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Frugal Fashion: Adele is a classic hit at the 2011 MTV VMAs

August 31, 2011 | 11:40 am

AdeleThis year's MTV Video Music Awards show was full of fashion surprises and tragic faux pas. Viewers were treated to Lady Gaga's male alter-ego "Joe" in a Brooks Brothers ensemble, Katy Perry in a Geisha-inspired Versace dress and Nicki Minaj sporting pink and yellow hair, a metallic body suit, leg warmers and fuzzy slippers. Our fashion critic Booth Moore described it best when she wrote "Nicki Minaj looked like a costume shop exploded all over her."

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Rising far above the pack of outlandishly dressed video vixens of the night were those dressed in classic styles such as mom-to-be Beyonce Knowles in Lanvin and British songstress Adele. The multi-platinum recording artist performed her new single "Someone Like You, in a black scalloped dress by Barbara Tfank and a side ponytail.

Before her big wins, including MTV "moon men" trophies for art direction, cinematography and editing for her "Rolling in the Deep" video, Adele made quite an entrance in the perfect little black dress. She wore a three-quarter sleeve frock with tribal neck embellishment by Burberry, stockings and black velvet shoes with orange piping. The fitted waist and length of the dress hugged her curves beautifully, and  the blown-out hair is '50s glam.

For a similar plus-size little black dress, try the Sweetheart knit wrap dress for $98 from, which features a flattering deep v and fitted waist. For a dress with a little sparkle and neck detail like Adele's, get the Joan Vass beaded knit dress with square stone and glass bead neck embellishment from for $94, also available in plus sizes.


Adele's look could work with any number of shoes you might already own. Try solid-colored pumps such as the S by Jessica Kipperx platform pump for $69.95 from, or for shoes with a colored trim go for the  Bordello by Pleaser Women's Tempt-40 pump with gold piping for $79.95 from

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.

-- Jenn Harris


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Photo: Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Frederic J. Brown /AFP/Getty Images.

Dress photos from left: Sweetheart knit wrap dress. Credit:; Joan Vass beaded knit dress. Credit:

Shoe photos from left: S by Jessica Kipperx platform pump; Credit:; Bordello by Pleaser Women's Tempt-40 pump; Credit: