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[Updated] Frugal Fashion: Selena Gomez & Carlos Knight at the Kid's Choice Awards

April 4, 2012 |  7:00 am


Selena  Gomez and Carlos Knight

The Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards brought out the channel's hottest young stars to the bright orange carpet at the USC Galen Center last weekend. The show was notably more casual than, say, the Oscars or Golden Globes -- knowing there is a distinct possibility you may get "slimed" may be a contributing factor -- but the attendees managed to look appropriate and stylish without the floor-length gowns or tuxedos.

Actress-singer (and Justin Bieber's girlfriend) Selena Gomez and actor Carlos Knight stood out in the crowd of mini-dresses and slacks in looks that were fresh and playful. Gomez, who took home the award that night for favorite television actress, stars on the Disney channel's "The Wizards of Waverly Place," while Knight plays Owen Reynolds in the Nickelodeon show "Supah Ninjas."

Gomez chose a cropped bustier and skirt, both from the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection; orange and pink studded stilettos by Cesare Paciotti; and jeweled hoop earrings by Ippolita jewels. Gomez's bustier could easily transition from awards show attire to appropriate wear for next weekend's Coachella music festival, with cut-off jeans and maybe a flower in her hair. For a similar top, get the new romantics woven bustier by Free People for $78 or the textured foil crop bustier by Free People for $38 or Silence and Noise denim bustier from for $39.99.


Gomez chose a jewel-embellished, mixed-pattern skirt to pair with her bustier. For a versatile style you can wear with any top, try the Rare metallic PU skater skirt from Asos for $69.83. Add an extra pop of color in the Pablo pointed court shoes from for $140, and accessorize with the Hemetite crystal hoop earrings from Windsor for $12.90.


Knight appeared laid-back but polished in a striped T-shirt, knit blazer and relaxed khakis. He accessorized with a simple gray scarf and wore a pair of gray high-top sneakers with the laces left loose and untied. For a similar top, jacket and pants, get the Navy Marl and white stripe t-shirt for $32 from, American rag jacket knit blazer from for $79.50 and the 1969 denim washed garment dye khakis from for $59.95.
Knight's lightweight scarf is a nice finishing touch, perfect for a cool spring evening. Get a similar look with the Color foulard scarf from H.E. by Mango for $35.95. For a pair of gray high-tops, try the
Guess men's steady2 boot from for $110, just remember to loosen up the top and untie the laces. 

Happy shopping.

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Top photos, from left: Singer-actress Selena Gomez and actor Carlos Knight attend Nickelodeon's 25th Kids' Choice Awards held at Galen Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Bustier photos, from left: New romantics woven bustier, $78 /; Textured foil crop bustier, $38 /; Silence and Noise denim bustier, $39.99 /

From left: Rare metallic PU skater skirt, $69.83 /; Pablo pointed court shoes, $140 /; Hemetite crystal hoop earrings, $12.90 /

From left: Navy Marl and white stripe T-shirt, $32 /; American rag jacket knit blazer from, $79.50 /; 1969 denim washed garment dye khakis, $59.95 /

Bottom photo, from left: Color foulard scarf from H.E. by Mango, $35.95 / Credit:; Guess men's steady2 boot, $110 /

[Updated at 9AM April 8, 2012: An earlier version of this post stated that "The Wizards of Waverly Place" was on the Nickelodeon channel. It's on the Disney channel. ]