice of a dress with a smaller flower print allows her to layer other pieces without clashing.

For a floral print dress that can easily go from daytime shopping to a night out with friends, Macy's, Forever 21 and Asos all have some great frugal finds: Be Bop Dress from Macy's for $36, the Vero Moda Winter Floral Frill Sleeve dress on Asos for $39.45 and the Chloe Floral dress from Forever 21 for $15.80.


Layer one of these military-inspired jackets over your dress to keep warm: Keely Twill motor bomber from Delia's for $29.99, Military Knit Jacket from Forever 21 for $32.80, or the Surplus jacket from Old Navy for $44.50.


I actually contemplated keeping this week's frugal shoe finds to myself and ordering 10 pairs of each but I realized there are plenty of cute boots to go around. Target has the uber cute Mossimo Supply and Co. Kamara ankle boots for $10.48, The Cassy Distressed ankle boot from Delia's is $19.99 and the Three Flap Flat Boot from Wet Seal is $14.75.


Cross-body bags are a great buy because they are super versatile, functional and comfortable to wear. Here are some frugal picks for under $40: Sonnenberg bag by Aldo for $19.98, Braided Strap cross-body bag from Tilly's for $16.99, BDG Double Buckle bag from Urban Outfitters for $38 and the Brown cross-body bag from Delia's for $24.50.


I don't know a single L.A. fashionista that doesn't own a pair of plain black leggings or tights, so definitely go with a pair you already own. And if you don't? This look will still look great without the leggings.

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

For more photos of Joy Bryant's style check out a gallery below:


Photo, top: Actress Joy Bryant arrives at the second annual Essence Black Women in Music reception honoring Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monae in Los Angeles on Feb. 9. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

Dresses, from left: Be Bop Dress from Macy's. Credit: Macy's. Vero Moda Floral Dress from Asos. Credit: Asos. Chloe Floral Dress from Forever 21. Credit: Forever 21.

Jackets: Keely Twill motor jacket from Delia's. Credit: Delia's. Military Knit Jacket from Forever 21. Credit: Forever 21. Surplus jacket from Old Navy. Credit: Old Navy.

Shoes: Mossimo Supply and Co. Kamara boots from Target. Credit: Target. Cassy Distressed boot from Delia's. Credit: Delia's. Three Flap boot from Wet Seal. Credit: Wet Seal.

Bags: Sonnenberg bag from Aldo. Credit: Aldo. Braided Strap bag from Tilly's. Credit: Tilly's. BDG Buckle bag from Urban Outfitters. Credit: Urban Outfitters. Brown cross-body bag from Delia's. Credit: Delia's.